James Auger

James Auger hired as an Associate Professor since September 2015. He has a BA in Product Design from Glasgow School of Art and an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art. Between 2002 and 2005 he was employed as a research associate at Media Lab Europe, where the main focus of his research was a design-based investigation into technology-mediated human interaction. He then worked at the Issey Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo as guest designer. Since 2005 he has been teaching and continuing his research in the Design Interactions programme at the RCA.

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Julian Hanna

Julian Hanna hired as an Assistant Professor since July 2015. His writing on modernist and avant-garde culture has appeared in numerous academic journals as well as The Atlantic, 3:AM, Berfrois, Minor Literature[s], and elsewhere. He has written a guide to modernism, Key Concepts in Modernist Literature, and co-wrote a guide to critical futures called Futurish. Since moving to Madeira in 2013 his research has shifted toward futures studies, design fiction, digital storytelling, and livability.

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Marisa Cohn

Marisa Cohn is a visiting scholar at M-ITI within the ERA Chair Team. With a faculty position at the IT University of Copenhagen, Marisa will be collaborating with the ERA Chair team in developing new and existing projects.

Her research brings together approaches from Human Computer Interaction, Anthropology, and Science and Technology Studies for the study of sociotechnical systems. She conducts ethnographic research on software systems and computational work, focusing on the cultures and politics of design in organisations and digital societies.

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Maurizio Teli

Maurizio Teli, PhD in Sociology and Social Research, has always worked in interdisciplinary contexts focusing on the political dimensions of the production and use of digital technologies. He has developed an ethnographic sensibility, now extended to include digital methods, for the study of software development and for the participatory design of digital technologies. He was the scientific coordinator of a Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Coordination Action in the Science-in-Society domain, “My Ideal City”, and has worked in other EU funded projects. He is now focusing on the design of digital technologies promoting the nurturing of the common.

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Mary Amasia

Mary Amasia has a PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from Columbia University.

With an extensive experience in leading international multi-team collaborations with industrial partners; 7 years experience in the design, fabrication, and validation of polymer meso- and microfluidic systems; Industrial R&D experience in biopharmaceutical and environmental consulting companies; Cross-functional engineering skills in product development and systems integration of automated environmental testing devices and in vitro diagnostics (IVDs).

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Elise Leclerc

Elise Leclerc hired as project manager since September 2015. With an extensive experience in project management, Elise spent the last 13 years managing projects that link academic research to practice in the fields. She is a qualified Managing Successful Programs Practitioner (UK Cabinet Office certification), thus with a rigorous framework for managing large-scale programs, widely used by governments across the world. This framework ensures that quality assurance, monitoring and control and risk management are at the heart of any large programme. Additionally, Elise has a Masters in European Projects from the Cergy University, Paris, France. Before coming to M-ITI she was Associate Director-South for Teaching Leaders responsible for budgeting (£1m), financial management, staff performance management, appraisals and team resource allocation and personal development

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José Luis Freitas

José Luis Freitas is M-ITI’s Business Development Manager since June 2015. He is also responsible for Marketing and Communication, and Brand management. He acts as an entrepreneurship consultant to M-ITI’s students and researchers wanting to create their startups from their R&D results. His professional career kicked off in 2000, as an IT consultant for financial institutions and telecoms. The following year he moved to the United Kingdom, working one year as aeronautics software engineer at BAE SYSTEMS. In 2004 he began working in Space onboard software, with a short stint at ThalesAleniaSpace in Cannes. Back in Portugal since 2005, he worked at GMV in the Security & Defence market as Project Manager (PMP certified by PMI). From 2010 – 2015 he was GMV’s Aerospace Business Development Manager for Portugal He coordinated GMV’s Marketing & Communication in Portugal from 2011 to 2015.

He has a five-year degree in Computer Science from Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, having graduated in 2001. Currently he is doing a PhD in Social Sustainability and Development, in University Aberta, Lisbon.

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Victor Azevedo

Victor Azevedo is a recent graduate in Electronics Engineering and Telecommunications from the University of Madeira.

Azevedo started as a research intern during a summer internship promoted by the ERA Chair and is now responsible for maintaining and servicing equipment.

He also works in the development project Probot.

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Vítor Aguiar

Vítor Aguiar is a recent graduate in Electronics Engineering and Telecommunications from the University of Madeira.

Aguiar started as a research intern during a summer internship promoted by the ERA Chair and is now the main developer in the Probot project.

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