Portuguese delegation visits UT Austin

Interdisciplinary research,
education and capacity building

24 Nov 2017

During 3 days, researchers joined meetings to develop future proposals and new research opportunities

A delegation of 8 researchers from Portuguese Universities was selected to visit the University of Texas in Austin to meet faculty members, establish mutual research interests and foster future collaborations. Domains included: Digital games and gamification of the learning process, digital humanities, HCI, health and wellbeing, architecture and spatial planning.

More than 25 meetings took place over 3 days, in October, with the result being a number of ongoing collaborations for research set in motion. The visit also included guided tours to several labs and research facilities, such as the Radio, Television and Film studios at the Moody College of Communication, and the Usability Lab and the Information Lifecycle Lab at the School of Information. 

Delegation members included:

  • Artur Alves- Director Sound and Image Preservation Laboratory (PSI) Specialty: Digital preservation of photography film and video, Derived content and storytelling for mobile platforms on cultural heritage and scientific content. Standards and recommendations for coding formats and metadata in digital preservation.
  • Antonio Coelho – Director, Digital Media Learning Lab (DMLL) Specialty: Digital games Mobile applications, serious games multi-sensor VR.
  • Diamantino Freitas – Director, Laboratory for Inclusion and Multimodality (LIM) Specialty: Dynamics and aesthetics of computer multimedia; Intermodal conversion; Human-computer interaction; Development of serious games for cognitive stimulation for persons with brain, neurological or physical disease with cognitive losses.
  • Helena Lima- Director, Creation Laboratory for Health Literacy (LACLIS) Specialty: Health information and communication, training of professional groups in citizen empowerment.
  • Pedro Neto- Director, Architecture, Art, Image, and Innovation Lab (AAI2Lab) Specialty: Architecture and Spatial Planning, especially at the intersection between Cultural Policy and Public Space; Art and Image.
  • Sergio Nunes – Director, Media Innovation Labs (MIL) Specialty: design and curricular programming, Digital Humanities, online journalism, pop up institutes.
  • Maria Pinto – Director, Competences and New Media applied to the Heritage. Specialty: Development of U.OpenLab prototype, a dynamic and scalable technological platform.
  • Teresa Romão - NOVALINCS - Multimodal Systems Research Group Specialty: Multimodal and natural computer interaction, Tools for healthcare, creative and media industry.