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Dr Nearchos Paspallis


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PhD Computer Science (University of Cyprus, 2010)
MSc Computer Science (University of California, 2002)
BEng/MEng Computer Engineering and Informatics (University of Patras, 2001)
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Toolkit (University of Central Lancashire, 2014)
PGCert of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2013)


Software Engineering, Mobile and Distributed Systems

Employment Track

Associate Professor in Computing, UCLan Cyprus (2018 – Present)
Assistant Professor in Computing, UCLan Cyprus (2015 – 2018)
Lecturer in 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, Nicosia, Cyprus (2004)
Software Engineer, Eternal Systems, California, USA (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. Applications of Machine Learning. Computer Science Education.

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • Course Leader, BSc (Hons) Computing (2014 – 2021)
  • Past Module Leadership/Delivery: Honours Degree Project, Object Oriented Methods in Computing, Mobile Application Development, Mobile Computing, Computing Challenge, Introduction to Programming, Algorithms and Data Structures, Software Development, Systems Analysis and Database Design, Study & Research Skills

Administrative Roles

  • Head, School of Sciences (2022 – present)
  • Deputy Head, School of Sciences (2020 – 2022)
  • Chair, Teaching and Learning Enhancement Committee (TLEC) (2018 – 2023)
  • Member, Senate (elected) (2018 – Present)
  • Member, UCLan Cyprus Provident Fund Committee (2013 – Present)

Selected Publications

  • Nicos Kasenides, Andriani Piki, Nearchos Paspallis, Exploring the User Experience and Effectiveness of Mobile Game-Based Learning in Higher Education, In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, AC Bella Sky Hotel and Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, 23-28 July 2023
  • Nearchos Paspallis, Nicos Kasenides, Andriani Piki, A Software Architecture for Developing Distributed Games that Teach Coding and Algorithmic Thinking, In Proceedings of the Computers, Software & Applications in an Uncertain World (COMPSAC 2022), IEEE, Torino, Italy, Jun 27-Jul 1, 2022
  • Nicos Kasenides, Nearchos Paspallis, Athlos: A Framework for Developing Scalable MMOG Backends on Commodity Clouds, Software journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 107-145, MDPI, March 2022
  • Nicos Kasenides, Nearchos Paspallis, aMazeChallenge: An interactive multiplayer game for learning to code, In Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2021), Valencia, Spain, Sep 8-10, 2021
  • Nicos Kasenides, Nearchos Paspallis, Multiplayer game backends: A Comparison of commodity cloud-based approaches, In Proceedings of the 8th European Conference On Service-Oriented And Cloud Computing, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Vol. 12054. Springer, Heraklion, Greece (Sep 28-30, 2020).
  • Nicos Kasenides, Nearchos Paspallis, A Systematic Mapping Study of MMOG Backend Architectures, Information journal, Vol. 10, No. 9; 264, MDPI (August 2019).
  • Nearchos Paspallis, An MDD-based method for building context-aware applications with high reusability, Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, SN 2047-7473, e2200, Wiley (August 2019).
  • Nearchos Paspallis, Irene Polycarpou, Panayiotis Andreou, Josephina Antoniou, Paris Kaimakis, Marios Raspopoulos, Maria Terzi, An Experience Report on the Effectiveness of Five Themed Workshops at Inspiring High School Students to Learn Coding, In Proceedings of 23rd Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 6 pages (2018).
  • 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, pp. 22.
  • Nearchos Paspallis, Marios Raspopoulos, Henry Linger, Chris Barry, Michael Lang, Christoph Schneider (Editors), Advances in Information Systems Development: Methods, Tools and Management, Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation, Vol. 26, ISBN 978-3-319-74817-7, Springer International Publishing (2018).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Konstantinos Kakousis, Nearchos Paspallis, George A. Papadopoulos, A survey of software adaptation in mobile and ubiquitous computing, Enterprise Information Systems, Vol. 4, No. 4, November 2010, Taylor & Francis, pp. 355-389.

Selected Research Funding/Grant Capture

  • EU H2020 Widera, PREPARED (Grant agreement ID: 101058094), Participant. €4.2M (2022-present)
  • ePhyLi Erasmus+ (Project number: 101089928), Participant. €400K (2022-present)
  • TIME2ACT@SD Erasmus+ (2022-1-PT01-KA220-HED-000087984), Participant €250K (2022-present)
  • EU H2020, SLICES-DS, Scientific Large-scale Infrastructure for Computing/ Communication Experimental Studies – Design Study, Participant, €2,914,175 (2020 – 2022).
  • ERASMUS+, iREEDER: Introducing Recent Electrical Engineering Developments into undErgraduate curriculum, €768,627, Participant (2019-2022).
  • ERASMUS+, MentorME: Promoting Social Inclusion of People with Fewer Opportunities through the Development of Mentorship Programme for HES Students, Partner co-lead, €296,360 (2020-2023).
  • IDEK, RegTek: Enterprise Compliance, Fraud and AML Management using Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics, Participant, €999,354 (Jul 2020 – Present).
  • IDEK, RRI MobDev – Responsible Research and Innovation for Mobile Application Development, Local Project Coordinator (2018).
  • 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 – 2017).
  • FP7, Responsible Industry, Participant, €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

  • N. K. (PhD), Models, Methods and Tools for developing MMOG backends using Commercial Cloud Platforms (2018 – 2023).


  • Entrance Exams Performance Award by Embassy of Greece in Cyprus (1994).
  • Scholarship from the National Scholarships Foundation of Greece (1996 – 2001).
  • Fulbright Scholar, Full scholarship towards an MSc (2001 – 2002).
  • Third place at the Cyprus Entrepreneurship Competition (2010).
  • Alumni Small Grant by Cyprus Fulbright Commission (2014).
  • Title of “Supporting Learning” by Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), 2013.
  • “Fellow of the Higher Education Academy” by the Higher Education Academy, UK (HEA), 2014.
  • 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

  • Member of the “Parallel Parliament of Cyprus” (2019 – 2020).
  • Founder of Code Cyprus, which aims at “Inspiring high school students to take an interest in computer science” (2014 – Present).
  • Judge at Hack {Cyprus} events, which aim at “Putting Cyprus on the technology map” (2012 – 2019).
  • Judge at ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) events, which aim at “encourage and focus public attention on the next generation of computing professionals”, Larnaca, Cyprus (June 8, 2019).
  • Judge and local representative (Larnaca) at WRO Cyprus events, which is the Cypriot branch of the “World Robotics Olympiad”.
  • Internal Examiner for PhD students, Nicosia, Cyprus (September 28, 2019).
  • Conference Chair for the 26th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD 2017), Larnaca, Cyprus (September 6 – 8, 2017).
  • Workshops Chair for the 21st International Symposium on Formal Methods (FM 2016), Limassol, Cyprus (November 7-11, 2016).
  • Publicity Chair of 5th IEEE International Conferences on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO 2011), Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (October 3 – 7, 2011).