M-ITI welcomes the Commission of Economy, Innovation and Public Works of the Assembly of the Republic


M-ITI has been continuing to foster our relationship between research and politics by welcoming the Commission of Economy, Innovation and Public Works of the Assembly of the Republic, on March 21. The delegation was composed of Members of Parliament of the largest political parties.

This was one of the three-day visits in Madeira, in which the Commission had protocol and working meetings with some of the most prominent institutions in Madeira Island.

During this visit, M-ITI's main projects were showcased, including M-ITI startup PRSMA. Researchers also had the opportunity to exchange ideas with the politicians, which is essential to expand government support for research and development.

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ENERMAC project launch in the Canary Islands


Last week M-ITI participated in the public launch of the ENERMAC project in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain. ENERMAC - Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for the Sustainable Development of West Africa and the Macaronesian Islands – is funded by the Macaronesia Regional Cooperation programme (MAC 1420), a program that fosters cooperation between entities in the Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores. This project involves a total of fifteen entities from Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cabo Verde and Mauritania.

ENERMAC is developed around three main objectives: energy planning, the rational use of energy, and the analysis of the electricity grids in order to reinforce them. This meeting gathered the project partners, in order to inform and coordinate the start of the technical activities that will revolve around these three objectives.

The meeting was widely featured in the media. Read some of the articles here: Canarias7.es; Cabildo de Lanzarote; Gobierno de Canarias; Smartgridsinfo.

M-ITI wins Horizon2020 funded project in the field of energy

M-ITI is part of an international consortium, with a team made of four Madeira partners, that won a Horizon 2020 funded project for Intelligent Islands energy systems with a total budget of € 2,447m. The regional SMART IsLand Energy Systems team is made up of ACIF, EEM, M-ITI and the startup prsma that will lead one of the three technological pilot projects foreseen in the project.

In addition to Madeira, the SMILE project involves other two European islands (Orkneys in Scotland and Samsø in Denmark) where new technologies of smart grids that can enter the market in the short term will be demonstrated. The technological solutions are varied and include battery integration, heating, water storage, electric vehicles, power storage on boats and dynamic tariffs. These technologies will be applied to real pilots in the three islands, anticipating their impact and entering the market through the direct involvement of citizens.

In Madeira, the pilot project will have a particular emphasis on the integration of microproduction of electric energy. M-ITI is in charge of the scientific leadership, being responsible for analyzing data generated from innovative smart meters and user reactions. Metering technology will be provided by the prsma company. prsma is a M-ITI startup that has recently received funding from the Horizon 2020 PME Instrument, and was present at the Web Summit. EEM will be in charge of the integration of the technologies in the power network, as well as all the technical support related to the network management technologies. Finally, ACIF will be responsible for the aggregation of information produced at regional level as well as its impact on the business sector.

The SMILE project consortium involves a total of 19 partners from 6 countries for a global budget of € 14m for the four years of the project.

M-ITI participates in HoCare international workshop as stakeholder

M-ITI participated in the 1st International Thematic Workshop of the Interreg Europe project HoCare, "Generation of innovation by addressing unmet needs identified by formal and informal providers of health care", as part of Madeira stakeholder group.

The event took place at the Electricity Museum Congress hall, in Funchal, on 27 January 2017.

The goal of the HoCare project is to increase delivery of home care innovative solutions in regional innovation chains by strengthening of cooperation of actors in regional innovation system through a Quadruple-helix approach.

The Quadruple-helix approach is an innovation cooperation model or innovation environment in which users, businesses, research organizations or universities and public authorities cooperate in order to produce innovations.

M-ITI was invited by Madeira Government IDE to participate in HoCare as research organization.

Professor Sergi Bermúdez presented the R&D being done in the AHA (Augmented Human Assistance) project, a success case, to an international panel of stakeholders, and public. 

AHA is being developed under the international partnership with the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

Learn more about HoCare at www.interregeurope.eu/hocare


M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
Denzil Ferreira
29 March, 2017 - 14:00


Mobile phones have an increasing spectrum of built-in sensors, such as motion, light, atmospheric pressure. These sensors are primarily used to enhance the user experience with the device, such as detecting the screen orientation. More important for scientists, these sensors offer the potential to sense and reason about the user’s environment, or in other words, the user’s context. Mobile phones are the most widespread personal sensing device and provide an exciting opportunity for wider cross-disciplinary research to attain a better understanding of human behaviour by analysing the users’ unique context. 

Yet the biggest challenge in conducting user studies is the scientists’ need to build software and logging tools from scratch, often without proper development experience, over and over again. More critically, multidisciplinary research becomes increasingly challenging due to the diversity of applications and environments. Researchers have no infrastructure support for exchanging their expertise and to collaborate locally or remotely. In this talk, we introduce AWARE, a tool that focuses on an infrastructure for sensing behavioural and social context from mobile phones sensors, to enable a better understanding of human and social behaviour, and to improve users’ understanding of their own quality of life. More importantly, it is a platform that supports reuse and sharing of mobile-based behavioural and social context and researchers’ expertise.

Short Bio:

Ferreira’s research focus is on utilising mobile instrumentation (e.g., wearables, smartphones, ambient displays, deployable sensors) to better understand human behavior and social wellbeing. Ferreira leads the Community Instrumentation and Awareness (CIA) research group, and acts as the Vice-Director of the Center for Ubiquitous Computing at the University of Oulu. Ferreira also teaches two classes: Mobile and Social Computing, and Human-Computer Interaction, part of the curriculum of U. Oulu’s International MSc. in Ubiquitous Computing. During his PhD, Ferreira created and released AWARE, a toolkit in use today by hundreds of researchers worldwide.

Michelangelo Secchi
15 March, 2017 - 14:30


Democratic Innovations — institutions specifically designed to increase and deepen citizen participation in the political decision-making process as for example the Participatory Budgeting, Participatory Urban Planning, Citizen Assemblies, etc. — have become a ubiquitous feature of policymaking and governance building at EU level. 

Even if for decades the technology of DIs was carried out through “traditional” off-line means of participation (meetings, Focus Groups assemblies, etc.), with the recent consolidation of the network society, it has been progressively contaminated by the emergence of a new set of ICT-based participatory innovations, coming both from the public (e-government and e-democracy solutions) and private sectors (civic media, social collaborative networks, etc.).

Such a rapid growth and diffusion of DDI's emphasized a number of issues and contradictions boosted by the multiplication and mismatches between off-line and on-line channels of participation. While opening opportunities for a better integration between different processes and spaces of participation, the digitization also multiplied redundancy, produced fragmentation and created new explicit and implicit barriers to the actual engagement of inhabitants and organized stakeholders in public policy making. 

The EMPATIA project, launched in 2016 and funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, aims to research, develop, test and disseminate innovative approaches and consistent ICT solutions for the design and management of multi-channel PB processes. 

This presentation will focus on the main topics covered by EMPATIA, presenting both scientific and technical results achieved after the first year. 


Short bio:

Michelangelo Secchi is a research fellow at the Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He has been working for more than ten years as Public Sector consultant on the design and implementation of citizen engagement processes and participatory governance strategies. . Recently he has been working as expert on stakeholder engagement in EU funded projects in the area of international development (EUROPEAID) and Smart Cities (National and Regional Structural Funds in Italy – PON REC Smart City). Since 2016 he is coordinating for CES the research activity of the CAPS project EMPATIA funded by the EC Horizon 2020 program.