Academic staff

Despina Grigoriou (Michael), Lab Coordinator
Despina Michael-Grigoriou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of CUT, and the founding director of the Microsoft Computer Games and Emerging Technologies Research Lab – GET Lab (, established with seed funding from Microsoft. She coordinates, on behalf of CUT, the inter-university postgraduate programme “MSc in Design and Development of Computer Games and Interactive Technologies”.

In the past, she was a post-doctoral researcher at EVENT Lab, University of Barcelona (2011), which specializes in experiments within Virtual Reality systems. She also held the position of Lecturer (2009-2011) at the private tertiary education sector. Before that she was a research associate (2002-2009) at Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality Lab at the Computer Science Department, University of Cyprus, from where 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). Her research interests focus on Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality with emphasis on well-being; she has published her work in top-ranked venues of these fields (including the top ranked ACM Siggraph Asia, Eurographics, Computer Graphics Forum).

Despina was the deputy scientific coordinator and a principal investigator of the H2020-TEAMING RISE project, while she currently participates in two other H2020 projects. She has been involved in more than ten other funded research projects in the areas of Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality.

 Researchers & PhD Students

Panagiotis Charalampous, PhD Candidate
Panagiotis Charalampous is currently a PhD Candidate of the Department of Multimedia & Graphic Arts. 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

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. 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. His interests include video games, virtual reality and interactive applications.

Andri Georgiadou, Research Associate
​​Andri Georgiadou received the B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Statistics, and MBA, and the M.Sc. in Economic Analysis from the University of Cyprus in 2008, 2010 and 2012 respectively, and the Doctorate in Business Administration from the London Metropolitan University, UK, in 2015. Her research focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion at work from relational and interdisciplinary perspectives. Exploring aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion, she pursues a theoretically rigorous and empirically grounded research agenda. Her research seeks to address significant problems that societies and workplaces face.


Efi Nisiforou, Research Assistant (Spring 2016, 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)

Chris Christou, Research Assistant (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)