M-ITI's researchers lunched with the European Commissioner Mr. Carlos Moedas

The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Mr. Carlos Moedas, invited a team of M-ITI’s researchers for a work lunch, during his visit, on April 21. During this lunch, Mr. Carlos Moedas did a presentation about his main activities and the EU program Horizon 2020, to 25 researchers of Madeira.  M-ITI’s researchers interacted with the Commissioner, sharing their own professional experiences and challenges.


Visit of Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, visited M-ITI, on April 21, 2016. This visit was part of  “Roteiro da Ciência”, where Carlos Moedas visited the most prominent research institutions in Madeira.

During the visit, there was a showcase of M-ITI's projects, where Mr Carlos Moedas liaised with M-ITI’s researchers, students, and faculty.

"This is one of the most inspired things I've seen in my life" said Mr. Carlos Moedas, about the Rootlo project.

Visit of the Israeli Ambassador to Portugal, Mrs Tzipora Rimon

Mrs Tzipora Rimon, the Israeli Ambassador to Portugal, visited M-ITI, on April 12, 2016.

During the visit, there was a showcase of M-ITI's projects, where Mrs Tzipora Rimon liaised with M-ITI’s researchers, students, and faculty.

Visit from the Free State of South Africa

Yesterday M-ITI was visited by Mr. Ace Magashule, Premier of the Free State of South Africa and his delegation, accompanied by Mr. Jorge Carvalho, the Regional Secretary for Education of the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

A showcase of M-ITI's projects was complemented with a visit to Critical Technical Practice lab and the new CNC Vertical Milling Machine.

M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
José Adbelnour Nocera
2 June, 2016 - 15:00


Culture is a difficult and elusive concept to define partly because of the pluralistic interest that it has gained from various academic disciplines with each of them having its own focus. The impact of culture on software development and interaction design poses many challenges that cannot be exposed in a one-off exercise. National, organisational and disciplinary cultures, to name a few types, play a role in the quality of software in terms of its actual and perceived usefulness. My research has been aimed at the identification of cultural issues in order to promote enhanced stakeholder participation in software development and better product utility, usability and user experience. In my talk I will present a few examples showing the influence and importance of culture in the process and the product of interaction design, software development and internationalisation, and what I have learned from 15 years of research in this area.


Short Bio:

José Abdelnour Nocera is Associate Professor in Sociotechnical Design at the University of West London and Affiliate Associate Professor at M-ITI. He is the current Chair for UNESCO IFIP TC 13.8 working group in Interaction Design for International Development as well as Chair for the British Computer Society Sociotechnical Specialist Group. His interests lie in the sociotechnical and cultural aspects of systems design, development and use. In pursuing these interests, he has been involved as researcher and consultant in several projects in the UK and overseas in the domains of mHealth, e-learning, social development, e-commerce, e-governance and enterprise resource planning systems. Dr. Abdelnour-Nocera gained an MSc in Social Psychology from Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela, and a PhD in Computing from The Open University, UK.

Deborah Castro
10 May, 2016 - 11:00


In today’s era of media convergence, the traditional meaning of Television has been transformed and the Internet’s advent has played a key role in this process. The aim of this talk is to explore the synergies between the two mediums from two points of views by taking TV fiction and webseries produced in Spain as objects of study.

On the one hand, I have explored the online extension of 77 programs through the analysis of 738 web platforms (microsites, forums, blogs, and social networks) from both structural and content perspectives. On the other hand, I have analyzed how the Internet has altered the relationship between TV and its audience. More than 8,000 comments posted by fans and community managers on 251 sites were sorted in Atlas.ti using a socio-semiotic code. Classification of each comment using all applicable labels allowed the dissection of their content from different perspectives, such as the narrative world (storylines, characters, settings etc.) or the expression of fans’ identities (self-reflections, emotions etc.).


Short Bio:

Deborah Castro is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at M-ITI. She holds a PhD in Communication (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and  has been a pre-doctoral research intern at University of Texas at Austin with Joseph Straubhaar. She is a Research Fellow at the Observatory of Spanish Television Fiction and New Technologies and at the Ibero-American Observatory of Television Fiction. Her research interests cover digital media, television studies, reception analysis, and fandom.

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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...