UCL (University College London)
Foteini Valeonti is currently undertaking her PhD at the UCL in London on the utilisation of emerging technologies for the Cultural Heritage sector. Her thesis explores the use of crowdsourcing and gamification to democratise access to art, whilst her PhD project, USEUM, was recently awarded with the "Seal of Excellence" innovation award by the European Commission. Foteini’s research interests also include the design and development of Augmented Reality software for Cultural Heritage institutions, having worked on numerous Augmented Reality applications for museums and galleries. Her background is a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and a MFA in Interactive Digital Media from Ravensbourne College (City University), which she attended on scholarship and earned with A+. Her MFA thesis, "Shakespeare's Hunt", is an Augmented Reality iPad game she developed in collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. During her Masters studies Foteini worked as Lead Developer of mobile applications for the Museum of BMW. Foteini has been invited to discuss her research and work at various conferences, whilst as an undergraduate she was a Microsoft Student Partner, contributing to numerous projects and events.