Adriana Mendonça

Adriana Mendonça

Ph.D. in Science of Education obtained in Portugal. She has been an educational researcher since 1997. She became the national director of education in Cape Verde in 2016. Also, she works with UNICEF, United Nations and others. Currently she is the Research Director at Tesplearning, in the U.K.


Ana Pires

PhD in Psychology from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. Ana is a Research Fellow at ITI-LARSyS and Co-PI of the “Interaction and Perception” research line at the Center for Basic Research in Psychology (Uruguay). Her work is focused on educational and accessible technology with multisensory and tangible elements, to potentiate learning, play and collaboration.

Arminda Lopes

Ph.D. from Leeds Metropolitan University, U.K., currently a professor at Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco and her main research area is Human Computer Interaction, Research Methods Methodologies.


Augusto Esteves

Ph.D. in Informatics Engineering (HCI)
from the U. of Madeira.
He leads the HCI laboratory at Edinburgh Napier University with focus on the design and development of systems that improve the user experience (UX) with smart environments and devices (IoT).

Bongkeum Jeong

Bongkeum Jeong

Ph.D. in Design Policy, Hongik University, Seoul. Post-Doc Researcher in Design & HCI, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Current interests lie in Policy Design for Value Added Enhancement of Visual Content Industry.

Bruna Gouveia

Ph.D. in Nursing Sciences at the University of Porto, Biomedical Sciences Institute. Bruna is adjunct Professor at the Saint Joseph of Cluny Higher School of Nursing, Portugal; Director of the Rehabilitation Nursing Specialization Course; Coordinator of the Research Office.

Catia Prandi

Ph.D. Degree from University of Bologna with the thesis titled “Participatory Sensing and Crowdsourcing in Urban Environment”. Since 2017 she is working as post- doc fellow at ITI, and as post-doc researcher in the H2020 CiViTAS Destinations project.

Cláudia Silva

Ph.D. in Digital Media from the NOVA University of Lisbon within the context of the UT Austin-Portugal doctoral program. In 2016, Cláudia joined the Beanstalk team to work on a transmedia storytelling project.


Cristina Sylla

Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Minho and Master in Technology and Digital Art, and Literature Studies. Presently leading the Mobeybou project. Interested in the development of innovative tools that combine the digital and the physical component and promote playful exploratory learning.

Deborah Castro Mariño

Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her main research interests lie in the fields of television studies, digital media, and transmedia storytelling.

Diogo Cabral

Ph.D. in Computer Science from NOVA University of Lisbon (UNL). Focused on developing creativity support tools and interactions that foster and augment creativity for knowledge workers and artists, crossing Multimedia and HCI fields.

Elisa Bertolotti

Elisa is a multimedia researcher and practitioner who has graduated in Communication Design at the Politecnico di Milano. She co-leads an ongoing collaboration with the Imagis research group (Design Dept., Politecnico di Milano, Italy) and with DESIS network. She is currently an assistant professor at the Art & Design Department, University of Madeira.

Élvio Gouveia

Ph.D. in Sport Sciences from the University of Madeira, with thesis topic on Aging, Body Composition, Physical Activity and Functional Fitness. Rúbio is an Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Madeira.

Filipe Quintal

Ph.D. from the University of Madeira (Exploring the dimensions of eco- feedback in the wild). Main research interest in eco-feedback, energy, sustainability and how all these fields interaction with the IoT movement.

Frederica Gonçalves

Ph.D. in Computer and Software Engineering, specialty in Human Computer Interaction. She is an Assistant Professor at UMa. Research interest lie upon HCI, Creativity, Cognitive Augmentation, Persuasive Computing, Creativity Support Tools, Human Work Interaction Design.

Hugo Nicolau

Hugo Nicolau

Ph.D. in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from the University of Lisbon. Hugo is an Assistant Professor at IST, and his research interests include Accessible Computing and Human-Computer Interaction within the field of Ubiquitous Computing.

James Auger

Ph.D. in Design from the Royal College of Art (UK), Auger is a designer, researcher and lecturer whose work examines the social, cultural and personal impact of technology
and the products that exist as a result of its development and application.

Johannes Schoening

He’s a Lichtenberg Professor and Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of Bremen in Germany.
Co-director of the Bremen Spatial Cognition Center (BSCC) and member of the TZI. His research interests lie at the intersection between (HCI), geographic information science and ubiquitous interface technologies.

José Luís Silva

Ph.D. in Computer Science from the
Portuguese MAP-i Consortium (University of Minho, U. of Aveiro and U. of Porto) and post-doc at the U.of Toulouse. His main research interests lie upon Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing and Virtual Environments.

Jose Nocera

Ph.D. in Computing from The Open University, UK. Chair for UNESCO IFIP TC 13.8 working group in Interaction Design for International Development as well as Chair for the British Computer Society Sociotechnical Specialist Group. His interests lie in the sociotechnical and cultural aspects of systems design, development and use.

Julian Hanna

Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. With interests in literature and technology, digital humanities, islands and futures studies.


Lina Brito

Ph.D. in Telecommunication systems and eletrotecnical engineering from the University of Madeira. Focus are on Wireless Sensor Networks and IoT (Internet of Things) applied to smart cities and citizens’ well-being.

Lucas Pereira

Ph.D. in Computer Science from U. Madeira. Interests lie in the multi- disciplinary field of data science, including machine-learning, and intelligent user interfaces. Co-founded, a ITI spin-off in sustainable energy R&D.

Luciana Lima

Luciana Lima

Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Porto. I have been researching women's access to STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) since 2014. My current research focuses on the intersection between gender, digital games and gaming culture. I seek to analyze the hegemony of games as interactive and artistic media and their social impacts with emphasis on gender equality.


Luísa Soares

Ph.D. in Psychology from Universitat Ramon Llull. Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Madeira, Center of Arts and Humanities.

Marko Radeta

Ph.D. in Design from Milan Polytechnic. Current interests lie in augmented and mixed reality and ocean and biodiversity sensing and citizen science.

Mary Barreto

Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Madeira. Conducts postdoctoral research studies in the following areas environmental sustainability, energy, eco-feedback, behavior change and community psychology.

Max Willis

Max Willis

Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technology from University of Trento, MFA Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong. Interested in design speculation and community-scale interventions, sustainable island futures, exploring ocean wave energy capture and the intersections of culture and technology in marine and coastal ecosystem services.

Mónica Mendes

Ph.D. in Digital Media from New U. Lisbon/UT Austin|Portugal Program. Assistant professor at U. Lisbon, designer and media artist focused in art and interactivity for environmental sustainability.

Morgado Dias

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Aveiro. Current research interests are: Artificial Neural Networks, Field Programmable Gate Arrays, Sleep Monitoring and Renewable Energy. Director of the Ph.D. program in Automation and Instrumentation.

Nuno Correia

Researcher, artist and designer. Interested in interactive multi- sensorial experiences. Ph.D. in new media from Aalto University. Since 2000, he has been teaching and conducting research in Portugal, Finland, Estonia and the UK. As artist, he has presented work in more than 20 countries.

Nuno Nunes

Habilitation and Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Porto and University of Madeira. Nuno’s research interests lie in the application of models to software, system and service design in particular for the domains of environmental sustainability and participatory culture.

Nuno Otero

Nuno holds a Ph.D. from Sussex University in the UK and he is an associate professor at LNU CeLeKT and a Research Fellow at the Department of Information Systems at University of Minho in Portugal. He is interested on theories and conceptual frameworks in HCI, from more traditional approaches taking a user centred perspective to more recent trends focusing on user’s experiences with technologies.

Patrícia Gouveia

Patricia Gouveia is an Associate Professor and New Media Art Department Director at the Fine Arts Faculty at Lisbon University. She works in Multimedia Arts and Design since the nineties. Her research focus on playable media, interactive fiction and digital arts as a place of convergence between cinema, music, games, arts and design.

Pedro Campos

Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction, from the University of Madeira, Habilitation in Informatics from the University of Aveiro. Research interests lie upon Persuasive Computing, Cognitive Augmentation, Interaction Design, Augmented Reality, Agile Software Development Methods, Interaction Design Tools.

Pedro Valente

Ph.D. in Informatics Engineering from UMa. Currently a Software Specialist and a pro-bono lecturer in UMa. Main research interests rely on the development and integration of software engineering, human- computer interaction and enterprise engineering.

Sabrina Scuri

Sabrina is a postdoctoral research fellow at ITI, where she is working on the H2020 Smart Islands Energy System (SMILE) project. In 2017 she completed her Ph.D. in Design at Politecnico di Milano.

Shujoy Chakraborty

Ph.D. in Design from Politecnico Di Milano. Currently teaches courses in design for interactive media, design for pleasurable user experiences, theory and process of design, product development, form studies, modeling techniques, product design drawing, and 3D printing in UMa.

Simone Ashby

Ph.D. in Computer Science and Informatics from University College Dublin. Main research interests lies in Mobile-based speech and language technologies for development (SLT4D), computational phonology, acoustic phonetics, speech synthesis, adaptive speech.

Sónia Matos

Ph.D. from Goldsmiths College, University of London (U.K). Currently an Associate Research Faculty at ITI as well as a lecturer at the School of Design, University of Edinburgh. Her main research areas are Interface Design and User Experience.

Sónia Rafael

Ph.D. in Communication Design from Fine Arts Faculty at Lisbon University. She’s a researcher at the Center of Research and Studies of Fine Arts Faculty at Lisbon University.
Her research interests include Communication Design, Interaction Design, Digital Arts, New Media, Culture and Technology.

Stephan Jürgens

Stephan Jürgens

Ph.D. in Contemporary Choreography and New Media Technologies. His research interests concentrate on designing creative strategies for live performance involving interactive systems. He has been teaching movement research, interdisciplinary choreography and interactive system design in many different learning environments and institutions.

Tiago Meireles

Tiago Meireles

Ph.D. in Electrotecnic Engineering from Universidade de Aveiro. Assistant Professor at the Exact Sciences and Engineering Faculty, in the Eletrotecnic department. Since 2016 is responsible for the Hardware laboratories of the department, as well as electronic equipment and components purchase.

Valentina Nisi

Ph.D. in Interactive Location Based Narrative from Trinity College, Dublin. Research focuses on designing and producing digitally mediated experiences in real spaces, merging architecture, context and landscape.

Valentina Vezzani

Ph.D. in Design, achieved in Politecnico di Milano. Assistant Professor at the Department of Art & Design, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Madeira, and Programme Leader for the BA in Design. She is interested in investigating the role of Design when about nature conservation and biodiversity.