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 Present Paper at the ISD 2016 Conference

M-ITI researchers Pedro Valente and Nuno Nunes will present the paper "The Goals Approach: Agile Enterprise Driven Software Development. Information System Development" at the ISD 2016 Conference, in Katowice, Poland, August 24-26. 

It concers the Goals Approach as a stand-alone method focusing on the cross-consistency of concepts that bridge business and IT.

The Goals Approach is a software development method that was developed at the University of Madeira by means of the recurrent application of the Wisdom method [Nunes, 2001] and its extension Goals Software Construction Process [Valente, 2009] for over a decade. It relies on the concept of essential use case [Constantine, 2006] for the specification of a business model that is used as the back-bone of a software architecture, bridging business and IT specifications.

M-ITI's Digital Media PhD Student Participated in International Conferences

M-ITI researcher Vanessa Cesário presented the paper “ClueKing: Allowing Parents to Customize an Informal Learning Environment for Children” at SGAMES’16 (6th International Conference on Serious Games, Interaction and Simulation), in Porto, Portugal, June 16-17. The paper was made in collaboration with her supervisors of the PhD in Digital Media: Valentina Nisi (M-ITI) and António Coelho (Porto University) and will be published at Springer.  After the presentation Vanessa was invited by Sylvester Arnab to go on June 28 to the Disruptive Media Learning Lab at Coventry University (UK) to present the same work to a team of researchers working on the Beaconing european project.

Vanessa Cesário also presented two posters, being the first author in both, on IDC’16 (Interaction Design Children 2016): “Children’s Books: Paper VS Digital, What Do They Prefer?, and “Crescendo: Routine Learning App for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”, in Media City, Manchester, UK, June 21-24. The papers are available at the ACM Digital Library.

M-ITI Researcher Received Best Student Award

M-ITI is very pleased to announce that our researcher Vanessa Cesário received the award for best student in the Master in Cultural Management from the University of Madeira. Upon the successful completion of her Masters last year, her passion for research led her to enrol in the PhD in Digital Media. She is keenly interested about children and digital devices.

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