Social robotics – Educational technology – Music making
I am a Research Scientist at the European Commission, JRC, Centre for Advanced Studies with a focus on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Human Behaviour. Previously, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Human-Media Interaction group at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, with a focus on Human-Robot Interaction. My research interests lie in the ways in which interactive and intelligent systems, including humanoid and non-humanoid robots, affect human cognitive development. I am particularly interested in the processes of structure emergence in early childhood as well as in the novelty-based cognitive development, with musical creativity as an area of application.
I have worked for the following EU H2020 funded projects: (i) the DE-ENIGMA, which aims to create and evaluate the effectiveness of a robot-based technology, developed to support autistic children in their learning; (ii) the SQUIRREL (Clearing Clutter Bit by Bit) with a focus on non-humanoid robots in cluttering within unstructured settings; and (iii) the EASEL (Expressive Agents for Symbiotic Education and Learning), with a focus on humanoid robots in science education and children’s inquiry learning. In addition, I have been involved in the design of children’s engagement within several digital contexts e.g. the“Universe of Sound”, a sound installation at the Science Museum London. Previously, I worked at the EU funded project European Music Portfolio: a Creative way into Languages, as a member of the board of experts.
I earned my BA in musicology and MA in developmental psychology and educational technology, both at the University of Athens, Greece. Currently, I am working towards the completion of my PhD thesis, which focuses on children’s creative thinking processes in the context of collaborative music improvisation within digital environments, at the University College London, UCL Institute of Education, London, UK.