The Regional Secretary for Inclusion and Social Affairs visited M-ITI

M-ITI was visited by the Regional Secretary for Inclusion and Social Affairs, Dr. Rubina Leal, and the president of Regional Social Security, Dr. Rui Freitas, on October 19. At the NeuroRehab Lab our research helping the elderly and people with special needs, was presented through several demos. The new PIE News project, aiming to fight poverty was also showcased.


Call for PhD program in Networked Cyber Physical Systems (NETSyS) for the 2016/2017 Academic year

The applications for the PhD in Networked Cyber Physical Systems (NETSyS) will be open from October 10 - November 11, 2016.

The PhD in Networked Interactive Cyber Physical Systems is the new program four year full-time program about to be launched by IST-UL (Instituto Superior Técnico da Universidade de Lisboa) in a partnership with CMU Portugal (Carnegie Mellon University) and LARSyS

This program is aimed at students with a masters degree (2nd cycle Bologna or pre-Bologna) in engineering (electronic, computers, mechanical, aerospace and IT), computer science and applied mathematics and it offers a high level of expertise and skills in cyber-physical interactive systems. This PhD will provide students with the conceptual, scientific and technological tools to deal with the most challenging problems that happen in some of the most relevant real-life situations in the world. The fast progress that has been made in the field of systems engineering are allowing for the development and deployment of large-scale operating systems that interact with humans and physical systems, which are at the center of a vast number of applications in real world contexts and have significant scientific, economic and social impact. 

Interested applicants should contact us as soon as possible to help describe the process and guide their application.More information on our website , or contact us by email or telephone (351) 291 721 006.

The Minister of Education of the Free State from the Republic of South Africa visited M-ITI

On october 18, the Minister of Education of the Free State from the Republic of South Africa, Mr Pule Herbert Isak Makgoe, visited M-ITI. The visit was organised by the Regional Secretary of Education. Along came key people from the Free State academia and engineering trainees working in Madeira.

AlticeLabs visited M-ITI

AlticeLabs visited the University of Madeira (UMa) and M-ITI, on October 18. After meeting teachers and students from electronics and computer science at UMa, they came over to MITI and toured around our labs. Demos were made at the NeuroRehabLab, Critical Technical Practice (CTP) Lab, highlighting our R&D work in communications, IoT, robotics and augmented reality.

AlticeLabs is a company that  focuses in the development of innovative products and services in the field of telecommunications and information technology. The visit is part of AlticeLabs work in the promotion of a strong cooperation with Universities and R&D institutes at national and international level, in order to transfer knowledge to the market and industry. 


M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
Virpi Roto
7 December, 2016 - 17:00


Most companies strive for superior user experience (UX) by improving the user interface of their products and services. In practice, this often means designing a more usable and beautiful user interface than what the competitors currently provide. However, a more successful strategy might be to provide experiences that are different from others; i.e. branded experiences. In this talk, I highlight the impact of a company brand to user experience, which has been previously largely disregarded by the HCI community. Taking brand identity as the starting point for user experience design has a dramatic impact on the foundational design approach in HCI, user-centred design. I introduce experience goals that are specific for a brand rather than for a product or a user group. Inspired by service design, I call for collaboration between UX and marketing experts to deliver humane, branded experiences in all touch points. I hope this talk induces researchers to study the relation between brand and user experience, and students to design for distinctive experiences.


Short Bio:

Virpi Roto’s mission is to find means to make designing for experiences more successful. Since she joined Nokia Research Center 1995, she has been a messenger between the industry and academia. The most cited works of hers relate to user experience. After she joined Aalto University 2011, her research has focused on designing for meaningful experiences in various domains, including B2B metal industry, packaging industry, as well as pharmacy and real estate services. Virpi holds MSc in computer science and PhD in usability research.

Martha Colburn
30 November, 2016 - 17:00


Martha Colburn has created over sixty short animations which include music videos, political films, films for concert halls, rock venues, galleries and museums. Using all hand made props, sets and paintings her films are a combination of obsessive perfection and an anarchic vision. In this talk she discusses her beginnings using purely 'analogue' means and her have evolution to incorporate digital technology. She creates interdisciplinary performances using costumes, music, projections and art in an effort to break with the conventions of genres and mediums. She will present a short overview of her films and exhibitions and discuss her evolution as a stop-motion animator, how she works Internationally and encourages students to ask questions and create a platform for discussion about art-making, commercial and state-subsidized approaches to funding your work. 


Short Bio:

Born in rural Pennsylvania, USA, Martha Colburn is an artist and filmmaker. She is best known for her animation films, which are created through puppetry, collage, and paint on glass techniques. 
She also makes installations and performs her films with live musical performance. Yet music and film have always shared a deep connection within Colburn’s work. Her films have screened in the Venice Biennelle, The Stedelijk Museum, Art Basel, Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. She has made music videos/ films for bands such as Deerhoof, Felix Kubin and many more. In 2010 her films were included in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2013 her film Metamorfoza was commissioned by and performed by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.