ITI joined Técnico Taguspark Open Day

During the Taguspark Open Day, the Interactive Technologies Institute displayed its research through hands-on activities

The Interactive Technologies Institute joined the Técnico Taguspark Open Day on November 12.  On this Saturday, we celebrated its 22nd anniversary where we demonstrated some of the research being currently developed by the team. Patrícia Piedade and Francisco Cecílio, master students, represented ITI during the event.

Programming with felt markers

The first hands-on activity challenged young visitors to learn more about programming through the usage of Ozobots. These are tiny robots capable of performing different actions by reading colour sequences drawn on paper. Children must choose the right colour sequences to lead the Ozobots to the desired path when presented with a maze. Patrícia Piedade currently uses Ozobots in her research to foster inclusion through collaboration between neurotypical and neurodivergent children during class. Children could not only try to solve our mazes but also draw their own – some of them were rather complex.

Doing exercise in augmented reality

Additionally, we presented the activity ARCADE, which is a physiotherapy support system. It uses augmented-reality features and storytelling to provide the users with a personalised exercise plan. The system uses a chapter-based compelling narrative to motivate users to stick with the exercise plan. The research team selected the story taking into consideration the feedback given by the target audience. During this day, visitors were able to try the system developed by Francisco Cecílio and provided helpful feedback to improve the tool. Currently, the ARCADE only supports upper limb exercises, but further developments could promote the rehabilitation of other body parts.

During the day, we welcomed children and adults to try out what our research on Human-Computer Interaction research looks like. The Técnico Taguspark Open Day included the participation of other Técnico research centres which shared their research projects with the general audience. Participants could also get to know research laboratories, visit exhibits on display, and attend workshops and open classes.


ITI Talks: Predicting injuries and Energy Communities

After a prolonged hiatus, the ITI Talks have resumed. These events are dedicated to sharing internally the research being currently developed by our researchers. This allows us to be up-to-date on the group’s latest research developments.

On November 10, the event joined the team from Lisbon and Funchal through live hybrid presentations in both cities to discuss research focusing on predicting injuries and energy communities

The speakers

Diogo Freitas

Ph.D. student at the University of Madeira, Funchal
“Can We Predict Injuries on Elite Soccer Players? A Machine Learning Approach Using GPS Data”

Diogo N. Freitas completed a Master’s Degree in Mathematics, Statistics, and Applications in 2020 and a degree in Computer Engineering in 2017. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Exact Sciences and Engineering at the University of Madeira. Throughout his career, he won scholarships and distinctions, which included a Huawei academic merit scholarship (worth €5,000). His research interests include machine learning, stochastic optimization algorithm knowledge representation, and belief revision.

Nuno Velosa

Research assistant @ ITI, INESC-ID, Lisbon
“Exploring the potential of Multiple Knapsack in Energy Communities Load Balancing Schemes”

Nuno completed a course in Management and Programing of Informatic Systems in 2016. This professional course was his introduction to the IT world and ended with a merit diploma. With the goal of deepening his knowledge, he got a degree in Informatics Engineering at Universidade da Madeira. Currently, he is finishing his Master’s degree with the thesis “PROCSIM: An energy community simulator to develop and evaluate load balancing schemes” and working as a Research Assistant at INESC-ID, participating in the project “EV4EU – Electric Vehicles Management for carbon neutrality in Europe”. During this time, he had the chance to work as a Software Developer in different companies. He also worked as a Research Assistant at Interactive Technologies Institute, where he started his research experience. Later on, Nuno aims to get a Ph.D. in the same area.