The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) is a non-profit innovation institute of the University of Madeira, the youngest and smallest public university in Portugal. It is located in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, an outermost region of Europe. M-ITI was conceived in 2000, formally integrated as a research group in 2007, and established as an Innovation Institute in 2010. M-ITI currently incorporates 30 faculty members, including 15 full-time core faculty, two institute fellows, four post-doctorate researchers and nine collaborators. The total number of students is 175, including 150 master students and 25 PhD students. Forty of the master students are engaged in dual-degree programs (in either HCI or Entertainment Technology) with Carnegie Mellon University. The Institute carries out research projects through competitive programs funded by the European Union FP7, the FCT, and industry collaborations. In the last two years it generated more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, 30% of which are top journal publications. M-ITI is one of the 11 research groups that scientifically support LARSyS.
Sergi Bermúdez i Badia is an assistant Prof. at the University of Madeira. He received his Msc. in telecommunications engineering from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (2002) and a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (2006). He has pursued research at several institutes in Europe and the USA, including the Laboratoire de Production Microtechnique at the EPFL (Lausanne), the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the ETHZ (Zurich), at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), where he was the head of the Robotic Systems Laboratory at the laboratory for Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS), and at the Quality of Life Technologies and Entertainment technology centers of the Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh). He has participated in 6 FP5-7 projects, of which he was the scientific coordinator of the Rehabilitation Gaming System – AAL and currently the Principal Investigator of the RehabNet project (FP7). Both projects revolving around the development of serious
games applications for health.
Élvio Rúbio Gouveia holds a MSc in Physical Education and Sports (2007) and a PhD in Sport Science (2011), from the University of Madeira (Portugal). Rúbio has been working in the development and assessment of strategies to promote physical activity and functional fitness in older people with the focus on healthy aging. His work in the area of assessment and promotion of physical activity and functional fitness has been published in journals such as Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Archives of Osteoporosis and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.)
Mónica Cameirão holds a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies (2010) from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and a MSc in applied physics (2005) from the University of Aveiro. Mónica has been working in the development and clinical assessment of technologies for alleviating the burden of disease in people with life-lasting disabilities. Her work in the area of rehabilitation has been published in journals such as STROKE, Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience and the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Ricardo Ferreira is a post-doc researcher at the Computer Vision Laboratory in Institute for Systems and Robotics (VisLab/ISR). He received his M.Sc. degree in 2006 and his PhD degree in 2010, both from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon. He was a co-PI in the EU research project RoboSoM and currently in the EU project Poeticon++.
Dr. Plinio Moreno López graduated in B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, B.Sc. Computer Science and M.Sc. in Computer Science by the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) in 1998, 2000 and 2002 respectively. He also completed a PhD degree in Electrical and Computers Engineering by the Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal) in 2008.