Dr Polina Zioga is an award-winning hybrid artist, Director of the Interactive Filmmaking Lab, Lecturer (Grade 8) in Interactive Media at the University of Stirling, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK. Throughout her career, she has worked in the creative industries; in academia, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of Film, Interactive and Digital Media, and the Arts; and she is an affiliate member of national and international organisations. Her interdisciplinary background in Visual Arts, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Health Sciences has influenced her creative practice and research, in Interactive Media and Film, Neurocinematics, and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs). She holds a Ph.D. from the Glasgow School of Art/University of Glasgow, selected as one of the top-ranked thesis abstracts for 2017 by Leonardo (MIT Press).
She has received grants and awards from international organisations, like the NEON Organization, Glasgow School of Art Global Excellence Initiative Fund, Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab as part of the European project ‘Connecting Cities: Participatory City 2014’, MyndPlay, the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Athens, The Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry (He.D.A.), and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, amongst others. For her projects, she has collaborated with established organisations including the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Northern Video Art Network (Finland, Norway, Greece, Hong Kong), iMAL (Brussels) and Fournos Center for Digital Culture (Athens). While her work has been presented and published since 2004 worldwide including: art exhibitions, video-art and film festivals; high impact journals, books and international conferences; invited talks and guest lectures. She has written for The Conversation, and has appeared on The Guardian technology podcast and TechWorld.