Multimedia and Graphic Arts Department Cyprus University of Technology (CUT)
Prof. Panayiotis Zaphiris is Professor at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) at the Multimedia and Graphic Arts Department. He has a PhD in Human Computer Interaction from the Wayne State University, USA. He is also a graduate of Engineering Systems and Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
Prior to returning to Cyprus, he was a Reader (Associate Professor) at the Human Computer Interaction Design Center (HCI) of the City University of London, where he founded and led the City Interaction Lab (funded by the Vodafone Foundation). Prior to City University, he was a researcher at the Gerontology Institute at Wayne University where he took a PhD in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with an emphasis in designing interactive systems for the elderly. His research interests are in HCI with an emphasis on participatory design and social aspects of ICTs.
Design Thinking and Creative Design are two of his more recent research focuses. Prof Zaphiris has participated in more than 16 funded research projects with a funding of more than 5 million euros. He has published over 250 academic articles in well-known academic journals and international conferences.
Recent related research activities includes leading the academic management of the Youth Makerspace Larnaka (the 1st Makerspace founded in Cyprus), being the PI of HORIZON 2020 TWINNING project NOTRE. Panayiotis also serves on the Board of Directors of RISE (Research Center on Interactive Media Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies -http://www.rise.org.cy) and is the Director of the Social Computing Research Center (SCRC - http://www.socialcomputing.eu) of CUT.