Despina Grigoriou (Michael)

Short Bio

Despina Michael-Grigoriou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), and the founding director of the Microsoft Computer Games and Emerging Technologies Research Lab – GET Lab (, established with seed funding from Microsoft in 2012.

Despina is the Principal Investigator of H2020-TEAMING-RISE ( on behalf of the Cyprus University of Technology and the Deputy Scientific Coordinator of the whole project. Within the RISE Research Centre she leads the Visual Science Research Pillar and the multidisciplinary research group on Virtual Reality of Well-being.

Prior joining CUT, she was a visitor/ post-doctoral researcher at EVENT Lab, University of Barcelona (2011), which specializes in experiments within Virtual Reality systems. She received her PhD in Computer Graphics in 2010. She has received several awards and distinctions including: Anita Borg Scholarship awarded by Google (2008); nomination of her PhD dissertation for the Best PhD Thesis Award of the Eurographics Association (2011); and two best papers awards (VSMM 2014 & VS-Games 2014). Despina participated in a number of european and local funded projects in the areas of Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality.