Christopher Csikszentmihályi has been appointed ERA Chair of HCI and Design Innovation

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) of the University of Madeira was awarded an ERA Chair grant beginning in 2014. This prestigious grant aims at making M-ITI an excellence research center in HCI and design.

Conference participation

Julian Hanna presented a paper, ‘Dada to Data: Manifestos in the Digital Age’, at the annual conference of the Electronic Literature Organisation held in Montreal, Canada, 13-17 August.

Social Tech Ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa report launch, May 16

Social Tech Ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa project began in December 2016, was published in May 2018, and was executed by M-ITI. It has combined field work in sub-Saharan Africa, desk review, a peer nomination process, participant observation, and semi-structured interviews with 116 individuals in 32 countries in English, French or Portuguese. The ‘Social Tech Ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa’ report is…

CHI2018:“Grand Visions” for Post-Capitalist Human-Computer Interaction

Enrique Encinas, visiting scholar at M-ITI, was one of the authors of the publication “Grand Visions” for Post-Capitalist Human-Computer Interaction, presented last April at CHI2018. Abstract: The design, development and deployment of new technology is a form of intervention on the social, psychological and physical world. Whether explicitly intended or not, all digital technology is designed to support some vision of…

CHI2018: Fostering Commonfare. Infrastructuring Autonomous Social Collaboration

Peter Lyle, Mariacristina Sciannamblo and Maurizio Teli are the authors of the publication “Fostering Commonfare. Infrastructuring Autonomous Social Collaboration”, presented last April at CHI2018 – Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Abstract: Recently, HCI scholars have started questioning the relationship between computing and political economy, with both general analyses of such relationships, and specific design cases describing design interventions.…

CHI2018: Workshop Maker Movements, Do-It-Yourself Cultures and Participatory Design: Implications for HCI Research

James Auger was part of the team that designed the workshop “Maker Movements, Do-IT-Yourself Cultures and Participatory Design: Implications for HCI Research” presented in April at CHI 2018, Montréal, Canada. Falling costs and the wider availability of computational components, platforms and ecosystems have enabled the expansion of maker movements and DIY cultures. This can be considered as a form of…

CHI2018:  The Space of Possibilities: Political Economies of Technology Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chris Csikszentmihályi was in Montreal, Canada, to present a research paper entitled  The Space of Possibilities: Political Economies of Technology Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, one of the most important venues for HCI related research. Abstract: HCI researchers work within spaces of possibility for potential designs of technology. New methods (for…

Listen to Christopher Csikszentmihályi about design challenges for the future!

Christopher Csikszentmihályi was an invited guest of International The Days for Deans and Design Experts organized by Elisava – Barcelona School of Design and Engineering in April 2018. As a result of this event, a letter was created collaboratively to describe how design is a key agent in the achievement of the UN Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). More…

Official visits to M-ITI in April

Official visits are an opportunity for project dissemination as well as a great chance to reach out and communicate to our stakeholders. During April, M-ITI received the official visits of: the Chinese Mari-Culture Delegation from the Embassy of China in Portugal, the national Secretary of State for Internationalisation Affairs, Prof. Dr. Eurico Brilhante Dias accompanied by the Vice-President of the Regional…

Art, Science and Technology project awarded to M-ITI

MAST – Module in Art, Science and Technology is a project proposal submitted by the University of Madeira (UMa) and M-ITI in consortium with other European partners that has been recently approved by the European Commission. This proposal was ranked second best with 90 points (out of 100) in an allegedly very strong competition of over a hundred proposals. Valentina Nisi, Sergi…