Madeira-ITI Opens New Facilities

Madeira-ITI Opens New Facilities

Madeira ITI The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, a not-for-profit innovation institution that focuses its research in the areas of computer science and human-computer interaction, will be inaugurating its new facilities on Friday, March 22, 2013. The Universidade da Madeira, the Madeira Tecnopólo and Carnegie Mellon University, as an honorary partner, launched the Institute in January 2010, in the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

More than 180 faculty members, researchers and students from all educational programs and research projects related to the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) will use this new space to carry out research, organize lectures and seminars, and promote high-level postgraduate training, among several other activities. The new facilities are located on the second underground floor of the Madeira Tecnopólo building, thereby maintaining the proximity to the university and to the business center.

The Institute operates in the multidisciplinary field of human-computer interaction, receiving contributions from the areas of Information Technology, Design and Psychology. The aim of the Institute is to tackle important scientific and technological challenges that are relevant to society and have a significant economic impact. The mission of the research and postgraduate training provided by the Institute includes expanding the understanding of the human experience with interactive technologies through fundamental and applied research, with innovation and responsiveness to real-world needs through multidisciplinary collaborations based on diverse perspectives.

More than three hundred thousand Euros were invested in the space, 85 per cent of which funded by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER), through the program Intervir +, Priority 1 – Innovation, Technological Development and Knowledge Society. Madeira ITI 02

The ceremony will have the presence of the Rector of the Universidade da Madeira, José Manuel Castanheira da Costa, the Regional Secretary for Education and Human Resources, Jaime Freitas, the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the M-ITI, Nuno Jardim Nunes, and the National Director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, João Claro.

March 2013