Project involving a M-ITI researcher receives funding by the USA National Academy of Sciences



 

A project involving M-ITI researcher Nuno Nunes received funding by the USA National Academy of Sciences, through the Keck Futures Deep Blue Sea initiative. This project aims to make accessible, through the Internet, real time information about deep reefs, where luminosity is weak (mesophotic area). It is led by professor Diego Figueroa from the University of Texas, and encompasses an international team, that includes the conceptual artist Mark Dion, and Prof. Nuno Nunes, from M-ITI / Técnico U. Lisboa. This project uses sensors, and interactive cameras in depth, that allow the access to images and environmental parameters of these understudied reefs, situated at 50 meters deep. The $100,000 funding will be used to test the necessary technologies for the implementation of the first prototype, in the Gulf of Mexico, at 100 meters deep. This prototype will be comprised by a communication floater (with solar panel and satellite), a system with sensors, and a high definition camera, situated at 100 meters deep, that can be remotely controlled with the Internet. The target audience of this installation will be the educative communities, such as museums, schools and community centers. The final goal will be sharing knowledge about these specific and understudied ecosystems through modern interactive technologies.

The Keck Futures initiative is promoted by the USA Science Academy, and intends to gather scientists from several disciplines, such as designers and artists, to explore relevant problems. This new project results from the Discovering the Deep Blue Sea conference, held in November 2016, in which Prof. Nuno Nunes participated as a guest. More than 100 researchers and artists gathered for the conference, held in Irvine, California, to discuss new forms to explore and improve the knowledge about the deep Ocean. After just a few months, the first projects were funded, in a total of $1,55 Million.

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M-ITI Research Fellow elected for the ACM Future of Computing Academy

 

 

Johannes Schoening, Professor at the University of Bremen and M-ITI Research Fellow, was elected for the inaugural class of the ACM Future of Computing Academy (https://www.acm.org/fca).

The ACM Future of Computing Academy (ACM-FCA) is a new initiative created by ACM to support and foster the next generation of computing professionals. The Academy is a platform that enables the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs to develop a coherent and influential voice that addresses challenging issues facing the field and society in general. The ACM-FCA will seek to harness collective action to define and launch new ACM initiatives that will carry us into the future.

Johannes Schoening is the Lichtenberg Professor and Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of Bremen in Germany and co-director of the Bremen Spatial Cognition Center (BSCC). Since 2015 he is affiliated with M-ITI as a visiting Professor and Research Fellow teaching and collaborating in several research projects at M-ITI.

More information about the ACM-FCA can be found at https://www.acm.org/fca

Prof. Schoening website is http://johannesschoening.de/

M-ITI researchers win Funchal City Council competition



M-ITI researchers led by Enrique Encinas have won the “Re)Mobile our city” competition, organized by the Funchal City Council with the work entitled: "Pneubilia" furniture set for the urban coast. This competition was organized by the Environment Department, with the Goal of alerting citizens for the importance of waste reuse and recycling. All participants were challenged to create a piece of urban furniture, using waste, to be installed in public spaces, and used by citizens.

The award ceremony took place on June 9, at the Praça do Município of Funchal, where the furniture was exhibited (see picture above).

Description of the furniture (pictured left) by the team:

Funchal is a rather peculiar urban area. Highly touristic but traditional, accessible and messy, green and blue. Urban furniture in such multifaceted environment should reflect this and provide passerby with original artifacts that facilitate interaction, not only with the specific space around them, but with each other too. Here at M-ITI we have accepted the design challenge and created "Pneubilia". It is a furniture set composed of two elements: a bench and a stool. The habitat for this two pieces is that coastal zones of Funchal where everyone (locals and tourists alike) gather to fish. This space could be Pontinha, or Lido, or maybe Ponta Gorda. In these spots a fisherman has no stool to sit while the fish bites and an observer has no bench where to watch it happen. "Pneubilia" provides just that, urban furniture that makes the waiting comfortable and the interaction possible.

Materials: Repurposed steel from old machine scaffolding, used tyres and old thick fishing line.

People: Enrique Encinas, Linda Tonolli, Victor Azevedo, Tom O`Brien, James Auger, Julian Hanna, Parakram Pyakurel, Sara Tranquada, Luis Jesus, Vitor Aguiar and Daniela Rodrigues.

Open Call for Applications: PhD in Digital Media



We announce that the call for applications for the PhD in Digital Media, 2017/2018 academic year, is open.

The PhD in Digital Media, is lectured in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA), and the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP). It is a 4-year PhD program, which is aimed at students with a Masters degree (2nd cycle Bologna or pre-Bologna) in the areas of Information/Communication Sciences, Multimedia, Interactive Design, and all Scientific and Technological areas that feed into Digital Media. Digital media is an area that is rapidly growing and has gained increasing importance in our daily lives.

The Digital Media PhD program aims to train researchers, academics and leaders in innovative processes. This training will enable the conceptualization and development of digital products and services, having taken into account target audiences, contexts and goals relevant to several distribution channels.

Application deadlines:

FCT/UNL – Faculty of Sciences and Technology / New University of Lisbon

  • 1st phase – from the 7th of April to the 23rd of June 2017;
  • 2nd phase – from the 26th of August to the 10th of September 2017.
    To be announced (3rd phase)

FCSH/UNL – Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities / New University of Lisbon

  • Unique phase – from the 20th of April to the 16th of June 2017;

University of Porto (FEUP)

  • 1st phase – from the 12th of December 2016 to the 18th of January 2017 (closed);
  • 2nd phase – from the 24th of March to the 24th of April 2017 (closed);
  • 3rd phase – from the 30th of June to the 7th of August 2017.

Interested applicants should contact us as soon as possible, by email: academic@m-iti.org or telephone: +351 291 721 003 to help describe the process and guide their application.

Learn more at www.m-iti.org/pdmd

Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa Conference Registration



 

Early registrations are now open for the Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa.
The conference will take place in Funchal, Madeira - September 1 & 2!

Register here.

MHCI Capstone Projects Spring Presentations



 

On May 18, our community gathered for the MHCI Capstone Projects Spring Presentations, in Madeira Tecnopolo. The three teams presented their Capstone projects, and some preliminary results. Team Weave is working with Apartamentos Gorgulho, Lda, and aims to design a unique, sustainable service that bridges the physical and digital experience for hotel guests in Madeira. Team Studio80 is cooperating with Collab, in order to design a scalable cloud-based contact center system that easily on-boards new users while still serving the needs of advanced users. Last, but not least, Team Current is working with the Electricity Museum under the Electricity Company of Madeira. They are studying renewable energy in Madeira, museum design, and guest behavior in order to create an interactive experience that delights, educates, and leaves visitors inspired about the future of energy in Madeira.
The MHCI students will be back next semester to continue their work with the sponsors and present their innovative solutions. For now, we wish them the best of luck with their summer internships.

M-ITI Will Host the 5th IFIP Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability



 

The 5th Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability (SustainIT 2017) will be held in December 6-7, 2017 in Funchal, Portugal. Papers are invited in all aspects of Sustainable Internet and ICT, Sustainability through the application of ICT, and Human-Centered technology for sustainability, including works that report on prototype test best and real-world deployments. Title and abstract registration will be open until June 23, 2017, and the paper submission until July 7, 2017. Learn more about the CFP here.

The constant evolution of information and communications (ICT) technologies presents an opportunity to foster the much-needed transformation that will lead the world towards the goal of a more sustainable development. ICT is already a key enabling technology in many areas of our lives, such as smart cities, smart transportation, smart electric energy grids, etc. Nevertheless, the proliferation of ICT brings its own challenges of increased carbon footprint, accelerating obsolescence of electronic equipment, among others. These twin problems of reducing the environmental impact of ICT and exploiting ICT for a more sustainable world form the underlying theme for SustainIT since its inception in 2010. 

SustainIT 2017 continues this theme by focusing on inter-disciplinary scientific challenges of enhancing the sustainability of ICT and via ICT. The goal of this conference is to bring together people from different research areas, and provide a forum to exchange ideas, discuss solutions, and share experiences among researchers, professionals, and application developers from both industry and academia.

Learn more here.

M-ITI Organizes Second FIMAC Open Call Information Day



 

The second, and more technical FIMAC Open Call Information Day in the Autonomous Region of Madeira was held on May 26, at the premises of the Madeira Tecnopolo. More detailed information about the business opportunities and functionalities of the involved technologies was presented to the companies. A summary of available key functionalities and enablers on the FIWARE platform is on our website: https://fimac.m-iti.org/

Thank you all for your participation!

More information available at: www.fiwaremac.org

M-ITI Researchers win Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Advanced Technology & Sciences



 

We are delighted to announce that Professor Bongkeum Susana Jeong, Jesús Ibáñez, Nuno Nunes, and Monchu Chen were distinguished with the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Advanced Technology & Sciences (ICAT’17), held in Istanbul, Turkey, 9-12 May, with the paper entitled “The Mobile App to Assist with Tattoo Encoded Baby Immunization Record in Africa."

M-ITI Announces Project for Technological Acceleration and Internationalization of Madeira Companies



The first FIMAC Open Call Information Day in the Autonomous Region of Madeira was held on May 25, at the premises of the Madeira Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACIF-CCIM). We were honored to have the presence of the Regional Secretary for Economy, Tourism and Culture, Eduardo Jesus and the director of ACIF-CCIM, Jorge Sequeira and our invited speacist speakers: Francisco Monsanto - CTO of Ubiwhere, responsible for the Projects of Smart Cities and FIWARE - and Francisco Buján - coordinator of the FaBulous, a Business Acceleration Platform. Thank you all for your participation! 

More information available at: http://www.fiwaremac.org/

M-ITI participates in the SMARTFUNCHAL’17 conference



 

Our president, Professor Nuno Nunes gave the lecture “Mobility Analysis based on IoT Technology: the case study of Funchal” at the SMARTFUNCHAL’17 conference, that took place on May 11-12 in Funchal, Madeira.

SMARTFUNCHAL’17 brought around 20 national and international speakers of great renown and credibility. The event gathered more than 300 people in an innovative congress, in a disruptive format in terms of shape and content, clearly focused on the future in order to provide a clear and direct communication and deliver its message.
Its goal was not only to debate, but to also reflect and demonstrate innovative solutions that could help cities to contribute to the national wealth, attract investments and qualified professionals, as well as value tourism, and contribute to environmental and sustainability, protecting the heritage, originality and traditional culture of the respective peoples.

M-ITI welcomes the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, and the Foundation for Science and Technology members



 

M-ITI continues to strengthen its relationship with the Portuguese government by welcoming the Chief of the Office of the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Ms. Maria Emília Moura, and the Member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Science and Technology, Ms. Isabel Ribeiro, on May 10. 

During the visit, M-ITI showcased some of its main projects, including the Commonfare project, the NeuroRehab Lab, and the ERAChair project. Researchers were also able to exchange ideas with the guests, which is essential for fostering government support for research and development.

M-ITI organizes Interactive Digital Stories Track


The opening of the first edition of the Interactive Digital Stories Track - Madeira Film Festival will take place on April 19 from 17:30 to 18:30 at the Teatro Baltazar Dias, in Funchal. John Fiege (UT-Austin), Arnau Gifreu (University of Girona) and the winner of the Track, Thibault Durand, are some of the documentary experts participating in the event. The Interactive Digital Stories Track is organized by the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), the University of Texas at Austin (Department of Radio-Television-Film) in collaboration with the Madeira Film Festival (MFF). 

In its first edition, the MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track aims to foster an international discussion about nature and sustainability, having accepted interactive documentary submissions themed in connection to these topics. The aim is to celebrate experimentation and the convergence of film, art, and new media technology to promote the emergence of documentary innovation. The track gathered artworks that push the limits of traditional aesthetics and structures of filmmaking. MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track encourages the participation of documentary makers from all over the world.
 

Workshop: "The Power of Voice in the Cinema of Social Change" by John Fiege & Anita Grabowski


Within the context of UT Austin and M-ITI partnership, John Fiege, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and Anita Grabowski are giving the workshop "The Power of Voice in the Cinema of Social Change" on April 19, 10:00-13:00, at Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias. This workshop is part of the Madeira Film Festival and discusses the following topics: Storytelling, production, interactivity, outreach and fundraising.

 

Call for participation: Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa



 

Call for participation: Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa | Papers submission and Creative Works submission, deadline May 12. More information here.

M-ITI is partner in a project about Contemporary Art in Public Spaces



M-ITI contributes to the democratization of the knowledge of Contemporary Art by supporting the “+ PROJECTION AC – Projection of Contemporary Art in Public Space” project, that will be publicly presented today, April 17, at 15:00, in Casa da Luz Museum, located in Funchal, Madeira. 

The Project results of the Digital Art Media PhD research from our guest researcher, Hernando Urrutia, artist and researcher at CIAC - Centre for Research in Art and Communication, and Universidade Aberta/Universidade do Algarve.

In the context of the individual studies in the field of Visual Education, the project promotes and disseminates different approaches to contemporary thought. This leads the public to education and development since the different spaces of socialization for man in the city is a factor of democratic access to knowledge. As such, the goal of the project is to show the projecting in the architectural structure of the most important central areas of cities, teaching of contemporary art through culture "mass" of visual culture, allowing individuals to have a new approach and understanding of different lines of thought. The researchers involved believe it will increase different prospects, and allow the enjoyment of different paradigms that propose to bring people to contemporary art, expand a new way of thinking and individual reflection on the different concepts, moments and bases that our society has regarding the metropolis itself. The project includes a multimedia projection wall, aiming not only to the diffusion of culture, but the actual formation of the masses in public spaces of the city.

This project is also supported by EEM (Empresa de Eletricidade da Madeira, SA / Museum Casa da Luz, DRC (Direção Regional de Cultura) of the Autonomous Region of Madeira and OLHO.TE Associação Artística de Solidariedade Social. It will be implemented and exhibited from April 18 to 28, from 21:00-22:00, in the Casa da Luz Museum of EEM.

M-ITI researchers win Best Paper and Poster Award at the International Conference on Persuasive Technologies


We are delighted to announce that researchers Ana Caraban, Evangelos Karapanos, Pedro Campos and Lígia Duro were distinguished at the International Conference on Persuasive Technologies, hosted by the Centre for eHealth and Wellbeing Research, Persuasive Health Technology Lab, University of Twente (UT), the Netherlands, April 3-6. With a focus on the design and development of technologies aimed at changing people’s attitudes and behaviors, Ana Caraban, Pedro Campos and Evangelos Karapanos won the best paper award, with their work entitled “On the Design of Subly: Instilling Behavior Change during Web Surfing through Subliminal Priming.” Lígia Duro won the Best Poster Award, with her work entitled "Does Beauty Matter in Behavior Change?" supervised by our senior researcher Evangelos Karapanos and Pedro Campos.

 

M-ITI is partner in the LÁ-LÁ Madeira Toys exhibition


 

M-ITI's Critical Technical Practice Lab (CTP Lab) has been busier than ever! During the past 2 weeks, our CTP Lab has supported a group of Design students from the University of Madeira, in the prototyping of toys for their exhibition, entitled: LÁ-LÁ Madeira Toys.

Thanks to our cutting-edge technological equipment, modern techniques, as well as the collaboration of our experienced researchers, a significant part of the exhibition was prototyped in M-ITI's CTP Lab. Some examples are the Monachu swing and Bis-Birds mobiles that were manufactured from the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) cut, in order to be easily assembled and transported.

The LÁ-LÁ Madeira Toys will be displayed until April 30, 2017, in the Armazéns do Mercado, located in the historic center of Funchal, Madeira Island. It entangles the cultural diversity of the island, and alerts for the need of preserving its ecosystems.

The Chinese Ambassador to Portugal visits M-ITI

 

Last Friday, March 24, M-ITI was honored to receive the visit of the Chinese Ambassador to Portugal, Mr. Cai Run, as well as the First Secretary of the Embassy, Mr. Ma Yue, and the Second Secretary, Ms. Fan Yue. This visit was an opportunity to show the ambassador some of our work, and to explore future research partnerships.

2017 FCT Advanced Training Scholarships - Opening of the Competition for the Granting of PhD

The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) has an open a call for individual doctoral grants. The call will be open from March 1-31 (until 17:00, Lisbon hour). 

The requirements of application, and all information are available online:

Opening notice 

Evaluation Guide 

Research Fellowship Holder Statute

- FCT Research Grants Regulation 

The applications are submitted online, in FCT’s studentships portal, until March 3117:00 (Lisbon hour).

M-ITI has 2 doctoral programs accredited by FCT, the PhD in Digital Media and the PhD in Networked Interactive Cyber-Physical Systems. If you are interested in M-ITI’s PhD programs, contact the academic office by email (academic@m-iti.org) or by phone (351) 291 721 006.