Mónica Mendes, PhD

Mónica Mendes, PhD
Research Fellow
Digital Media Arts, Interactive Interfaces, Community building, User Experience, Real-time Video, Sensor Networks, Design for Change, Environmental Arts, Sustainability
Teaching activities: 

Assistant Professor, University of Lisbon (FBAUL – Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa):

  • Digital Media, Multimedia Project Methodology (Multimedia Art BA degree)
  • Multimedia Project I and II (Art and Heritage Sciences BA degree)
  • Interactive Digital Explorations & Typography (Contemporary Editorial & and Typographic Techniques Master degree)
  • Multimedia specialization seminars (Fine Arts PhD)
Research projects: 

Mónica Mendes is an assistant professor coordinating the Multimedia Art degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, designer and researcher in Digital Media Arts. She is also a founding member of the AZ Labs hackerspace altLab. Previously, she worked in exhibition and book design as a designer at Atelier B2, and as a free-lancer corporate identity and interface design consultant.

As a digital media artist and researcher, Mónica has been developing and presenting ARTiVIS in diverse conferences, exhibitions and public demonstrations, such as USE(R), Artech, City One Minutes Film, Futureplaces, AZ Labs Hackmeets, Pop Up, ACM Multimedia, TEI, Artropocode, SXSW, CHI, Sci|Art NanoLab, ISEA, ACE, Creative Algorithms, NordiChi, DIS, Interface Culture Lab, Balance-Unbalance, STTF Sustainable Futures, European Researchers Night, Civic Veillance, and Immersive Media.

PhD in Digital Media, Specialization in Production of Audiovisual and Interactive Content, 2013 | Thesis: “ARTiVIS: Arts, Real-Time Video and Interactivity for Sustainability“| Advisors: Nuno Correia and Sílvia Chicó, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa - UT Austin/Portugal Program.

Masters in Multimedia Educational Communication, Universidade Aberta, 2001 | Dissertation: “Educational Video Redesign: Hypermedia Interfaces for Video and Television” | Advisor: Professor Nuno Guimarães.

Degree in Communication Design, Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, 1995.


Mendes, M., P. Ângelo, and N. Correia, "Hug@ree: An ARTiVIS Experience for Sustainability", LeonardoLeonardo, vol. 47, issue 5: MIT Press, pp. 500 - 501, 2014.
Quintal, F., C. Jorge, V. Nisi, N. J. Nunes, and M. Mendes, "Watt-a-Feeling – Raising Energy Production Literacy Through a Tangible Installation", AVI 2014 International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces [FSEA Workshop], Italy, 05/2014.
Mendes, M., P. Ângelo, N. Correia, V. Nisi, N. J. Nunes, and D. Costa, "Hug a Tree in Africa", Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Industry Cases, Workshop Descriptions, Doctoral Consortium Papers, and Keynote Abstracts - Volume 2, New York, NY, USA, ACM, pp. 161–163, 2014.
Ângelo, P., and M. Mendes, "ARTiVIS DiY Forest Surveillance Kit", 9th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Sydney, Australia, Jun/2013.
Mendes, M., P. Ângelo, and N. Correia, "Hug@ree – An ARTiVIS Experience for Sustainability", Balance-Unbalance International Conference 2013 – Future Nature, Future Culture[s], Noosa, 06/2013.
Mendes, M., P. Angel, V. Nisi, and N. Correia, "Digital Arts, HCI and Environmental Awareness: Evaluating Play with Fire", NordiCHI 2012, Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, [Acceptance Rate: 25%], 10/2012.
Mendes, M., "ARTiVIS – Arts, Real-Time Video and Interactivity for Sustainability", Proceedings of the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2012 , Doctoral Consortium, Newcastle, UK, 06/2012.
Mendes, M., P. Ângelo, V. Nisi, and N. Correia, "Play with Fire", Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, ACE '11, Creative Showcase and Interactive Art, 11/2011.
Mendes, M., N. Correia, V. Nisi, and P. Ângelo, "Play with Fire | A Real-Time Video Experience for Sustainability", Proceedings of the 17th International Festival of New Media, Electronic and Digital Arts, ISEA2011, Istanbul, Turkey, 09/2011. Abstract
Mendes, M., "RTiVISS as a Sustainable Design Proposal", CHI 2011 Workshop: Sustainable Interaction Design in Professional Domains– Visible – Actionable– Sustainable, position paper, Vancouver, Canada, 05/2011.
Mendes, M., and N. Correia, "Big Brother Goes Green: Surveillance for Sustainable Forests", South by Southwest Interactive Festival, Dual panel presented at SXSW Interactive, Greater Goodcategory, Austin, USA, 03/2011.
Mendes, M., P. Ângelo, and N. Correia, "Hug@ree: a RTiVISS experience", Proceedings of the fifth international conference on Tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction, New York, NY, USA, ACM, pp. 415–416, 2011. Abstract
Mendes, M., "RTiVISS Real-Time Video Interactive Systems for Sustainability", Proceedings of the 5th International Conference Artech 2010 “Envisioning Digital Spaces”, Guimarães, Portugal, 04/2010.
Mendes, M., and N. Correia, "RTiVISS: real-time video interactive systems for sustainability", Proceedings of the international conference on Multimedia, New York, NY, USA, ACM, pp. 1437–1440, 2010.