M-ITI Organising New Training School on Collaborative Economy


M-ITI will host a Training School (TS) “On the collaborative economy. Learning from critical perspectives,” in the context of the COST Action CA16121, “From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy.” It will take place from November 20 to 24, at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. Applications are open until August 11, 2017. Participation grants are available for attendees. Learn more at www.m-iti.org/trainingschool




Funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme 
of the European Union 


M-ITI Project Wins the 2017 International Cultural Innovation Award


“The Newton Machine” project, by our researchers James Auger and Julian Hanna and Laura Watts (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark) in collaboration with Community Energy Scotland, was awarded the 2017 International Cultural Innovation Award, by the Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona (CCCB). “The Newton Machine” is a prototype for batteries that use gravity to store renewable energy. Their investigation explores the specific needs of local communities with the aim of helping them achieve clean and free energy self-sufficiency. The project has three stages: an experimentation laboratory, a live laboratory to work on prototypes, and a workshop in which the project coordinators will present their entire experience. See the official announcement here

M-ITI Hosts an Advisory Board


M-ITI hosted its Advisory Board meeting on July 3-4. During these two intensive days, the Advisory board members: Don Norman, the director of The Design Lab at University of California (USA), Lucy Suchman, Professor at Lancaster University (UK), and invited partners Rachel Smith, Professor at Aarhus University (Denmark) and Yvonne Rogers, the director of the Interaction Centre at University College London (UK), met with our faculty and researchers to learn about M-ITI's progress in the last two years and future plans. AB experts also checked M-ITI project’s developments and learned about our new projects, in a demo session. The event ended with an informal dinner in our garden, gathering all our community and the Advisory Board experts.


Arditi Advisory Board Visit


The Advisory Board of the Regional Agency for the Development of Research, Technology, and Innovation (Arditi) visited M-ITI on July 24. This visit was part of a one-day meeting that included visits to other institutions, such as the Oceanic Observatory of Madeira (OOM).

Among the renowned guests were Henrique Cabral, Full Professor of the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, and director of the Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences (MARE); Pedro Saraiva, Full Professor at the University of Coimbra; Eng. Vítor Barros, the main researcher at the National Institute of Agrarian and Veterinary Research (INIAV); and Eng. Melim Mendes, a specialist in energy, and the responsible for the introduction of alternative energy in Madeira. Accompanying the visit was the Regional Secretary for Education, Jorge Carvalho. 

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.

Research posts

M-ITI often participates in international conferences. Here is a list of the latest conference presentations
Chiara Basseti is a Post-doc Research Fellow at the University of Trento, the project leader of the EU Horizon2020 Common Fare project (PIE News), in which M-ITI is a partner. Basseti is an...