Dr. Thanasis Hadzilacos
Professor of Educational Technology – Lab Director


Short bioEducationAchievements and AwardsResearch interestsPublicationsProjectsProfessional experience
Professor of Educational Technology and Information Systems. Former member of the Governing Board at the Open University of Cyprus; adjunct professor at Cyprus Institute; member of the Cyprus National Scientific Council. Formerly: Academic Chair of the Information and Communication MS Program; Dean of the School of Science and Technology at the Hellenic Open University (HOU) where he was Associate Professor of Software Engineering and directed the Open and Distance Laboratory for Educational Material and Methodology.
Educated at Harvard, he had industrial experience before his PhD in Database theory (University of Patras). At the Computer Technology Institute in Patras, Greece, he directed the Educational Technology and e-Learning Sectors, and R&D Unit “Applied Information Systems”. During 1996-2001 he designed and managed the Greek national project “Odysseia” for the utilization of ICT in schools. Has taught at the Universities of Patras and Thessaly in Greece; visiting professor at the University of Toronto.
Has served in international bodies (working groups of the Council of Europe and E.U. DG Education and Culture). Has published over 100 papers in international journals and conferences, including a chapter on “Teaching and Learning in the Communication Society” published by the Council of Europe. Has coordinated and participated in over 40 R&D projects funded by the E.C. and national research bodies.
His research interests in educational technology relate to m-learning, distance education, internet-related dangers and system design for non-standard applications. Has worked on Human-Robot Interaction, Large-scale Information Systems, Data and Knowledge Management and Geo-Informatics. His real interest is people, and he has completed a M.A in Theology at HOU. He hikes in mountains and runs the Marathon.

  • B.Sc./M.Sc. – Computer Science, Harvard University, 1976
  • Ph.D. – Computer Engineering, University of Patras, 1986
  • M.A. – Theology, Hellenic Open University, 2011
  • Educational Technology
  • Mobile & Adaptive Learning
  • Distance Education & Learning
  • Technology-enhanced Learning
  • System design for non-standard application areas (e.g. Education, GIS and Multimedia)
  • Large scale Information and Databases Systems
  • Children Internet Safety/Dangers
  • ICT application in didactic practice
  1. Karaiskakis, Dionysis, Dimitrios Kalles, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2006. “Tracking User Participation in a Large Scale Team Collaboration Environment.” In Proceedings of the 1st European Technology Enhanced Learning Conference, EC-TEL’06 . Crete, Greece, October 1-2.
  2. Tryfona, Nectaria, Dieter Pfoser, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2006. “Modeling behavior of Geographic Objects: An Experience with the Object Modeling Technique.” In Advanced Information Systems Engineering, edited by Eric Dubois, and Klaus Pohl, 347-359. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
  3. Delis, Vasilis, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2006. “On The Assessment of Generalisation Consistency.” In Advances in Spatial Databases , edited by Max J. Egenhofer, and John R. Herring, 321-335. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
  4. Hadzilacos, Thanasis, Dimitris Kalles, Christos Pierrakeas, and Michalis Xenos. 2006. “On Small Data Sets Revealing Big Differences.” In Proceedings of the 4th Hellenic Conference on Advances in Artificial Intelligence, SETN’06 . Heraklion, Crete, Greece, May 18-20.
  5. Hadzilacos, Thanasis, and Dimitris Kalles. 2006. “On the Software Engineering Aspects of Educational Intelligence.” In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, KES’06 . Bournemouth, UK, October 9-11.
  6. Hadzilacos, Thanasis, Dimitris Kalles, and Dimitris Koumanakos. 2007. “Using Course Constraints in Simulating Student Populations.” The Computing Resource Repository ACM Journal CoRR 1-9.
  7. Hadzilacos, Thanasis, Dimitris Kalles, Dimitris Koumanakos, and Vassilis Mitsionis. 2007. “A Prototype for Educational Planning Using Course Constraints to Simulate Student Populations.” International Journal of Artificial Intelligence Tools (18)4: 1-9. doi:10.1142/S0218213009000317.
  8. Pfoser, Dieter, Thanasis Hadzilacos, Nikos Faradouris, and Kriton Kyrimis. 2007. “Spatial Data Management Aspects in Archaeological Excavation Documentation.” In Proceedings of AGILE Conference . Washington DC, USA, August 13-17.
  9. Hadzilacos, Thanasis, Dimitrios Kalles, and Maria Pouliopoulou. 2007. “On the Software and Knowledge Engineering Aspects of the Educational Process.” International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering 17(5): 643-662. doi:10.1142/S0218194007003434.
  10. Voyiatzaki, Eleni, Spyros Papadakis, Eleni Rossiou, Nikolaos M. Avouris, Kontsantinos Paparrizos, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2008. “One Size Does Not Fit All: A Case Study of Combining Networked Learning Methods and Tools.” In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Networked Learning , Halkidiki, Greece, May 5-6.
  11. Karaiskakis, Dionysis, Dimitris Kalles, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2008. “Profiling Group Activity of Online Academic Workspaces: The Hellenic Open University Case Study.” International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies 3(3): 1-15. doi:10.4018/jwltt.2008070101.
  12. Hadzilacos, Thanasis, Dimitris Kalles, and Christos Pierrakeas. 2008. “On Developing and Communicating User Models for Distance Learning Based on Assignment and Exam Data.” In Intelligent Interactive Systems in Knowledge-Based Environments , edited by Maria Virvou, 137-155. Berlin Heidelberg:Springer-Verlag.
  13. Pfoser, Dieter, Alexandros Efentakis, Thanasis Hadzilacos, Sophia Karagiorgou, and Giorgos Vasiliou. 2009. “Providing Universal Access to History Textbooks: A Modified GIS Case.” In Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems, W2GIS’09. Maynooth, Ireland. December 7-8.
  14. Hadzilacos, Thanasis, Nicos Sifakis, Demetra Egarchoy, and Maria Fountana. 2009. “Making the Best of What we Have: Lifelong Distance E-Learning Revitalizing Small Remote Schools.” In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference in Open and Distance Learning – ICODL’09, 219-227. Athens, Greece, November 27-29.
  15. Pfoser, Dieter, Alexandros Efentakis, Thanasis Hadzilacos, Sophia Karagiorgou, and Giorgos Vasiliou. 2010. “Language-Independent Access to History Textbooks: Utilizing GIS Functionality with Spatiotemporal and Thematic Metadata.” Transactions in GIS 14(6): 773-790. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9671.2010.01233.x.
  16. Mavroudi, Anna, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2012. “Broadening the Use of E-Learning Standards for Adaptive Learning.” Advances in Web-Based Learning – ICWL 2012, Lecture Notes in Computer Science.7558: 215-221.
  17. Xenos, Michalis, Anna Mavroudi, Dionisis Karaiskakis, George Birbilis, Dimitris Glezos, and Dionisis Zafeiropoulos. 2012. “The Development of an Institutional Repository Service for a Large Distance Education University.” In Proceedings of the EADTU 25th Anniversary Conference: the Role of Open and Flexible Education in European Higher Education Systems for 2020: New Models, New Markets, New Media. Pafos, Cyprus, September 27-28.
  18. Mavroudi, Anna, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2012. “Implementation of Adaptive Learning Designs.” Annals of the University of Craiova Series: Automation, Computers, Electronics and Mechatronics 9(36):18-24.
  19. Adamides, George, Ron Berenstein, Idan Ben-Halevi, Thanasis Hadzilacos, and Yael Edan. 2012. “User Interface Design Principles for Robotics in Agriculture: The Case of Telerobotic Navigation and Target Selection for Spraying.” In 8th Asian Conference for Information Technology in Agriculture, AFITA. Taipei, Taiwan, September 3-6.
  20. Mavroudi, Anna, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2013. “Learning Needs Analysis of Collaborative E-classes in Semi-formal Settings: the REVIT Example.” The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning –IRRODL 14(5):212-239.
  21. Mavroudi, Anna, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2013. “Group-Work in the Design of Complex Adaptive Learning Strategies.” Journal of Interactive Media in Education-JIME. doi:http://doi.org/10.5334/2013-11.
  22. Adamides, George, Christos Katsanos, George Christou, Michalis Xenos, Nectarios Kostaras, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2013. “Human-Robot Interaction in Agriculture: Usability Evaluation of three Input Devices for Spraying Grape Clusters.” In EFITA-WCCA-CIGR Conference on Sustainable Agriculture through ICT Innovation. Turin, Italy, June 23-27.
  23. Mavroudi, Anna, Thanasis Hadzilacos, Panagiota Panteli, and Anna Aristodemou. 2014. “Integration of Theory, ICT Tooling and Practical Wisdom of Teacher: A Case of Adaptive Learning.” Advances in Web-Based Learning – ICWL 2014, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8613:152-158.
  24. Adamides, George, Christos Katsanos, George Christou, Michalis Xenos, George Papadavid, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2014. “User Interface Considerations for Telerobotics: The Case of an Agricultural Robot Sprayer.” In 2nd International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment, RSCy2014, 92291W-1. Pafos, Cyprus, April 7-10.
  25. Mavroudi, Anna, Thanasis Hadzilacos, Dimitris Kalles, and Andreas Gregoriades. 2015. “Teacher-Led Design of an Adaptive Learning Environment.” Interactive Learning Environments. doi:10.1080/10494820.2015.1073747.
  26. Mavroudi, Anna, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2015. “Historical Overview of Adaptive Elearning Approaches Focusing on the Underlying Pedagogy.” In the 2nd International Conference on Smart Learning Environments. Sinaia, Romania, September 23-25.
  27. Adamides, George, George Christou, Christos Katsanos, Michalis Xenos, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2015. “Usability Guidelines for the Design of Robot Teleoperation: A Taxonomy.” IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems 45(2):256-262. doi:10.1109/THMS.2014.2371048.
  28. Georgiou, Kyriakoula, Thanasis Hadzilacos, Alexandros Kofteros, and Anna Mavroudi. 2015. “Supporting ODS Schools in Cyprus: Experience of a National Coordinator.” In Proceedings of Open Discovery Conference: Transforming Schools into Innovative Learning Organizations (EDEN Annual Conference). Athens, Greece, September 18-21.
  29. Adamides, George, Christos Katsanos, Michalis Xenos, Thanasis Hadzilacos, and Yael Edan. 2016. “Heuristic usability evaluation of user interfaces for a semi-autonomous vineyard robot sprayer.” In Proceedings of the 5th Israeli Conference on Robotics. Herzliya, Israel, April 13-14.
  30. Mavroudi, Anna, Miltos Miltiadous, Paul Libbrecht, Wolfgang Müller, Thanasis Hadzilacos, Nuno Otero, Karl Barth, and Koula Georgiou. 2016. “Let Me Do it: Towards the Implementation of Sustainable Instructional Patterns.” Poster presented at the 16th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 16, Austin, Texas, July 25-28.
  31. Papantoniou, Eleni, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2016. “Technical Problem Based E-Language Instruction for Vocational Students.” International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences –IJHSS 5(1):1-22.
  32. Papantoniou, Eleni, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2016. “Technology Pedagogy and Content in Web-Based Language Instruction for Secondary Vocational Students.” The European Journal of Educational Sciences –EJES 2(4).
  33. Papantoniou, Eleni, and Thanasis Hadzilacos. 2016. “Electronic Pedagogical Design for the Introduction of Professional Writing and Communication as an Alternative Language Instruction Course in EPA.L (Professional Lyceum).” Paper presented at the 1st National Conference on Curricula – School Manuals: From the past to present and future, Athens, March 4-6.
  34. Earlier publications
  • Using ICT for special subject distance learning in multigrade schools (MustLearnIT, 2004-06). CTI Diophantus Project Coordinator.
  • Vocational Software in Vocational-Technical Schools: Training and Application (IASONAS, 2004-08). CTI Diophantus Deputy Project Coordinator.
  • Learning via Subtitling: Software & Processes for Developing Language Learning Material based on Film Subtitling (LeVIS, 2006-08). CTI Diophantus Project Coordinator.
  • Creation of a European History Textbook Repository (Citer, 2006-09). CTI Diophantus Project Coordinator.
  • Flight Simulator for Internet Safety, Lifelong Learning, DG Education and Culture (SimSafety, 2008-10). CTI Diophantus Scientific Advisor.
  • Changing attitudes of adults (parents) on internet-related risks for young adolescents (InetRisks, 2008-10). OUC & CTI Diophantus Scientific Advisor.
  • Difficult Computation Scenes for Secure Face Identification (2008-10). OUC Project Coordinator.
  • Stimulation of eLearning for Life Long Learning for adults (steLLLa 2.0, 2009-11). CTI Diophantus Scientific Advisor.
  • Revitalizing small remote schools for lifelong distance e- learning (REVIT, 2009-11). OUC Scientific Coordinator.
  • The supportive role of robotic technology for sustainable agriculture (AgriRobot, 2010-13). OUC Scientific Advisor.
  • OpenSOA: context-aware system for mobile learning (2011-14). OUC Project Coordinator.
  • Open Discovery Space (ODS, 2012-15). OUC Scientific Coordinator.
  • E-Learning in Palestine:E-learning Curriculum in Primary and Secondary Education (2011-15). OUC Scientific Advisor – Project Coordinator for series of policy papers.
  • Semi-Autonomous Vineyard Spraying Agricultural Robot (SAVSAR, 2014-15). OUC Scientific Advisor.
  • Empowering the School IT infrastructures for the implementation of Sustainable Instructional Patterns (eSIT4SIP, Erasmus+,2015-18). OUC Scientific Coordinator.
  • 1985 – 2000. Instructor at Department of Computer Engineering, University of Patras, Greece
  • 1986 – 2007. Researcher at Computer Technology Institute & Press (CTI Diophantus, Greece)
  • 1995 – 2007. Member of the Board of Directors and Director of the Educational Technology and e-Learning Sectors, and as well as R&D Unit III “Applied Information Systems” of CTI Diophantus
  • 2000 – 2007. Associate Professor of Software Engineering-Dean of the School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University, Patras, Greece
  • 2001 – 2003. Director of the undergraduate Computer Science program, Hellenic Open University
  • 2002 – 2004. Member of the Council of Europe working group for Teaching and Learning in the Communication Society
  • 2002 – 2005. Greek national representative to E.U. DG Education and Culture for building the European portal on educational opportunities
  • 2003 – 2007. Director of Open and Distance Laboratory for Educational Material and Educational Methodology, Hellenic Open University
  • 2003 – 2007. Director of the graduate course on Information Systems, Hellenic Open University
  • 2007 – present. Professor of Educational Technology & Information Systems at Open University of Cyprus – Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • 2007 – 2009 & 2011 – 2013. Academic Chair of the Master Program Information and Communication Systems at Open University of Cyprus – Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • 2009 – present. Director of Educational Technology Lab at Open University of Cyprus – Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • 2010 – 2015. Member of the Cyprus National Scientific Council
  • 2010 – 2011. Visiting Professor at University of Toronto
  • 2011 – 2014. Member of the Governing Board at the Open University of Cyprus
  • 2013 – present. Adjunct Professor at the Cyprus Institute – Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CyI-CaSToRC)