About 👽


My name is Eleni Maria Stea (+my nick is hikiko), and I am a computer graphics programmer. This is my blog where I mostly post about hobby projects, open source contributions and hacks I do at work or in my free time.

My hobby projects:

In my spare time, I like to write projects for fun like these ones, to experiment with computer graphics and computer vision algorithms, or to implement spontaneous ideas I have from time to time. 🙂🙃


What I’m doing professionally:

From June 2017 to August 2021 I had been working for Igalia, a consultancy company. My work revolved around graphics and systems programming: I was working on various Mesa OpenGL and Vulkan drivers for Linux writing features and extensions, and doing some bug fixes. Mesa is a project I really enjoyed, and nowdays I still make hobby contributions when I can. I’ve also worked on some graphics algorithm tasks (see also my blog posts under the Depth Aware Upsampling Experiments category). During my last months in the company, I joined the WebKit project where my tasks varied and weren’t always related to graphics. Posts related to my work for Igalia can be found under the Igalia category or in the Igalia page of my website.


Previously, I’ve been working for Canonical, the company that runs Ubuntu, for about 5 years. I was writing code for the Ubuntu desktop on Nux (a graphics engine for desktop’s visual effects), Compiz (the compositing window manager of the desktop), Unity 7 (the official Ubuntu desktop environment), Mir (a window system) and some desktop applications (mostly configuration tools for the desktop settings). You can read my posts from that era in these categories: Ubuntu, Unity 7 and Compiz or check my website.


Before Canonical, I’ve been working at ITI, a research institute in Greece, where I implemented a head detection and tracking app using information from depth frames. I’ve also worked for the Software Engineering team of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (the lab was renamed from SwEng to SWITCH) contributing to various FOSS academic projects. In 2011 I participated in the ESA summer of code in space where I’ve added support for normal maps and Perlin noise clouds in Stellarium, a planetarium for pc (blog posts in this category and in my website).

My studies:

I’ve studied Computer Science (BSc from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and Computer Graphics, Vision and Imaging (MSc from University College London). I speak English, Greek (native speaker), and French.

I am always interested in learning new things and exploring different areas of Computer Graphics.

My hobbies:

I like swimming, programming, travelling, and reading books, comics, and manuals. But mostly swimming and programming!🙃🏊‍♀️

Find me online:

🕸️ Website: https://eleni.mutantstargoat.com/
📺 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hikik00
🐦 Twitter: https://twitter.com/hikik0
💻 GitHub: https://github.com/hikiko
⚙️ Freedesktop GitLab: https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/hikiko
👾 Shadertoy: https://www.shadertoy.com/user/hikiko
🗃️ LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/hikiko

You can also contact me using my e-mail address ( elene.mst <at> gmail.com), or on IRC/OFTC where my nickname is hikiko.

🖖 Happy Hacking! 🖖

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