M-ITI Project Wins the 2017 International Cultural Innovation Award



 

“The Newton Machine” project, by our researchers James Auger and Julian Hanna and Laura Watts (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark) in collaboration with Community Energy Scotland, was awarded the 2017 International Cultural Innovation Award, by the Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona (CCCB). “The Newton Machine” is a prototype for batteries that use gravity to store renewable energy. Their investigation explores the specific needs of local communities with the aim of helping them achieve clean and free energy self-sufficiency. The project has three stages: an experimentation laboratory, a live laboratory to work on prototypes, and a workshop in which the project coordinators will present their entire experience. See the official announcement here

M-ITI Hosts an Advisory Board



 

M-ITI hosted its Advisory Board meeting on July 3-4. During these two intensive days, the Advisory board members: Don Norman, the director of The Design Lab at University of California (USA), Lucy Suchman, Professor at Lancaster University (UK), and invited partners Rachel Smith, Professor at Aarhus University (Denmark) and Yvonne Rogers, the director of the Interaction Centre at University College London (UK), met with our faculty and researchers to learn about M-ITI's progress in the last two years and future plans. AB experts also checked M-ITI project’s developments and learned about our new projects, in a demo session. The event ended with an informal dinner in our garden, gathering all our community and the Advisory Board experts.

 

M-ITI Participates at the Week of Innovative Regions of Europe



 

Two of our faculty members were invited for the Week of Innovative Regions of Europe (WIRE 2017) that took place at the University of Košice, Slovakia, June 28-30. Nuno Nunes moderated the session “Creativity for innovation,” which analyzed the potential of creative arts to support innovation uptake and regional development. In turn, Chris Csíkszentmihályi participated in the round table Widening participation,” which analyzed the experiences with existing instruments, and discussed ways to further spread excellence and widen participation in the post-H2020 period. He was also a speaker in the plenary session:Visions and trends for the Responsible Digital Future or what’s beyond 2020.” WIRE is the biggest European political forum for innovation and regional development. Each year, it gathers decision makers and regional and national authorities to discuss the practices and challenges of research and innovation, the responsibilities of EU financed programs, and the post-2020. 

M-ITI Doctoral Symposium 2017



 

Our PhD students organized an internal Doctoral Symposium, on June 2, at the Museum of Imprensa da Madeira. The M-ITI Doctoral Symposium gathered the community for seeing the PhD students presenting their research proposals, advances and preliminary results. Professor Harold Thimbleby keynoted the Symposium, giving two talks entitled: "Turning into effective HCI researchers," and "Saving lives through research in healthcare computer science and HCI." The agenda covered oral and poster presentations from 9 of the 37 registered PhD students at M-ITI, who had feedback from 4 professors and 5 Post-docs over their research proposals.

For most of the students, this was a moment for sharing their research and for knowing others' investigations. One of the students said that this event was important because “a research institute should be a community," and information about research projects should be circulate among the institute members. Another student highlighted the multidisciplinary nature of the event, referring to it as “an opportunity” that may encourage others to step outside their comfort zone in order to achieve a goal. Moreover, participants of the event said that after getting to know each other’s project, they can decide with whom they can collaborate.

Finally, organizers of the event hope that this was the first of many Doctoral Symposiums at M-ITI, which "will create synergies among our young researchers, fostering collaboration and serving as a discussion platform in the institution."

The video for each proposal and the Keynote's sessions as well as a selection of the best pictures are available in the Symposium's website.

M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
José Abdelnour Nocera
5 July, 2017 - 14:00

Abstract:

Human-computer interaction (HCI) is increasingly becoming a subject taught in universities around the world. However, little is known of the interactions of the HCI curriculum with students in different types of institutions and disciplines internationally. In order to explore these interactions, we studied the performance of HCI students in design, technology and business faculties in universities in UK, India, Namibia, Mexico and China who participated in a common set of design and evaluation tasks. We obtained participants’ cognitive style profiles based on Allinson and Hayes scale in order to gain further insights into their learning styles and explore any relation between these and performance. We found participants’ cognitive style preferences to be predominantly in the adaptive range, i.e. with combined analytical and intuitive traits, compared to normative data for software engineering, psychology and design professionals. We further identified significant relations between students’ cognitive styles and performance in analytical and creative tasks of a HCI professional individual. I will discuss the findings in the context of the distinct backgrounds of the students and universities that participated in this study and the value of research that explores and promotes diversity in HCI education.

Short Bio:

José Abdelnour Nocera is Associate Professor (Reader) in Sociotechnical Design and Head of the Sociotechnical Centre for Innovation and User Experience at the University of West London. He is the current Chair for UNESCO IFIP TC 13.8 working group in Interaction Design for International Development as well as Chair for the British Computer Society Sociotechnical Specialist Group. His interests lie in the sociotechnical and cultural aspects of systems design, development and use. In pursuing these interests, he has been involved as researcher and consultant in several projects in the UK and overseas in the domains of mHealth, e-learning, social development, e-commerce, e-governance and enterprise resource planning systems. Dr. Abdelnour-Nocera gained an MSc in Social Psychology from Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela, and a PhD in Computing from The Open University, UK.

Clive Dilnot
24 May, 2017 - 17:00

Abstract:

The Anthropocene is real but it is a symptom of a larger shift to the artificial.  This talk is about ways in which we might think this deeper shift, which means how we might think the nature of the epoch we are emerging into where the artificial constitutes and the horizon, medium and prime condition of our existence and thus the very core of being. This shift has profound implications for how we think of design and more broadly technology.  I will try to lighten this ‘metaphysical’ concept with some concrete instances that seem to me to intuitively grasp where we are - or which at least perhaps point us in useful directions.  

My argument is that to cope with this new world we not only have understood that we are entering into a qualitatively new historical epoch, one that grows out of the industrial period but which operates to a different dynamic, we also need a new kind of metaphysical mind map. If we are not to descend into technocracy and/or barbarism we need to be able to think about the artificial differently than we have. The modern conception of being, essentially based on the notion of a fixed ground plan of objects that can be ‘seen through’ and controlled by calculation (the world of representation and “data” which has dominated in the west since the C16th) and was constituted a new and entire world on that basis is now giving way to another model where we see being as essentially contingent; where mediation, the propositional and the possible (the very condition of the artificial) are predominant conditions of what-is. 

Short Bio:

Clive Dilnot is currently professor of design studies at the Parsons School of Design and The New School in New York teaching through the school of Art Design History and Theory. Educated as a fine artist, and later in social philosophy he has taught world-wide including at Harvard University, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and in Hongkong as well as in Australia and the UK. Recent publications includeEthics? Design? (Archeworks, 2005) the essay for Chris Killip’s Pirelli Work (Steidl, 2006); the co-authored Design and The Question of History (2015). He is the editor of A John Heskett Reader: Design History Economics (2016) and of Heskett's seminar Design and the Creation of Value (2017). He is currently working on a four-volume series Thinking Design: On History; On Ethics; On Knowledge; On Configuration(Bloomsbury, 2019-20) and is founder editor of a new series of short texts and polemical essays Designing for Dark Times/the Urgency of the Possible.

Research posts

M-ITI often participates in international conferences. Here is a list of the latest conference presentations
Chiara Basseti is a Post-doc Research Fellow at the University of Trento, the project leader of the EU Horizon2020 Common Fare project (PIE News), in which M-ITI is a partner. Basseti is an...