Genovefa Kefalidou

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Lecturer (Assistant Professor)

Human Computer Interaction

Contact Information:

G6 Informatics Building
School of Informatics
University of Leicester
University Road

E-mail: gk169 at leicester dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 3410

Personal Details

Academic Qualifications:

PhD in Psychology (Lancaster University) - RCUK-funded

PhD Thesis: "Cognitive Processes and Vehicle Routing Problems"

I investigated cognitive-inspired and human-centred methods for route optimisation looking upon available computational algorithms for route optimisation (e.g. Tabu search) and how to enrich them. My PhD  involved also the design, development and evaluation of an interactive tool for planning and solving Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problems (CVRPs) - two representative publications of my PhD can be found here:

The Fast and the Not So Frugal: Human Heuristics for Optimization Problem Solving (

When immediate interactive feedback boosts optimization problem solving: A ‘human-in-the-loop’ approach for solving Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problems(

MRes in Design and Evaluation of Advanced Interactive Systems (HCI) (Lancaster University) - EPSRC-funded
MSc in Distributed Systems Engineering (Lancaster University)
BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (The University of Sheffield)
Research interests:
User Experience (UX); User-centred Data Analytics and Artificial IntelligenceGenovefa Kefalidou's Homepage; Decision support tools for Optimisation and Intelligent Mobility; Joint Cognitive Systems utilising VR/AR, collaborative platforms and wearable technologies; Human Data/Service Interaction, Crisis sensemaking (managing and making sense of uncertain complex situations) and safety.

MSc: Interaction Design (ID) and User Experience (UX) Design (module convenor and lecturer), Service Design (module convenor and lecturer), Trends in HCI (lecturer),
BSc: User Interface Design and Evaluation (2nd Year) (module convenor and lecturer), Computing Fundamentals (Personal Tutor), BSc and MSc/MComp Project Supervision
Research Supervision:
I am currently supervising 2 PhD students on the following topics:
Ms Victoria Wright - PhD Thesis: "Modality Fusion and Synaesthetic-oriented approaches in Mixed Reality Technologies" (1st supervisor)
Mr Mohammad Ali - PhD Thesis: "Symptom trajectories in heart failure and the design of novel patient-centred technologies for admission prevention; a mixed method approach" (2nd supervisor)
While completing my PhD, I started working as a postdoc Human Factors Engineer (Research Fellow) at The University of Nottingham. My research posts there lasted for approximately 6 years and I worked within the School of Computer Science, Horizon Digital Economy Research and the Faculty of Engineering (Human Factors Research Group). My work there focused on research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and particularly User Experience, User-centred and Participatory Design, Human Factors and Ergonomics, Ubiquitous Computing, utilising mixed-method approaches.
The domains I have worked and I am interested in include Creative Collaborative platforms and joint-cognitive systems (e.g. for problem-solving, connection-making, decision-making, monitoring and creativity), Wearable Mobile Technologies, Virtual Reality and Linked Data for service provision, in the fields of Transportation/Aviation, Crises Sensemaking, Digital Humanities, Cultural Heritage and Education.
Research Projects:
I have worked in both national and international collaborative research projects (e.g. EU-funded (e.g. Workpackage Leader and Lead Researcher for PASSME - for enhancing passenger experience (PAX) and optimising processes and flows at airports), RCUK (e.g. SerenA: Chance encounters in the space of ideas - TSB and InnovateUK (e.g. PCIPP - A People Centred Approach to Intelligent, Proactive, Predictive (PCIPP) Asset Management using Remote Condition Monitoring - and have received funding from RCUK, EU / Horizon2020 and The University of Nottingham, UK).
Other projects I have worked in are:

Related publications:

Creativity Greenhouse: At-a-distance collaboration and competition over research funding

Creativity Bento Box: A Physical Resource Pack to Support Interaction in Virtual Space -



Teaching Excellence Certificate for teaching (The University of Nottingham)

ILM Award in Leadership and Management

Bridging the Gaps Award (Roberts Money) for a multidisciplinary project "How did Ancient People Travel" between the departments of Archaeology, Geospatial Sciences and Computer Science/Horizon (with Dr. Mercourios Georgiadis and Dr. Suchith Anand) - £4,950

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UK  Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Verifiability Node - (UKRI) (2020) - £2,923,653.00, Co-Investigator (Co-I) and Engagement Officer, , (University of Leicester share: approx. £1,300,000.00) (3.5 years duration)

Predictive modelling of major trauma PROMs using Machine Learning (Health Foundation)  (2020) -   £324,137.71 , Co-Investigator (Co-I) (2 years duration with possibility for extension)

PASSME: European Commission Horizon 2020 grant (2015) - € 4,631,212.00 - Researcher Co-I - Personalised Airport Systems for Seamless Mobility and Experience. Collaborative grant (The University of Nottingham’s share:€ 607,000) (3 years duration).

3D-Tune-In: European Commission Horizon 2020 grant (2014) - € 2,896,175.00, Researcher Co-I - 3D Games for TUNing and LearnINg about Hearing Aids. Collaborative grant (The University of Nottingham’s share: € 541,375) (3 years duration).

Bridging the Gaps: Next Generation Feasibility Awards, Roberts Money, University of Nottingham, “Re-living the Past: How did Ancient People Travel?” (2012) - £4,970 - Researcher PI for 6 months for conducting multidisciplinary research with sensor and mobile technologies in collaboration with the Departments of Archaeology and Geospatial Sciences

ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) and EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) (2007) - £12,000 stripend (annually) apart from funding for additional research activities (e.g. conferences etc.), 3 years (PhD research) - “Cognitive Processes and Vehicle Routing Problems”

Faculty of Science and Technology (2008) - small grant, Lancaster University, £500.

Tiger Team

PI on MApping Identities for Data ExplaiNability (MAIDEN)  - LIAS (£4,827.50)


Professional bodies

Association for Computer Machinery (ACM)

British Psychological Society (BPS)

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

The Chartered Institute Of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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