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Dr Nearchos Paspallis


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PhD Computer Science (University of Cyprus, 2009)

MSc Computer Science (University of California, 2002)

BEng Computer Engineering and Informatics (University of Patras, 2001)

PGCert of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 2013


Employment Track

Assistant Professor of Computing, UCLan Cyprus (2015-now)

Lecturer of Computing, UCLan Cyprus (2012-2015)

Visiting Academic, Cyprus University of Technology (2012)

Visiting Academic, University of Cyprus (2010-2011)

Research Associate, University of Cyprus (2004-2010)

Software Analyst, TSYS (2004)

Software Engineer, Eternal Systems (2002-2004)

Research Interests

Software engineering and distributed systems: methods for context-aware, self-adaptive applications and services, with emphasis on mobile and pervasive computing environments. Gamification as a means for student engagement and behaviour change. Responsible Research and Innovation.

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • Course Leader, BSc (Hons) Computing
  • Modules taught: Honours Degree Project, Object Oriented Methods in Computing, Mobile Application Development, Mobile Computing, Computing Skills, Introduction to Programming, Algorithms and Data Structures, Software Development, Systems Analysis and Database Design, Study & Research Skills

Administrative Roles

  • Member, Council (elected)
  • Member, Erasmus committee (Computing representative)
  • Member, Teaching and Learning committee (School of Sciences representative)

Selected Publications 

  • Eliana Stavrou, Nearchos Paspallis, A classification platform for security protocols in WSNs, In N. Paspallis, M. Raspopoulos, C. Barry, M. Lang, H. Linger, & C. Schneider (Eds.), Information Systems Development: Advances in Methods, Tools and Management (ISD2017 Proceedings). Larnaca, Cyprus: University of Central Lancashire Cyprus. ISBN: 978-9963-2288-3-6.
  • Panayiotis Andreou, George Nicou, Irene Polycarpou, Panagiotis Germanakos, Nearchos Paspallis, CodeAdventure: An Adventure Game for Computer Science Education, Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Novel Learning Ecosystems – 4th International Conference (LCT 2017), held as part of HCI International (HCI), Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 9-14, 2017
  • Kate Chatfield, Konstantinos Iatridis, Bernd C. Stahl, Nearchos Paspallis, Innovating Responsibly in ICT for Ageing: Drivers, Obstacles and Implementation, Sustainability 2017, Vol. 9, No. 6, p. 971
  • Nearchos Paspallis, Salah Eddin Alshaal, Improving QoE via Context Prediction: A Case Study of Using WiFi Radiomaps to Predict Network Disconnection, International Workshop on Autonomous Control for Performance and Reliability Trade-offs in Internet of Services (ACPROSS’17) in conjunction with the 8th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE’17), L’Aquila, Italy, April 22, 2017
  • Nearchos Paspallis, Marios Raspopoulos, An Open Platform for Studying and Testing Context-Aware Indoor Positioning Algorithms, Complexity in Information Systems Development in Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation, Vol. 22, Springer, April 19, 2017
  • Nearchos Paspallis, A Gamification Platform for Inspiring Young Students to Take an Interest in Coding, 23rd International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2014), Varazdin, Croatia, September 2-4, 2014
  • Nearchos Paspallis, George A. Papadopoulos, A pluggable middleware architecture for developing context-aware mobile applications, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal, ISSN 1617-4909, Vol. 18, No. 5, June 2014, Springer London, pp. 1099-1116
  • Nearchos Paspallis, Georgia Kapitsaki, Achilleas Achilleos Enabling context-aware HCI with reusable components, 2nd Interaction Design & Human-Computer Interaction Workshop in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication (ICTVC), June 4-5, 2013, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Jacqueline Floch, Cristina Frà, Rolf Fricke, Kurt Geihs, Michael Wagner, Jorge Lorenzo, Eduardo Soladana, Stefan Mehlhase, Nearchos Paspallis, Hossein Rahnama, Pedro A. Ruiz, Ulrich Scholz, Playing MUSIC — building context-aware and self-adaptive mobile applications, Software – Practice and Experience Journal, Vol. 43, No. 3, March 2013, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., pp. 359-388
  • Svein Hallsteinsen, Kurt Geihs, Nearchos Paspallis, Frank Eliassen, Geir Horn, Jorge Lorenzo, Alessandro Mamelli, George A Papadopoulos, A Development Framework and Methodology for Self-Adapting Applications in Ubiquitous Computing Environments, Journal of Systems and Software, Vol. 85, No. 12, December 2012, Elsevier, pp. 2840-2859


Selective Research Funding/ Grant Capture

  • COST, Wearable Robots, Member of the Management Committee, Mar 2017 – Present
  • COST, Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services (ACROSS), Member of the Management Committee, Sep 2013 – Present
  • FP7, Responsible Industry, Researcher, €1,496,992, Feb 2014 – Jul 2017
  • Fulbright/Alumni Small Grants, Code Cyprus: Encouraging teenagers in Cyprus to take an interest in coding, Coordinator, Sep 2013.

Supervision of Projects/PhDs

  • Matina Marathefti (PhD), A study of the effectiveness of gamification in intervening to elementary school bullying, 2016-2020
  • Jonathan Ilia Apuru (MSc), Assessing and fostering responsible practice in mobile applications development, 2016
  • Maria Marnerou (MSc), Assessing methods for effective learning with educational games, 2017-2018
  • Pantelitsa Marnerou (MSc), 2017-2018, Development of a mobile educational game
  • Constantinos Kelepeshis (MSc), Development and assessment of a Virtual Reality app for psychology experiments


  • Fulbright Scholar, Full scholarship towards an MSc, 2001-2002
  • Scholarship from the National Scholarships Foundation of Greece, 1996-2001
  • Best paper award for: Nearchos Paspallis, Marios Raspopoulos, An Open Platform for Studying and Testing Context-Aware Indoor Positioning Algorithms, 25th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2016), Katowice, Poland, August 24-26, 2016, pp. 314-321
  • Distinction at First Cyprus Robotex competition, Coached the team that won first place at the Maze solving challenge, 2017

Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

  • Founder of Code Cyprus, which aims at “Inspiring high school students to take an interest in computer science”
  • Judge at Hack{Cyprus} events, which aim at “Putting Cyprus on the technology map”
  • Internal Examiner for the PhD panel of Elias Allayiotis
  • Conference Chair for the 26th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD 2017), September 6-8, 2017, Larnaca, Cyprus
  • Workshops Chair for the 21st International Symposium on Formal Methods (FM 2016), November 7-11, 2016, Limassol, Cyprus
  • Publicity Chair of 5th IEEE International Conferences on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO 2011), October 3-7, 2011, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA