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  • Bond University 14 University Drive ROBINA QLD 4226


  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Visuo-Vestibular Interactions, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Human-Robot Interactions


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Research interests

Considering the complexity of human mind and based on the importance of environmental interactions during development, my work tries to answer the question of "how" multimodal representations emerge in typical and atypical (neurological/neurodevelopmental disorder) populations and "how" the dynamic neural organisation underlying emerging multimodal representations operates.

The existing body of research concerned with typical and atypical children have included, inter alia: the relationship between the representations of objects and the representations of words; the correlation between positive emotional representations and the decision making process; the multimodal cognitive nonverbal, emotional and verbal interactions in free play of severe and middle-moderate autistic children vis a vis mobile toy robots; the emotional dialogues in the presence of an InterActor robot; the cognitive and visual-vestibular representations of virtual movement as well as of real movement in children and adults; the continuity between real and virtual environments in healthy adults via a HMD.

The key future research focus upon whole of lifespan neurocognitive development: typical and atypical populations of children, adults and elderly.

Statement for HDR students

I have supervised two doctoral and several masters' students who have all graduated. My expertise in supervision concerns interdisciplinary literature review, research methodology with humans, robots and virtual/augmented reality environments, statistics. I have published several papers in cognitive neuroscience and psychological journals, and in various interdisciplinary journals. I have also written several chapters of books and two books.

My supervision aims to contribute to the flourishing need for research capacity in the interdisciplinary knowledge: cognitive neuroscience, psychology, robotics, engineering, mathematics, computer sciences.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor Science, Life and Health Sciences, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie


PhD Life Sciences: Neuropsychology, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie


Master in Neuropsychology, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1


Bachelor in Cognitive Psychology, Paris Descartes University


Bachelor in Neuroscience, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie


External positions

EPP-Catholic University of Paris

Sep 2015Mar 2017

Universite Pierre et Marie Curie

Oct 2010Jun 2015

EPP-Catholic University of Paris

Oct 1997Oct 2010

Psychological Applications and Editions

Feb 1997Sep 1997

CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Jun 1995Dec 1996

Paris Descartes University

Sep 1993May 1995

Centre Hospitalier Sainte-Anne

Hôpital de la Salpêtrière


Institut National de la Recherche sur le Transport et leur Sécurité

Laboratory Central des Ponts et Chaussées

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Research Output

Classification based on Neural Connectivity Analysis in a Motor Imaginary Task

Mizutani, H. & Giannopulu, I., Oct 2018, The Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Japanese Neural Network Society: 第 28 回 日本神経回路学会全国大会 講演論文集. Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology , p. 122-123 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

Open Access
  • 15 Downloads (Pure)

    Communication using robots: A perception-action scenario in moderate ASD

    Giannopulu, I., Terad, K. & Watanabe, T., 29 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence. 30, 5, p. 603-613 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Emotional Empathy as a Mechanism of Synchronisation in Child-Robot Interaction

    Giannopulu, I., Terada, K. & Watanabe, T., 16 Oct 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, OCT, 1852.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    147 Downloads (Pure)

    Imagine Creativity in Augmented Reality Environments

    Lee, T-J. & Giannopulu, I., 8 Dec 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 31 Downloads (Pure)

    Inter-individual differences in conscious and unconscious processes during robot-child interaction

    Giannopulu, I. & Watanabe, T., 2018, New trends in medical and service robots - Design, analysis and control. Husty, M. & Hofbaur, M. (eds.). Springer, Vol. 48. p. 147-158 12 p. (Mechanisms and Machine Science; vol. 48).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Invited talk

    The 26th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces

    Irini Giannopulu (Chair)

    26 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    IEEEVR 2018. Body Consciousness in Natural and Artificial Environments.

    Irini Giannopulu (Organiser) & Haruo Mizutani (Organiser)

    18 Mar 201823 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Enrobotment: the self and the other in human-child interaction

    Irini Giannopulu (Speaker)

    15 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk