President of the Portuguese Republic visit to M-ITI

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"

M-ITI provides one of General Chairs of ITS 2015 in madeira

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:



HackMadeira - Madeira’s first student hackathon

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

Spinoff of M-ITI selected for funding from Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

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).



M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
Tom Gross
25 November, 2015 - 14:30



Human-centred computing can be seen as approach that departs from a human, social, and cultural understanding in order to make technology useful and usable. Taking this  approach our research aims to develop technological concepts, prototypes, and systems based on an understanding of how people interact with and communicate through computing technology. We design, develop, and evaluate interactive and cooperative concepts and systems and ubiquitous environments for working, learning, and social interaction. In this talk I will share some general thoughts on the approach, give some examples from our work, and try to bridge the gaps between interactive, cooperative, and ubiquitous paradigms and methods. 


Short Bio: 

Tom Gross is full professor and chair of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Bamberg, Germany. His research interests are Human-Computer Interaction, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, and Ubiquitous Computing. In these areas he has numerous publications, and has participated in and coordinated activities in various national and international research projects. He is Germany’s official representative of Human-Computer Interaction in the TC.13 on Human-Computer Interaction of the IFIP. He has been conference co-chair and organiser of many international conferences (e.g., most recently INTERACT 2015 in Bamberg). He received a PhD from the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.

Mati Mõttus
4 November, 2015 - 14:30


Aesthetics is a critical concern in the process of interaction design. More than ease of use, aesthetics has a major role in purchase decisions: we buy beautiful, not only easy to use products. 

More than this, beautiful products make us more productive and creative. Consider how you feel using a pixelated mind mapping tool. The field of User Experience has, for over a decade, explored the role of aesthetics in the ways in which users form judgements about the quality of interactive products. But this work has mostly concentrated on the visual aesthetics of interactive products. My thesis focuses on the aesthetics of interaction: making products that feel beautiful in use. Think for instance of Apple’s first ipod: by rotating its mechanical wheel, the user would feel the inertia as she left her finger off the wheel. In this presentation I will briefly outline existing work in the domain and I will present an ongoing study that aim at understanding the design space of aesthetics of interaction, as perceived by users.


Short bio

Born in Kohtla-Järve, Estonia 12th May 1968


1986 - 1993 Tallinn Technical University, Radio engineering. MSc

 2012 - present Tallinn University, Digital Technologies Institute, PhD student


 1994 - 2010 Expofoto-TG OÜ, IT-specialist.

 1998 - 2015 freelance photographer and graphic designer.

 2004 - 2005 Estonian Academy of Arts, Chair of Photography, part-time lecturer

 2005 - 2015 Estonian Academy of Arts, Department of Cultural Heritage and Conservation, visiting lecturer

 2006 - 2015 Tartu Art College, Department of Photography, part-time lecturer.

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Research posts

M-ITI often participates in international conferences. Here is a list of the latest conference presentations
ACM’s Creativity and Cognition conference will be hosted by The Glasgow School of Art and the City of Glasgow. The 2015 conference theme is Computers | Arts | Data. The theme will serve as the...
Published on Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems 삶 (“Salm”, “To Live”) : Gaze Reactive Typography Inspired by Ahn Sang-Soo...
This TOCHI paper was presented on Monday, 20th of April: Modelling what friendship patterns on Facebook reveal about personality and social capital Authors: Yong Liu, Chair of Marketing and...