CYENS Centre of Excellence

The Research and Innovation Centre on Interactive Media, Smart System and Emerging Technologies – CYENS Centre of Excellence, empowers knowledge and technology transfer in the region. CYENS CoE is supported by the European Commission, the Republic of Cyprus and its founding Partners, the Municipality of Nicosia, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI), University College London, the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology and the Open University of Cyprus.  

CYENS, as a Centre of Excellence, cultivates a culture of innovation and creativity in an inspiring environment filled with academics, researchers, creative and onward-looking people, innovators, entrepreneurs, and practitioners. The Centre operates under the moto “Inspired by Humans Designed for Humans” with the vision to produce world class research that drives innovation towards social and economic benefit while conducting excellent, internationally competitive scientific research in the areas of visual sciences, human factors and design, communication, and artificial intelligence. It sets out to meet the challenge with a total potential funding of more than 30 million Euros for the first 7 years, from a Horizon 2020 Teaming Action and multiple other sources, and a business plan for long-term sustainability and growth. 

Project members

Christos Ioannou 

Leader of Neo-Move 

Yiorgos Chrysanthou 

Research Director 

Leader of RIPE: Real-time Populated Virtual Environments 

Panayiotis Charalambous

Research Assistant Professor 
Leader of V-EUPNEA: Living, Breathing, Virtual Worlds MRG 

Amir Azizi 

Research Associate at V-EUPENA 

Andreas Panayiotou 

Research Associate at V-EUPENA