Name of the organization/project in the original language:
Miti - Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute-Associação
Name of the organization/project in English:
Miti - Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
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Please indicate the mandate/goals/activities of your organization/project.:
he Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) is an innovation institute as defined by the statutes of the University of Madeira and established as an associated independent non-profit R&D organization whose founding members are the University of Madeira, Madeira Tecnopolo S. A. and Carnegie Mellon University. M-ITI operates in the interdisciplinary domain of human-computer interaction encapsulating contributions from computer science, psychology and design in order to address and engage in important scientific and technological challenges that are both relevant to society and have significant economic impact.
The research mission of M-ITI is to expand understanding of human experience and interactive technologies through basic and applied research that is innovative and responsive to manifest real-world needs using multi-disciplinary collaboration drawing on varied perspectives.
Our vision is to become an influential and internationally recognized center of excellence for research and education in interactive technologies. We also aim to advance the strategic development of the University and of the region of Madeira through solutions and approaches that have both economic impact and scientific significance. In pursuit of this vision, we strive to build national and international collaborations and partnerships with commerce and industry as well as other research and educational institutions. We seek to develop creative synergies between education and both practical research and exploratory development while remaining firmly anchored in the realizable and the practicable.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?:
M-ITI has been doing R&D incorporating the extensive biodiversity of Madeira which is the temporary and permanent home of hundreds of species (birds, sea mammals and fish) whose migration patterns cover and explore a wide area of the Atlantic ocean. Otu reserachers have been working on building a symbiotic relationship between cyber-physical and ecological systems thus becoming a platform for scientific collaboration and interchange between citizens and researchers interested in biodiversity, climate change, engineering, material science and design. A specific pillar is to develop new forms of citizen science whereby local communities become actively involved in the identification, study, management and dissemination of their immediate environment.
Name of Citizen Science Project:
Mobydick (submitted in MAC1420 call - evaluation ongoing)
Brief description of project:
MobyDick will aim at the following objectives:
● Objective 1 - to establish an innovative Marine Research Infrastructure (MRI) that leverages the extended biodiversity of the Macaronesian Islands to combine animals, humans and vehicles into a unique research platform looking at the challenges of building an effective Internet of Underwater Things (IoUT). A network that would play a vital role in the collection of data as well as geographic information while providing key information on the state of the marine environment (e.g.: levels of pollution, we need more examples here regarding the type of data that we envisage) and in the management of information that is crucial to our understanding of the health as well as the state of biodiversity loss in the Macaronesian region.
● Objective 2 - to develop new forms of citizen science whereby local communities become actively involved in the identification, study, management and dissemination of their immediate environment;
● Objective 3 - to test new ecosystem services that leverage mobile and context-aware applications that support a wide variety of end-users in gaining and providing knowledge about the key species and ecosystems that are essential to the health of Macaronesian coastal shores supporting new forms of economic development such as tourism related activities and services;