Vitae: Yiannis Laouris

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Membership in Associations

Membership in Professional Societies and Associations

Organization Years
Cypriot Students Association, President '78, GDR 1981-83
Pre-registration Doctors’ Association, President, '86, Limassol, Cyprus 1985-86
Physiology Seminar Committee, UA 1988-89
Co-Coordinator, "PSIO 818: Neurophysiology for Neurologists", UA 1988-89

2007-present

German Physiological Society 1988-1992
International Society of Biomechanics 1989
Society for Neuroscience 1990-1994

2007-present

American Physiological Society 1990-1995
Cyprus Designers and Inventors Association, Secretary '94), Cyprus 1992-93
Cyprus Neuroscience Association, Appointed President, '91, Cyprus 1991-96
Cyprus MacUsers Group, Founding Member and President, '92, Cyprus 1991-94
Cyprus Society of Medical Informatics, Cyprus 1997-2005
Peace Center, Cyprus 1994-present
Center for Systemic Studies, Founding Member, Cyprus 1994-96
Technology For Peace, Founding Member and Project Leader 1997-present
IDA: International Dyslexia Association 2002-present
ISSS: International Society for the Systems Sciences 2003-present
ISTE: International Society Technology in Education 1993-1997

2004-present

IADIS: International Association for Development of the Information Society 2005-present
EARLI: European association for Research on Learning & Instruction 2005-present
AERA: American Educational Research Association 2006-present
HSSS: Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies 2008-present
American Society for Cybernetics 2014-present

Membership in Bi-communal Peace Initiatives in Cyprus

Group Years
Executive Committee of the Westminster Group 1995-2000
Member of the Core Trainers Group 1994-1997
Member and Facilitator of the Young Business Leaders Bicommunal Group 1997-1999
Facilitator of the Technology for Peace Group (Greek Cypriot Side) 1997-2003
Facilitator for the Bicommunal Investment Company Group 1997-2000
Member of the Secretariat of the Coordinating Initiative 1998-2000
Member of the Communication Initiative 1998-2000
Facilitator of the Y2P (Youth Promoting Peace) Group 1999-2003
Founding Member and Board Member of Cyprus Community Media Centre 2010-present
Founding member of CINDEP 2010

Honors and Awards

Organization of international meetings and symposia

Laouris has been chair and/or key organizer of the following conferences:

Name and description of the award Year
Leistungstippendien, Leipzig, Germany

Financial award given to students with very high grades

1979-1984
Salvator Allende Stippendium, Leipzig, Germany

Prize given to two best students of each university in the country

1985
Leistungshau, Leipzig, GDR

Competition for selection of research achievements by young scientists
Parts of Ph.D. work selected for both the 1984 "Leistungsshau" of the
University and for the 1985 "Leistungsshau" from all Universities in the GDR

1984 & 1985
Summa cum laude, Leipzig, Germany

PhD received the most unusual distinction having being graded with 5 A’s

1985
Υποτροφία Παγκύπριας Πορείας Αγάπης Αρχιεπισκόπου Μακαρίου Γ, Nicosia, Cyprus

Scholarship given by Makarios Foundation exempting rules to support a young scientist's dream to follow a humanistic research career

1986
Provost's Teaching Award, Arizona, USA

For development of computer-based undergraduate instruction in neuroscience

1990
Medical Innovation Award, Arizona, USA

For development of computer-based undergraduate instruction in neuroscience

1992
IPDF, Arizona, USA1992

For activities in International Program Development

1992
ISO 9001/2, London, UK

Among the first few companies in Cyprus to get this award from a UK Board

1996
Silver Award, INPEX 95, Pittsburgh, USA

Innovation Competition Fair with thousands of participants from all over the world

1995
The Elected of the Year '96, Jerusalem, Israel

The CYBER Kids company in Israel chosen as the most promising new company of the Year

1996
Qualidat, Geneva, Switzerland

Distinction given to companies that demonstrate high standards of quality

1996
CYBER KIDS Award for Creativity by the Employers and Industrialists Federation (1998) 1998
Civil Society Award

First Award to NGOs pioneering in social transformation

2008
Silver Award Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies
Award to distinguished scientists
2008
Anna Lindh Award Honourable Mention, to Future Words Center for the highly-esteemed work on intercultural dialogue for the promotion of freedom and citizenship 2011
Digital Champion Cyprus Award 2015 for his role and support in establishing an award process for innovations in digital economy 2015
Global Education Innovation Award 2017 One of 12 awarded by GENE – Global Education Network Europe to Future Worlds Center for its innovative Map Your Meal project. 2017
Digital Champion Award: 2nd Prize; awarded to GNOUS Labs Ltd. as start-up. 2017
Industry Disruptors-Game Changers Award by Disrupt Cyprus awarded to GNOUS Labs Ltd., for MAPS' disruptive ability; 3rd Prize 2017
Get In The Ring awarded to GNOUS Labs Ltd. as start-up. 1st Prize 2018
Year Event # Role/Co-organizers Organizations Place
1988 Perspectives in Motor Control:
Brainstorming on the State of Affairs
and Future Developments
25 Co-Chair
Chairs: H.-D. Henatsch
Uwe Windhorst
Georg-August University
Goettingen
Paphos, Cyprus
1992 Innovation-Technology Social Progress 92 120 Chair: Yiannis Laouris
Co-Chair: George Christodoulides
CNTI
Institute of Technology
Cyprus Development Bank
CYBER KIDS
Nicosia, Cyprus
1993 Innovation-Technology Social Progress 93 135 Chair: Yiannis Laouris
Co-Chair: George Christodoulides
CNTI
Institute of Technology
Cyprus Development Bank
CYBER KIDS
Nicosia, Cyprus
1995 Computers and Dyslexia 1995 Seminar 90 Chair
Co-Chair: Pantelis Makris and
the Dyslexia Group
CNTI
Cyprus Dyslexia Association
CYBER KIDS
Nicosia, Cyprus
1996 Computers and Dyslexia 1996 Conference 120 Chair
Co-Chair: Despo Minaidou and
the Dyslexia Group
CNTI
Cyprus Dyslexia Association
CYBER KIDS
Lefkosia, Cyprus
1997 Computers and Dyslexia 1997 Conference 105 Chair
Co-Chair: Christiane El-Haddad and
the Dyslexia Group
CNTI
Cyprus Dyslexia Association
CYBER KIDS
Lefkosia, Cyprus
1998 Computers and Dyslexia 1998 Conference 133 Chair
Co-Chair: Petroula Petrou and
the Dyslexia Group
CNTI
Cyprus Dyslexia Association
CYBER KIDS
Lefkosia, Cyprus
2001 Computers and Dyslexia 2001 Conference 145 Chair
Co-Chair: Mira Ioannou and
the Dyslexia Group
CNTI
Cyprus Dyslexia Association
CYBER KIDS
Lefkosia, Cyprus
2002 Building an innovation based Economy 34 Chair
Co-Chair: Panikos Michael
Commonwealth Science Council
WAITRO
Pafos, Cyprus
2002 Computers and Dyslexia 2002 Conference 220 Chair
Co-Chair: Stella Ioannides and
the Dyslexia Group
CNTI
Cyprus Dyslexia Association
CYBER KIDS
Lefkosia, Cyprus
2003 International Conference on Innovation
Grand Bay, 24 – 28 February 2003
85 Chair Commonwealth Science Council
WAITRO
Mauritius
2005 Multilingual and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
on Dyslexia; 3rd International Multilingualism
and Dyslexia Conference
223 Vice President of Local
Organizing Committee
IDA
EDA
CDA
Limassol, Cyprus
2005 Accessibility for All to Services and Terminals
for Next Generation Networks -
The Ambient Intelligence Perspective
44 Vice President of Local
Organizing Committee
CNTI
Cost219ter secretariat
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
2005 IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 155 Member of Review- &
Organizing Committees
Qawra, Malta
2007 Insafe Meeting 56 Chairs; Yiannis Laouris and
Janice Richardson
Insafe
CNTI
Limassol, Cyprus
2008 Safer Internet Day Conference 2008 >600 Organizing Committee CYTA
CNTI
Cyprus Pedagogical Institute
Cyber Crime
Nicosia, Cyprus
2009 Safer Internet Day Conference 2009 >600 Organizing Committee CYTA
CNTI
Cyprus Pedagogical Institute
Cyber Crime
Nicosia, Cyprus
2010 Safer Internet Day Conference 2010 >600 Organizing Committee CYTA
CNTI
[[Cyprus Pedagogical Institute]
Cyber Crime
Nicosia, Cyprus
2010 Cyprus Peace Makers
Act Beyond Borders Conference
>200 Organizing Committee FWC Nicosia, Cyprus
2011 Connecting Generations -
Discover the digital world together…safely!
>100 Chair CNTI
Frederick University
Nicosia, Cyprus
2011 Safer Internet Day Conference 2011 >650 Organizing Committee CYTA
CNTI
Cyprus Pedagogical Institute
Cyber Crime
Nicosia, Cyprus
2011 Mobile Learning as the future of education >60 Organizing Committee CYTA
CNTI
San Sebastian, Spain
2012 Safer Internet Day Conference 2012 >750 Organizing Committee CYTA
CNTI
Cyprus Pedagogical Institute
Cyber Crime
Nicosia, Cyprus

Collaborative research and visiting scientists

Department of Neurophysiology, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

Doctoral Students

Serving as mentor for doctoral students of Prof. Uwe Windhorst.

Name Status during training Period
Uli Kuipers Dipl. Biol. in PhD program 1986-1988
Theodoros Kokkoroyiannis Dipl. Biol. in PhD program 1986-1988

University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Undergraduate and Masters Students; Across campus

The following Undergraduate and Masters students collaborated for the development of Hypercard-based courses in neuroscience, which were eventually honored with the Provost's Teaching Award and the Medical Innovation Award.


Name Status during training Period
Elisa M. Chernov Undergraduate at Systems and Industrial Engineering, Research Assistant 1990-1991
Beili Wing Undergraduate at Computer Science, Research Assistant 1990
Nicos Stylianou M.S. Electrical Engineering, Research Assistant 1990-1992
Xenon Xenophontos M.S. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Research Assistant 1990-1992
Amit Vyas M.S. MIS Engineering, Research Assistant 1990-1991

Doctoral Students; Department of Neurophysiology

Serving as mentor for doctoral students of Prof. Douglas G. Stuart.

Name Status during training Period
John M. Spielmann B.S., M.S.; PhD student in Neuroscience 1986-1990
Leslie Bevan B.A., M.S.; PhD student in Neuroscience 1986-1990
Katalin M. Gothard M.D.; PhD student in neuroscience 1990-1991

Postdoctoral Fellows; Department of Neurophysiology

Collaborative experimental work with post-doctoral students in the context of the Robotics/Prosthetics/Motor Control Group.


Name Status during collaboration Period
Grant A. Robinson Ph.D., Post-doc, Research Associate in Physiology/School of Medicine 1986-1989
Michael A. Nordstrom DDS, Ph.D., Research Associate in Physiology, College of Medicine 1989-1992
Robert J. Callister Ph.D., Research Associate in Physiology, College of Medicine 1990-1992
Jane Garland Ph.D., Research Associate in Physiology, College of Medicine 1990-1991

Visiting Scholars; Robotics/Prosthetics/Motor Control Group

Collaborative experimental work with international visiting scientists in the context of the Robotics/Prosthetics/Motor Control Group.

Name Status during collaboration Period
Nicolina I. Radicheva M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biophysics
Visiting from Central Laboratory of Biophysics
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
1988-1989
Lubomir V. Gerilovsky M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physiology,
visiting from Central Laboratory of Biophysics
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
1988-1989
Konstantin G. Kostov Research Associate, visiting from Central Laboratory of Biophysics
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
1988-1989

Higher Technical Institute, Cyprus, 1991-1994

Mentoring students while teaching a number of classes at the Higher Technical Institute.

  • Supervisor for approximately 20 HTI students
  • More than 30 worked at the CNTI between 1991-1994.

Philips College, Cyprus, 1992-1994

Mentoring and supervising students while teaching at Philips College.


Supervising theses of three BS in Psychology students

Name Status during training Period
Demetra Kalopedi Psychology Student working on her Thesis 1993
Costas Constanti Psychology Student working on his Thesis 1993
Christiane El-Haddad Psychology Student working on her Thesis 1993

CYBER School of Instructors

Full-time CYBER KIDS Instructors, Cyprus, 1992-2001

Part-time Instructors

Full-time Senior Scientists

Name Status during collaboration Period
Harry Anastasiou Head of Cyberkids Curriculum Development Unit 1006-2001
Philip Snyder Professor of Conflict Resolution 9/1998-9/1999

Bicommunal Peace Movement, Cyprus, 1994-present

Collaborations with a number of international scholars the context of activities related to the Bicommunal Peace Movement.

Visiting Scholars

Name Status during training Period
Benjamin Broome Professor of Conflict Resolution, Fulbright Scholar 1994-96
Philip Snyder Professor of Conflict Resolution, Fulbright Scholar 1996-98; (Since 2000, visiting every year)
John Ungerleider Professor of Conflict Resolution, Fulbright Scholar 1997-98
Gary Gumpert Professor of Communication
Visiting periodically to collaborate in technology related issues
1997- present (visiting every year)
Suzan Drucker Professor of Communication
Visiting periodically to collaborate in technology related issues
1997- present (visiting every year)

Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute, Cyprus, Years:1991-2001

Full-time Research Associates

Name Status during training Period
George Vakanas Research Associate, Depts. of Neural Control, CNTI 1991-1995
Stelios Stylianou Research Associate, Depts. of Neural Control, CNTI 9/1992-7/1994
Jack Kyriakou Research Assistant, Dept. of Neural Control 9/1992-3/1993
Irina Nicolaou Research Assistant, Dept. Dept. of Neural Control 10/1992-4/1993
Yiannos Constantinou Programmer for MAPS and Technician 1998-2001

Undergraduate Students

8 HTI- and 3 Philips College students completed their practical training with me at the Institute. 1991-94

Masters students working on their theses

Name Status during training Period
Eleni Vakanas Masters Student, CYBER Kids R&D Unit 1993-94
Christiane El-Haddad Research Associate, Special Education Unit 1993-1997

Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute, Cyprus, Years: 2001-present

Full-time Associates funded through EU or international grants

Name Status during training Period
George Tziapouras MS in Political Science, Coordinator of Technology for Peace 3/2001-7/2004
Nikoletta Koutsakou MS in Political Science, Coordinator of Youth Promoting Peace 2001-2002
Xenia Constantinou MS in Political Science, Coordinator of Youth Promoting Peace 9/2002-3/2005
Natasa Xenophontos MS in International Studies, Coordinator of HasNa-funded projects 9/2002-12/02
Synthia Pavlou BS in Journalism, Coordinator of HasNa-funded projects 2/2003- 9/2003
Elia Petridou BS in Economics, Coordinator of HasNa-funded projects 11/2003-12/2004
Elia Petridou MS in International Studies, Coordinator of EU Citizenship project 9/2005-8/2008
Kerstin Wittig MA in Political Science 10/2005-present
Tonia Loizidou MS in Cognitive Psychology 5/2006-2/2008
Vipar Uthenpong MS in Computer science 5/2006-8/2007
Christos Xenophontos MA in European Studies 5/2006-10/2006
Reinhard Eckert Coordinator of Everybody's Song 5/2006-5/2008
Tatjana Taraszow MS Psychology 9/2006-present
Nikolas Kasparis MS Artificial Intelligence 10/2007-9/2008
Elena Aristodemou MA Psychological Research Methods 2/2008-present
Georgina Siitta Achilleos BS Psychology 2/2008-4/2012

Visiting Senior Scientists

Name Status during training Period
Peter Gerjets Assistant Professor of Psychology, Germany 1 week in 1992 &1993
Peter Schwartze Professor of Physiology Germany Short visits in 1993 & 2000
Douglas G. Stuart Professor of Physiology, USA Short visits in 1994 & 1995
Rasim Arikan PhD Candidate of Physiology, Turkey 1 month in 1993

Future Worlds Center

Interns visiting from Portland State University

Name Status during training Period
Isaac Kastellano Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program Second Summer Semester, 2003
Alexander Kuhnd Doctoral student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program Fall Semester, 2003
Robin Porter Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program Two weeks; Summer Semester 2005
Larry Fergeson Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program Summer/Fall Semester 2005
Jenine Alexander Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program Jan-Jul 2006
Brooke Galloway Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program Sep 2008-present
Mary Olin Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program Oct 2006 – Nov. 2006.
Matthew Pfeiffer Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program
Demetris Desylas Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program
Adira Zwelling Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program Sep 2010-May 2011
Elicia Reed Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program
Randolph Dilday Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program
Vasiliki Katrivanou Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program
Rachel Joy Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program
Randolph Dilday Masters Student in the FWC - PSU Exchange Program

Short term research fellowships and international interns

Name Status during training Period
Björn Rohde-Liebenau Masters Student from Germany visiting Technology for Peace Spring Semester 2003
Christina Simokat Masters Student, USA Fall Semester, 2003
Demetris Desylas Masters Student Spring Semester 2004
Vasiliki Katrivanou Masters Student Spring Semester 2004
Melaina Spitzer BSc Student, USA Summer Semester 2004
Astrid Blümlein Masters Student, Greece Spring & Summer Semester 2005
Eleni Messiou Masters Student, Cyprus Oct 2008-Dec 2008
Christina Montanios Masters, Cyprus Oct 2008--Dec 2008
Pelin Aksoy Masters Student, from Turkey Spring Semester 2005
Lucia Fetzer Masters Student from University of Hannover, Germany Sep 2008-present

Teaching Experience

Carl Ludwig Institute of Physiology, KMU, Leipzig

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
1982-1985 Physiology Seminar and Practical Medical students 20-24/class 20-40 hrs/semester


General Hospital, Limassol, Cyprus

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
1985-1986 Clinicians' Seminar Physicians of the hospital 10-30/session Primary (1 lecture) and secondary participation (10 hrs/yr)
1986 Instruction to blood-bank staff on use of newly introduced computer Technical staff 4 persons 12 hrs


Family Therapy Group, Limassol, Cyprus

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
1985-1986 Seminars, Lectures, Teaching Therapy sessions; Primary and secondary participation Psychiatrists, psychologists, social scientists ca 15/session 1/wk


Institute of Physiology, GAU, Göttingen, Germany

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
1986-1987 Physiology Laboratory Courses Medical students 20-30/class 40 hrs/semester
1986-1987 Physiology Seminar Faculty 10-20/class 2 lectures


Max-Plank Institute, Göttingen, Germany

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
1987 Neurophysiology Seminar Graduate students 10-20/session 2 lectures


Department of Physiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
1989 Neurophysiology Lectures Neurology residents 10-15/class 2 lectures


Motor Control Group, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
1988-1992 Weekly seminar: Primary and secondary participation Faculty, pre- and post-doctoral trainees 20-30/session Weekly; year-long


Makarios Medical Center, Lefkosia, Cyprus

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
1991 24-h course in Neurophysiology Physicians, staff, pre- and post-doctoral trainees 12/session 24 hrs
1992 24-h course in Advanced Neurophysiology Physicians, staff, pre- and post-doctoral trainees 12/session 24 hrs


Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute, Lefkosia, Cyprus

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
9/92-12/92 CNTI Journal Club Research associates, pre- and post-doctoral students Varying numbers ca 10 1/mo
9/92-12/92 EMG Spectrum Group Research associates, pre- and post-doctoral students Varying numbers ca 10 1/mo


CYBER Institutes, Lefkosia, Cyprus

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
9-12/92 CYBER Journal Club Research associates and instructors Varying 3-7 1 semester
9-12/92 CYBER Algorithm Group Research associates and instructors Varying 3-7 1 semester


Higher Technical Institute, Lefkosia, Cyprus

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
9/91-1/92 Neuroscience for Engineers International students of the World Health Organization 30-40/session 1 semester
11/92-12/92 Object-oriented Language Lecturers of the Dept. of Informatics 30-40/session 1 semester; 10 hours
1992-93 Introduction to Operating Systems Computer Science Students 30-40/session Odd semester 5 p.p.w.
1992-93 Artificial Intelligence Computer Science Students 30-40/session Even semester 2 p.p.w.
1992-93 Systems Analysis Computer Science Students 30-40/session Even semester 5 p.p.w.
1992-93 Advanced Operating Systems Computer Science Students 30-40/session Even semester 3 p.p.w.
1993-94 Systems Analysis & Design Computer Science Students 30-40/session Odd semester 2 p.p.w.
1993-94 Artificial Intelligence Computer Science Students 30-40/session Odd semester 5 p.p.w.

Philips College, Lefkosia, Cyprus

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
9/92-7/93 Neuropsychology 400 level Students of Dept. of Psychology 8 students Yearly university course


CYBER Institutes, Lefkosia, Cyprus

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
1992-1999 CYBER Journal Club Research and academic associates, instructors 5-10 scientists 1 semester
1994-1996 CYBER Algorithm Group Research and academic associates, instructors 5-10 scientists 1 semester
1994-2001 CYBER School of Instructors Research and academic associates, instructors Varying number ranging from 10-50 ca 40 h/semester


Fulbright Peace Facility at the Buffer Zone, Lefkosia, CYPRUS

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
1994-1997 Bi-communal Rapprochement Groups Peace builders; bi-communal rapprochement More than 500 people trained Several 1-week-long workshops


Technology for Peace, Lefkosia, CYPRUS

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
1997-2003 Using Technology and Internet for Peace Peace builders; Internet to facilitate rapprochement Three groups, total of 50 peace builders Three 20-hour workshops


Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute, Lefkosia, Cyprus

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
9/2003-7/2005 Dyslexia Journal Club Research associates, pre- & post-doctoral students 10-15 scientists 2/mo
2003-2005 Mental Attributes Profiling System Seminar Research associates, clinical psychologists 5-10 scientists 3 monthly; 10-h workshops
2006-present Brain-based Learning Journal Club Research associates, pre- and post-doctoral students 10-15 scientists 30 h/semester
2007-present Technology of Democracy Research associates, pre- and post-doctoral students 10-15 scientists 30 h/semester


Knowledge Media Research Center, Tübingen, Germany

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
2004-2008 Virtual PhD Program in Psychology Doctoral students 12-15 scientists Once yearly; 1 week


Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies, Piraeus, Greece

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
2009-present Postgraduate in Professional Systemics Professionals/Graduate Students 50-80 scientists Once yearly; 3 days


Cyprus University of Technology, Faculty of Applied Arts and Communication, Limassol, Cyprus

Year Course Attendees Number Duration
2012-present Class in Communications and Internet Studies Undergraduate/Graduate Students 10-20 students Twice yearly; 3 hours each time