George Papagiannakis

George Papagiannakis

Affiliated Researcher to ICS-FORTH
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)

Nikolaou Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton
P.O Box 1385
GR-70013 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
E-mail: papagian (at) csd (dot) uoc (dot) gr or papagian (at) ics (dot) forth (dot) gr
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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. Since 2011 he is assistant professor at the Computer Science department of the University of Crete, Greece and Marie Curie 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.


Prior to this post, he had worked as a senior researcher and research assistant at MIRALab, University of Geneva with Prof. Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann. 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 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 and interaction with virtual characters and humanoids in mixed reality. He has more than 35 publications in the field, over 400 citations and he is a member of IEEE, ACM and SIGGRAPH professional societies. In 2011 he has been awarded with a Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development from the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency.

Research Interests

  • mixed reality presence and interaction
  • illumination models and real-time rendering
  • virtual heritage
  • GPU programming
  • real-time frameworks-engines for integrated VR/AR character simulation
  • mobile 3D computer graphics
  • rapid prototyping
  • geometric algebra for virtual character and humanoid simulation

Participation in Research Projects


HDRi (COST Action 4208/10, 20/01/2011-15/05/2015): Organization representative & member of management committee


Hifi-PRINTER (Marie-Curie IEF: 274669, 01/04/2011-30/03/2014): Principal Research Fellow Scientist, author



INTERMEDIA (IST-2006-38419, 01/10/2006-30/9/2010) NOE: Deputy project coordinator, co-author & contributor


INDIGO (IST-045388, 01/02/2007-30/06/2010) STREP: Deputy organization representative, co-author & contributor


EPOCH (IST-2002-507382, 01/04/2004-30/03/2008), ENACTIVE (IST-2004-002114, 01/01/2004-30/12/2007) NoEs: Deputy organization representative, co-author & contributor


LIFEPLUS (IST-2001-34545, 01/04/2002-30/09/2004) STREP: Co-author, contributor and deputy project technical coordinator. LIFEPLUS was ranked first in the 2002 Networked Audiovisual Systems Directorate D proposals review, amongst 150 other submissions


CAHRISMA (ICA3-1999-10023, 01/02/2000-01/02/2003), ERATO (ICFP-502A3PR03, 01/02/2003-01/01/2006) INCO-MED STREPs: Deputy organization representative, co-author and contributor


STAR (IST-2000-28764, 01/07/2001-30/06/2004), JUST (IST-1999-12581, 01/01/2000- 30/05/2003) STREPs: Deputy organization representative, co-author & contributor



Computer Graphics”, Undergraduate Course CS-358, University of Crete,


“Simulating body and face”, MSc Postgraduate Course 4304045, University of Geneva,
  • January 2007 – September 2007


The most recently updated CV can be downloaded from here.

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