Dr. Symeon Retalis was born was born in Athens, Greece, in 1969. He holds a diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineer from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering studies, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1994), an MSc degree in Information Technology-Knowledge Based Systems from the Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh, Scotland UK (1995), and a PhD diploma from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1998).
He is professor at the Department of Digital Systems at the University of Piraeus in Greece. He is the founder and lead faculty member of the CoSyLlab research group at the Department of Digital Systems at the University of Piraeus in Greece (http://cosy.ds.unipi.gr) performing R&D on the development of interactive learning systems and the design of learning games for children with learning disabilities such as autism and ADHD. Currently he is doing intensive research and development on the Kinems innovative therapeutic and educational approach which promotes the use of digital games based on the Kinect sensor for helping children with learning disabilities improve their skills (http://www.kinems.com).
He has participated and coordinated several R&D projects, which involves top-level collaboration with several universities and research institutes worldwide as well as major industrial partners, including Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Google and Smart Technologies.He has been mentor of student teams who have been participating to contests on Innovative Software such as Microsoft Imagine Cup and have worn several awards and distinctions.
He also serves on the editorial board of influential specialist journals including “Computers in Human Behavior”, “Educational Technologies and Research”. He is an active member of the ACM Computer Human Interaction special interest group.He has (co)authored 6 books and over 100 articles in journals and edited volumes. His latest book, written together with P. Goodyear, is entitled. “Technology-enhanced learning: design patterns and pattern languages”.