M-ITI team at UT Austin|Portugal Annual Conference 2016

A team of M-ITI's researchers and PhD students are attending The UT Austin|Portugal Program Annual Conference and Exhibition on “Program Achievements and Future Opportunities”, on May 23rd and 24th, 2016, at the Rectorate Building of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Campolide Campus) in Lisbon.

Visit of the CDS-PP Parliamentary Group of the Legislative Assembly of the Madeira Autonomous Region

The CDS-PP Parliamentary Group of the Legislative Assembly of the Madeira Autonomous Region visited M-ITI on May 12. During the visit, M-ITI researchers showcased a variety of projects.

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.

See the complete video of the visit here:

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M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
José Abdelnour 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.

Roberto Llorens Rodríguez
1 June, 2016 - 15:00



The understanding of the neural substrates for recovery of motor skills has grown in the last decades. Findings derived from basic research are the foundation for new therapies being applied in neurorehabilitation. This is the case of Virtual Reality, a technology that can immerse patients in synthetic and stimulating environments providing repetitive, intensive, and task-oriented exercises with adaptive difficulty while controlling the feedback in different sensory channels. The possibility to design customized exercises with challenging tasks has motivated the use of Virtual Reality to promote cortical plasticity mechanisms that support functional recovery. There is increasing evidence of the benefits derived from different Virtual Reality-based interventions for the rehabilitation of motor and cognitive impairments after an acquired brain injury, which make the application of this technology to rehabilitation a promising field of research in the coming years. The aim of this talk is to provide the audience with a comprehensive overview of the work developed by the Neurorehabilitation and Brain Research Group, with special focus on technology driven solutions to different impairments after an injury to the brain. 


Short Bio:

Roberto Llorens graduated from the Universitat Politècnica de València in 2007 with a major in Telecommunications Engineering. He also earned a Masters in Technology, Communication Systems and Networks in 2011 and got a Doctorate Degree Cum Laude in 2014. His growing interest in applied science led to his association with Labhuman in January 2008, where he currently works as a scientific coordinator of the Neurorehabilitation and Brain Research Group, leading several research projects combined with teaching and supervision of several Doctoral Theses and Master Theses. His research interests focus on the neural mechanisms underlying motor and cognitive skills, and embodiment constructs, the study of the neurophysiological substrate of these processes, and the development of experimental neurorehabilitation interventions. Roberto Llorens is also a Research Associate in the Neurorehabilitation and Brain Injury Service of NISA Hospitals (Valencia, Spain), a member of the Spanish Neurorehabilitation Society, a board member of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation, and the co-chair of the International Conference on Recent Advances in Neurorehabilitation series. 

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Research posts

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