Kostas Karpouzis


Dr. Kostas Karpouzis, is an assistant professor at the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece. In the past, Kostas served for almost 20 years as a Research Director at the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, National Technical University of Athens. Since 1998 and participated in more than twenty research projects funded by Greek and European bodies; most notably the Humaine Network of Excellence, within which he completed his post-doc in the field of mapping signals to signs of emotion, leading research efforts in emotion modelling and recognition, the FP6 IP CALLAS project, where I served as Area Leader of Affective applications, the FP7 TeL Siren project (Technical Manager), which was voted Best Learning Game in Europe for 2013 by the Games and Learning Alliance Network of Excellence, and the H2020 iRead project, which produced Navigo, the winner of the GALA Serious Games competition for 2018.


Kostas is  currently serving as a member of the IEEE Explainable AI Working Group, which aims to produce a Standard for XAI – eXplainable Artificial Intelligence – for Achieving Clarity and Interoperability of AI Systems Design. Kostas is also the Student Activities and Computer Chapter Chair for IEEE Greece and a Member of the National Bioethics and Technoethics committee and the Ethics Advisory Board for ICCS-NTUA.


Currently the General Chair of the Foundations of Digital Games 2022 Conference, the Chief Editor for Frontiers in CS/Human-Media Interaction section, a member of the Editorial Board for Springer’s Journal on Multi-modal User Interfaces, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, and International Journal of Applied Intelligence; and MDPI’s Big Data and Cognitive Computing and Virtual Worlds journals. In 2016, I co-edited a book on “Emotion in Games: Theory and Practice”, published by Springer.


Besides this, Kostas is involved in a number of science communication activities, most notably Famelab Greece and openscience.gr. I’m also an advocate for technology and CS in primary schools, participating in the Girls Go Coding initiative and serving as an Ambassador of EU Code Week in Greece (until 2018). I have participated as a speaker in 3 TEDx events, including TEDxAthens in 2019, while in 2016, I authored a lesson on the TED-ed platform titled “Can machines read your emotions?”; the lesson surpassed 300.000 views in its first week.