The Interactive Technologies Institute is a research and innovation center located on the semi-tropical island of Madeira, which acts as an important link in transnational cooperation between Europe, Africa and the Americas.
ITI offers high-quality international graduate programs based on cutting-edge research in the areas of Human Computer Interaction and Digital Creative Media. Our mission is to become an excellence research center in design for global change.
ITI is a small but diverse community. Over the last six years, ITI has hosted students and researchers of more than 40 different nationalities. At ITI, you will meet and work with dedicated and inspiring faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, in a cosmopolitan, dynamic and friendly environment.
ITI will serve as a hub for a global network to ideate, co-create, test, and document new forms of local/global production for global challenges. The goal of these efforts is not just the generation of new understanding of problem solving in an era of cheap information, but also tangible proofs of organisation through the creation of enterprises that embody and engage in that problem solving. Our research will result in human/animal/technical networked systems that are both research platforms and, more importantly, working examples of global coordination and problem solving.
ITI’s research focus is on developing techniques and technologies that:
- Investigate how nature and communities are affected by – and technologies that can empower them to confront – natural, political, and economic global pressures – in particular supporting the transition to reliable, sustainable and competitive energy systems. This will lead to a climate change resilient economy and society and help to explore the opportunities related to aquatic living and marine research and bio-based industries for the blue economy;
- Invent new design techniques to best respond to, or shepherd, complex and interrelated natural, social, and cultural global issues – that could help reposition Europe in a changing world through new ideas, strategies and governance structures that integrate and inspire the younger and more creative generations leveraging Europe’s cultural heritage to build a more inclusive, innovative and reflexive society;
- Develop personal, business, scientific, and civic technological platforms for better understanding and situating actions, choices, and self in a global perspective – enabling the transition towards a green economy and society through eco-innovation and developing comprehensive and sustained global environmental observation and information systems.
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