The President of the Portuguese Republic, Professor Dr. Aníbal Cavaco Silva, made an official visit to M-ITI, together with the president of the Regional Government, Dr. Miguel Albuquerque, other members of the government, the Rector of University of Madeira, Professor José Carmo, and several other high profile personalities.
The visitors were received with a performance of Tuna D’Elas academic band, before proceeding to the presentations of neuroRehab Lab’ RehabCity project; product line developed with partner FactorEnergia; partner CGI’s Design Lab; SmartSolar project; PRSMA spinoff; SINAIS project; 3D Vision project with partner Awaiba; and the ERAChair laboratory.
At the end a group phot was taken:
Credit: "Luís Filipe Catarino/Presidência da República"
Several of M-ITI's researchers participate in ITS'15, the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces. ITS, taking place in Portugal for the first time, is the premier venue for research in the design, development and use of new and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies. It will happen from 15 to 18 November in Vidamar Resort Hotel, in Funchal.
More info about the event on: http://www.its2015.org/
HackMadeira is Madeira’s first student hackathon: a code and design challenge to build and present a software or hardware based project built over the weekend (November 20-21), for students of all skill levels to broaden their talents and practice their craft.
The hackathon is being organized by M-ITI students & staff. With the intent to inspire students and provide them with an opportunity to put their skills into practice and to build the technical community here in Madeira.
Your challenge is to design or build an awesome software or hardware product or service in just 24 hours and present your project to our panel of judges: members of Madeira's technical community that come from both industry (FullZoom) and academia (M-ITI).
Register to attend, free of charge, at http://hackmadeira.pt.
The EnergySpectrum project, submitted by a spinoff of M-ITI was selected for funding from the SMEs Instrument support in Horizon 2020. The € 50,000 will be used to develop a business plan for the EnergySpectrum system, which allows the disaggregation of household energy consumption, providing families access to relevant and intuitive information about their energy consumption.
Researchers Mary Barreto, Lucas Pereira, Filipe Quintal, and Augusto Esteves, are the co-founders of this new technology startup that received support from the M-ITI Business Ignition Lab to prepared the bid.
The EnergySpectrum resulted from a research project funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) under the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program that allowed testing of cost-effective solutions for disaggregation of electrical signals.
M-ITI was selected by the European Commission to set up and lead European Research Area Chair, the ERAChair LeapFROG project, where the Business Ignition Lab has its origin.
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises that are EU-based or established in a country associated to Horizon 2020 can now get EU funding and support for innovation projects that will help them grow and expand their activities into other countries – in Europe and beyond. Horizon 2020 funds high-potential innovation through a dedicated SME instrument, which offers seamless business innovation support under the section Societal Challenges and the specific part Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEITs).