Meet The Team
CYENS COE is designed to act as an integrator of academic research and innovation, towards the sustainable fuelling of scientific, technological and economic growth of Cyprus and Europe, empowering knowledge and technology transfer in the region.
CYENS COE consists of three Research Pillars (RP) representing the three main research areas of Visual Sciences, Human Factors and Design, and Communication and Artificial Intelligence:
The RP of Visual Sciences: includes the research areas of Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Imaging and Virtual/Augmented Reality.
The RP of Human Factors and Design: includes the research areas of human-computer interaction, applied perception and cognition.
The RP Communication and Artificial Intelligence: incorporates the research areas of machine learning models, cognitive models of natural language, psychological models of attention, common sense reasoning, analysis of interaction in social networks, distributed/networked systems, mechanisms for ensuring multimedia application support, controlled network performance and quality of experience, and the integration of embedded systems and sensors in the data stream.
Sixteen multidisciplinary innovation-driven research groups (MRG’s) accommodate more than 55
research staff of CYENS COE. The MRGs focus on various research areas, these are:
Virtual Reality and mobile applications for cognitive training and clinical interventions;
Multimodal interaction and learning, emerging technologies for learning and entertainment;
Exploration of interactive technologies and smart environment solutions for museums and heritage sites;
Computer graphics, animation and simulation of virtual humans and of 3D built environments;
Biometrics, Computer Vision, Machine Learning;
Computer Networks, Protocols for IoT and Multimedia Communications, 5G Technologies, Security, Edge/Fog and Mobile Cloud Computing, and Smart City Applications;
Smart, Ubiquitous and Participatory Technologies for Healthcare Innovation;
Machine learning, computational learning theory, natural language processing and generation, AI;
Algorithmic accountability and transparency;
Virtual Reality for well-being;
Next generation of the image/video processing pipeline;
Computer vision applications and use of deep-learning for deploying smarter digital cameras;
Computational intelligence and emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR);
Simulations and analysis of life in virtual worlds;
Learning Agents and Robots, reinforcement learning, deep learning, multiagent systems and computational intelligence methods;
State of the art facilities and equipment is available for big data and deep learning, computer vision, augmented and virtual reality and computer graphics, amongst others, while new facilities including a fully functional creative space are under development. The creative space equipped with fabrication, rapid prototyping, electronics, Mix-R and machining laboratory offers researchers, entrepreneurs and any other interested party, opportunities to transform, to share, test and perfect their ideas.
Innovation services: As an integrator of research and innovation towards raising the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem both locally and abroad, the Innovation Department of CYENS COE provides the following services as Internal support of MRGs:
courses, workshops and presentations to foster an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset;
management of relationships with industry partners and generate new ones to foster collaboration;
navigation of commercialization funding resources, advise on the commercial potential of their specific research initiative and develop a commercialization plan;
assessment of the potential commercial impacts of researchers’ output, manages intellectual property protection, markets, negotiates and licenses technology to corporate partners.
Research Services: CYENS COE offers a wide range of services and support to its MRGs regarding the development of proposals for external funding as well as the management and implementation of awarded projects. These services include:
Strategic planning on external fund acquisition;
identification and screening of relevant calls for proposals;
presentations regarding open or forthcoming calls;
coordination of proposal writing and consortium management;
Financial and technical review of proposals;
Project management services such as financial management, event management, etc