University of the Aegean, Syros, Greece

IntitutionThe University of the Aegean is an international research oriented university. It is an inspiring, innovative, socially committed institution situated in the Aegean Archipelago, the ancient cradle of knowledge. The scientific subject of the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering (DPSD) of the University of the Aegean and member of the consortium, is the integrated design of Products and Systems, using creatively the knowledge and the ideas emerging from a wide variety of arts and sciences, emphasizing in the exploitation of new technologies. The basic research subjects, that result in key themes linked to the programme of the department and that also characterize the Department’s main directions, are the following: Information Systems Design, Human Computer Interaction, Collaborative Systems Design, User Interface Design, Interaction Design, User experience Design, Usability Evaluation and Accessibility.

Task: The participation of UAE-DPSD research group in the project’s development is transversal and is involved in the following work packages: Site architecture (specialised CMS), Integrated access system (to domusBITae federated resources), Security and trust cross-module, Usability, User Experience and Accessibility cross-module, Interoperability and system integration cross-module.

BENTOWEB: Benchmarking tools for the Web (IST-2002- e-inclusion). BenToWeb was a project within the Web Accessibility Benchmarking (WAB) Cluster aimed to support the European public and private sector to implement the recommendations of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan by providing new software modules and methodologies that satisfy some of the accessibility recommendations of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which were not analysed by existing tools due to their inherent complexity.

IRIS: Incorporating Requirements of People with Special Needs or Impairments to Internet-based Systems and Services, IST-2000-26211. The scope of the IRIS project is to support all designers to design web applications and services that implement a wide variety of accessibility/usability/DfA recom­mendations, as well as relevant user modelling techniques. IRIS project was initiated from the lack of familiarisation of Web accessibility guidelines from the Internet and ICT industry Community and absence of multimodal services to support Web designers to design inclusive Internet applications.

coCreate: collaborative design platform. coCreate is a platform that aims to support collaborative design processes and activities of information and knowledge sharing within a community of researchers, designers and academics. It offers a set of collaborative services and software online tools that enable individual people to communicate and share information in order to work together to achieve common business goals. The central elements of the platform include messaging tools (e-mail, contact, calendar, task scheduling etc.) team collaboration tools (community awareness widgets, wiki notes, wiki libraries, task distribution and management, file sharing and synchronization etc.) real-time communication and collaboration tools for group-work (chat, avatar presence, instant messaging, annotations, file and folder sharing, audio conferencing through external tools, work planning tools and evaluation mechanisms e.g. voting for surveys, polls etc.) social computing tools of web 2.0 technologies (blogs, tagging, wikis, RSS, tag clouds, shared bookmarks) and bibliographic tools, file management, indexing for rapid search and audio, video and image archiving and presentation.

SRcosmos (Scientific References Cosmos). The subject of the “SRcosmos” project is the design and implementation of a database management system for archiving scientific publications and gray literature in the area of the Environmental Science and Technology. The database is designed to include all necessary information regarding authors, various categories of publications, full-text documents and references/citations. A public and an administrative interface are implemented. The database supports multiple languages. The public interface is a web-based application that provides generic search and advanced search by any available field.

Related Publications

1.    Panayiotis Koutsabasis ; Evangelos Vlachogiannis ; Jenny Darzentas, (2010). Beyond Specifications: Towards a Practical Methodology for Evaluating Web Accessibility Journal of Usability Studies, vol 5, no 4, pp. 157 – 171

2.    Spyros Vosinakis ; Panayiotis Koutsabasis ; Modestos Stavrakis ; Nikos Viorres ; John Darzentas, (2008). Virtual environments for collaborative design: requirements and guidelines from a social action perspective CoDesign, vol 4, no 3, pp. 133—150

3.    Panayiotis Koutsabasis ; Thomas Spyrou ; Jenny Darzentas, (2007). Evaluating Usability Evaluation Methods: Criteria, Method and a Case Study.

4.    Modestos Stavrakis ; Nikos Viorres ; Panayiotis Koutsabasis ; John Darzentas, (2007). A Theoretical Framework of Co-purposing in Systems Design

5.    Lekkas D., Lambrinoudakis C., “Outsourcing Digital Signatures: A solution to key management burden”, Information Management & Computers Security, Vol.14, No.5, pp.435-448, 2006 (Emerald Award for Excellence 2007: Outstanding Paper)

6.    Lekkas D., Spinellis D., “Handling and Reporting Security Advisories: A Scorecard Approach”, IEEE Security & Privacy, Vol.3, No.4, pp.32-41, July 2005.

7.    Jenny Darzentas ; K. Miesenberger, (2005). Design for all in information technology: A universal concern.


Profile of staff

Prof. John Darzentas is Professor of Operational Research. His interests include: Information systems design, intelligent systems and decision support systems, human computer interaction, systems thinking, computer supported collaborated work. Professor Darzentas is the Greek national representative to IFIP TC 13 (HCI), and a member of the CEN/ISSS Working Group for Learning Technologies. e-mail:

Dr. Thomas Spyrou is an Assistant Professor. He is Technical Director of Aegean-Net, as well as providing internet services to other educational communities of the Aegean. He is an executive member of GUnet technical committee. Research interests include information systems, artificial intelligence, decision support systems, intelligent tutoring systems, simulation and security. e-mail:

Dr. Dimitrios Lekkas is an Assistant Professor with the department of ‘Systems and Products Design Engineering’. He has been involved in several national and EU funded R&D projects in the area of Information and Communication Systems and specifically in Computers security, Database management systems, Telecommunication systems and Geographical Information systems. e-mail:

Dr. Panayiotis Koutsabasis Lecturer of Human-Computer. Research areas include human-computer interaction, intelligent user interfaces, systems personalisation and adaptation, usability evaluation and accessible Web design  and design support. Research interests include: interaction design, design methodology, design and usability, design for all, systemic thinking and practice, evaluation of interactive systems, Web design, personalization, collaborative systems design, decision support systems.e-mail:

Dr. Spyros Vosinakis is a Lecturer in Virtual Reality. His research interests include: Virtual Reality, Intelligent Virtual Agents, Virtual Worlds in Education, Collaborative Virtual Environments, Adaptation and Personalization in 3D Environments and Virtual Museums. e-mail:

Dr. Argyris Arnellos is a Researcher & Lecturer in Systems Theory. His research interests focuses on: Systems Theory, 2nd-order Cybernetics, Semiotics, Biosemiotics, Complex Systems, Design Theory, Information Theory, Information Systems Design, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life. e-mail:

Dr. Jenny Darzentas is a Researcher and Lecturer in Accessibility and Design for all. Her main interests as regards this proposal are in the accessibility of informational content, in terms of being usable and ultimately meaningful for information seekers and users. Her research covers information design and structure that are in accord with relevant communication theories. That is, to work to turn static repositories of information into hubs around which can evolve active communities of researchers. She has worked on European funded projects related to information retrieval and organisation and in projects related to accessibility and usability of mainly digital content. e-mail:

Dr. Modestos Stavrakis is a Researcher/Lecturer in Interaction Design and User Experience Design. His main interests as regards this proposal are in the areas of interaction design, interface design, user modeling, web information systems, multimedia design, collaborative systems design for supporting design processes, Content Management Systems, Digital Management Systems, Open source Software, web technologies and the development of assistive technologies for the web. e-mail:

Dr. Evangelos Vlachogiannis is a Researcher/Lecturer in Informatics. His main interests as regards this proposal are in adaptive / interactive / accessible web, web science (mobile web, semantic web and web 2.0), personalization, user experience, portals, information systems design, collaborative environments, Content Management Systems, Software/Web engineering. e-mail: