Academic Staff

Despina Grigoriou (Michael), Lab Coordinator

Despina Michael-Grigoriou is an Associate Professor at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology and the founding director of the GET Lab - Microsoft Computer Games and Emerging Technologies Research Lab (, which was established in 2012 with seed funding by Microsoft. She is also a Principal Investigator of the H2020-TEAMING-RISE project, with a budget of ~50M euros, which led to the establishment of the CYENS Centre of Excellence. Within the Centre she leads the Visual Sciences research pillar and the `Virtual Reality for Well-Being’ research group. She received her PhD in Computer Graphics from the Computer Science Department of the University of Cyprus (2010) and she worked as a post-doctoral visitor at the EVENT Lab of the University of Barcelona (2011) specializing on experiments around Virtual Reality systems. She joined the Cyprus University of Technology in 2012 and served as a Lecturer (2012-2015) and as an Assistant Professor (2016-2020). Prior to that she held the position of a Lecturer at the University of Nicosia (2009-2011).

Despina has received several awards and distinctions, including the Anita Borg scholarship awarded by Google (2008), best papers awards (VSMM 2014 & VS-GAMES 2014), a certification of top downloaded journal paper (CAVW 2018-2019) and a best poster audience choice award (ICAT-EGVE 2020). Her research interests are on Virtual Reality with current focus on Well-Being. She is an active member of the scientific community of Virtual Reality serving from several posts. She was the general chair of the international conference ICAT-EGVE 2018, she is a member of the ICAT steering committee (since 2018), the Eurographics Virtual Environments (EGVE) working group (since 2019) and of other professional bodies. She serves as a regular reviewer of leading international journals and conferences (e.g. VIRE journal, IEEE VR conference) and she has been involved in, participated or/and coordinated, more than fifteen EU and locally funded research projects and grants.

 Researchers & PhD Students

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 a PhD student 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.

 PhD Graduates

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.


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)