Author: Maria Roussou

Maria Roussou

Maria Roussou

Ph.D., MFA, M.Sc.

Dr. Maria Roussou is an interaction and virtual reality designer engaged in combining innovative technology with education and culture. She is founder and co-director of makebelieve, an experience design and consulting company. Previously, she established in the Fall of 1998 and directed (for four+ years, 1998-2002) the Virtual Reality Department at the Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW), a cultural heritage institution based in Athens, Greece. At FHW she was responsible for recruiting a team of artists and programmers, setting up the VR exhibits & infrastructure, and managing the research, design and development of the VR programs and the overall visitor experiences. Maria teaches the New Technologies & Museums course at the interdisciplinary Master of Arts program in Museum Studies of the University of Athens. She holds a PhD in Computer Science (VR/HCI) from the University of London (UCL), a Master in Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Electronic Media from the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago, a Masters of Science (M.Sc) in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the same university, and an undergraduate degree in Applied Informatics from the Athens University of Economics and Business.


Publication period start: 2001
Publication period end: 2010
Number of co-authors: 32


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Nicolas Tsingos
Alex Reche Martinez
George Drettakis

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Georgios Kouroupetroglou
Fabio Pianesi
Mel Slater


Roussou, Maria (2009): A VR Playground for Learning Abstract Mathematics Concepts. In IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 29 (1) pp. 82-85.

Roussou, Maria, Oliver, Martin, Slater, Mel (2007): Exploring Activity Theory as a Tool for Evaluating Interactivity and Learning in Virtual E. In Cognition, Technology & Work, 0 (0) pp. . http://

Drettakis, George, Roussou, Maria, Martinez, Alex Reche, Tsingos, Nicolas (2007): Design and Evaluation of a Real-World Virtual Environment for Architecture and Urban Plann. In Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 16 (3) pp. 318-332.

Roussou, Maria, Oliver, Martin, Slater, Mel (2006): The virtual playground: an educational virtual reality environment for evaluating interact. In Virtual Reality, 10 (3) pp. 227-240.

Roussou, Maria (2004): Learning by doing and learning through play: an exploration of interactivity in virtual en. In Computers in Entertainment, 2 (1) pp. 10.

Roussou, Maria (2004): Examining young learners\' activity within interactive virtual environments. In: Proceedings of ACM IDC04: Interaction Design and Children , 2004, . pp. 167-168.

Roussou, Maria, Kavalieratou, Elina, Doulgeridis, Michael (2007): Children Designers in the Museum: Applying Participatory Design for the Development of an . In: Bekker, Tilde, Robertson, Judy, Skov, Mikael B. (eds.) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children June 6-8, 2007, Aalborg, Denmark. pp. 77-80.

Loscos, Celine, Widenfeld, Hila Ritter, Roussou, Maria, Meyer, Alexandre, Tecchia, Franco, Drettakis, George, Gallo, Emmanuel, Martinez, Alex Reche, Tsingos, Nicolas, Chrysanthou, Yiorgos, Robert, Luc, Bergamasco, Massimo, Dettori, Andrea, Soubra, Souheil (2003): The CREATE Project: Mixed Reality for Design, Education, and Cultural Heritage with a Cons. In: 2003 IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality ISMAR 2003 7-10 October, 2003, Tokyo, Japan. pp. 282-283.

Christou, Chris, Angus, Cameron, Loscos, Celine, Dettori, Andrea, Roussou, Maria (2006): A versatile large-scale multimodal VR system for cultural heritage visualization. In: Slater, Mel, Kitamura, Yoshifumi, Tal, Ayellet, Amditis, Angelos, Chrysanthou, Yiorgos (eds.) VRST 2006 - Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology November 1-3, 2006, Limassol, Cyprus. pp. 133-140.

Roussou, Maria (2001): The Interplay between Form, Story, and History : The Use of Narrative in Cultural and Educ. In: Balet, Olivier, Subsol, Gérard, Torguet, Patrice (eds.) ICVS 2001 - Virtual Storytelling Using Virtual Reality Technologies for Storytelling, International Conference September 27-28, 2001, Avignon, France. pp. 181-190.

Kynigos, Chronis, Smyrnaiou, Zacharoula, Roussou, Maria (2010): Exploring rules and underlying concepts while engaged with collaborative full-body games. In: Proceedings of ACM IDC10 Interaction Design and Children , 2010, . pp. 222-225.

Pape, Dave, Anstey, Josephine, Roussou, Maria (2004): VR for Public Consumption. In: IEEE Virtual Reality Conference 2004 VR 2004 27-31 March, 2004, Chicago, IL, USA. pp. 267.

Roussou, Maria, Drettakis, George, Tsingos, Nicolas, Martinez, Alex Reche, Gallo, Emmanuel (2004): A User-Centered Approach on Combining Realism and Interactivity in Virtual Environments. In: IEEE Virtual Reality Conference 2004 VR 2004 27-31 March, 2004, Chicago, IL, USA. pp. 251-252.