George Papagiannakis is a computer scientist specialized in computer graphics and virtual-augmented reality. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Geneva in Switzerland in 2006, his M.Sc. (Hons) in Advanced Computing at the University of Bristol in UK and his B.Eng. (Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering, at the University of Manchester, UK. He is Associate Professor of Computer Graphics at the Computer Science department of the University of Crete, Greece and Affiliated Research Fellow at the Computer Vision and Robotics Laboratory in the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Heraklion, Greece where he leads the CG Group. Since 2016 he is co-founder/CTO and since 2018 is CEO/CTO at ORamaVR, transforming surgical medical training in VR/AR.
Prior to this post, he had worked as a senior researcher and research assistant at MIRALab, University of Geneva. He has also been employed as consultant and lead graphics programmer in the industrial sector. His research and development interests are confined in the areas of mixed reality presence, illumination models and real-time rendering, virtual heritage, GPU programming, geometric algebra and real-time frameworks-engines for integrated VR/AR character simulation. He has actively been involved in the specification, contribution and co-management of several European funded research projects in these areas. Currently he is working on high-fidelity presence, rendering, interaction and gamification with virtual characters in mixed reality with geometric algebra and related research fields. He has more than 55 publications in these topics and he is a member of CGS (Board Member), IEEE, Eurographics, ACM and SIGGRAPH professional societies. In 2011 he was awarded a Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development from the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency. He was conference chair of the Computer Graphics International 2016 Conference, in cooperation with CGS, ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH and Eurographics Associations. In 2017 he published a Springer-Nature book on Mixed Reality and Gamification which achieved more than 12k downloads in the first 12 months.
He can be contacted at: papagian (at) csd (dot) uoc (dot) gr or papagian (at) ics (dot) forth (dot) gr