Usability and User Experience researcher
Last active: 02/20/2014
My name is Alexis and I am currently based in Cyprus.
I have recently completed a PhD degree in the field of Information Technology at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. My area of specialisation is Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). The PhD thesis investigated the usability and user experience of security and privacy designs and features for on-line social networks.
My Master degree was also in the area of HCI. The dissertation investigated the impact of a culture dimension in the design of websites, with specific attention to the design of the South African e-Government portal. For my undergraduate degree I completed a range of subjects, primarily within the fields of networking, software development and databases.
Additionally, I completed 5 usability courses at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland during the course of my PhD. I also held the position of a usability researcher in a project team while there. This was a practical course that included concept development and evaluation, concept validation sessions with users and the analysis of new products and services for a start-up Information Technology company in Finland.
In total I have accumulated 5 years of research experience in the field of HCI. The outcome of this research is 7 published conference papers and 1 published journal article.
I am fluent in both English and Greek and am a proficient communicator from my experiences of presenting at conferences and being a lecturer. I have a real passion for research and achieve the required objectives within the specified deadlines. In terms of lecturing, I am a CCNA certified instructor and have also lectured the subjects: Windows Server 2008, Project Management and Information Systems Management.
My future plans involve furthering my academic experience and research, as well as gaining the relevant experience in industry, which I feel is critical. I am therefore looking for opportunities in the area of UI design and user experience so that I can apply my knowledge in real industry projects. This will allow me to gain more experience in the field from an industry perspective and thus start creating my own work portfolio.
Usability and user experience is a practice that is hardly considered during the development life-cycle in the majority of software houses in Cyprus, making it difficult to gain the relevant experience.
I am a self-motivated, goal-orientated, diligent individual, committed to achieving high standards of competence and professionalism in whatever I do. I believe that I have the abilities to successfully complete the job that I am hired to do.
Other jobs that I am interested in applying for are in the categories Writing and Translation, Administrative Support, Sales and Marketing and Business Services.