M-ITI researcher will be at CMU under the Undergraduate Internship Program

André Ferreira, M-ITI researcher in the AHA project, will be spending the next few months at Carnegie Mellon University in the context of the Undergraduate Internship Program (UIP) working on Serious games with Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) for stroke rehabilitation.

Main goals of the UIP: My research proposes to explore the use of physiological signatures of workload, and attention to adapt rehabilitation exercises implemented as game tasks. I am part of the NeuroRehabLab research team, who is involved in the “AHA: Augmented Human Assistance” project, funded by the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program.

Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Dan Siewiorek and Asim Smailagic, School of Computer Science

Chris Csikszentmihályi keynote at British HCI 2015


Chris Csikszentmihályi, M-ITI's ERA Chair, has been invited to speak by the organisers of this year’s British Human Computer Interaction Conference to be held in Lincoln.

The speakers will discuss how this event is more relevant than ever in an age where interactive digital technology constantly shapes our lives and our relationships with each other, as well as those in authority.

Organised by the University of Lincoln’s Social Computing research centre in conjunction with the BCS Interaction Specialist Group, the British Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2015) is inspired by the anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215, an event viewed as an international cornerstone of liberty and one that challenged society’s relationship with authority.

Taking place on the University’s Brayford Campus from 13th-17th July, the conference will focus on our ever-evolving digital society.

Controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is also one of the invited keynote speakers. 

The full conference program can be found here

Best Paper Award

Congratulations to M-ITI Researcher Sandy Rodrigues who won the Best Paper Award for Self-Consumption and Battery bank PV Systems in the Residential Sector in Portugal. This paper was presented at the 10th edition of the International Conference on Advanced Research in Aerospace, Robotics, Manufacturing Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Power and Energy Engineering, Materials Engineering and Human Motricities in June, in Romania.

Applications to the Digital Media doctoral program are now open

We are pleased to announce that applications to the Doctoral Program in Digital Media (PDMD) are open to the New University of Lisbon, to the University of Porto and for the FCT scholarhips.

More information at our website or directly on the program webpage.


The exciting program was created through the partnership between the New University of Lisbon, University of Porto and University of Texas in Austin, TX, USA. It is a 4-year PhD program, which is aimed at students with a Masters degree (2nd cycle Bologna or pre-Bologna) in the areas of information / communication sciences, multimedia, interactive design and all scientific and technological digital media areas. Digital media is an area that is rapidly growing and has gained increasing importance in our daily lives.
The Digital Media PhD program aims to train researchers, academics and leaders in innovative processes, to enable them to conceptualize and development digital products and services, taking into account target audiences, contexts, and goals relevant to several distribution channels.
Learn more.

M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
Marisa Cohn
10 July, 2015 - 14:00


Many narratives of technological progress are supported by an idea that technology has a future of unlimited potential - one that will imminently resolve the problems that we defer until tomorrow. But as such narratives run out of steam, we can learn a lot by looking to later phases in the lives of technologies, when software systems and languages are retired, personal electronics become detritus, and infrastructures obsolesce and decay. Such moments can tell us about the effortful work to let go and pare down practices to match decaying systems. This talk will discuss the case of an aging and obsolescent infrastructure supporting a space science mission as it a approaches a known end. Such a case contributes to our understanding of the degrading path at the end-of-life of an infrastructure. Such a case reveals how work of infrastructure maintenance may reach the limits of repair and shift from repair-as-sustaining into a mode of repair-into-decay, actively working towards the end-of-life through negotiation of the multiple temporalities of aging, obsolescence, and decay.

Short bio:​

Marisa is an Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) and a member of the Technologies in Practice and Interaction Design research groups. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she brings together anthropological and design-oriented approaches to the study of information systems, drawing on methods from Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Her research examines temporal imaginaries of sociotechnical change and how computational systems mediate organizational relationships and practice. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork work across a range of sites from large-scale infrastructures for space science and to small software and game development teams. She is interested in the role of critical methodologies in anthropology and design, governmentality of software development work, and how computational media shape the politics of design and innovation.

Marco Freitas
15 May, 2015 - 14:00

Marco Freitas, MEI student will be presenting his master thesis under the supervision of Prof. Simone Ashby and Prof. Julian Hanna. The master thesis is entitled:

Prototyping Citizen X: 
Designing a Mobile Platform for Civic Engagement and More Walkable Cities

Job Vacancies at Madeira-ITI

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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...
Published on Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems 삶 (“Salm”, “To Live”) : Gaze Reactive Typography Inspired by Ahn Sang-Soo...
This TOCHI paper was presented on Monday, 20th of April: Modelling what friendship patterns on Facebook reveal about personality and social capital Authors: Yong Liu, Chair of Marketing and...