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Meet Our Team

Co-coordinator (WP9) and WP2, WP5, WP7, WP8 member

Professor and Director of Research for the National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at the University of South-Eastern Norway, Campus Kongsberg.

Prof. Rigmor C. Baraas

Prof. Rigmor C. Baraas

Co-coordinator (WP9) and WP2, WP5, WP7, WP8 member

Professor and Director of Research for the National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at the University of South-Eastern Norway, Campus Kongsberg.

University of South-Eastern Norway, Campus Kongsberg

Rigmor is a Professor of Optometry and Visual Science and heads the I-merse Research Group, the SNOW study and the Colour Vision and Retinal Imaging laboratory at the University of South-Eastern Norway. She has a PhD in Visual Neuroscience and 3-years of post-doctoral experience in Visual and Computational Neuroscience (Wellcome Trust Fellowship) from the University of Manchester (UK) prior to returning to Norway in 2005. She has since been working on several topics related to studying eye and vision development and ageing. This includes normal variation as well as inherited and age-related changes, and the role of environmental and biological factors related to daylight (diurnal and seasonal variations throughout the day), activity and sleep pattern. She combines experimental and clinical psychophysics with high-resolution retinal imaging, and genetics. Research on utilization of immersive technologies pertain both visual functional aspects as well as ethical considerations on accessibility and inclusion. Aside from co-coordinating XR4HUMAN she is partner in two Horizon 2020 projects: ROSiE Fostering responsible open science in Europe and the ERA-NET Neuron project Artificial Intelligence for Diagnosing Retinal Diseases (AI-D).
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Project coordinator, WP2 leader, member of WP3, WP5, and WP8

Professor of Research Ethics and Research Integrity, University of Oslo/ Adjunct Professor of Medical Research Ethics

Prof. Rosemarie Bernabe, PhD

Prof. Rosemarie Bernabe, PhD

Project coordinator, WP2 leader, member of WP3, WP5, and WP8

Professor of Research Ethics and Research Integrity, University of Oslo/ Adjunct Professor of Medical Research Ethics

University of South-Eastern Norway

Rose’s research interests include ethics governance of research and innnovation of immersive technologies; intersection of regulatory science and medical research ethics; equity in global medical research; stakeholder participation; ethical and integrity issues in Open Science; ethics oversight in clinical trials; and issues of research integrity and research misconduct. Aside from XR4Human, she leads multiple projects including the NORPART project, Ethics in Research and Clinical Practice (ETHIMED) and the following Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe projects: Improving Post-Trial Access in Africa (AccessAfrica), Responsible Open Science in Europe Project (ROSiE), Beyond Bad Apples: Towards a Behavioral and Evidence-Based Approach to Promote Research Ethics and Research Integrity in Europe (BEYOND). She will also lead an NFR project entitled, Developing national and global agendas for the ethics of post-trial arrangements in LMICs during pandemics/epidemics (Pandemic Ethics) and the Horizon Europe-EDCTP project, Strengthening Clinical Trial Regulatory and Ethical review Oversight in East Africa (AccessAfrica2).
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WP1 Leader

Managing Director of XR4Europe

Michael Kam Barngrover

Michael Kam Barngrover

WP1 Leader

Managing Director of XR4Europe

Michael is the Managing Director of XR4Europe, an association supporting XR across the continent of Europe, and is an XR community builder, freelance developer, and researcher with a personal focus on multiuser VR and cultural heritage applications of XR. He supports XR communities that span the world, such as XR Crowd and the Indian Ocean Network, and founded Euromersive Türkiye (now XR Türkiye). In doing so, he has spoken, produced, or moderated panels at industry events Stereopsia, Laval Virtual, VRDays' Immersive Tech Week, AWE EU, the Munich Mediantage, as well as scores of virtual events on behalf of the XR Crowd and Euromersive Türkiye. In his role as community and capacity builder, he has helped to establish university XR laboratories and startups in his adopted home country of Türkiye, and mentored creatives with institutions like the Venice Biennale. Supporting researchers, he has developed VR and AR research projects for psychiatrists and archaeologists in France and Türkiye. He lectures for universities on XR technologies, immersive and immersive narrative design, and has taught Unity development to students of all ages.
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WP1, WP6 & WP7 Member

Professor and Head of Innovative Immersive Technologies for Learning (IMTEL) research group and lab at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland

Dr. Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland

WP1, WP6 & WP7 Member

Professor and Head of Innovative Immersive Technologies for Learning (IMTEL) research group and lab at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dr. Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland is Full Professor and Head of Innovative Immersive Technologies for Learning (IMTEL) research group and lab at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has been working with educational virtual worlds and immersive technologies since 2002, with over 100 publications in the field. She has been involved in developing educational XR simulations for a wide range of stakeholders, from aquaculture industry and hospitals to the Norwegian Armed Forces and Labour and Welfare Administration. Ekaterina is Norway's ambassador for Women in Immersive Tech.
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WP2 Member

PhD Candidate at the University of South-Eastern Norway

Cristiana-Anca Voinov

Cristiana-Anca Voinov

WP2 Member

PhD Candidate at the University of South-Eastern Norway

University of South-Eastern Norway

Cristiana Voinov is an ethicist and PhD Candidate at the University of South-Eastern Norway. Her work concerns the intersection of immersive technologies and ethics. It is particularly focused on the methodological questions of how institutions and academics "apply" ethics to problems of emerging technologies. She is a researcher within the I-Merse group (USN), which studies the technical and socio-philosophical aspects of XR technologies; the ROSiE project (Responsible Open Science in Europe); and a proud consortium member of XR4Human. She has a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Oslo’s Center for Development and the Environment (SUM), and a bachelor degree specializing in bioethics from the University of Toronto, Canada.
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WP2 member

Researcher, Centre for Medical Ethics, University of Oslo

Dr. Shereen Cox

Dr. Shereen Cox

WP2 member

Researcher, Centre for Medical Ethics, University of Oslo

University of Oslo

A pharmacist by degree, with an MA in Health Law and Ethics and a PhD in Research Ethics focused on post-approval role of research ethics committees. Currently, her research interests are technology ethics, research ethics, pharmacy ethics and ethics capacity building. She advocates for the concept of end-to-end ethics review in lieu of prospective ethics review to be adopted in response to rapid and technical advances in human research. She is the immediate Past-President of the Bioethics Society of the English-Speaking Caribbean and a member of the Executive of Redbioetica, UNESCO.
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WP2 and WP5 member

Associate Professor, National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway

Dr. Lene A. Hagen

Dr. Lene A. Hagen

WP2 and WP5 member

Associate Professor, National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway

University of South-Eastern Norway

Lene A. Hagen, PhD, is an optometrist with a Master’s degree in Visual Science and a PhD in Person-Centred Health Care. She is a member of the I-Merse Research Group, the SNOW study and the Colour Vision and Retinal Imaging laboratory at the University of South-Eastern Norway. She has expertise in refractive errors, colour vision, and visual electrophysiology. Her research interests include the development of the eye and visual function, and how common vision problems relate to learning and the use of digital equipment, such as immersive technologies.  
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WP2 member

Professor of Moral Design Strategy, Fontys University, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Bart Wernaart

Bart Wernaart

WP2 member

Professor of Moral Design Strategy, Fontys University, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Fontys University

Bart Wernaart is professor Moral Design Strategy for Fontys University, the Netherlands and a member of the ethics committee of Brain Port Smart Districts, Eindhoven-Helmond. Furthermore, he is a professional drummer, conductor and composer.
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WP2 member

Professor of philosophy of medicine and ethics at Centre for Medical Ethics, Institute for Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo and Institute of Health Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Gjøvik, Norway.

Bjørn Hofmann

Bjørn Hofmann

WP2 member

Professor of philosophy of medicine and ethics at Centre for Medical Ethics, Institute for Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo and Institute of Health Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Gjøvik, Norway.

University of Oslo and Institute of Health Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Gjøvik, Norway

Bjørn Hofmann is a Norwegian professor in philosophy of medicine and bioethics with special interest for the relationship between epistemology and ethics. He is trained in the natural sciences (electrical engineering and biomedical technology), history of ideas, and philosophy. His main subjects and interests are basic concepts for health care (health, disease, (f)utility, (over)diagnosis, autonomy, causality, enhancement, goals), norms of knowledge and evidence production (forms of rationality, study design, science ethics, disease classification), handling of technology (technology assessment and appraisal, health policy) and (bio)medical ethics.
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WP3 leader

Senior researcher, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Dr. Miltos Ladikas

Dr. Miltos Ladikas

WP3 leader

Senior researcher, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

He has studied Social Psychology with a focus on Societal Aspects in Technological Developments. Since 1996, he has held research positions in UK and Germany specialising in Science & Society issues. He has coordinated a number of international projects in the areas of science and technology policy, technology assessment, ethics of scientific developments, public perceptions in science and technology, genetically modified foods and access to pharmaceuticals. He advises the European Commission, the European Research Council, the European & Developing Countries Clinical Countries Partnership, and several national research organisations, on social & ethical issues in Science & Technology developments. His current work focuses on global aspects of Technology Assessment, Responsible Innovation, Ethics in Science and Technology Policy, and Science Diplomacy.
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WP3 member

Postdoctoral researcher (funded by the Helmholtz-OCPC International Exchange Program), Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Dr. Lei Huang

Dr. Lei Huang

WP3 member

Postdoctoral researcher (funded by the Helmholtz-OCPC International Exchange Program), Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Dr. Lei Huang is as a scientific staff and a post-doctoral researcher (Until 17/01/2023) of the research group “Socio-Technical Futures and Policies” in Institute for Technology Assessment (ITAS) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His major research focused on Data Governance, Artificial Intelligence Governance, Responsible Research & Innovation, and Open Science etc. His research, which related to the big data as a market resource and the platform competition, have been published on interdisciplinary journals.
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WP3 and WP5 member

Legal and Technology Counsel, Leiden Learning & Innovation Centre

Marco Correa Pérez

Marco Correa Pérez

WP3 and WP5 member

Legal and Technology Counsel, Leiden Learning & Innovation Centre

Leiden Learning & Innovation Centre

A lawyer with a degree from the University of Chile and an LLM in Law and Digital Technologies from Leiden University. He has worked in the private sector providing legal advice on intellectual property, data protection and technology law. He is the author of published works on copyright in the digital environment and net neutrality, and has participated in research projects on digital rights. He was one of the founders and former president of the local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation in Chile. He currently works as Legal and Technology Counsel at the Leiden Learning & Innovation Centre (LLInC).  
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WP3 and WP5 member

Project Manager, Leiden Learning & Innovation Centre

Melissa Amorós Lark

Melissa Amorós Lark

WP3 and WP5 member

Project Manager, Leiden Learning & Innovation Centre

Leiden Learning & Innovation Centre

Melissa holds a BA in International Studies from Leiden University. She is currently completing her MA in International Relations, also at Leiden University. She currently works as a project manager at the Leiden Learning & Innovation Centre (LLInC). Her portfolio includes the area of innovation, and among other things she runs early-stage pilots in the university's digital learning environment with a view to scaling. She also develops guidelines and policies for the responsible use of tools and data. She has previously worked for UN Global Pulse at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the T.M.C. Asser Instituut.
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WP4 leader, member WP2, WP3, WP5

Managing Director Open AR Cloud Europe

Alina Kadlubsky

Alina Kadlubsky

WP4 leader, member WP2, WP3, WP5

Managing Director Open AR Cloud Europe

Open AR Cloud Europe

A project manager and XR researcher for 3DInteractive, a Swedish XR and Spatial Computing content creation Company. She specializes in spatial Computing and XR research, leveraging on creating a human-centered future of Computing while contributing to publications and standards. Besides that, she’s been serving as Director of Communication at the Open AR Cloud Association. Alina set up and has been leading the EU activities of Open AR Cloud Europe gUG as managing director and part of the EU-funded research projects like NGI Atlantic Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO), the European Network for Ombuds in Higher Education (ENOHE), and the national correspondent for Greece of SUPER-MoRRI project.
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IFE participant contact, WP4 and WP7 member

Department Head VR&AR, Digital Systems division, Institutt for Energiteknikk, Halden, Norway

Michael N. Louka

Michael N. Louka

IFE participant contact, WP4 and WP7 member

Department Head VR&AR, Digital Systems division, Institutt for Energiteknikk, Halden, Norway

Institutt for Energiteknikk, Halden, Norway

Experienced leader, project manager, designer, researcher, and software engineer working primarily on applied research and development projects for the transport and energy industries. A computer scientist by degree, educated at the University of Surrey in the UK, he has over 25 years of experience with virtual reality systems and human-centred 3D technologies, in particular for the OECD NEA Halden HTO Project in Norway. Particularly interested in the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies to visualise and manage complex and/or safety-critical work involving humans. His research focus is primarily on virtual prototyping approaches to control centre design, 3D visualisation to support risk perception and situation awareness for decision-making, and on visual simulation for training and education. Since 2000, he has also taught several master-degree level courses on VR, AR, and computer graphics at Østfold University College in Norway. He is the author of over 50 publications, including 3 book chapters, 3 publications in journals, 9 first author conference papers, 15 co-author conference papers, main author or co-author of 17 research reports for the Halden Project. He is a member of the British Computer Society, ACM SIGCHI, and ACM SIGGRAPH, and is a governing board member of the non-profit Open AR Cloud organization.
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WP6 leader

Head of research team »Immersive Media & Communication« Vision & Imaging Technologies department, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin; Associate Professor at Technical University Berlin

Dr. Oliver Schreer

Dr. Oliver Schreer

WP6 leader

Head of research team »Immersive Media & Communication« Vision & Imaging Technologies department, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin; Associate Professor at Technical University Berlin

, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin & Technical University Berlin

Dr. Oliver Schreer is head of “Immersive Media & Communication” research group at “Vision & Imaging Technologies” department at Fraunhofer HHI and Associate Professor at Technical University Berlin. His main research fields are 3D video processing and immersive and interactive media services and applications exploiting Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies. He published more than 100 papers and acted as main editor of several books. In May 2019, Oliver Schreer and his colleagues I. Feldmann and P. Kauff have been awarded with the Joseph-von-Fraunhofer Prize entitled by "Realistic people in virtual worlds - A movie as a true experience".
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WP6 Co-leader, WP4 member, WP8 member

Co-Director of the Centre for Immersive Technologies and Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Leeds

Dr Faisal Mushtaq

Dr Faisal Mushtaq

WP6 Co-leader, WP4 member, WP8 member

Co-Director of the Centre for Immersive Technologies and Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Dr Faisal Mushtaq is a Cognitive Neuroscientist and Co-Director of the Centre for Immersive Technologies at the University of Leeds. Mushtaq's research sits at the interface between Psychology, Engineering, and Computer Science. He is founder of the Immersive Cognition Lab which specialises in the study of learning and skill acquisition using virtual environments. Mushtaq is also Co-Lead for the Digital Makers programme at the Centre for Applied Education Research, where he is coordinating a city-wide project to digitally upskill children using innovative and emerging XR and neurotechnologies.
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WP7 member

Senior Researcher and Project Manager at IFE (Halden)

Dr. Mikel Salazar

Dr. Mikel Salazar

WP7 member

Senior Researcher and Project Manager at IFE (Halden)

IFE

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A HCI researcher that focuses his efforts on developing new open-source, XR-based technologies to enable everyone to communicate across physical and cultural barriers. After teaching Knowledge Management and Artificial Intelligence at an undergrade level, Mikel Salazar is now exploring how to use his expertise in these fields to facilitate the creation of new user-centric software solutions and international standards.
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WP8 leader

Professor at School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens

Prof. Costas A. Charitidis

Prof. Costas A. Charitidis

WP8 leader

Professor at School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens

National and Technical University of Athens

Prof. Costas A. Charitidis is a professor at the School of Chemical Engineering of NTUA (Director of Department of Materials Science and Engineering), with extensive R&D experience through collaborations with international research centers. He is Co-author of "Research Ethics: A comprehensive strategy on how to minimize research misconduct and the potential misuse of research in EU funded research" (2010), ‘Data protection and privacy ethical guidelines, 2009’, ‘ETHICS REVIEW-Lessons Learned, 2008’. He is also President of the Organizing Committee of the conference entitled 'Towards the Ethics of Research in the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 and the National Strategic Framework for Research, Techno-logical Development and Innovation (ESPEK)" (National Technical University of Athens, 2-3 April (2012). He is appointed representative of the Ethics Committee of NTUA and coordinates the Advisory Ethics Committee of NTUA. He was a member of the panel of seven experts, who drafted the guidelines for the operation of Ethical Committees at an institutional level, at the end of 2017. The document has legal mandate and is part of the new legal framework for the Greek Educational system and will address both issues of Research Ethics and Research Integrity. He is referee in International scientific journals, evaluator & scientific advisor of R&D projects, in European and National funded R&D projects. He is also involved in EU and National funded projects. Prof. Charitidis is the author of 184 published papers in ISI journal. His work has received 5469 citations (h-index 40, according to Google scholar). He is the coordinator of Ethical Aspects in Research and Technology for Human network (EARTHnet).
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WP8 member

Senior researcher, School of Chemical Engineering of National Technical University of Athens

Dr. Panagiotis Kavouras

Dr. Panagiotis Kavouras

WP8 member

Senior researcher, School of Chemical Engineering of National Technical University of Athens

National Technical University of Athens

A Physicist by degree, with an MSc in Materials Science and Technology and a PhD in Physics focused on Technology of Materials. Currently, his research interests are characterization of mechanical properties with indentation methods at various length scales and the built up of a metrological approach for the calculation of Surface Free Energy through nano-indentation, as well as research on Research Integrity. His early career research interest was synthesis and characterization of vitreous and glass-ceramic silica-based materials for industrial solid waste management. He is the author of 44 published papers (40 ISI), 1 book chapter, and 1 textbook. He is one of the contact persons and member of the coordinating team of Ethical Aspects in Research and Technology for Human network (EARTHnet), member of the European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO), the European Network for Ombuds in Higher Education (ENOHE), and the national correspondent for Greece of SUPER-MoRRI project.
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WP8 member

Junior researcher, School of Chemical Engineering of National Technical University of Athens

Vana Stavridi

Vana Stavridi

WP8 member

Junior researcher, School of Chemical Engineering of National Technical University of Athens

National Technical University of Athens

A philosopher by degree, with an MA in Philosophy focused on Science and Society. Her main research interests are in epistemology and ethics, methodology of social sciences, social determination of knowledge and the problem of analysing social relations in a philosophically informed way. She has participation in national and international conferences and she was member of ‘’Laboratory of Philosophical Research and Translation’’. She has translated into Greek, written in English papers in a collective volume on Critical Pedagogy.
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