Funded – Official Projects


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


Research centre in Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies
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)


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


Social Computing Research Center
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)
This starting grant has funded or partially funded:

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


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