Enhancing the Research and Innovation Potential of M-ITI through Human-Computer Interaction and Design Innovation

The goal of the project proposal is to seek funding in order to expand the research and innovation potential of the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) of the University of Madeira through the hiring of an ERA Chair in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Design Innovation (DI). The LEAPFROG HCI-DI aims at unlocking the full potential of interdisciplinary research in interactive technologies while strengthening innovation and knowledge transfer activities in close collaboration with local and global industrial partners and contributing to the smart specialisation strategy of Madeira. To this end, funding this project proposal will support the following main activities: (i) Upgrade the RDT capacity and capability by expanding the human potential and fostering a critical mass of researchers with inter-disciplinary expertise in human-computer interaction (HCI); (ii) Improve M-ITI’s innovation potential and impact at the regional, national and European levels, through design-driven innovation. Such an approach will unravel the impact of open innovation and crowdsourcing on education, training and knowledge transfer, extend the creative research capabilities of individuals and organisations in the region and finally (iii) Raise international awareness about the institute and connect M-ITI and its industry affiliates to the global knowledge networks. As a consequence of these activities, we aim to better integrate M-ITI with the European Research Area (ERA) and, in particular, improve the participation of M-ITI and associated entities of the recently created regional system for R&D+I, thereby increasing the level of participation of the institute in the Horizon 2020 program.


The project intends to expand the interdisciplinary expertise of researchers in HCI, explore the potential of emerging technologies, and understand their impact on aging populations, sustainability, and digital culture. The project also aims to improve M-ITI’s innovation potential and impact on a regional, national, and European level by promoting design-driven innovation, testing prototypes in strategic application areas such as tourism, aging populations, and sustainability. The project also intends to strengthen global knowledge networks and partnerships with prestigious universities in Europe, such as Carnegie Mellon University, to better integrate M-ITI with the European Research Area (ERA) and increase participation in Horizon 2020 programmes.


01/01/2018 - 25/09/2023

Funding scheme

European Commission

Project reference

Grant Agreement ID: 621413



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HCI Subfields

Knowledge transfer