Social Tech Project Blog

Check out MITI’s new social tech project blog for reports and tidbits from our study of 'social technology ecosystems in Sub-Saharan Africa’:


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 participates in HoCare international workshop as stakeholder

M-ITI participated in the 1st International Thematic Workshop of the Interreg Europe project HoCare, "Generation of innovation by addressing unmet needs identified by formal and informal providers of health care", as part of Madeira stakeholder group.

The event took place at the Electricity Museum Congress hall, in Funchal, on 27 January 2017.

The goal of the HoCare project is to increase delivery of home care innovative solutions in regional innovation chains by strengthening of cooperation of actors in regional innovation system through a Quadruple-helix approach.

The Quadruple-helix approach is an innovation cooperation model or innovation environment in which users, businesses, research organizations or universities and public authorities cooperate in order to produce innovations.

M-ITI was invited by Madeira Government IDE to participate in HoCare as research organization.

Professor Sergi Bermúdez presented the R&D being done in the AHA (Augmented Human Assistance) project, a success case, to an international panel of stakeholders, and public. 

AHA is being developed under the international partnership with the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

Learn more about HoCare at


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.

M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
Denzil Ferreira
29 March, 2017 - 14:00


Mobile phones have an increasing spectrum of built-in sensors, such as motion, light, atmospheric pressure. These sensors are primarily used to enhance the user experience with the device, such as detecting the screen orientation. More important for scientists, these sensors offer the potential to sense and reason about the user’s environment, or in other words, the user’s context. Mobile phones are the most widespread personal sensing device and provide an exciting opportunity for wider cross-disciplinary research to attain a better understanding of human behaviour by analysing the users’ unique context. 

Yet the biggest challenge in conducting user studies is the scientists’ need to build software and logging tools from scratch, often without proper development experience, over and over again. More critically, multidisciplinary research becomes increasingly challenging due to the diversity of applications and environments. Researchers have no infrastructure support for exchanging their expertise and to collaborate locally or remotely. In this talk, we introduce AWARE, a tool that focuses on an infrastructure for sensing behavioural and social context from mobile phones sensors, to enable a better understanding of human and social behaviour, and to improve users’ understanding of their own quality of life. More importantly, it is a platform that supports reuse and sharing of mobile-based behavioural and social context and researchers’ expertise.

Short Bio:

Ferreira’s research focus is on utilising mobile instrumentation (e.g., wearables, smartphones, ambient displays, deployable sensors) to better understand human behavior and social wellbeing. Ferreira leads the Community Instrumentation and Awareness (CIA) research group, and acts as the Vice-Director of the Center for Ubiquitous Computing at the University of Oulu. Ferreira also teaches two classes: Mobile and Social Computing, and Human-Computer Interaction, part of the curriculum of U. Oulu’s International MSc. in Ubiquitous Computing. During his PhD, Ferreira created and released AWARE, a toolkit in use today by hundreds of researchers worldwide.

Ahmed Seffah
13 March, 2017 - 11:00


In this keynote, we will show how to improve the practices of interactive software and user interfaces design, by applying lessons from various fields of design to the co-creation of interactive software products, systems and services. The goal is to create software that works – really works, meaning we can measure it works, usable, profitable yet secure, resilient and sustainable – in being appropriate and effective for people who live in the world that the software creates. Beyond the “cook-books of the HCI gurus” and the large diversity of HCI design patterns, guidelines and principles, the talk will highlight the the importance of the qualities, properties and quantities that quantify the quality of software systems from the human perspective. How to measure the “right”, “the old user friendly”, the past usability, the today quality of user experience and the tomorrow sustainability. How to ground measures of HCI in the general theory of software quality and measurement.  What we can learn from the successful stories and history of measurement in many fields: medical sciences, engineering, and even from natural and hearth sciences?

Short Bio:

Ahmed Seffah is a professor of human-centric software engineering and HCI at Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. Previously, he was a professor and Concordia research chair on human-centered software engineering at Concordia University as well a visiting professor in more than 10 universities and research Centre including IBM, University of Lausanne, Daimler Chrysler and the Computer research institute of Montreal.  Professor Seffah co-authored five books, the last one on the “Patterns of HCI Design Patterns and the HCI Design of Patterns”. His main research is to understanding those HCI and interactive software systems design, software usability, user-centric engineering, UX design practices and all similar ones within the wider software and systems engineering processes. Most visible contributions of his work are on the gaps and bridges between design science practices and software engineering methodologies such as agile, model-driven and service-oriented while building a theories of human-centric software engineering.