A little bit more about myself.
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Key Skills

  • Postdoctoral researcher with strong academic research background in the fields of virtual reality, cognitive neuroscience, and psychology.

  • Combining technical expertise and experience in research methodologies for the design and implementation of virtual reality applications, experimental studies, data collection and analysis.

  • Solid teamwork and leadership skills including organization and management of academic conferences and projects.

  • Experience with cross-functional teams.

Education

PhD in Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology

University of Barcelona 2014 – 2017

PhD Title: "The Impact of Virtual Embodiment on Perception, Attitudes, and Behaviour"

Funded by the FI-DGR 2014 Grant for universities and research centres for the recruitment of new research personnel

MSc in Computer Graphics, Vision and Imaging

University College London 2009 - 2010

Thesis: "Experimental Studies in Peoples' Responses towards Blushing in Moral Dilemmas"


BSc in Computer Science

Ionian University 2004 – 2009

Thesis: “Developing a Graphical User Interface to Coordinate Video Processing Tasks” (honours)

Research

Postdoc

Event-Lab, University of Barcelona, Spain
March 2017 - Present

Project: MoTIVE (Moments in Time in Immersive Virtual Environments) - ERC Advanced Grant project.
Principal Investigator: Prof. Mel Slater.
Role: VR developer and experimental researcher.


Research Fellow

VR for Well-Being Research Group, CYENS Centre of Excellence, Cyprus
September 2020 - Present

The VR for Well-being multidisciplinary research group targets research in Virtual Reality for well-being, broadly construed. ‘Well-being’ refers to the general social, economic, psychological, spiritual or medical positive condition of an individual or a group.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Despina Michael-Grigoriou.


Research Assistant

Event-Lab, University of Barcelona, Spain
January 2011 - February 2017

Project: Beinstein (Becoming Einstein) - Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain.
Principal Investigator: Prof. Mel Slater.
Role: VR developer and experimental researcher.

Project: VERE – Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-Embodiment - FP7 ICT Work Programme.
Principal Investigator: Prof. Mel Slater.
Role: VR developer and experimental researcher.

Project: BEAMING – Being in Augmented Multi-Modal Naturally-Networked Gatherings - FP7 ICT Work Programme.
Principal Investigator: Prof. Mel Slater.
Role: VR developer and experimental researcher.

University College London, UK
May 2010 - September 2010

Project: The exploitation of immersive virtual reality for the study of moral judgements - Leverhulme Trust.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Xueni Sylvia Pan, Prof. Mel Slater.
Role: developer and experimental researcher.

Awards

  • FENS-IBRO/PERC Grant, Berlin, 2018.
  • SIGGRAPH European Student Volunteer Contest, IST Austria, 2016.
  • "Best Young Researcher" Award – University of Barcelona, 2015.
  • Eurolife Grant - Summer School “Emotions”, Innsbruck, 2015.
  • FI-DGR Grant for universities and research centres for the recruitment of new research personnel, 2014.
  • Ionian University Award of Undergraduate Program in Informatics, 2009.
  • IKY 2009 (Greek State Scholarships Foundation) Award & Scholarship, 2008-2009.
  • IKY 2008 (Greek State Scholarships Foundation) Award & Scholarship, 2007-2008.
  • IKY 2007 (Greek State Scholarships Foundation) Award & Scholarship, 2006-2007.

Scientific Activities

  • IEEE AIVR 2020 Program Committee, Virtual Event 2020.
  • ICAT-EGVE 2018 Demo Chair Committee, Limassol, Cyprus, 2018.
  • SIGGRAPH ASIA Student Volunteer, Macao, China, 2016.
  • SIGGRAPH Student Volunteer, Anaheim, USA, 2016.
  • Brain Awareness Week Campaign Volunteer, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2016.
  • IEEE Melecon International Program Committee, Limassol, Cyprus, 2016.
  • 1st IR3C PhD Symposium Organizing Committee, Barcelona, Spain, 2015.
  • IEEE Virtual Reality Student Volunteer, Arles, France, 2015.
  • 2nd VERE PhD Symposium Chair Committee, Barcelona, Spain, 2014.

Technologies