M-ITI Researchers Receive Best Paper Award at EICS’ 2013



Three researchers from the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), a not-for-profit innovation institution launched in the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, received a best paper award at the scientific conference “Engineering Interactive Computing Systems” (EICS’ 2013). The paper entitled "Improving Software Effort Estimation with Human-Centric Models: a comparison of UCP and iUCP accuracy" make a significant contribution to the Human-Computer Interaction body of knowledge, allowing companies to more accurately estimate project costs in software engineering early in the development lifecycle.


The paper co-authored by Rui Alves and Pedro Valente, doctoral students at the Universidade da Madeira (UMa), and Nuno Nunes, researcher at UMa and president of the M-ITI, presents a study of several projects developed at the CGI Logica (an industry partner of the CMU Portugal Program). In this study, the authors were able to extrapolate effort estimates that confirm the benefits of using human-centric models to enhance software development, in particular for long lasting challenges such as generating accurate project estimates very early in the development of the project.

This research was supervised by the president of M-ITI and scientific director of the CMU Portugal Program, Nuno Nunes, and developed in collaboration with the CGI/Logica Service Design Lab, a research initiative carried out as part of the CMU Portugal Program.

Held in London between June 24 and 27, 2013, EICS’ 2013 is one of the main conferences in the area of Human-Computer Interaction. This event provides a forum to address engineering issues related to the development of software and interactive systems, such as multi-touch devices, applications for entertainment and critical systems (medical, air traffic control).

M-ITI was created by the Universidade da Madeira, the Madeira Tecnopolo and by Carnegie Mellon University, as an honorary partner. Its aim is to provide a home for the various collaborations between these partners, in both research and education.

July 2013