Currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Linnæus University, Sweden.

Active research interests include Virtual/Augmented Reality, Quantified Self (Big Data), Serious Games, Human-Computer Interaction, Imitation and Social Learning in Adaptive Systems, Human-Robot Interaction, and Artificial Life.

For my up-to-date scientific publications list, please click the Publications tab; current and past research activities are in the Projects tab; videos from experiments are under the Media tab; for details about invited talks, etc go to the Activities tab.

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Contact details

Dr. Aris Alissandrakis
Department of Computer Science and Media Technology
Faculty of Technology
Linnaeus University
Växjö, 351 95

room:  D2267G
email:  aris DOT alissandrakis AT lnu DOT se
phone:  +46 (0)470 70 8636
web:  https://arisalissandrakis.wordpress.com

Received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science (Adaptive Systems Research Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, UK, 2003) for work on imitation in adaptive systems (proposing a framework for solving the correspondence problem in imitation), and the M.Eng. degree in Cybernetics (Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK, 1999). From Feb. 2004 until Nov. 2007 was at the University of Hertfordshire, with the Adaptive Systems Research Group, as a research fellow in the European Integrated Project COGNIRON (“The Cognitive Robot Companion”), working on Imitation in the context of Human-Robot Interaction.

From Nov. 2007 until Nov. 2009 was at Miyake Lab, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, working with Associate Professor Yoshihiro MIYAKE after receiving a FY2007 Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct research in Japan for a period of two years.

From Jan. to Dec. 2010 was a researcher at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories (IRC), working on Social Human-Robot Interaction based on UNR (ubiquitous network robot technology).

Have been a guest researcher (invited by Prof. Yoshihiro MIYAKE) at Miyake Lab, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, during Jul. 2007, and also a visiting research fellow (as part of the COGNIRON project) at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, during Apr. 2004.

News and updates (check here for VRxAR focused news)

  • presented our latest ODXVR x NTS work as part of  an invited software demonstration at the Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis conference in Turku, Finland (May 2019) [info][demo info][tweet]; we would like to thank the ADDA2 conference committee for inviting us, as well as the Mixed Reality group at the University of Turku for allowing us to borrow some VR equipment for the demo; some impressions by a conference attendee can be read here (paragraph six onwards)
  • was member of the jury for the first Open.Science.Hack at LNU (April 2019) [news]

  • presented our latest ODXVR x NTS work at the 4th Big Data conference (Nov. 2018) [tweet][info]
  • presented our latest PEAR prototype at VINCI’18 (Aug. 2018) [tweet]
  • presented two demo sessions of our latest ODXVR x NTS prototype to more than 26 participants at ICAME 39 (May 2018) [link][news]
  • official announcement of the new/merged department at LNU [link]

  • presented a demo of our latest VRxAR Labs collaboration at the 3rd Big Data conference at LNU, Växjö (Dec 2017) [tweet][info]
  • presentation via Skype of ODXVR x NTS project at “Evolving English in the digital age” seminar at UEF, Finland (Nov 2017)
  • the LNU page for the Quantified Self Avatars project is live (May 2017) [link]
  • most VRxAR Labs news will be posted [here and here] from now on
  • the VRxAR Labs page is live (May 2017) [link]
  • the LNU VRxAR Labs page is live (Apr. 2017) [link]
  • new project: Real-Time 3D Gesture Analysis for Natural Interaction with Smart Devices (Feb. 2017)

  • attended the 2nd Big Data conference at Kalmar, Sweden (Dec. 2016) [info][info]
  • we got a “best overall paper” award at ICCE2016 [photo][blog]
  • presented and demo’d our PEAR AR framework at the International Digital Humanities Symposium at LNU (Nov 2016) [site][photo]
  • presented at the New Frontiers of Quantified Self 2 workshop (part of UBICOMP2016), Heidelberg, Germany (Sept 2016) [link]
  • press release by the Växjö kommun about the PEAR4VXO launch (May 2016) [link][blog]
  • one of our ACHI2016 papers got an award [link][link]
  • invited talk at Malmö, Sweden (May 2016) [link][link][news][news]
  • presented at the ACHI2016 conference at Venice, Italy (Apr. 2016)
  • got funding for an IEC2020 applied research and development seed project on exploring and interacting with open data within virtual reality environments (Apr. 2016) [info]
  • kick-off meeting for Digital Humanities Initiative at LNU (Mar. 2016)
  • kick-off meeting for next stages of Social Media and Web Technologies for Innovation and Growth project at LNU (Feb. 2016)
  • final review meeting for JUXTALEARN at Open University, UK (Jan. 2016)

  • presentation at the Big Data: From hype to actions workshop (Dec. 2015) organized by IEC at LNU [info]

  • review meeting for JUXTALEARN at Luxemburg (Nov. 2014)
  • now the programme coordinator for Social Media and Web Technologies at LNU (June 2014) [link]
  • project meeting for JUXTALEARN at Open University, UK (May 2014)
  • poster accepted at NU2014 related to the New Advanced Level Education in IT project [link]
  • call for papers – Learning through Video Creation and Sharing Workshop (LVCS 2014 at EC-TEL 2014) [link]
  • information page for New Advanced Level Education in IT project at LNU [link]
  • kick-off meeting for Network of Swedish Senior ICD4D Researchers at Stockholm, Sweden (Jan. 2014)
  • project meeting for JUXTALEARN at University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (Jan. 2014)
  • call for contributions for IEEE RO-MAN 2014 [pdf]

  • review meeting for JUXTALEARN at Luxemburg (Nov. 2013)
  • invited talk at Stockholm University, Sweden, regarding the People’s Voices project (Nov. 2013) [link]
  • kick-off meeting for the Social Media and Web Technologies for Innovation and Growth project at LNU (Oct. 2013)
  • project meeting for JUXTALEARN at Birmingham, UK (Sept. 2013)
  • project meeting for JUXTALEARN at Open University, UK (Apr. 2013)
  • attended Internet I Fokus at Malmo, Sweden (Mar. 2013) [link]

  • attended NAD 2012 (Nordic Africa Days 2012) at Reykjavík, Iceland (Oct. 2012); was part of panel on Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) in East Africa [link, link]
  • kick-off meeting for EU FP7 project JUXTALEARN at LNU (Oct. 2012) [link]
  • attended NordiTEL 2012 (2nd Nordic Symposium on Technology-Enhanced Learning) at University of Oulu, Finland (Sept. 2012) [link]
  • attended the Reasoning Web 2012 Summer School, at Vienna University of Technology, Austria (Sept. 2012) [link]
  • travelled to Uganda as part of the People’s Voices: Developing Cross Media Services to Promote Citizens Participation in Local Governance Activities project, visited Makerere University and the northern parts of the country  (Aug. 2012)
  • now a senior lecturer at Linnæus University, Sweden (Feb. 2012)

  • the New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction book, edited by Kerstin Dautenhahn and Joe Saunders has been published [flyer]
  • invited talk at KTH, Sweden (Dec. 2011)
  • now a guest research fellow at Linnæus University, Sweden (Oct. 2011)
  • invited online talk at Osaka University, Japan (GCOE workshop, Oct. 2011)
  • invited talk at Imperial College, UK (Intelligent Systems and Networks Group, June 2011)

  • invited talk at Waseda University, Japan (GCOE seminar, Mar. 2010)
  • JSPS fellowship ended (Dec. 2009); now a researcher at IRC/ATR, Japan (Jan. 2010)

  • invited talk at United Arab Emirates University, UAE (Dec. 2009)
  • attended IEEE RO-MAN’09 in September; I organized a special session, titled “Human-Robot Imitation and Teaching”, together with Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn and Prof. Yoshihiro MIYAKE
  • attended the New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction symposium at AISB’09, in April

  • attended the 26th Annual Conference of the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ 2008) at Kobe University, in September
  • myself and Dr. Joe Saunders wish to thank all the participants of our imitation tutorials at SAB’08 and IEEE RO-MAN’08