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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

Associate Professor of Computing, UCLan Cyprus (2018-now)

Assistant Professor of Computing, UCLan Cyprus (2015-2018)

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, Cyprus (2004)

Software Engineer, Eternal Systems, California, USA (2002-2004)

Research Interests

Mobile and Distributed Systems in the wider area of Software Engineering: methods for context-aware, self-adaptive applications and services. 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 

  • Deputy 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

  • Chair, Teaching and Learning Enhancement Committee
  • Member, Senate (elected)

Selected Publications 

  • 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’18), ACM, New York, NY, USA
  • 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, 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, 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

Selected Research Funding/ Grant Capture

  • RESTART 2020, Responsible Research and Innovation in Mobile Application Development (RRI MobDev), 2019 – Present
  • Erasmus+, Introducing Recent Electrical Engineering Developments into undErgraduate cuRriculum (IREEDER), 2019 – Present
  • COST, Wearable Robots, Member of the Management Committee, 2017 – Present
  • COST, Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services (ACROSS), Member of the Management Committee, 2013 – 2018
  • FP7, Responsible Industry, Researcher, €1,496,992, 2014 –2017
  • Fulbright/Alumni Small Grants, Code Cyprus: Encouraging teenagers in Cyprus to take an interest in coding, Coordinator, Sep 2013.

Supervision of PhDs

  • Nicos Kasenides (PhD), Models, Methods and Tools for developing MMOG backends using Commercial Cloud Platforms, 2018-2021


  • 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 Organization Chair for the 6th International Conference on Engineering & MIS (ICEMIS 2020), June 9-11, 2020, Larnaca, Cyprus
  • Conference Chair for the 26th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD 2017), September 6-8, 2017, Larnaca, Cyprus
  • Editor of Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation, Vol. 26, ISBN 978-3-319-74817-7, Springer International Publishing, 2018
  • 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