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Irene comes from Athens, Greece. Her bachelor's degree is in Computer Science and Telecommunications. She loves to hike, engage in cultural activities, and cycle around the city in her free time. 

Why did you choose this master's programme at KTH?

Throughout my life and especially during my student years, I have been fascinated by the human condition: why do we, as humans, act in particular ways, why do we think in the ways that we do. During the last years of my bachelor's studies, I realised that technology could not be perceived apart from the human factor. I chose this master's programme because of the emphasis that is given to the physical and embodied aspects of user experience. 

What are the best aspects of your programme?

My favourite aspect of the master's programme is the diversity of students' backgrounds. You can find students from Computer Science, Arts, Cognitive Sciences, etc. What unites all these people is their desire to invest in user experience. As you might already know, teamwork and project work is required for the Interactive Media Technology master's programme. The interdisciplinary character of teamwork leads to a rewarding outcome. Another aspect that I enjoy is the support and the infrastructures that one can find. The best example is the MIDDLA, a collaborative working space where you can find the tools and the knowledge to shape your ideas into designs. The space invites you to experiment with technology – sensors, 3D printers, e-textiles–discover new prototyping techniques and stretch your skills. 

Have you chosen a specialisation track within the programme?

I have chosen to specialise in the Physical Track since it is closer to my research interests. Personally, I find the aspect of embodiment and tangible interaction particularly interesting, which are covered exhaustively within this track. 

What are some of your favourite courses so far?

It is really hard to choose because each course is different and better for another reason. However, my favourite course so far is Soma Design. A course where I learned how to slow down my design process and appreciate my design space in order to make more sustainable products and services. 

How is student life in Stockholm?

Student life in Stockholm is balanced! KTH offers a huge variety of infrastructures to support the students, such as an amazing library, a gym, and multiple study rooms. Stockholm is a city that has a lot of hidden gems. Even though it is up to the north, the international element is strong among the students. The winter might be hard for a newcomer, but if you take a walk around the campus, you will find a lot of gatherings and thematic parties. And when the winter is gone, prepare yourself for the summer. The summer in Stockholm is the most amazing season! You will never be out of activities.

How would you describe your time at KTH so far?

In two words: inspiring and thought-provoking. Even though I finished my first year during the pandemic, I managed to meet people who inspired and challenged me. I was exposed to new concepts and workflows, which matured me and made me a better version of myself.

What do you want to do after graduating?

After graduation, I want to pursue a PhD related to physical interaction or work in research.