Despina Grigoriou (Michael)

Projects

Funded – Official Projects

CSRC

Centre for STEAM Education Research, Science, Communication and Innovation
Funding source: WIDESPREAD-04-2017: Teaming Phase 1
Role: Partner
Duration: 2017 – 2018 (12 months)


RISE

Research centre in Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies
website: rise.org.cy
Partners: Nicosia Municipality (coordinator), Cyprus University of Technology, University of Cyprus, Open University Cyprus, Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Germany), University College London (UK)
Funding source: HORIZON 2020 – WIDESPREAD-2014-1 – TEAMING
Role: Deputy scientific coordinator & principal investigator
Total Budget: €476,427 (Local Budget: €59,063) Potential funding up to 15 million EUR in phase B.
Duration: 2015 – 2016 (12 months)


NOTRE

Network for sOcial compuTing REsearch
Partners: Cyprus University of Technology (coordinator), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece), Fundacion IMDEA Networks (Spain), MIRALab of Universite de Geneve (Switzerland), University of Dusseldorf (Germany)
Funding source: HORIZON 2020 – TWINNING – 2015
Role: Parnter
Total Budget: € 1 million (Local Budget: €450,000)
Duration: 2015 – 2018


SCRC

Social Computing Research Center
website: socialcomputing.eu
Partners: Cyprus Univesity of Technology
Short description: SCRC is an established multidisciplinary Social Computing Research Centre of the Cyprus University of Technology and addresses research and educational needs in the area of Social Computing.
Establishment: 2015


Starting Grant

Partners: GET Lab, Cyprus University of Technology
Funding source: Cyprus University of Technology
Funding: 40K EUR – internal funding
Short description: Starting grant provided to newly elected academic staff of the University to facilitate their research activities. The funding of this resource has been exploited to conduct research on VR experiments and 3D simulators.
Duration: 2013-2014 (24 months)
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Microsoft Sponsorship

Partners: Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Funding source: Microsoft Cyprus
Funding: 20K EUR – external funding
Short description: Establishment and equipped of a research lab conducting research on Computer Graphics.
Establishment: 2012


Other Projects

Run4All Game

supervisor: Despina Grigoriou (Michael)
students: Christos Kyrlitsias and Maria Christofi
duration: 2017


VR Human Anatomy

supervisor: Despina Grigoriou (Michael)
student: Panayiotis Yiannakou
duration: 2016


Christmas Game

supervisor: Despina Grigoriou (Michael)
student: Christos Kyrlitsias and Maria Christofi
duration: 2016


VR Claustrophobia

Towards designing virtual environments suitable for the treatment of claustrophobia
supervisor: Despina Michael
researcher: Maria Christofi
duration: 2015


VR Ethical Dilemma

coordinator: Despina Michael
researchers: Marios Kleanthous, Marinos Savva
duration: 2013 – 2014


Conformity in Immersive Virtual Environments

supervisor: Despina Michael
researcher: Christos Kyrlitsias
duration: 2014 – 2015


Aliens VS Humans

Do avatars make a difference in how we play the game?
researchers: Chris Christou, Despina Michael
duration: 2013-2014
VS-Games 2014 – Best Paper Award


Notice Me Detective

Video Game
supervisor: Despina Michael
students: Valentina Chrysostomou, Maria Christofi, Kyriakos Georgiou
duration: 2015


3D Driving Simulator

City Reconstruction, Real-time Interactivity, VR Integration
coordinator: Despina Michael
researchers: Smaragda Christodoulou, Marios Kleanthous, Marinos Savva
duration: 2012 – 2013


Augmented Reality Book

Learning through AR Books and Mobile Devices
student: Konstantinos Koumi, BA thesis
supervisor: Despina Michael
duration: 2013 – 2014


3D Diving Simulator for Zenobia Wreck

student: Kalia Aristidou, MSc thesis
supervisor: Despina Michael
duration: 2013 – 2014
Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014 – Local Finals Winner


VR Astronomy

Virtual Tour in our Solar System
student: Marios Kleanthous, BA thesis
supervisor: Despina Michael
duration: 2013 – 2014


Aerophobia and Chromatotherapy through Virtual Reality

student: Marinos Savva, BA thesis
supervisor: Despina Michael
duration: 2013 – 2014


‘Kalikantzaros’

A Game to Promote Cypriot Tradition
supervisorDespina Michael
researchers: Marios KleanthousKonstantinos KoumiAndreas PavlouMarinos Savva
duration: 2013
Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 – Local Finals

Before GET Lab

Despina's participation in research projects with other affiliations

Traverse

Transcending Reality - Activating Virtual Environment Responses through Sensory Enrichment

The far reaching aim of this project is to provide the means for ‘transcending reality’: to use virtual reality to transcend the self, whereby participants in an immressive virtual reality (IVR) may have the strong illusion of transforming their bodies, and therefore have experiences in virtual reality that are not possible in physical reality.

Funded by:
European Research Council  (under the Advanced Grant scheme)

Project website:
www.traverserc.org

Affiliated with:
University of Barcelona, Event-lab
Role:
Researcher

Duration:
2009 - 2014

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Virtual Tour

A virtual tour of Nicosia in 19th century

The virtual tour is based on a description of a british traveler that visited Nicosia in 1850. Through the virtual tour, the user can visit several landmarks in Nicosia. The interaction with the system is performed through a touch screen.

Funded by:
The Leventis Municipal Museum

Affiliated with:
University of Cyprus
Role:
Co-coordinator

Duration:
2009 - 2010

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Nicosia Walls

A multi-touch table application for the Walls of Nicosia across the centuries

The fortifications of Nicosia are displayed for several historical periods. The user can interact with the application through the multi-touch surface. He can choose a specific historical period or change the viewpoint from where he watch the 3D models using intuitive gestures. Both software and hardware were developed in this project.

Funded by:
The Leventis Municipal Museum

Affiliated with:
University of Cyprus
Role:
Co-coordinator

Duration:
2009 - 2010

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E-museum

An e-museum of Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Arts

This is an online graphics application that has two parts:

  • the 3D representation of the museum where the user can virtually navigate and see the exhibits and their associated information.
  • an online computer game-like application where the user can build his own virtual museum. The user can choose from a pool of 3D objects (representing the existing exhibits of the real museum) and place them according to his preferences in the virtual gallery.

Funded by:
Ministry of Finance, Greece

Project website:
www.mmca.org.gr

Affiliated with:
University of Cyprus
Role:
Co-coordinator (for UCY part - design and development of virtual museum)

Duration:
2008

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Tonemap

High fidelity images for a virtual reality system with application to military training

The aim of this project is two fold:

  •  Development of a computer game/system for military training. It is a multi-player collaborative game that runs over a network. The aim of the game is to train soldiers and their team leader in residential areas where the training of soldiers in reality is very difficult. Each virtual soldier is controlled by a real soldier. The soldiers can communicate over the network. The game has been also integrated with a Virtual Reality system thus the navigation of a virtual soldier can be done using the tracking system of the VR and the shooting is performed using a data glove.
  • Development of a framework for applying tonemapping in real time applications. This is necessary in the system described above due to high dynamic range that exists in such situations e.g. an explosion in the night.

Funded by:
Research Promotion Foundation, Cyprus

Project website:
www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/tonemap

Affiliated with:
University of Cyprus
Role:
Researcher

Duration:
2005 - 2007

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Scoliosis

Automatic photogrammetry methods for diagnosis and follow-up of scoliosis

This project aim is the development of a system with which doctors will be able to diagnose and follow-up scoliosis without using x-rays. The topology of patient's back will be captured using cameras and photogrammetry methods. It will be transformed on a 3D model using computer graphics techniques. Doctors will be able to process the 3D model and make measurements related to this disease.

Funded by:
Research Promotion Foundation, Cyprus

Affiliated with:
University of Cyprus
Role:
Researcher

Duration:
2005 - 2007

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Create

Constructivist Mixed Reality for Design, Education, and Cultural heritage

A mixed-reality framework that enables highly interactive real-time construction and manipulation of virtual worlds based on real data sources, resulting in experiences that couple realism and interactivity.

Funded by:
EU - Fifth Framework (IST) Programme (FP5)

Project website:
www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/create

Affiliated with:
University of Cyprus
Role:
Researcher

Duration:
2002 - 2005
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NavSav

Navigation du Savoir

A web portal development with material about history and culture of Mediterranean countries.

Funded by:
EU - Euromed Heritage II

Project website (local copy):
www.despinamichael.net/navsav

Affiliated with:
University of Cyprus
Role:
Researcher

Duration:
2003 - 2005

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