NordiCHI’14 in Helsinki: M-ITI Researchers' Papers and Workshop

nordichi'14 helsinki conference


NordiCHI'14 is the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction and starts on October 26th until October 30th. NordiCHI gathers together academics and practitioners to present and discuss challenges and achievements in Human-Computer Interaction from diverse perspectives.

M-ITI Researchers will attend this year's edition in Helsinki, presenting the following Papers and Workshop:



Human Work Interaction Design for Pervasive and Smart Workplaces


Pedro F. Campos, M-ITI; Arminda Lopes, M-ITI and Escola Superior de Tecnologia, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco; Torkil Clemmensen, Copenhagen Business School; Jose Abdelnour-Nocera, University of West London

Pervasive and smart technologies have pushed workplace configuration beyond linear logic and physical boundaries. As a result, workers' experience of and access to technology is increasingly pervasive, and their agency constantly reconfigured. While this in certain areas of work is not new (e.g., technology mediation and decision support in air traffic control), more recent developments in other domains such as healthcare (e.g., Augmented Reality in Computer Aided Surgery) have raised challenging issues for HCI researchers and practitioners. The question now is: how to improve the quality of workers’ experience and outputs?

This workshop focuses on answering this question to support professionals, academia, national labs, and industry engaged in human work analysis and interaction design for the workplace. Conversely, tools, procedures, and professional competences for designing human-centered technologies for pervasive and smart workplaces will be discussed.

To know more, visit the Workshop's website here.



Yarn: a Product for Unraveling Stories


Susan Buenafe, Carnegie-Mellon University and M-ITI
Luis Guzman, Carnegie-Mellon University and M-ITI
Namrata Kannan, Carnegie-Mellon University and M-ITI
Kristine Mendoza, Carnegie-Mellon University and M-ITI
Nuno Jardim Nunes, M-ITI
Valentina Nisi, M-ITI
Pedro Campos, M-ITI
Frederica Gonçalves, M-ITI
Miguel Campos, WowSystems
Paulo Freitas, WowSystems


Writing is one of the oldest human activities, dating back as far as 3200 BCE. This paper provides an industrial case study about understanding the creative writing process using interviews and directed storytelling on aspiring and established writers and educators, performed during a one year capstone project, where teams of HCI students pair up with industrial designers and developers in order to solve a real world design problem. After 26 interviews and 55 hours of analysis, four concepts were used as dimensions to analyse creative writing applications: serendipity, haven, evolution and shuffle. Based on these ideas, we developed a series of prototypes by gradually increasing the fidelity of each successive prototype and making changes elicited from user feedback. The culmination of our process is Yarn, a new writing application. Yarn helps writers “unravel their story.” With Yarn, a writer can (i) Play with structure; (ii)Easily move chunks of writing; (ii) Create alternatives of sections, and (iv) Write in a beautiful distraction-free way.


The State of User Experience Evaluation Practice

Rui Alves, M-ITI
Pedro Valente, University of Madeira
Nuno Jardim Nunes, M-ITI
Despite the growing importance for practice, user experience is often a blurry and doubtful concept both for newcomers and for the industry. Such ambiguity stems from a emergent community of practitioners with diverse backgrounds, to whom user experience encompasses countless interpretations. This paper reports on an online survey deployed to grasp the state of user experience evaluation practice. We learned that evaluations are mainly conducted by HCIs, software engineers or designers and are perceived to strongly impact the user interface, as well as the business logic level. Additionally, informal, low cost methods are widely used and, although most methods rely on paper prototypes, a single artifact is used per evaluation and working prototypes are favored. Moreover, evaluations happen at multiple project phases and various methods are used. Finally, results shows that evaluations are constrained by evaluators’ background or occupation. This compels the community to pursue an end-to-end methodology to prevent it.


To learn more about the Conference visit the website here.

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:

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...