National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The role of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens in the MIROR Project is two-fold: a) to work on the synergy between technology and psychology by studying the relationship between children’s cognitive abilities and the technological development necessary in the project; b) to carry out a number of the experiments of the project in Athens, in various school settings, including special needs schools, hospitals for children with mood/psychiatric disorders, and study the impact of the MIROR system in these areas, and its potential therapeutic uses.

Christina Anagnostopoulou – Scientific responsible and Principal Investigator
Christina Anagnostopoulou is an Associate Professor in music informatics and cognition at the Department of Music Studies, University of Athens. She studied Music (BMus Hons) and Artificial Intelligence <> (MSc in knowledge-based systems) at the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD, also in Edinburgh, was on computational and cognitive modelling of music analysis. She has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow on various topics in music analysis and AI, and from 2002 to 2006 she was a lecturer at the Department of Music and Sonic Arts, <>, Queen’s University Belfast. During that time she led the Music Informatics and Cognition research group, and got her postgraduate qualification in Higher Education Teaching.

Angeliki Triantafyllaki – Member of the Research Group
Angeliki Triantafyllaki has a background in Music Education (PhD, University of Cambridge) and Educational Psychology (MPhil, University of Cambridge and BA, University of Athens). She initially trained as a pianist (Athens National Conservatoire) and as a school teacher (BA, University of Athens). Since completing her PhD she has worked as a researcher on a range of projects in creative and performing arts education (University of the Arts London, University of Cambridge, University of Athens). In February 2010, she joined the Department of Music, University of Athens, as a teaching associate and is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the EU project MIROR at the same Department.
Her research interests are cross-disciplinary and span the areas of pedagogy, psychology and sociology in creative and performing arts education. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented in international and national conferences.

Antonis Alexakis – Member of the Research Group
Antonis Alexakis is a part-time PhD student at the Department of Music Studies, University of Athens, currently working on the computational music analysis of children’s and patients’ music improvisations. He holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Patras, Greece, and an MSc in Knowledge-Based Systems, from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. He has had extensive involvement in European research projects (4th & 5th FPs). He has been technical project leader and project manager in commercial transactional IT projects for several years, bid manager in large public sector call for tenders, and is currently the Co-ordinator of the NSRF MIS system which monitors all public investments in Greece.

Maggie Melissari – Member of the Research Group
Maggie Melissari is a part-time research fellow in the MIROR project and a full-time music teacher in primary education. She holds a degree in Musicology from the Department of Music Studies, University of Athens, and a piano performing diploma from the Greek Conservatoire. She is working in various community music placements, including psychiatric rehabilitation and gypsy children day centres.