Talk Invitation

 
Brief CV:
Carlos M. Travieso-González received the M.Sc. degree in 1997 in Telecommunication Engineering at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain; and Ph.D. degree in 2002 at University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC-Spain). He is an Associate Professor from 2001 in ULPGC, teaching subjects on signal processing and learning theory. His research lines are biometrics, biomedical approaches, data mining, machine learning, signal/image/video/sensor processing, prediction system, biodiversity conservation applications and environmental intelligence. He has researched in more than 33 International and Spanish Research Projects, some of them as head researcher. He is co-author of 2 books, co-editor of 8 Proceedings Book, Guest Editor for two international journals and up to 15 book chapters. He has over 210 papers published in international journals and conferences. He has been reviewer in different international journals and conferences since 2001. He is member of IASTED Technical Committee on Image Processing from 2007 and member of IASTED Technical Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems from 2011. He will be General Chair on and InnoEducaTIC 2014, and was General Chair on IEEE-IWOBI 2014, IEEE-INES 2013, JRBP 2012, NoLISP 2011, and Co-Chair on IEEE-ICCST 2005. He was Vice-Dean from 2004 to 2010 in Higher Technical School of Telecommunication Engineers in ULPGC. Nowadays, he is a Vice-Dean of Head of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies from March 2013.
 
Please join us tomorrow!

Meeting of the Ph.D.s in Informatics Engineering

The Ph.D. in Informatics Engineering is a two-year program with the primary goal of producing highly qualified professionals and researchers in the area of computer science.

The Program leadership has recently been through a change and Prof. Sergi Bermúdez i Badia, the former director has been replaced by Prof. Eduardo Fermé  as the current director. These photos were taken during a meeting between the Ph.D. students and both the previous and current Directors. The goal of the meeting was not only to discuss possible questions related to this transition, but also to discuss other relevant information regarding the Ph.D. program and the students who are preparing themselves to become newly qualified Ph.Ds.
 
Learn more about the Ph.D. in Informatics Engineering here.
 
The Program has recently went through a change. Prof. Sergi Bermúdez i Badia was the former director, but Prof. Eduardo Fermé  is now the current director. These photos were taken during a meeting between the Ph.D. students and both Directors. The goal of the meeting  was not only to discuss possible questions related to this transition, but also to discuss other relevant information regarding the Ph.D. and the students who are preparing themselves to be the new Ph.D.s.
 
Learn more about the Ph.D. in Informatics Engineering here.

FuturePlaces in Porto 15-18 October

 
The seventh annual FUTUREPLACES digital media lab will take place October 15-18, 2014 in Porto, Portugal.
 
The collaboration between The University of Texas at Austin and several Portuguese universities has resulted in several academic relationships and mutual benefits on several fronts.  The sharing of faculty and graduate students has broadened many aspects of programs in both countries and laid a solid foundation on which to deepen pedagogical, research, and practice-based explorations of digital media innovations. 
The goal is to enhance Portugal’s graduate programs and research and entrepreneurship in digital media so that its quality will become internationally recognized.
 
M-ITI is now proudly part of the program.
 
Check this year FUTUREPLACES edition here.
 
To know more about this collaboration, please check the following links:

Al-Kimiya Exhibition Opening

 
 
Day: October 9th
Time: 6pm 
Location: Museu Casa da Luz
Contacts: Valentina Nisi 
 
 
Entrance is free from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 6pm.
 
Al-Kimiya is an ancient discipline between science and metaphysics, which transforms reality through the creative impulse, manual dexterity, imagination and enthusiasm. Like an alchemical process this exhibition fuses the different expressions of Valentina Nisi and Raffaella Nisi, through various techniques inspired primarily by a single theme – the beautiful landscapes of Madeira Island. The alchemists believed that the material world is composed of raw material in various forms, the first of these forms includes the four elements (water, fire, earth and air). The qualities of these elements and their proportions have been determined as the subject of this exhibition. 
This exhibition - Al-Kimya - presents 40 watercolors and works created using mixed techniques on paper, by Valentina Nisi, and approximately 30 works, including engravings, and studies in preparation for jewelry-making as well as some original pieces of jewelry made by Raffaella Nisi.  
 
Valentina Nisi, Assistant Professor at the University of Madeira and Investigator at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), graduated from the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin. She graduated in Fine Arts, Interactive Multimedia Art and Design, specializing in Art and Digital Media applied to research, creation and design of digitally mediated experiences. 
Currently based in Madeira, Valentina Nisi has, along with Marcos Milewski, perfected the technique of watercolor. According to the artist, her first and most natural way of expression remains paper, fabric or any other medium that can be the target of a plastic expression. The Al-Kimiya Exhibition, in collaboration with Valentina's sister Raffaella Nisi, is the first exhibition by Valentina in Madeira and mostly covers the work done in the last four years.
 
The text of the exhibition catalog is signed by Professor Dr. Mónica Mendes, Professor of FBAUL - Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, who states: Valentina Nisi's watercolors express vibrant notes of moments in nature; besides the color saturation, the textures created are revealing and embody the sensuality of matter, materials used and represented. We find ourselves facing a diverse and consistent collection: with a unique and intimate approach, Valentina takes us to both the pre-Impressionist ephemeral atmospheres of Turner with its the simplification of forms and the density of the post-Impressionists Cézanne and Gauguin, and the vigorous expressiveness of the Fauves.
We start with the subjective perspective of the artist to a personal experience where fantasy and reality take place - feeling the atmosphere, capturing the light, touching the matter. In these scenarios that trigger our senses and imagination, we become the protagonists of fantastic kinesthetic adventures, (re) discovering the places inhabited by Valentina, either with recent coastal views of Madeira and her garden, or years ago on the outskirts of Dublin. The grand tour takes us through the nature of dreams in Funchal Bay in Madeira, the Cabo Girão, Fajã dos Padres and coast, houses and challenging roads of Ponta do Sol, the silhouettes of uninhabited islands and beaches of the island of Porto Santo in Portugal, to the contrasting industrial buildings in the Sandymount Ireland, which seem to emerge poetically from nature. 
 
Visiting the exhibition or flipping through the catalog, I believe the enchantment in perceiving and exploring the watercolors of Valentina Nisi is not just my subjective experience, but also yours - enjoy the journey.
 
Raffaella Nisi has extensive training in art, photography and printmaking (1995-98 | Turin, Italy). Ceramic and clay on the wheel, 1999 (Turin, Italy); in Fashion Design, 2010 (short course Saint Martin, London, UK), recording and printing, 2012 (Paris, France), jewelry and metalwork in contemporary jewelry, 2013-2014 (Professional Institute of Art Selvatico Pietro, Padua, Italy). Raffaella Nisi has attended several workshops highlighting among them the Burning Wax, 2014 (London, UK); Crimping stones, 2014 (London, UK) and Art Therapy, 2011 (Padua, Italy). Raffaella Nisi lives and works in London. In recent years she has devoted herself to working with metal, engraving and printing jewelry at the Instituto Pietro Selvatico in Padova.
 
The artist states that she has always felt attracted to color and to working manually with different materials. Raffaella considers that experiencing modes of expression through different materials allows her to put herself in contact with Feelings, with Being and with Life. Raffaella also considers contemporary jewelry particularly interesting as a support for identity, a concept that has been explored given that jewelry is an art to use, strengthening self-expression, representing interior atmospheres, strengthening cultural ties and giving the wearer a sense of belonging. It may even - as mentioned - be therapeutic.
 
Raffaella considers that Madeira is a strong inspiration and that the fantastic landscapes of Madeira, the stone walls surrounding narrow roads through the hills, rocky cliffs looking at the ocean and the multicolored flowers were critical elements of inspiration for works that present ‘Madeira's inner view', exhibited in the Museu Casa da Luz from 9th October onwards, as part of the Al-Kimiya Exhibition. Raffaella understands that the route followed by the realization of this exhibition was almost a personal journey and by expressing it, it allows the viewer i.e. the visitor to the exhibition, to become a traveling companion, as if the environment has become an interior landscape.
 
Disclosure MCL | 2014
 

M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
Valentina Nisi & Raffaella Nisi
9 October, 2014 - 18:00

Al-Kimiya is the ancient discipline between science and metaphysics, which transforms reality through the creative impulse, manual dexterity, imagination and enthusiasm. Like an alchemical process this exhibition fuses the different expressions of Valentina Nisi and Raffaella Nisi, through various techniques inspired primarily by a single theme: the beautiful landscapes of Madeira Island. The alchemists believed that the material world is composed of raw material in various forms, the first of these forms were the four elements (water, fire, earth and air). The qualities of leading elements and their proportions determined as a subject. 

Learn more about the exhibition and the artists here.

Sophie Buergin
12 September, 2014 - 14:00

Session Abstract:

An introduction on Stanford's ME310 Design Thinking Method and Design Ethnography will lead into the topic of the importance of breaking assumptions for user-centered innovation. During a hands-on session participants will experience how iterative user engagement enables creative teams to enrich ideas and inspire human-centered product and service innovation.

Short bio: Sophie Buergin is a Design Ethnographer / Experience Researcher and Design Thinking Method Coach from Switzerland. She has worked in a design thinking team for Deutsche Bank AG innovating customer advisory of the future. Afterwards she coached global student innovation teams at the University of St. Gallen who collaborated with Stanford's ME310 Design Thinking course. After producing the first Swiss surf film and finishing the MSc in Design Ethnography at Dundee University Scotland, Sophie is currently working on setting up a summer program for students and SME's to foster innovation within Switzerland.

Research posts

M-ITI often participates in international conferences. Here is a list of the latest conference presentations
Luisa Soares, PhD, Invited Assistant Professor of Madeira-ITI, attended the ICELW in New York City 10-12th of June 2014. Within the scope of organizational psychology, focusing on the dynamics of co-...
The Interaction Design and Children (IDC) 2014 taking place at Aarhus, Denmark from the 17th to 20th of June, and some of our researchers are there, presenting the following papers : 17th...
 José Luís Silva, PhD, Invited Assistant Professor of Madeira-ITI, is attending the 29th Symposium On Applied Computing in the historic city Gyeongju, Korea...