PROF Vassilis Kostakos

PROF Vassilis Kostakos


  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Internet of Things
  • Mobile and Social Computing
  • Smart Cities
  • Smartphones
  • Ubiquitous Computing



  • Vassilis is a Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bath, UK. He has previously held appointments at the University of Oulu, University of Madeira, and Carnegie Mellon University. He was a Marie Curie Fellow, and a Fellow of the Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor Program. He was the founding director of the Center for Ubiquitous Computing at the University of Oulu in 2016. He is a founding editor of the Proceedings of the ACM in Interactive, Mobile, Wearable, and Ubiquitous Technologies. His research interests include Human Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Social Computing. His research aims to develop novel interactive technologies that better understand and better respond to humans.   


Member of

  • IEEE. Member 2017 -
  • ACM. Lifetime mebership 2013 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • “iSCIENCE: Smartphones for science”, Academy of Finland, €854 000, 2015-2018. (Sole PI) “iCYCLE: Cyclist-aware traffic lights through distributed smartphone sensing”, Academy of Finland, €523 000, 2015-2017. (Sole PI) “Grey and green in Europe: elderly living in urban areas”, Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange, €828 000, 2014-2018. (Co-PI) “Modelling Urban Mobility in City-Scale Ubiquitous Systems”, Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, €100 000, 2012-2016 (Sole PI). “Leveraging community content for disaster awareness and emergency response coordination”, IBM Open Collaborative Faculty Award, $40 000, 2012-2013. (Sole PI) “UBI Metrics - Multidisciplinary Framework for Evaluating Ubicomp Systems in Real-World Urban Settings”, Academy of Finland, € 660 100, 2011-2014. (Co-PI with Ojala)    


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Bath 2005
  • BSc, University of Bath 2001

Awards and honors

  • SIGCHI Best Talk Award, 2014
  • Marie Curie Fellowship, 2013
  • USAID: Winner of Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, 2013
  • IBM Open Collaborative Faculty Award, 2012


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Looking for students with strong technical skills who are motivated to build novel interactive technologies that better understand and better respond to humans.