M-ITI and ARDITI have Seven Horizon 2020 Projects Approved

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) researchers, in collaboration with the Associação Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação Tecnologia e Inovação (ARDITI), have just been awarded funding from the Horizon 2020 program, for a project aimed at promoting Critical Civic Information in Europe.

In all, between M-ITI and ARDITI, seven Horizon 2020 projects have already been funded directly by the European Union. The total budget for projects is over € 30 million euros, of which € 3.8 million euros are now managed by the two institutions in Madeira.

The awarded project focuses on the research of low cost community communication platforms, so-called civic media, that have received competitive funding for the deployment of a low-power radio network in Ireland, Romania and Portugal, with particularly in rural areas. In Madeira and mainland Portugal, this type of innovation, once implemented within the communities, could represent a better alternative for immediate communications in the event of emergencies and catastrophes, such as the fires of this summer.

The M-ITI was created in 2010 by the University of Madeira, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Madeira Tecnopólo, and results from the success achieved within the dual degree professional Master program in Human-Computer Interaction, in the scope of the CMU Portugal Program. This partnership has already generated more than € 10 million euros in research projects in collaboration with industry, in particular through attracting foreign investment, including the first chair of the European Research Area (ERAChair).

Read the Portuguese article at Diário de Notícias Madeira Online (September 13, 2017)