BSc., Athens University of Economics, Master of Fine Arts, University of Illinois, Chicago, MSc., University of Illinois, Chicago, PhD, University of London (UCL)
Dr. Maria Roussou earned her Ph.D in Computer Science from the University College London of the University of London, with a specialty in Virtual Reality and Human-Computer Interaction. She also holds a Master in Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Electronic Visualization and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.Sc. in Applied Informatics from the Athens University of Economics and Business. Dr. Roussou is Founding Director of makebelieve design & consulting (www.makebelieve.gr), as well as a researcher and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Athens, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on “Museums and Digital Technologies” (MA in Museum Studies) and Human Computer Interaction (Department of Informatics & Telecommunications) respectively. She also serves as Expert Evaluator to the European Commission’s FP5-FP7 and H2020 ICT Programs. From 1998 to 2002, she established and directed the Virtual Reality Department at the Foundation of the HellenicWorld in Athens. She has 20 years of professional experience in combining innovative technology with education and culture, and more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in international scientific conferences and journals.