Academic Staff

Despina Grigoriou (Michael), Lab Coordinator

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.

 Researchers & PhD Students

Panagiotis Charalampous, PhD Graduate
Panagiotis Charalampous has recently completed his PhD at the Department of Multimedia & Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology. He has a diversified scientific background as he holds a BSc in Informatics from the Technological Institute of Athens, an MBA in Management of Engineering and Technology from Northcentral University in Arizona as well as a wealth of professional certifications on various Microsoft Technologies. He has a professional experience in a wide range of software applications and his current research interests evolve around computational acoustics and their applications on virtual reality, interactive environments and video games. Alongside with his PhD studies, he is a senior software engineer at Mediterranean Acoustics R&D, assisting on research and development of innovative software applications in various fields of acoustics.

Maria Christofi, PhD Candidate
Maria Christofi is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts. She holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science (2014) from the University of Cyprus and a M.Sc. in Design and Development of Computer Games and Interactive Technologies (2015) from the Cyprus University of Technology and the University of Cyprus.  She is currently a research associate at H2020-TEAMING-RISE (Stage2) project. Her research interests include virtual reality, video games, body ownership and psychology.


Christos Kyrlitsias, PhD Candidate
​​Christos Kyrlitsias is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Multimedia & Graphic Arts. His research interests include applications of virtual reality in psychology. He holds a BA in Multimedia and Graphic Arts and an MSc in Design and Development of Computer Games and Interactive Technologies at Cyprus University of Technology. Since 2014, Christos is a Research Associate at Microsoft Computer Games and Emerging Technologies research lab and H2020-TEAMING-RISE (Stage2) project.. His interests include video games, virtual reality and interactive applications.

Christos Hadjipanayi, Research Associate
Christos Hadjipanayi is a research associate with GET Lab, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology. He received the B.Sc. degree in Communication and Internet Studies and the M.A. degree in Interactive Multimedia from Cyprus University of Technology. His research interests include virtual reality, video games, UX design and social issues.

Ali Najm, PhD Student & RISE Research Associate
Ali Najm is an affiliated researcher with GET Lab and a research associate with RISE VR for Well-Being research group. He received a B.Sc. degree in Engineering from Azad University of Tehran, Iran (2009) and an M.A. degree in Business administration from University of Cyprus (2012). His research interests include virtual reality, video games, data analysis and monitoring/interactive instruments. Ali has more than ten years of experience in development of monitoring instruments including primary research, technical design, 3D modelling, animation and software development as well as project management and interpretation of monitoring data.


Panayiotis Olympios, RISE Intern (Summer 2019)

Christos Gkoumas, RISE Research Associate (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)

Christos Hadjipayi, MA student (Fall 2018)

Maria Matsangidou, RISE Research Associate (Fall 2018)

Panayiotis Corneliou, Research Assistant (March 2018), RISE Research Associate (Fall 2018)

Marios Hadjiaros, RISE Research Associate (Fall 2018)

Andri Georgiadou, Research Associate (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Chris Christou, Research Associate (2013, 2018)

George Constantinou, MA Student (Fall 2018)

Fani Georgiadou, BA Student (Spring 2018)

Eva Baka, MIRALab, Short Visitor/Internship (March 2018)

Efi Nisiforou, Research Associate (Spring 2016, Spring 2017)

Maria Theodosiou, BA Student (Spring 2017)

Stylianos Athanasiou, BA Student (Spring 2017)

Panayiotis Yiannakou, MSc Student (Fall 2016)

Andreas Prodromou, Research Associate (2015 - 2016)

Maria Christofi, MSc Student (Fall 2015)

Dimirtis Papadopoulos, MA Student (Fall 2015)

Kleopatra Kostakou, Intern (Fall 2015)

Rallia Georgieva, Intern (Fall 2015)

Charalambos Karkallis, BA student (Spring 2015)

Thomas Chatzidimitris, Intern (2014)

Marios Kleanthous, Intern (Fall 2013), BA student (Spring 2014), Research Assistant (Spring 2014)

Marinos Savva, Intern (Fall 2013), BA student (Spring 2014), Research Assistant (Spring 2014)

Konsantinos Koumis, BA student (Spring 2014)

Kalia Aristidou, MSc student (Fall 2013), Research Assistant (Spring 2014)

Christos Kyrlitsias, MSc student (Fall 2013)

Giwrgos Georgiou, Intern (Summer 2013)

Kyriakos Georgiou, Intern (Summer 2013)

Charis Meli, Intern (Summer 2013)

Neofytos Neofytou, BA Student (Spring 2013)

Smaragda Christoudoulou, MA Student (Fall 2012), Research Assistant (Spring 2013)

Christos Panayiotou, MA student (Fall 2012)

Soteris Stylianou, Research Associate (2012)