Project involving a M-ITI researcher receives funding by the USA National Academy of Sciences


A project involving M-ITI researcher Nuno Nunes received funding by the USA National Academy of Sciences, through the Keck Futures Deep Blue Sea initiative. This project aims to make accessible, through the Internet, real time information about deep reefs, where luminosity is weak (mesophotic area). It is led by professor Diego Figueroa from the University of Texas, and encompasses an international team, that includes the conceptual artist Mark Dion, and Prof. Nuno Nunes, from M-ITI / Técnico U. Lisboa. This project uses sensors, and interactive cameras in depth, that allow the access to images and environmental parameters of these understudied reefs, situated at 50 meters deep. The $100,000 funding will be used to test the necessary technologies for the implementation of the first prototype, in the Gulf of Mexico, at 100 meters deep. This prototype will be comprised by a communication floater (with solar panel and satellite), a system with sensors, and a high definition camera, situated at 100 meters deep, that can be remotely controlled with the Internet. The target audience of this installation will be the educative communities, such as museums, schools and community centers. The final goal will be sharing knowledge about these specific and understudied ecosystems through modern interactive technologies.

The Keck Futures initiative is promoted by the USA Science Academy, and intends to gather scientists from several disciplines, such as designers and artists, to explore relevant problems. This new project results from the Discovering the Deep Blue Sea conference, held in November 2016, in which Prof. Nuno Nunes participated as a guest. More than 100 researchers and artists gathered for the conference, held in Irvine, California, to discuss new forms to explore and improve the knowledge about the deep Ocean. After just a few months, the first projects were funded, in a total of $1,55 Million.

M-ITI Research Fellow elected for the ACM Future of Computing Academy



Johannes Schoening, Professor at the University of Bremen and M-ITI Research Fellow, was elected for the inaugural class of the ACM Future of Computing Academy (

The ACM Future of Computing Academy (ACM-FCA) is a new initiative created by ACM to support and foster the next generation of computing professionals. The Academy is a platform that enables the next generation of researchers, practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs to develop a coherent and influential voice that addresses challenging issues facing the field and society in general. The ACM-FCA will seek to harness collective action to define and launch new ACM initiatives that will carry us into the future.

Johannes Schoening is the Lichtenberg Professor and Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of Bremen in Germany and co-director of the Bremen Spatial Cognition Center (BSCC). Since 2015 he is affiliated with M-ITI as a visiting Professor and Research Fellow teaching and collaborating in several research projects at M-ITI.

More information about the ACM-FCA can be found at

Prof. Schoening website is

M-ITI researchers win Funchal City Council competition

M-ITI researchers led by Enrique Encinas have won the “Re)Mobile our city” competition, organized by the Funchal City Council with the work entitled: "Pneubilia" furniture set for the urban coast. This competition was organized by the Environment Department, with the Goal of alerting citizens for the importance of waste reuse and recycling. All participants were challenged to create a piece of urban furniture, using waste, to be installed in public spaces, and used by citizens.

The award ceremony took place on June 9, at the Praça do Município of Funchal, where the furniture was exhibited (see picture above).

Description of the furniture (pictured left) by the team:

Funchal is a rather peculiar urban area. Highly touristic but traditional, accessible and messy, green and blue. Urban furniture in such multifaceted environment should reflect this and provide passerby with original artifacts that facilitate interaction, not only with the specific space around them, but with each other too. Here at M-ITI we have accepted the design challenge and created "Pneubilia". It is a furniture set composed of two elements: a bench and a stool. The habitat for this two pieces is that coastal zones of Funchal where everyone (locals and tourists alike) gather to fish. This space could be Pontinha, or Lido, or maybe Ponta Gorda. In these spots a fisherman has no stool to sit while the fish bites and an observer has no bench where to watch it happen. "Pneubilia" provides just that, urban furniture that makes the waiting comfortable and the interaction possible.

Materials: Repurposed steel from old machine scaffolding, used tyres and old thick fishing line.

People: Enrique Encinas, Linda Tonolli, Victor Azevedo, Tom O`Brien, James Auger, Julian Hanna, Parakram Pyakurel, Sara Tranquada, Luis Jesus, Vitor Aguiar and Daniela Rodrigues.

Open Call for Applications: PhD in Digital Media

We announce that the call for applications for the PhD in Digital Media, 2017/2018 academic year, is open.

The PhD in Digital Media, is lectured in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA), and the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP). 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 areas that feed into Digital Media. 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. This training will enable the conceptualization and development of digital products and services, having taken into account target audiences, contexts and goals relevant to several distribution channels.

Application deadlines:

FCT/UNL – Faculty of Sciences and Technology / New University of Lisbon

  • 1st phase – from the 7th of April to the 23rd of June 2017;
  • 2nd phase – from the 26th of August to the 10th of September 2017.
    To be announced (3rd phase)

FCSH/UNL – Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities / New University of Lisbon

  • Unique phase – from the 20th of April to the 16th of June 2017;

University of Porto (FEUP)

  • 1st phase – from the 12th of December 2016 to the 18th of January 2017 (closed);
  • 2nd phase – from the 24th of March to the 24th of April 2017 (closed);
  • 3rd phase – from the 30th of June to the 7th of August 2017.

Interested applicants should contact us as soon as possible, by email: or telephone: +351 291 721 003 to help describe the process and guide their application.

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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
5 July, 2017 - 14:00


Human-computer interaction (HCI) is increasingly becoming a subject taught in universities around the world. However, little is known of the interactions of the HCI curriculum with students in different types of institutions and disciplines internationally. In order to explore these interactions, we studied the performance of HCI students in design, technology and business faculties in universities in UK, India, Namibia, Mexico and China who participated in a common set of design and evaluation tasks. We obtained participants’ cognitive style profiles based on Allinson and Hayes scale in order to gain further insights into their learning styles and explore any relation between these and performance. We found participants’ cognitive style preferences to be predominantly in the adaptive range, i.e. with combined analytical and intuitive traits, compared to normative data for software engineering, psychology and design professionals. We further identified significant relations between students’ cognitive styles and performance in analytical and creative tasks of a HCI professional individual. I will discuss the findings in the context of the distinct backgrounds of the students and universities that participated in this study and the value of research that explores and promotes diversity in HCI education.

Short Bio:

José Abdelnour Nocera is Associate Professor (Reader) in Sociotechnical Design and Head of the Sociotechnical Centre for Innovation and User Experience at the University of West London. 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.

Clive Dilnot
24 May, 2017 - 17:00


The Anthropocene is real but it is a symptom of a larger shift to the artificial.  This talk is about ways in which we might think this deeper shift, which means how we might think the nature of the epoch we are emerging into where the artificial constitutes and the horizon, medium and prime condition of our existence and thus the very core of being. This shift has profound implications for how we think of design and more broadly technology.  I will try to lighten this ‘metaphysical’ concept with some concrete instances that seem to me to intuitively grasp where we are - or which at least perhaps point us in useful directions.  

My argument is that to cope with this new world we not only have understood that we are entering into a qualitatively new historical epoch, one that grows out of the industrial period but which operates to a different dynamic, we also need a new kind of metaphysical mind map. If we are not to descend into technocracy and/or barbarism we need to be able to think about the artificial differently than we have. The modern conception of being, essentially based on the notion of a fixed ground plan of objects that can be ‘seen through’ and controlled by calculation (the world of representation and “data” which has dominated in the west since the C16th) and was constituted a new and entire world on that basis is now giving way to another model where we see being as essentially contingent; where mediation, the propositional and the possible (the very condition of the artificial) are predominant conditions of what-is. 

Short Bio:

Clive Dilnot is currently professor of design studies at the Parsons School of Design and The New School in New York teaching through the school of Art Design History and Theory. Educated as a fine artist, and later in social philosophy he has taught world-wide including at Harvard University, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and in Hongkong as well as in Australia and the UK. Recent publications includeEthics? Design? (Archeworks, 2005) the essay for Chris Killip’s Pirelli Work (Steidl, 2006); the co-authored Design and The Question of History (2015). He is the editor of A John Heskett Reader: Design History Economics (2016) and of Heskett's seminar Design and the Creation of Value (2017). He is currently working on a four-volume series Thinking Design: On History; On Ethics; On Knowledge; On Configuration(Bloomsbury, 2019-20) and is founder editor of a new series of short texts and polemical essays Designing for Dark Times/the Urgency of the Possible.

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