My research was funded by national and international agencies, including the Portuguese National Foundation and the European FP7 and Horizon 2020 programs. Due to my management duties many of research projects are targeting institutional development, including the establishment of joint research labs in Madeira with Zon Multimedia (the 2nd largest telecom operator in Portugal) and Logica (currently CGI one of the largest multinational IT consulting firms) and the first ERAChair grant from the Horizon 2020 Widening program for Portugal.

Some of the key past research projects include SINAIS (PI with Anind Dey from CMU) and Affidavit (with David Garlan from CMU) all funded by the Portuguese National Science Foundation under the Carnegie Mellon Portugal international partnership and more recently FeedBot (PI Manuel Marques from ISR / LARSYS) and Manuela Veloso from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ongoing Projects

Horizon 2020 MEMEX

MEMories and EXperiences for inclusive digital storytelling. MEMEX promotes social cohesion through collaborative, heritage-related tools that provide inclusive access to tangible and intangible cultural heritage and, at the same time, facilitate encounters, discussions and interactions between communities at risk of social exclusion. These tools will empower communities of people with the possibility of welding together their fragmented experiences and memories into compelling and geolocalised storylines using new personalized digital content linked with pre-existent European Cultural Heritage (ECH).


The goals of the INTERAGUA (Interactive Aquatic User Interfaces for Sensing and Visualizing Atlantic Marine Megafauna) project are: (i) Providing low-cost, low-weight, near real-time, long-term, long-range, non-invasive, modular, geolocation tag (TAG) and water surface buoyant station (CAPSULE) for sensing and distributing the data collected from the marine megafauna; (ii) Developing interactive interfaces for portraying the obtained data to the wider audience for citizen science activities; (iii) Conducting three pilot studies on marine megafauna in three diverse Atlantic regions (Cabo Verde, Madeira and Azores). .


REaL tIme dAshboard on BuiLdings occupants risk during extreme weather Events. RELIABLE aims at developing a public geographic dashboard with real time information and high spatial resolution on the buildings occupants’ health risk during extreme weather events (EWE) - heat and cold waves. This dashboard will extend the current surveillance capabilities in two dimensions: i) improving the current forecasting models for risk by integrating new sources of public data using machine learning algorithms; ii) increasing the spatial and time resolution of the warnings, if possible to the statistical subsection level (BGRI). A first prototype will be tested for calibration and validation purposes, in the municipality of Montalegre, a municipality with aging population, extreme hot and cold weather, but where the local agencies have been very active in developing adaptation strategies to climate change. The model will then be extended to the whole Portugal.


Location-based Augmented Reality Gadgets and Environment-friendly Sightseeing of Cultural Attractions for Locals and Excursionists (with Valentina Nisi and Marko Radeta), LARGESCALE is a multidisciplinary project primarily motivated to intersect two areas of prior studies and measure: (a) tourist and travel mobility using sensor based data; (b) affective analysis of playful and learning experiences. Collected data inquiries will be used to: (1) observe, predict and impact tourist’s mobility patterns; (2) create novel tourism products as interactive experiences, Location-based Augmented Reality Gadgets (LARGs) and touristic routes; and (3) promote local crafts as tourism products of Madeira and Lisbon regions.

FCT Redema Project

Redesigning Madeira: Using Speculative Design to Re-Think Energy Policy and Consumer Behavior (with James Auger and Julian Hanna), Taking advantage of the unique context provided by Madeira, this project uses a speculative design approach to explore new energy infrastructure and interaction scenarios with the aim of moving beyond the limitations of smart grid initiatives. Speculative design can facilitate a re-scripting of rules and constraints that determine energy policy and behavior. For example, the radial grid system that is dominant across Europe dictates everything energy-related in highly complex ways: from the development of renewable energy generation methods to the design and function of electrical products. By thinking beyond the limits of established infrastructure this project will transform Madeira into a living laboratory for multi-scale energy experiments. Madeira’s landscape and resources afford numerous opportunities for the creation of bespoke generation and storage schemes and new product interactions, with the goal of facilitating a more holistic and sustainable relationship with energy.

CMU Portugal - FeedBot

FeedBot – A symbiotic autonomous robot for meal assistance to motion-impaired people (with Manuel Marques and Manuela Veloso). FeedBot proposes to research and develop a fully autonomous mobile arm capable of feeding people with disabilities, as tasked by a vision system. We propose that our FeedBot will learn and adapt to each individual. With its autonomy and learning, we foresee that FeedBot will have a great impact in the quality of life of people with a wide range of motion-related disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, or stroke.

SMILE Horizon 2020 Project

The SMILE project aims to demonstrate, system-wide in real-life operational conditions, a set of both technological and non-technological solutions adapted to local circumstances targeting the distribution grid to enable demand response, smart grid functionalities, storage and energy system integration with the objective of paving the way for their introduction in the market in the near future.

Civitas Destinations Horizon 2020 Project

The approach by CIVITAS DESTINATIONS will combine research activities with targeted demonstration activities and ambitious dissemination actions. This approach entails that a number of innovative measures are developed, tested and implemented by each partner city.

Past Projects

ERAChair Project

The goal of the LeapFrog project is to expand the research and innovation potential of the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) 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 specialization strategy of Madeira.