Yiannis Laouris

Courses: MSN 511: Collective Inteligence;Definitions,Measurement,Experimentation
MSN 611: Programming Collective Intelligence of Crowds
MSN 612: Experiments and Programming to Harness Collective Wisdom of Crowds
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Dr. Yiannis Laouris is a social and business entrepreneur, a neuroscientist and systems engineer. He was the main Founder of the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute and he is founding member and elected Secretary General of the Cyprus Society for Systemic Studies, member of the Board of the Institute for 21st Century Agoras and member of the Board of a number of high-tech companies. He has an MD and a PhD in Neurophysiology from Leipzig University in Germany and an MSc in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona.  In the 90's he founded CYBER Kids (, a chain of franchised computer learning centers, which introduced IT in the lives of over 15,000 children and 10,000 adults in Cyprus. CYBER Kids expanded in 7 countries and received numerous prestigious awards. He promotes the application of broadband technologies and structured dialogue as tools to bridge the digital; economic educational and inter-personal divides in our planet. He pioneered in the application of the Structured Dialogic Design process (SDD) in the Cyprus and the Middle East peace movement and in many pan-European networks; his work was published in several books and many scientific papers and was honored with numerous awards. For the past 5 years, his group is concerned with the development of systems to enable scaling up a participatory dialogic processes to engage asynchronously thousands of participants in meaningful authentic dialogues, thus accelerating institutional and societal change.

Selected Publications

In Education

  • Laouris, Yiannis (2014). Teams Construct Knowledge During Project-Driven Social Interactions: A Facet of the CYBER Kids Method. Benjamin Press, Tokyo, New York.
  • O’Neill, Brian and Laouris, Yiannis (2013). Teaching Internet Safety, Promoting Digital Literacy; The Dual Role of Education and Schools. In: Promoting a Safer Internet for Children. European Policy Debates and Challenges, Brian O’Neill, Elisabeth Staksrud and Sharon McLaughlin (Eds.), Chapter 10, Nordicom 191-207.
  • Mascheroni, Giovanna, Murru, Maria Francesca, Aristodemou, Elena and Laouris, Yiannis (2013). Parents: Mediation, Self-regulation and Co-regulation. In: Promoting a Safer Internet for Children. European Policy Debates and Challenges, Brian O’Neill, Elisabeth Staksrud and Sharon McLaughlin (Eds.), Chapter 11, Nordicom 209-223.
  • Kirwil, L., and Laouris, Y. (2012). Experimenting with the Self- presentation Online: A Risky Opportunity, In: Livingstone, S., Haddon, L., and Goerzig, A. (Eds.), Children, risk and safety online: Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective, Bristol: The Policy Press.
  • Aristodemou, E., Hansen, O., Siitta Achilleos, G., and Laouris, Y. 2011. Augmented Reality Game for online identities:IdentifEye Project. JSIE, Vol 1:2, 64-76.
  • Loizou, A., & Laouris, Y. (2011). Developing prognosis tools to identify learning difficulties in children using Machine Learning technologies. Cognitive Computation, 3(3): 490–500. DOI 10.1007/s12559-010-9052-5.
  • Haddad, C. and Laouris, Y. (2011). The ability of children with mild learning disabilities to encode emotions through facial expressions. In Towards Autonomous, adaptive and context-aware multimodal interfaces: Theoretical and Practical Issues. A. Esposito, Esposito, A.M., Martone, R., Müller, V.C., Scarpetta, G (Eds.): COST 2102 Int. Training School 2010, Lecture Notes In Artificial Intelligence Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg 6456, 387-402.
  • Laouris, Y., Makris, P., Papadopoulos, T. (2011). Validation of MAPS in 16 schools: Computer-based battery of 8 mental attributes tests (in preparation; draft available).
  • Laouris, Y., Aristodemou, E., Fountana, M. (2011). Teaching Internet safety in virtual environments. International journal of media and cultural studies 7(1): 67-76. DOI: 10.1386/mcp.7.1.67_3

 In Systems and Peace

  • Laouris Y, Dye, Kevin M. C., Michaelides Marios, and Christakis, Alexander, N. (2014). Co-laboratories of Democracy: Best choices for designing sustainable futures. In: Social Systems and Design, Metcalf, Gary S. (Ed.) Series: Translational Systems Sciences, Vol. 1 Springer Verlag, New York, 175-193.
  • Laouris, Y. (2014). Reengineering and Reinventing both Democracy and the Concept of Life in the Digital Era. In L. Floridi (ed.), The Onlife Manifesto, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-04093-6_16 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
  • Laouris, Y. (2013). The Science of Structured Democratic Dialogue (In Greek: ? ???????? ??? ????????? ???????????? ????????). In ORAMA.
  • Laouris, Y. (2012). The ABCs of the science of dialogic design. Int. J. Applied Systemic Studies, 4:4, 239-257.
  • Laouris, Y. (2011). The capacity of a community of stakeholders to implement a plan of action effectively depends strongly on the true engagement of the stakeholders in designing it. Syst Res Behav Sci (in preparation).
  • Roe, P., Gill, J., Allen, B., Boyle, B., Heck., H., Siitta, G., Laouris, Y. (2011). Towards a technology transfer roadmap from the Coordination Action in R&D in Accessible and Assistive ICT (CARDIAC). Technology and Disability 23, 171–181 DOI 10.3233/TAD-2011-0325.
  • Laouris, Y., Siita, G, Roe, P., Emiliani, P-L., Christakis, A. (2011). Virtual Structured Dialogic Design as Tool for Analysis of Threats before Implementing European Dialogues Aiming to Identify R&D Gaps in Assistive ICT. In C. Stephanidis (Ed.): Universal Access in HCI, Part I, HCII 2011, LNCS 6765, pp. 492–497, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Laouris, Y., Michaelides, M. Damdelen, M., Laouri, R., Beyatli, D., and Christakis, A. (2009). A systemic evaluation of the state of affairs following the negative outcome of the referendum in Cyprus using a structured design process. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 22, 45-75.
  • Laouris, Y., Erel, A., Michaelides, M,. Damdelen, M., Taraszow, T., Dagli, I., Laouri, R. and Christakis, A. (2009). Exploring options for enhancement of social dialogue between the Turkish and Greek communities in Cyprus using the Structured Dialogic Design Process. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 22, 361–381.
  • Laouris, Y. and Christakis, A. (2007). Harnessing collective wisdom at a fraction of the time using Structured Dialogic Design Process in a virtual communication context Int. J. Applied Systemic Studies, 1(2), 131–153.
  • Laouris, Y., Michaelides, M. and Sapio, B. (2008). A Systemic Evaluation of Obstacles Preventing the Wider Public Benefiting from and Participating in the Broadband Society. Observatorio Journal, 5, 21-31.
  • Laouris, Y., Laouri, R. and Christakis, A. (2008). Communication praxis for ethical accountability; The ethics of the tree of action. Syst Res Behav Sci 25(2), 331–348.
  • Laouris, Y. and Laouri, R. (2008). Can Information and mobile technologies serve close the economic, educational, digital and social gaps and accelerate development? World Futures, 64(4), 254-275.
  • Laouris, Y. (2004). Information technology in the service of peace..