Prof. Thanasis Hadzilacos

Professor of Information Systems and member of the Governing Board at the Open University of Cyprus; member of the Cyprus National Scientific Council. Formerly Dean of the School of Science and Technology at the Hellenic Open University where he was Associate Professor of Soft­ware Engineering, and directed the Open and Distance Laboratory for Educational Material and Methodology. Educated at Harvard, had industrial experience before his PhD in Database theory (U Patras). At the research academic Computer Technology Institute in Patras, Greece (1986-2007), he directed the Educational Technology and e-Learning Sectors, and R&D Unit “Applied Information Systems”. Has taught at the Universities of Patras and Thessaly in Greece; visiting professor at the University of Toronto (2010-11). During 1996-2001 he designed and managed the Greek national project “Odysseia” for the utilization of ICT in schools. He has served in international bodies (working groups of the Council of Europe and E.U. DG Education and Culture). He has published over 80 papers in international journals and conferences, including a chapter on “Teaching and Learning in the Communication Society” published by the Council of Europe. He 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. His real interest is people, and has recently completed an M.A in Theology at HOU. He hikes in mountains and runs the Marathon.