MHCI students make the final presentation of their Capstone Projects

Yesterday, December 15, the four teams of MHCI students made the final presentation of their Capstone projects, in an event that gathered their sponsors - Grupo Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts, More4You, Exictos and Collab - M-ITI's community, and local companies and organizations at the Rectory of University of Madeira.

In their Capstone projects, students in the professional masters in Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) were asked by their sponsors to present out-of-the-box solutions for a problem/need handed to them at the beginning of the year.

The event started with the 2 Minute Madness, where students pitched their projects, followed by group presentations and demo sessions.

The MHCI is a two year dual-degree program, in partnership with the University of Madeira and the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. This is an international program that attracts not only students from Madeira, but from all over the globe.

Team Pearl Collective worked with Porto Bay Hotels and Resorts. Their goal was to study exemplary hospitality services in order to understand how guests’ expectations are identified, fulfilled, and exceeded so
 that they could empower Porto Bay staff to be proactive in creating personalized experiences for each individual guest during their stay.

Team Metis worked with Collab on its OneSupervisor solution. Their goal was to streamline the operations of contact centers by empowering supervisors to assist and coach their agents more rapidly.


Team Explora worked with the tourism company More4You
to building an enhanced experience for tourists visiting their website Their goal was to understand the motivations and needs of tourists to design an innovative experience that will anticipate and exceed expectations through a comprehensive set of digital and offline tools.


Team Elementary worked with Exictos. Their goal was to understand how people interact with money so that they can build a contextually- aware consumer banking experience.

M-ITI wins Horizon2020 funded project in the field of energy

M-ITI is part of an international consortium, with a team made of four Madeira partners, that won a Horizon 2020 funded project for Intelligent Islands energy systems with a total budget of € 2,447m. The regional SMART IsLand Energy Systems team is made up of ACIF, EEM, M-ITI and the startup prsma that will lead one of the three technological pilot projects foreseen in the project.

In addition to Madeira, the SMILE project involves other two European islands (Orkneys in Scotland and Samsø in Denmark) where new technologies of smart grids that can enter the market in the short term will be demonstrated. The technological solutions are varied and include battery integration, heating, water storage, electric vehicles, power storage on boats and dynamic tariffs. These technologies will be applied to real pilots in the three islands, anticipating their impact and entering the market through the direct involvement of citizens.

In Madeira, the pilot project will have a particular emphasis on the integration of microproduction of electric energy. M-ITI is in charge of the scientific leadership, being responsible for analyzing data generated from innovative smart meters and user reactions. Metering technology will be provided by the prsma company. prsma is a M-ITI startup that has recently received funding from the Horizon 2020 PME Instrument, and was present at the Web Summit. EEM will be in charge of the integration of the technologies in the power network, as well as all the technical support related to the network management technologies. Finally, ACIF will be responsible for the aggregation of information produced at regional level as well as its impact on the business sector.

The SMILE project consortium involves a total of 19 partners from 6 countries for a global budget of € 14m for the four years of the project.

M-ITI hosts the 2016 Playtest Session

Building on the success of last year, M-ITI again hosted the Playtest Session, in which the students of the Game Design class demonstrated their final projects (games). The event was held at M-ITI premises, on December 12. For these projects, students from different programs (Master in Informatics Engineering - MEI, and Professional Master in Human-Computer Interaction - MHCI) had been working together in teams to develop interactive experiences as well as traditional games.

Representatives of the European Commission visit M-ITI

Yesterday, representatives from the European Commission visited M-ITI, namely: Eng. Georgios Yannoussis, the Director of FEDER, and Dr. Luca Marchetti, the Rapporteur da DG Regio of PO M14-20. Accompanying the visit were the national representatives of the PT2020 Agência de Desenvolvimento e Coesão (AD&C), and Instituto de Desenvolvimento Regional IP-RAM (IDR IP-RAM).
The visit was in the scope of the IV Meeting of the Monitoring Committee of “Madeira 14-20” that is taking place today, December 7, in Madeira.
During the visit, the M-ITI EXCELL, Beanstalk, the PIE News, and the ERA Chair projects were presented. After visiting M-ITI, the European Commission representatives also visited the Observatório Oceânico da Madeira (OOM).


M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
Alex Pazaitis
26 January, 2017 - 17:00


Commons-based peer production (CBPP) is a new modality of production that has been exemplified from numerous Free/ Open Source Software projects and Wikipedia and has thenceforth spun to various domains of digital and material production. CBPP enables a unique productive capacity based on voluntary contributions by loosely interconnected individuals, with no predefined hierarchy or control over resources. Inevitably, it poses many challenges to legal frameworks and institutions concerning working relations, resource planning, value accounting and property. The Open Value Network is an attempt to develop a viable structure for CBPP, so as to harness its productive dynamics while ensuring efficiency and sustainable livelihoods for the contributors. Two illustrative cases of Open Value Networks will guide us through the discussion of the new types of arrangements that are shaping the CBPP ecosystem.

Short Bio:

Alexandros (Alex) Pazaitis is Research Fellow at the P2P Lab, an interdisciplinary research hub, community-driven makerspace and spin-off of the P2P Foundation and the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance. Alex is involved in numerous research activities, including the authoring of scholarly papers and the participation in research and innovation projects. He has professional experience in project management and has worked as a consultant for private and public organizations in various EU-funded cooperation projects. His research interests include technology governance; innovation policy and sustainability; distributed manufacturing; commons, open cooperativism and blockchain-based collaboration.

Adrian Smith
25 January, 2017 - 14:30


Forty years ago, workers at Lucas Aerospace in the UK proposed an alternative plan for their company. In the face of redundancies arising from restructuring, plant closures and automating technologies, workers proposed a number of prototypes and projects where their skills, technology and labour could be put to socially useful purposes (in contrast to the military applications dominating their electro-mechanical products). This initiative inspired a movement for socially useful production amongst community activists, engineers, peace campaigners, local economic development agencies, and activists on the Left. All were committed to human-centred technology development for social purpose. Interestingly, the movement even established in London in the early 1980s a network of community-based workshops for the popular design and prototyping socially useful technologies. In many respects, the community workshops, and their open access design banks, anticipated activities prevalent in hackerspaces and amongst open hardware developers today. Significantly, the movement for socially useful production also opened up the politics of technology development to critical and practical scrutiny, and which still holds lessons for activities today. Having introduced this history, my presentation will consider how we might develop a framework for understanding the full range of critical knowledge arising from this activity, and potentially support grassroots innovation in technology today.

A paper related to the presentation can be accessed here.
And a shorter blogpost for The Guardian here.

Short Bio:

Adrian Smith is Professor of Technology and Society at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex. Trained originally in mechanical engineering, Adrian has become internationally recognised for his research into the politics of technology development in grassroots settings. Recently, this has included studies of grassroots appropriation of digital fabrication tools, including developments in hackerspaces, makerspaces and fablabs. He has written and broadcast about these developments for organisations as varied as the Inter-American Development Bank, The Guardian newspaper, Radio Nacional de España, and research blogs. He has also organised participatory workshops for grassroots innovators and policy-makers, as well as speaking at maker events, including ones hosted by the Victoria and Albert Museum. He is currently working with the Science Museum to develop a grassroots innovation event in London. Much of this work has been brought together in a book on Grassroots Innovation Movements to be published by Routledge in August 2016.