M-ITI Vision Workshop

M-ITI's Team at the Vision Workshop, that took place on January 25th and 26th.


M-ITI's Professor Valentina Nisi is a Guest Speaker in the Creative Colab'16 Seminar

M-ITI’s professor, Valentina Nisi is one of the guest speakers in the Creative Colab’16 seminar. This event will take place on the 5th of February 2016 at 14h30, in UPTEC-PINC (Praça Coronel Pacheco 2, 4050-453 Porto), and it’s open to the public.

Creative Colab ’16 is an invitation to explore and discuss various perspectives on digital media, drawn from the intersections between creativity and collaboration. The discussion unfolds on three main vectors: audience+market, interaction, and storytelling. Following a seminar structure, three guests present diverse views on each subject, offering their viewpoints as researchers and practitioners in digital media. You are encouraged to partake in a final roundtable with the speakers, moderated by Daniel Catalão, with your own interrogations. This moment aims at identifying new questions and concerns, brought by emerging technologies into the fields of creativity and collaboration.

This seminar is an initiative of students from the Digital Media Doctoral Program at Universidade do Porto, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, and the University of Texas at Austin, with the generous Support of UPTEC-PINC.

Guest speakers:

Ana Correia de Barros
Audience + market

Valentina Nisi

Peter Beyls

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M-ITI’s Researchers Exhibit the 7 Stories Project in Detroit

The 7 Stories project, developed by M-ITI  researchers, is going to be exhibited in the DEEP DESIGN: Pace, Place, and Personhood exhibition in Detroit, US, this friday 15th of January 2016.

Deep Design: Pace, Place and Personhood is an international exhibition of new multimedia designs, n Detroit, in the Elaine L. Jacobs gallery, at the Wayne State university campus, open to the public from the 15th to the 25th of March 2016. This exhibition is presented by the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and History and the Elaine L. Jacob gallery, and gathers projects from designers, architects and urbanists, who stand out for their creativity and for challenging the way how design is done today.
The project 7 Stories was part of the Madeira Live, and was led by M-ITI, in partnership with NOS Madeira, Madeira Tecnopolo and the Carnegie Mellon University.     

The 7 Stories project associates new technologies with the  dissemination of Madeiran old stories and traditions, and consists of a mobile application. This software works in smartphones, and uses GPS and visual markers to put video and multimedia content in open spaces. With this software, the user’s smartphone vibrates every time he/she passes by a place associated with a story, and receives an indication to search for a marker (consisting of a small image attached to a wall). Then, the user has to point his smartphone to the marker, and automatically receives the video with the story. Each story is related to the place that the user is.

The innovative approach based on interactive storytelling and content aware narratives, of 7 Stories, was successfully demonstrated in the region of Madeira, with the Santa Maria Stories. This action captured and exposed the rich oral culture and traditions of Madeira, for a large audience, with a particular focus on tourists. This successful project is the result of the international partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. This project increased M-ITI’s innovativation skills, and is already contributing to the improvement of the tourists user experience in Madeira.

This research work was headed by Professor Valentina Nisi, and developed during the master in Computer Engineering of the researcher Mara Dionisio. 

Simone Ashby’s Paper Wins the ACM ICMI Ten-Year Technical Impact Award

Congratulations to Simone Ashby whose paper, "The AMI Meeting Corpus: A Pre-announcement", was awarded the ACM ICMI (International Conference on Multimodal Interaction) Ten-Year Technical Impact Award in November 2015!

The paper was published in the proceedings of Machine Learning for Multimodal Interaction (MLMI) 2005, and has received 160 citations, excluding self-citations.

In the paper, the authors describe a multi-modal data set of 100 hours of meeting recordings for a project aimed at developing meeting browsing technologies. The corpus was recorded using close-talking and far-field microphones, individual and room-view video cameras, projection, a whiteboard, and DigiPens, all with synchronized output signals. They describe the data set, including the rationale behind using elicited material, and explain how the material was recorded, transcribed and annotated.

The full list of authors is:

Jean Carletta, Simone Ashby, Sebastien Bourban, Mike Flynn, Mael Guillemot, Thomas Hain, Jaroslav Kadlec, Vasilis Karaiskos, Wessel Kraaij, Melissa Kronenthal, Guillaume Lathoud, Mike Lincoln, Agnes Lisowska, Iain McCowan, Wilfried Post, Dennis Reidsma, and Pierre Wellner.

To learn more visit http://icmi.acm.org/2015/index.php?id=award

M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
John Muñoz
2 February, 2016 - 17:00


The recent rise and popularization of wearable and ubiquitous fitness sensors has increased our ability to generate large amounts of multivariate data for cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) assessment. Consequently, there is a need to find new methods to visualize and interpret CRF data without overwhelming users. Current visualizations of CRF data are mainly tabular or in the form of stacked univariate plots. Moreover, normative data differs significantly between gender, age and activity, making data interpretation yet more challenging. Here we present a CRF assessment tool based on radar plots that provides a way to represent multivariate cardiorespiratory data from electrocardiographic (ECG) signals within its normative context. To that end, 5 parameters are extracted from raw ECG data using R-peak information: mean HR, SDNN, RMSSD, HRVI and the maximal oxygen uptake, VO2max. Our tool processes ECG data and produces a visualization of the data in a way that it is easy to compare between the performance of the user and normative data. This type of representation can assist both health professionals and non-expert users in the interpretation of CRF data.

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 be presenting is partially a result of the annual InfoVis workshop carried out by Robert Spence here in M-iti and it was published in the 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in 2015. 

Mohammed Ali
15 January, 2016 - 14:30



Central to the design project, “A New Scottish Enlightenment”, were
concerns about our energy systems and how they affect our social and economic interactions.
As a counterfactual design speculation, the work examines how, if given the resources, a country might develop different energy and economic paradigms. These can be compared relative to our current ones which are based on scarcity and the accumulation of wealth.
The speculation takes it starting point in 1979 where a Yes result in the Scottish Referendum for devolution leads to the creation of an independent New Scottish Government. A timeline logs the implementation of Acts of Parliament and other events, where the aim is to create an infrastructure within which citizens gain personal energy independence. To achieve this, these key pieces of legislation are introduced to work on individual, community and global levels. Eventually they lead to the development of an alternative economic model where a different form of exchange is imagined, based on creating, distributing and sharing energy through peer-to-peer energy networks.

Short Bio:

Whilst studying Fine Art at Central St Martins, Mohammed Ali also trained as a furniture maker. Following graduation, he worked in BBC Radio and Television research and production, but continued designing and making furniture during this period and after. 
After joining the Design Interactions programme at the Royal College of Art in 2012, he was able to pursue his interest in energy, and the social, economic and political associations we have with it.
How do we challenge assumptions we have about energy and economic policy? His work tries to unpick these relationships through scenario building and design; speculating about alternatives to capitalism and not the end of the world. 

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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...