Curriculum Vitae of Professor Constantine Stephanidis

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Distinguished member of FORTH
Head of the Human - Computer Interaction (HCI) Laboratory
Head of the Ambient Intelligence (AmI) Programme
Professor of Computer Science, University of Crete

Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)

N. Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton
GR - 70013 Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Phone: +30 2810 391741
FAX: +30 2810 391799
Mobile Phone: +30 6947 000176


Constantine Stephanidis is Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Crete. He is Affiliated Faculty Member of the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) of which he served as the Director (2004-2016), as Founder (1989) and Head of the Human - Computer Interaction (HCI) Laboratory as well as Founder (2004) and Head of the Ambient Intelligence (AmI) Programme. Since December 2016, Prof. Stephanidis is a Distinguished Member of FORTH.


Academic and Research Activities

He received his BSc (Honors) in Electronics in 1981 and his PhD in Electronic Engineering in 1987, both from the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK). Prof. Stephanidis is one of the pioneers of the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) internationally. In the early nineties, he organized and taught the first HCI courses in Greek Universities, having since supervised a long series of PhD, M.Sc. and B.Sc. theses. Prof. Stephanidis has introduced in the international literature the concepts of “Design for All” and “Universal Access” in Human - Computer Interaction, formulating the applicable principles and developing the technological frameworks that support their adoption in the rapidly developing Information and Communication Technologies field.

One of the primary goals of the research and development activities of Prof. Stephanidis was to ensure the accessibility, usability and positive user experience of applications and internet-based services, for all citizens, including people with disabilities and older people.

Since the late 1980s, Prof. Stephanidis has been engaged as the Scientific Responsible in more than 150 European Commission and nationally funded R&D projects, RTD contracts, studies and projects for industry. Many of these projects were targeted to providing accessibility and ensuring usability and positive user experience to disadvantaged user groups, as well as to the optimization of the development lifecycle of the user interfaces in interactive systems and applications.



The internationally recognized research and development work of Prof. Stephanidis has been published in more than 600 articles in scientific archival journals, edited books and handbooks, proceedings of international conferences and workshops. He is the Editor of the book "User Interfaces for All - concepts, methods and tools" (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001) and “The Universal Access Handbook” (CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group, 2009), which report his research activities for the accessibility of people with disabilities in the emerging Knowledge and Information Society. The monograph “Design for All”, included in the on-line “Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction” (Interaction Design Foundation, 2013), refers to the consolidation and dissemination of technologies, methods and tools related to the inclusive design of human interaction with technological artifacts. Prof. Stephanidis edited seven White Papers that were published in the international literature as policy recommendations for research and technological development, to be used by international organizations, government agencies and industry, amongst of which:


Editorial Activities

Prof. Stephanidis is the Founder (2000) and Editor-in-Chief of the Springer-Nature international journal "Universal Access in the Information Society".

Since January 2016, he is the Managing Editor of the “International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction”, published by Taylor & Francis.


Administrative Positions

From 2004 to 2016: Director of the Institute of Computer Science of-FORTH and member of the Board of Directors of FORTH.

From 2004 to 2016: member of the Board of Directors of the Science and Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C), serving as its President from 2003 to 2010.

From 2016 to 2020: member of the Management Board of the spin-off company FORTHnet (appointed by the Board of Directors of FORTH).

Since January 2017: President of the Council for Research and Innovation of the Region of Crete.

Prof. Stephanidis was elected President of the National Accessibility Authority in April 2021.


Participation in National and European Committees

From 1989 to 2016: National representative in European Commission management committees of the R&D Framework Programmes in the field of Information Society Technologies.

From 2006 to 2012: National representative and member of the Management Board of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), having been involved in the establishment of the European Agency and its hosting in Crete (since its preparatory phases in 2002).

From 2008 to 2009: Member of the Sectorial Scientific Committee of Informatics of the National Council for Research and Technology, and from 2014 to 2016 Member of the Council.

From September 2013 to September 2014: Coordinator of the five-member Task Force for the drafting of the Framework Legislation for Research and Innovation (law 4310/2014).


International Initiatives

Prof. Stephanidis was the Founder and Chair (1995-2006) of the Working Group "User Interfaces for All" of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), in the context of which he organized nine international Workshops. Since 2001 he is the Founding Chair of the International Conference "Universal Access in Human - Computer Interaction". From 1997 to 2002 he was the Founder and Chair of the International Scientific Forum "Towards an Information Society for All", in the context of which he edited two White Papers concerning the roadmap and R&D agenda towards an Information Society for All at an international level. These actions were funded by industry and by the European Commission and influenced, amongst others: COM (1999) 687 final, by the European Council (eEurope: An Information Society for All, Lisbon, 2000), and by the US National Science Foundation (nsf03612 Universal Access | NSF).


Distinctions and Awards

Prof. Stephanidis delivered, upon invitation, many distinguished lectures and keynote speeches on his research activities and in particular on inclusive design and universal access.

In 1999, he received the ERCIM Information and Communication Science and Technology Award for his research work reported in the monograph "Designing for all in the Information Society: Challenges towards universal access in the information age".

In 2000, he received the ERCIM Award for his achievements as the Founding Chair of the ERCIM Working Group “User Interfaces for All”.

In 2010, Prof. Stephanidis was elected member of the Informatics Section of the Academia Europaea (the European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences).

Since December 2016, Prof. Stephanidis is a Distinguished Member of FORTH.


Contributions to the European RTD Policy

Since the late ‘80s, Prof. Stephanidis has been actively contributing to the European Commission RTD Policy on Information Society, and in particular for the equal access by people with disabilities and older people, either as a member of EC experts’ committees, or as National Representative in Management Committees of successive RTD Framework Programmes in the broad field of Information and Communication Technologies.

He is one of the co-founders of the European Design for All e-Accessibility Network (EDeAN) and founder of the corresponding National Network GR-DeAN. He is also the senior editor of the EDeAN White Paper (2006), outlining a roadmap for possible relevant future European initiatives.

Prof. Stephanidis was the Scientific Coordinator of the project InterLink (International Cooperation Activities in Future and Emerging ICTs - Coordination Actions enabling the European research community to interact with research communities outside Europe in a series of strategic, basic research areas), funded by the European Commission (2006-2009).


Impact and exploitation of research results

The results of the research activities that Prof. Stephanidis has initiated, performed and supervised, include methodologies, software components and tools for the design and development of interaction-intensive applications and services that optimally suit the requirements of diverse users, platforms, and environments. These methodologies and tools have been adopted internationally, by academic and research institutions and by the industry. They have also been used for educational purposes, in combination with the handbooks Prof. Stephanidis has edited, in University courses. Using these methods and tools, online portals and services have been developed which are accessible by people with disabilities.

During the ‘90s, Prof. Stephanidis has contributed to the ISO 9241 TC 159 / WG 5 / SC 4 (Software Ergonomics) pertaining to the issue of accessibility of interactive applications and telematics services by people with disabilities, and also contributed to the early efforts for de facto standards of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) aiming to provide accessibility guidelines for the Web (W3C Web Accessibility Initiative - WAI).

The results of the research and development activities of Prof. Stephanidis, as well as his contribution to policy-making issues for equal access of people with disabilities to the Information Society, at national and European levels influenced work in the field and were used in a variety of ways by associations of people with disabilities both nationally and internationally. Over the years, Prof. Stephanidis has closely cooperated with the European Disability Forum (EDF), the National Confederation of Disabled People (NCDP) and other national Disability Associations in many European countries.

Since 2004, as Founder and Head of the Ambient Intelligence (AmI) Programme of the Institute of Computer Science of-FORTH, Prof. Stephanidis is coordinating activities targeted to the deployment and exploitation of technologies, systems and applications developed within the Programme. As a result, interactive systems are installed in public places (museums, airports, seaports, etc.). He is also leading the efforts for a continuous development of simulated smart space environments, in a variety of application domains (smart home, smart classroom, smart office, smart museum, smart entertaining room, smart garden, etc.) to provide a "test- bed" for pilot developments in multidisciplinary and cross-thematic RTD activities, where end user groups can be actively engaged, through participatory design and user studies, in the development cycle.

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