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C3. Computer graphics and human-computer interaction
Modern Computer Graphics is a dynamic field of study dedicated to the generation, manipulation, and representation of visual images using computers and mathematical models. It encompasses a wide range of topics such as real-time rendering, simulation of natural phenomena, geometric modeling, digital animation, as well as the use of artificial intelligence and neural rendering / modeling. Leveraging advances in hardware (e.g., GPU), computational techniques, and neural networks, research in this domain aims to create visually compelling, immersive experiences, simulate the physical world with high fidelity, and develop intuitive interfaces. As a cornerstone of the digital media industry, computer graphics continue to push the boundaries of visual storytelling, virtual and extended reality, spatial computing and interactive design.

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is the interdisciplinary field that focuses on the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of the interface of computer system applications with which the user may interact, as well as with issues pertaining to this interaction. It encompasses a wide range of topics, including the exploration of innovative technological frameworks, methods, tools and techniques to support the design and development of interactive applications and services so as to enhance their accessibility, usability and overall user-friendliness. At the same time, HCI studies the User Experience (UX) of interactive systems, which involves a deep understanding of user needs, requirements and capabilities, taking into account the target application domain and context of use. In addition, issues that are examined pertain to users’ interaction with rapidly evolving computational systems (e.g., wearable devices, cars, robots) as well as with well-established technologies that are used under new perspectives (e.g., computationally-supported collaboration and social media). Furthermore, HCI studies Ambient Intelligence technologies and their application in Intelligent Environments, as well as new frameworks and methods for developing software, applications and services for interactive systems that provide natural, intuitive and high-quality interaction with Intelligent Environments, through multiple interaction techniques and a variety of devices that address contemporary technological challenges.
Faculty by this area of research:

In this page you will find the research activities that are currently being carried out in CSD according to the research areas that the faculty members are actively contributing to.

Research Areas Faculty Member
A1. Computer architecture and microelectronics
A2. Computer systems, parallel and high performance computing
A3. Computer security and distributed systems
A4. Computer networks, mobile computing, and telecommunications
B1. Algorithms and systems analysis
B2. Databases, information and knowledge management
B3. Software engineering and programming languages
B4. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning
C1. Signal processing and analysis
C2. Computer vision and robotics
C3. Computer graphics and human-computer interaction
C4. Βioinformatics, medical informatics, and computational neuroscience

The Graduate Studies Program in the Computer Science Department at the University of Crete is carried out in close cooperation with the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of the Foundation of Research and Technology (FORTH). This collaboration includes: 

(1) Researchers and scientists from ICS-FORTH may undertake the teaching of graduate courses. 


(2) Researchers from ICS-FORTH may participate in the supervision of M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses, after approval by the Coordinating Committee for Graduate Studies and by ICS-FORTH. 

(3) After application by a supervisor or by the Coordinating Committee for Graduate Studies, and assuming permission is granted by ICS-FORTH, graduate students may be given access to the hardware, software and in general the laboratory facilities at ICS where they may carry out part or all of their research. 

(4) The Department and ICS-FORTH may jointly invite professors and researchers from other institutes of higher education within Greece or in other countries to give seminars, lecture series, even complete courses, and to collaborate research-wise with researchers and graduate students of the Department and of ICS-FORTH. 

(5) The Institute of Computer Science at FORTH provides a number of bursaries for graduate students and supports financially collaboration of graduate students with other Institutes of Higher Education and Research Centers, within its limits and in accordance with the familiar stipulations.