Open call for PhD programs in Digital Media (PDMD) and Networked Cyber Physical Systems (NETSyS)

Applications for the PhD in Digital Media (PDMD) are now being accepted for the 2016/2017 academic year. Application deadlines:

University of Porto: August 8, 2016
New University of Lisbon: August 25, 2016

The applications for the PhD in Networked Cyber Physical Systems (NETSyS) will open in June 2016 for a period of roughly two weeks.

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.

M-ITI researchers won the Best Student Paper Award

M-ITI is very pleased to announce that our researchers Athanasios Vourvopoulos, André Ferreira and Sergi Bermúdez have just won the Best Student Paper Award at the 3rd International Conference on Physiological Computing Systems (PhyCS) with the paper “NeuRow: An Immersive VR Environment for Motor-Imagery Training with the Use of Brain-Computer Interfaces and Vibrotactile Feedback.”

NeuRow is Immersive VR Environment for Motor-Imagery training with the use of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs). NeuRow is available for PC, Android OS and also with web browser support through the use of Reh@Panel, a midleware between interfaces and VR. Learn more here.

PhyCS is the annual meeting and forum for engineers, computer scientists and health professionals, interested in research about physiological data handling and human-computer interaction. This year, PhyCS was held in Lisbon – Portugal, July 27-28.


M-ITI Projects in Público Newspaper Article

RootIo, and other M-ITI projects in Público newspaper. Read the complete article here.

The Course for Promotion to Generals, organised by the Portuguese Military, visited M-ITI

On July 20, officers from the 2015/2016 Course for Promotion to Generals organised by the Portuguese Military visited M-ITI. This visit was part of a field trip to Madeira Autonomous Region, where over 20 officers from several Portuguese Speaking Countries visited the most prominent institutions in Madeira.



During the visit, M-ITI researchers showcased a variety of projects and established links for R&D cooperation.


M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
John Muñoz
1 August, 2016 - 11:00



The active monitoring of workload levels has been found to significantly reduce work-related stress. Heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV) measurements have shown a strong potential to accurately describe daily workload levels. We develop a prototype that employs HR data and presents feedback in glanceable form, by highlighting workload levels and physical activity over the past hour.  A field study with 9 participants and 3 variations of our prototype attempts to quantify the impact of the HRV feedback over subjective and objective workload as well as users’ engagement with the smartwatch. 

The results suggest that HRV from wearables can effectively be used to monitor workload levels during work hours. 


Short Bio:

John Muñoz is a PhD student and researcher in the NeuorehabLab of M-iti. His research has been focused on the development of software tools for processing physiological signals related with Electrocardiography (ECG), Electrodermal Activity (EDA) and Electromyography (EMG) in order to provide relevant features of interest about the human physiological, physical and emotional state. Currently, he is an assistant researcher in the AHA project which aims to promote non-sedentary behaviors through the use of novel serious games for health approaches.  

The work he is going to present is a result for an Independent Study carried out with the Prof. Evangelos Karapanos and it will be presented in the IEEE HealthCom'16.


Laura Watts
16 June, 2016 - 15:00


Poems, video pixels, art books, landscape installations, podcasts: these are some of the materials I have made to intervene, and make a difference, into how the future is imagined and made in high-tech industries. I have worked with industrial designers in mobile telecoms, to biologists in marine renewable energy. This presentation will perform, and reflect on, some of the objects and materials I have made. It will also reflect on: why?

I am also an ethnographer, a Science & Technology Studies (STS) scholar, where methods for intervention are often more textual, made in academic journal articles and books. There is curiosity but concern. Always, I am asked, why? In STS it is understood that academic arguments are stories with a particular literary form. And other forms– other methods– might just make other kinds of stories and futures. These methods draw on critiques from social sciences and humanities, but do more than just critique. They intervene, diffract, make the world and its futures otherwise– creative futures that are academically rigorous. Donna Haraway, maker of the cyborg, calls it ‘SF’ – not just Science Fiction but Speculative Fabulation. So, let me tell you a story, a poem, and a little ethnographic SF…


Short Bio:

Laura Watts is a writer, poet, and Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. Her work explores how the future is imagined and made in high-tech industries – how different landscapes and places make different futures. For the last seven years she has collaborated with the marine renewable energy industry in the Orkney islands, Scotland, both as an ethnographer and artist. Her most recent book, Ebban An’ Flowan (co-authored with artist, Alec Finlay), is the world’s first poetic primer to marine renewable energy. This year she is Writer-in-Residence at the Seedbox Environmental Humanities Collaboratory. More on her work and practice can be found at