Kostas Karpouzis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication, Media and Culture. In his research, he’s looking for ways to make computer systems more aware of and responsive to the way people interact with each other. He is also investigating how gamification and digital games can be used in classroom and informal settings to assist conventional teaching and help teach social issues and STEAM subjects to children and adults. Since 1998, he has participated in more than twenty research projects funded by Greek and European bodies; most notably the Humaine Network of Excellence, leading research efforts in emotion modelling and recognition, the FP6 IP CALLAS project, where he served as Area Leader of Affective applications, the FP7 TeL Siren project (Technical Manager), which was voted Best Learning Game in Europe for 2013 by the Games and Learning Alliance Network of Excellence, the H2020 iRead project, which produced Navigo, the winner of the GALA Serious Games competition for 2018 and the H2020 ECoWeB project which builds engaging and personalized mobile applications to promote emotional wellbeing and prevent mental health problems in adolescents and young adults.
He is a member of the BoD for the gi-Cluster of Corallia, which consists of industrial and academic members of the game and creative ecosystem in Greece, a member of the Hellenic Bioethics and Technoethics committee and Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Association of Computer Engineers. He co-edited a book on “Emotion in Games: Theory and Practice” published by Springer in late 2016. His Google Scholar profile is available at https://scholar.google.gr/citations?user=12olpHgAAAAJ.Besides this, he is involved in a number of science communication activities, most notably Famelab Greece and openscience.gr. He’s also an advocate for technology and CS in primary schools, participating in the Girls Go Coding initiative and serving as an Ambassador of EU Code Week in Greece (until 2018). He has participated as a speaker in 3 TEDx events, including TEDxAthens in 2019, while in 2016, he authored a lesson on the TED-ed platform titled “Can machines read your emotions?”; the lesson surpassed 300.000 views in its first week.