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Keynote Lecture


Keynote Lecture

Maria Roussou
Makebelieve design & consulting

Brief Bio
Dr. Maria Roussou is an Assistant Professor in Interactive Systems (Human Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality, Games) at the Department of Informatics Telecommunications, University of Athens. In 2003 she founded and co-directed makebelieve, an experience design and consulting company.Previously, she established (in 1998) and directed (until 2003) the Virtual Reality Department at the Foundation of the Hellenic World, a cultural heritage institution based in Athens, Greece, where she was responsible for setting up the immersive projection-based VR exhibits and managing the research, design and development of the VR programs and related visitor experiences. For most of the nineties (1993-1997), during her extensive work with the CAVE® at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory in Chicago, she focused on the design, application, and evaluation of virtual and digital media environments for education and the representation of cultural information. She has also collaborated with many museums, including contemporary art museums such as the Walker Art Center, to design and create interactive art education material for the Internet.

She holds a PhD in Computer Science (VR/HCI) from the University of London (UCL), a Master in Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Electronic Media from the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master’s of Science (M.Sc) in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the same university. Maria is Chair of the Greek ACM SIGCHI Professional Chapter (since 2011), Vice-chair of the newly established Greek ACM-W Chapter, and the recipient of the 2013 Tartessos Award for her contribution in Digital Heritage and Virtual Archaeology.

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