M-ITI welcomes the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, and the Foundation for Science and Technology members


M-ITI continues to strengthen its relationship with the Portuguese government by welcoming the Chief of the Office of the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Ms. Maria Emília Moura, and the Member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Science and Technology, Ms. Isabel Ribeiro, on May 10. 

During the visit, M-ITI showcased some of its main projects, including the Commonfare project, the NeuroRehab Lab, and the ERAChair project. Researchers were also able to exchange ideas with the guests, which is essential for fostering government support for research and development.

M-ITI participates in the SMARTFUNCHAL’17 conference


Our president, Professor Nuno Nunes gave the lecture “Mobility Analysis based on IoT Technology: the case study of Funchal” at the SMARTFUNCHAL’17 conference, that took place on May 11-12 in Funchal, Madeira.

SMARTFUNCHAL’17 brought around 20 national and international speakers of great renown and credibility. The event gathered more than 300 people in an innovative congress, in a disruptive format in terms of shape and content, clearly focused on the future in order to provide a clear and direct communication and deliver its message.
Its goal was not only to debate, but to also reflect and demonstrate innovative solutions that could help cities to contribute to the national wealth, attract investments and qualified professionals, as well as value tourism, and contribute to environmental and sustainability, protecting the heritage, originality and traditional culture of the respective peoples.

M-ITI organizes Interactive Digital Stories Track

The opening of the first edition of the Interactive Digital Stories Track - Madeira Film Festival will take place on April 19 from 17:30 to 18:30 at the Teatro Baltazar Dias, in Funchal. John Fiege (UT-Austin), Arnau Gifreu (University of Girona) and the winner of the Track, Thibault Durand, are some of the documentary experts participating in the event. The Interactive Digital Stories Track is organized by the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), the University of Texas at Austin (Department of Radio-Television-Film) in collaboration with the Madeira Film Festival (MFF). 

In its first edition, the MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track aims to foster an international discussion about nature and sustainability, having accepted interactive documentary submissions themed in connection to these topics. The aim is to celebrate experimentation and the convergence of film, art, and new media technology to promote the emergence of documentary innovation. The track gathered artworks that push the limits of traditional aesthetics and structures of filmmaking. MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track encourages the participation of documentary makers from all over the world.

Workshop: "The Power of Voice in the Cinema of Social Change" by John Fiege & Anita Grabowski

Within the context of UT Austin and M-ITI partnership, John Fiege, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and Anita Grabowski are giving the workshop "The Power of Voice in the Cinema of Social Change" on April 19, 10:00-13:00, at Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias. This workshop is part of the Madeira Film Festival and discusses the following topics: Storytelling, production, interactivity, outreach and fundraising.


M-ITI Seminars

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

Liesbeth Huybrechts
10 May, 2017 - 17:00


This talk discusses the challenges of designing for work (the creation of workspaces, design of tools, facilitating mobility etc.) in our cities in 'smart' ways. The term ‘smart’ here is not framed in a narrow discourse that equates smart with technological experiments, but it is rather associated with designers/architects who envision futures for urban development in our cities, via cooperating with or tapping into the initiatives that citizens, policy makers or businesses already set up themselves (Goodspeed, 2015; Brynskov et al, 2014). More than ever, designers/architects need to navigate between many and often invisible local and supra-local ecological, social, technological and economical agendas that are associated with (re)integrating work in the daily life of the city. This invites them to design (digital) frameworks, tools and techniques to explore and align these agendas in participatory ways, while giving form to 'space' for work. This talk will look into some remarkable (historical) examples and own case studies, to discuss how participatory frameworks, tools and techniques support ways of designing for work in future cities.

Short Bio:

Liesbeth Huybrechts (1979, Leuven, Belgium) is Postdoctoral researcher in the areas of Participatory Design, Human-Computer Interaction and spatial transformation processes in the research group Arck, University of Hasselt. She is involved in the Living Lab The Other Market (https://deanderemarkt.wordpress.com/ ), a space for reflection and action on the future of work. She is also part of the research project Traders dealing with Participatory Design and Art in Public Space (Marie Curie ITN, www.traders.eu). Together with Thomas Laureyssens she designed the frequently used participatory mapping tool MAP-it (www.mapit.be). As a freelancer she is active in exhibitions, workshops and writing. In the past, she taught in the Social Design Masters, Design Academy Eindhoven in the Interaction Design Department (LUCA, KULeuven). She co-founded the research group Social Spaces (www.socialspaces.be) exploring the social qualities of design and art.


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...