Interact 2017

M-ITI was widely represented at Interact 2017 and M-ITI members were involved in chairing groups, running workshops and presenting papers, below are some of the many activities run by M-ITI members: José Corujeira presented the paper Effects of Haptic Feedback in Dual-Task Teleoperation of a Mobile Robot Diogo Cabral presented the full paper: Exploring the Effects of Olfactory and Auditory…

Researchers European Night

In order to celebrate the Researchers European Night, on September 29, M-ITI’s Sergi Bermudez i Badia showed UMa students the NeuroRehab Lab research. Later that evening, the Oceanic Observatory of Madeira, M-ITI and ARDITI organised a Science and Technology Quizz night in Funchal. The event brought together researchers, faculty, students, and the general public. It started with the opening speeches…

Participation at the 2nd International Conference on African Cultures and the 17th Triennial of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association

Gemma Rodrigues gave the invited lecture, ‘Digitizing Cultural Heritage: Seeking a Decolonial Approach,’ on the final day of the 2nd International Conference on African Cultures, held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, September 11-13 2017. Drawing on the artistic interventions of collectives like Pungwe Nights and the work of ‘Southern’ theorists like Mignolo and de Sousa Santos to problematize…

M-ITI Researchers Win Competitive H2020 Grant – Innovation to Provide Critical Civic Information Across Europe – Useful in Emergencies like the Recent Fires

M-ITI research on low-cost community platforms for communication — called Civic Media — has won a coveted H2020 grant. It will investigate the implementation of a low-power radio network in rural Ireland, Romania, and Portugal, with particular emphasis on the remote and rural areas of these countries. In Madeira and mainland Portugal, this type of innovation, once rooted in the…

M-ITI hosts the Republic of Korea Ambassador to Portugal

On September 13, M-ITI members had the honor of presenting the research institute to the South Korean Ambassador Chul-min Park. Professor Bongkeum Jeong (M-ITI), also from South Korea, had the pleasure of being one of the hosts, introducing the research being done at the institute. The NeuroRehab Lab, represented by Professor Sergi Bermúdez, and the CTPlab, represented by Professor Chris…

Creative track of SNTA: Bizindalo! Art and Technology in Africa

Gemma Rodrigues and Michelle Kasprzak co-curated the international exhibition Bizindalo! Art and Technology in Africa, September 1 – October 13, Casa da Luz, Funchal, as part of the symposium Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa. Encompassing the exhibition’s themes of ‘voice’ and community, ‘bizindalo’ is the East African name for the public megaphones used by communities for announcements and local…

Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa symposium

M-ITI’s Critical Technical Practice lab organized Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa, a two-day international, interdisciplinary symposium hosted at the Casa da Luz, September 1-2. Comprising both academic and creative tracks, the symposium brought artists, designers, technologists, and theorists into conversation, with the goal of generating alternatives to ‘universal’ Silicon Valley narratives of tech innovation currently being exported uncritically into…

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…

M-ITI Project Wins the 2017 International Cultural Innovation Award

A project led by M-ITI has won the Cultural Innovation International Prize, by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, for presenting a gravitational battery that generates and stores renewable energy. In this international contest the search for ideas that could face climate changes and, in this case, through energy preservation without the use to checmical batteries, and developped a…

M-ITI Participates at the Week of Innovative Regions of Europe – WIRE 2017

Prof. Chris Csíkszentmihályi and Prof. Nuno Nunes were invited to speak at the Week of Innovative Regions of Europe (WIRE 2017). This year, the Technical University of Košice (Slovakia) will host the 8th edition of the European Commission’s Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) from 28th to 30th June 2017. This conference is supported by the Directorate-General Research &…