evanEvangelos Karapanos is an Assistant Professor in Social Computing at the Cyprus University of Technology. Dr. Karapanos holds a PhD (cum laude) in Human-Computer Interaction from Eindhoven University of Technology, a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from University College London, and a bachelors in Physics with a specialization in microelectronics from the University of Patras. His research focuses on the design and evaluation of pervasive computing systems with a focus on the experiential and social consequences of their adoption, more recently, with a particular interest in persuasive technologies: ones that aim at changing people’s attitudes and behaviors. His work is regularly published at premier venues in Human-Computer Interaction and has received a number of awards, including an honorable mention for best paper at Ubicomp 2015, and the cum laude distinction for his PhD thesis (given to 5% of PhD theses annually at the Eindhoven University of Technology). He has acted as Principal Investigator (PI) in a number of projects that focused on the design and evaluation of persuasive technologies in health and sustainability, as well as the development of new methods for the design and evaluation of interactive technologies. Prior to joining the Cyprus University of Technology, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Madeira and Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, a postdoctoral researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology, and a visiting researcher at Philips Research and the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

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PhD students



Georgia Leonidou holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Cyprus (UCY) and is currently completing a full time three-year MA in School Psychology at UCY. She has worked as a research assistant at the UCL Institute of Education, Department of Psychology & Human Development, and the Experimenal Psychology Lab of UCY. Her Masters thesis concerned the promotion of physical activity among teenage smokers’ and is conducted under the auspices of the ACT Healthy Lab of UCY. Georgia has been admitted to the PhD program of the department of Communication and Internet studies, starting in September 2017. Her research interests focus on bridging the gap between evidence–based theory of behavior change and the design of mhealth applications.

rubenRúben Gouveia holds a masters in Informatics Engineering and is currently pursuing a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Madeira. In his studies he attempts to understand how individuals engage with (and detach from) personal informatics tools. He attempts to leverage on such insights towards predicting and personalizing moments of engagement with these tools. Rúben has been a visiting researcher at the applied computer science campus at Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen, Belguim and more recently at the HCDE department University of Washington. His work has been published at venues such as CHI, Ubicomp and DIS.

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Ana Caraban holds a masters in Informatics Engineering and is currently a 1st year PhD student at the ‘Networked Interactive Cyber Physical Systems’ PhD program of Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. Her research seeks to help people in building sustainable behaviors by developing technologies that highlight opportunities for behavior change, tailored to their personal needs, preferences and context. Her aim is to assess which strategies are more effective in encouraging behaviors by evaluating the impact that distinctive nudges have on habit formation.

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Research Interns

anaChrysanthi Konstanti holds a bachelors in Education from the University of Ioannina and is currently pursuing a MA in New Technologies for Communication and Learning at Cyprus University of Technology. Her research interests focus on the social practices individuals develop with and around behavior change technologies, with a particular interest in goal setting and monitoring.


paulinaPaulina Durán Miranda holds a BSc in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and is currently completing an MSc in Information Technology and User Experience at Tampere University of Technology. Her research interests focus on behavior change technologies in the context of health with special interest on eudaimonic well-being and motivation.

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