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Best Iberian Ph.D. Thesis Was Granted to José Luís Silva

Best Iberian Ph.D. Thesis Was Granted to José Luís Silva

José Luís Silva One of the most recent members of the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (Madeira-ITI), José Luís Silva, won the 1 st edition of the “Best Iberian Ph.D. Thesis on Information Systems and Technology.” José Luís Silva is a professor of the dual degree Professional Masters in Human Computer Interaction (MHCI), taught by the Universidade da Madeira and Carnegie Mellon University, within the CMU Portugal Program.

Entitled “Rapid prototyping of ubiquitous computing environments,” José Luís Silva’s doctoral thesis focuses on the subject of usability challenges that emerge in the process of systems design and development. To tackle the problem, José Luís Silva suggests the use of prototypes that can help predict and prevent system failures. He presents a new framework, Apex, which brings together an existing 3D Application Server with a modeling tool. The research was carried out at the HASLab research center.

José Luis Silva was supervised by José Creissac Campos, from the Universidade do Minho, and by Michael Harrison, from UCL. He is a doctorate from MAP-i, which is a joint Ph.D. degree offered by the Universidade do Minho, Universidade de Aveiro and Universidade do Porto.

The Iberian Association for Information Systems and Technologies (AISTI) is a non-profit association that aims at promoting and disseminating the work in the scientific domain of information systems and technologies in the Iberian space. The competition received a total of 27 applications, from which 8 were selected for the final stage.


October 2013


The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (Madeira-ITI) is a not-for-profit innovation institute of the Universidade da Madeira, founded in December 2009 by the Universidade da Madeira, Madeira Tecnopolo, and Carnegie Mellon University. It was created in the scope of the CMU Portugal Program, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. The work of the institute mainly concentrates on innovation in the areas of computer science and human-computer interaction. url: