M-ITI Organising New Training School on Collaborative Economy


M-ITI will host a Training School (TS) “On the collaborative economy. Learning from critical perspectives,” in the context of the COST Action CA16121, “From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy.” It will take place from November 20 to 24, at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. Applications are open until August 11, 2017. Participation grants are available for attendees. Learn more at www.m-iti.org/trainingschool




Funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme 
of the European Union 


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.


Arditi Advisory Board Visit


The Advisory Board of the Regional Agency for the Development of Research, Technology, and Innovation (Arditi) visited M-ITI on July 24. This visit was part of a one-day meeting that included visits to other institutions, such as the Oceanic Observatory of Madeira (OOM).

Among the renowned guests were Henrique Cabral, Full Professor of the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, and director of the Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences (MARE); Pedro Saraiva, Full Professor at the University of Coimbra; Eng. Vítor Barros, the main researcher at the National Institute of Agrarian and Veterinary Research (INIAV); and Eng. Melim Mendes, a specialist in energy, and the responsible for the introduction of alternative energy in Madeira. Accompanying the visit was the Regional Secretary for Education, Jorge Carvalho. 

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.

Oportunidades, desafios e perspetivas de financiamento em 2018-2020


O Gabinete de Promoção do Programa Quadro de I&DT (GPPQ) organiza, em parceria com a Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação (ARDITI), o Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), a Universidade da Madeira e a Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), duas Sessões de Informação do HORIZONTE 2020 centradas nas oportunidades de financiamento de I&I para 2018 - 2020 e um workshop dedicado à preparação de propostas em colaboração. Os 3 eventos decorrerão nos próximos dias 10 e 11 de julho, no Funchal.

A sessão Oportunidades, desafios e perspetivas de financiamento para 2018 - 2020 no H2020, que decorre no dia 10 de julho no Madeira Tecnopolo, está estruturada em 2 subsessões (manhã/tarde)

Sessão da manhã: enfoque no Pilar I (Ações Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA), European Research Council (ERC), Twinning, Sociedades Inclusivas (DS6), Ciência com e para a Sociedade (SWAFs) – Agenda-manhã
Sessão da tarde: enfoque nos Desafios Societais (Bioeconomia, Energia, Transportes) e nas Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicação (ICT) – Agenda-tarde

No dia 11 de julho é organizado um workshop de preparação de propostas em colaboração, com o objetivo de aumentar o sucesso da participação portuguesa nos concursos do H2020 – Agenda-workshop
Como o workshop envolve uma componente teórica e uma parte prática, o número máximo de participantes está limitado a 25 pessoas, sendo dada preferência a quem já esteja envolvido na preparação de propostas aos próximos concursos do H2020.
A participação em ambos os eventos é gratuita mas a inscrição obrigatória através do preenchimento de um Formulário de Registo, disponível nas páginas dos eventos:
·         10 de Julho: Sessões “Oportunidades, desafios e perspetivas de financiamento no H2020 em 2018-2020”
·         11 de Julho: Workshop “Preparação de propostas em colaboração”
Não perca esta oportunidade para conhecer antecipadamente as oportunidades de financiamento no último período do H2020 e quais os aspetos que deverá ter em atenção para aumentar a competitividade das suas propostas. Participe!

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/

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.

See video below:

See video

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.