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.

EU PVSEC 2016 Poster Award granted to M-ITI researchers

We are pleased to announce that our researchers Sandy Rodrigues, Roham Torabikalaki, Fábio Faria, and Professor Fernando Morgado-Dias just won the EU PVSEC 2016 Poster Award Winner at the 32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, that took place from June 20-24, in Munich, Germany. 

The poster "Australian PV System Market Analysis for the Powerwall" was acknowledged in the thematic area of "PV Economics, Markets and Policies", and was referred to as an "outstanding scientific poster" and an "exemplary contribution to the 32nd Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition”.

Google Technology Research Award Pilot awarded to M-ITI researchers

We are pleased to announce that M-ITI researchers professor Nuno Nunes and Valentina Nisi were awarded the Google Technology Research Award Pilot of the Internet of Things - IoT.

 The IoT is considered the next technological revolution, allowing the connection of physical devices (including vehicles, objects, household appliances, etc.) to Internet. Over the past year, Google developed several IoT technologies, and launched this global challenge, to encourage researchers to explore new uses of these technologies.

 The two selected projects are headed by professor Nuno Nunes and professor Valentina Nisi, M-ITI and LARSYS researchers. The first selected project is SEDUCE (Sensing of Domestic Users for Conservation of Energy), and is directed by Nuno Nunes. The goal of this project is to use the Internet of Things technology to detect domestic activities related to energy consumption.  SEDUCE will test the interconnection between domestic activities (cleaning, laundry, etc.), and the opportunity to automatically reduce their energy consumption. The second project is iBeFUN (iBeacons for Fun), and will be led by professor Valentina Nisi. iBeFUN will explore the use of Google technologies in location dependent stories, applicable in the tourism industry. This project involves the installation of several Google Beacons (low consumption Bluetooth sensors) at the streets of Funchal, to explore the ways people interact with immaterial media content (like rumors), and to enhance the experiences inside and outside closed environments (museums, escape rooms, etc.).

Google Technology Research Awards have the durations of 4 to 8 weeks, during which teams of researchers obtain Google support in the development and testing of prototypes, that involve the interconnection of the physical world and the Internet. Google supports these projects to allow a larger connection between international research communities and their internal engineering and development teams.

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EEA Grants event on Maritime Surveillance


M-ITI gave a presentation on its R&D in marine systems, at the event  “Satélites de observação da Terra Sentinel, monitorização e detecção de derrames de 
hidrocarbonetos e pesca ilegal no oceano”.

The event was organised by EDISOFT, the Regional Government of Madeira, Direção-Geral de Política do Mar (DGPM) with the sponsorship of EEA Grants. 

It took place on June 1st at Hotel Four Views Baía, Funchal.

M-ITI Seminars

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

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.

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