Students and PostDocs


Interdisciplinary research,
education and capacity building


Horácio Tomé Marques

U.Porto

PhD Student, Digital Media

 

• Researcher / Student, pursuing the PhD in Digital Media – PDMD, University of Porto, Portugal | UT Austin, Texas, USA; • Teacher at College of Music, Image Arts and Performing Arts (ESMAE); • Designer - graphic and communication, creative and art director; • Musician - guitar, fingerstyle; • Visual Artist.

PhD thesis: "Music, Reason and/or Emotion - Understanding and exploring through BCI (Brain Computer Interface) the duality/unity of determinant constituents of human behavior and condition — or the brain potentials generated by the dynamics between music, reasoning and emotions in the context of performative arts practice".

A practice based research that follows a dual framework:
- an empirical scientific approach where with the help of colleagues from neurosciences I am researching on brain-waves, synchronization, phase-lock, oscillators, harmonic oscillators, oscillations, driven oscillations, driven synchronization, resonance, synergy potentiation;
- an artistic approach where my concerns and artworks (e.g., live
visuals) are anchored in the empirical processes of decoding the dynamics of the potentials occurring in the brain in ecological performative arts contexts.

His interests are:
- human potentials and human development;
- bio electrical human potentials —specially brain— generated in various contexts and various art practices;
- music, drawing, painting, dance, theatre;
- acoustics, psycho-acoustics, sound synthesis, sound decoding;
- study & play: traditions, new-directions (written and improvised) ; ear & study: classical, jazz;
- 3D and 2D digital image synthesis, virtual and immersive audio visual environments, multimedia technologies.
- impact of digital media and computer technologies in humans;
- relationships and interactions between humans and machines;

 

horacioarts.com

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Hassan Najafi Alishah

IST

PhD student, Mathematics

 

Mathematical Interests: Differential Geometry, Symplectic & Poisson Geometry and their applications especially on Hamiltonian Systems. Lie Gruopoid and Lie Algebroids.

 

Departamento de Matemática
Instituto Superior Técnico
Av. Rovisco Pais
1049-001 LISBOA
Portugal

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André Almeida

U.Porto

PhD student, Digital Media

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto

Researcher, CETAC.media

 

André Valentim Pires de Almeida, Master degree in Information Management (University of Aveiro), PgDip in Health Informatics (UCL, UK) and degree in New Communication Technologies (University of Aveiro, having spent one semester in Erasmus at the University of Salford, UK).

Andre is currently pursuing his PhD on Interactive Documentary where he will research state of the art trends and outline best practices on how to produce an Interactive Documentary. The research will be practice-based since he will develop a prototype in order to test his findings.

 

Praça Coronel Pacheco, 8
4050-453 Porto
PORTUGAL
+351 223 393 660

Homepage: http://www.icicom.up.pt/~ava

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David Alves

U.Coimbra

PhD student, Advanced Computing

 

He received the MsC degree in Informatics Engineering from the University of Coimbra in 2007, devoting special attention to distributed systems and systems integration. Meanwhile he was working at Critical Software S.A., where he stayed for 2.5 years, and where he acquired solid computer programming skills manly in the areas of J2EE business applications, search engine development and distributed, highly available, computing and storage. While the interest in the parallel computing paradigm emerged while he was doing his BsC the professional projects that ensued provided both the background and the motivation to pursue the field of Advanced Computing.

 

CISUC (Center for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra)

Department of Informatics Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra - Polo II

Universidade de Coimbra,

3030-290 Coimbra

Portugal.

Phone: +351 96 2381560

Personal page

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Vítor Badalinho

FCSH/UNL

PhD student, Digital Media

 

Assistant Professor at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Senior Web/System Architecture/Database Developer at Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia

Vítor Badalinho has a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences. His interest in Digital Media has grown in parallel to its own evolution and development as a global field of studies, particularly in the practice of communication design and database architecture. He took part in several projects studying the availability of Internet services related to the process of global digitization since in the mid nineties.

Through academic research and teaching as a lecturer in multimedia related subjects, he worked in several approaches of digital contents as a live, searchable and socially constructed system, exploring the relationships between the virtual data-bodies and their impact on physical materiality, as well as the innovative strategies and technologies that push the medium to the production of a new knowledge and daily practices, to an array of multiple purposes and applications.

Current studies are driven in the emerging area of augmented reality and its multidisciplinary approaches, in particular in the use of mobile systems provided by built-in GPS and accelerometer/magnetometer devices, creating a augmented reality effect where the user may interact with virtual layers or even modify them. His interest in this area is highly focused in the field of advertising.

 

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Ana Margarida Barata

Assistant at Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP), researched at the I&D Group, Graphics Interaction and Learning Technologies (GILT)

U.Porto

PhD Student, Digital Media

 

Graduated in Modern Languages and Literature in Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto in 1998, Ana completed her Master in English Culture in the same faculty in 2005. Since 2001 she has been Assistant in the Computer Engineering Department (DEI) at ISEP where besides being responsible for the Technical English and Language skills course units she collaborates in the I&D group GILT, and is part of the direction board of the Multimedia Laboratory (LAMU). At present she is also responsible for the International Relations issues at DEI. Her research area is on interactive audiovisual media, focusing on activist digital art. In 2009 she was granted the UT-Austin|Portugal scholarship in Digital Media.

 

Rua A. Bernardino de Almeida, 431

P-4200-072 Porto Portugal

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João Barbosa

U.Minho

PhD Student, Advanced Computing

 

João is currently researching high-performance computer graphics.

"I focus on heterogeneous and many core platforms for real-time ray tracing. The goal of my research will be to explore and develop efficient scheduling mechanisms for distributed heterogenous platforms for real-time problems, such as ray-tracing and ray casting (volume rendering)."

 

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Pedro Bastos

FCT/FCUP/FEUP

PhD student in facial animation

 

Pedro is a 3D animator passionate about film and videogame production. He is pursuing a PhD in computer graphics facial animation at the Porto Interactive Center. His research is supervised by Prof. Verónica Orvalho and funded by the FCT.

 

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Diogo Cabral

FCT/UNL

PhD student, Digital Media

 

Diogo Cabral achieved his B.Sc. in Computer Science Engineering, at the FCT, UNL. During his B.Sc. studies, he participated in the Erasmus/Socrates Exchange Program, at the Facoltà SMFN, Università di Pisa, Italy, which gave him a full year of experience as international student. In the last years of his graduation, Diogo Cabral became highly interested in multimedia and computer-human interaction fields. The work developed in his diploma project was the background for the mEmLearn project, awarded with the HP Technology Teaching Grant Initiative 2006. The mEmLearn project had the goal to promote the usage of Tablet PCs on education, developing new ways of annotation and interaction with this technology. Diogo Cabral worked 3 years in research projects (the mEmLearn project included) at CITI, FCT, UNL, which led him to pursue a Masters in Computer Science Engineering degree in FCT, UNL. In his Ph.D. work, Diogo Cabral proposes the usage of pen-based technology for the manipulation of digital video, with the aim to improve the digital media human interaction and combine multimedia and human-computer interaction research topics.

 

Centro de Investigação em Informática e Tecnologias da Informação, CITI,
Departamento de Informática, DI,
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, UNL
Quinta da Torre, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal

Phone: +351212948536 ext. 10720

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Sandra Coelho

U.Porto

PhD student, Digital Media

 

With a Degree in Communication Design / Graphic Art, and a Masters in Multimedia Art researching on Generative Art from the Fine Arts Faculty of Porto University, her purpose as a PhD student in Digital Media is to do research on dynamic surfaces that change their physical appearance and texturing when we touch them, to improve our tactile sensations when interacting with tangible media and intensify the physical experience between users and digital systems. Her thesis will be on Haptic Art – biomimetic artificial systems, exploring the intelligent materials, and the emergent sensitive technologies. Having much curiosity by the complexity of the natural systems will be researched ways of reproducing in artificial systems, elements of that complexity, with special emphasis on the experience of the tactile sensation, intensifying the interactivity of the media, and exploring the physical sensation that drives us to the essence of our natural environment. For a future with fewer cold screens and more live surfaces that sense, react, and change their physical state, as a response to our inputs.

 

Faculdade de Engenharia

Universidade do Porto

Porto

Portugal

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João Cruz

U.Porto

PhD Student, Digital Media

Assistant Professor @ LDC FBAUP, MDI/MPTD/MEA FBAUP, MM FEUP/FBAUP/FLUP/FCUP/FEP 

 

Master of Arts in Multimedia Art, FBAUP 2003.
Degree in Communication Design, FBAUP 1994.
Research areas: digital culture, design and database exploration.
PhD Thesis: Exploratory Strategies in Database-related Practices

 

Avenida Rodrigues de Freitas 256
4049-021 Porto, Portugal
http://cruz.at

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Diego Farias

IST

PhD student, Mathematics

 

Diego has a Master's degree in Mathematics on Partial Differential Equations, which is his area of interest.

As a PhD student under the UT Austin | Portugal Program, he is a first year student at Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, under the guidance of the Professor Doctor Diogo Aguiar Gomes.

 

Instituto Superior Técnico

Departamento de Matemática

Lisboa, Portugal

Phone: +351 968 380 502

marcon.mat.ufrgs@gmail.com

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Maria Fernanda Fernandes

UT Austin

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Digital Media

Researcher at FD-CEDIS/UNL

 

PhD in Political Science, Universidade Santiago de Compostela, Spain

DEA Universidade Santiago de Compostela, Spain

BBA Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Fernanda's main interests are in European Political Discourse and Political Communication.

 

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Marta Ferraz

FCT/UNL

PhD student, Digital Media

 

Marta Ferraz is a PhD student at UNL/UT Austin program - International Collaboratory for Emerging Technologies - CoLab. She´s also Creative Director for Atomic Designers company (Human Development and Emerging Technologies). She holds a Masters Degree in Children's Motor Development - Technological Solutions and Energy expenditure on Children, and a Post-Graduate in Exercise and Health.
 
Dissertation title: The Cyborg Child - A cyborg approach to development. 
Main field of research is focused on: Technological and holistic learning systems building and analysis;  Development & analysis of training methodologies in relation to global and fine mobility - bionic interfaces; Manifestations of embodied post-human development; Cognition states performed on alternate realities: physical and virtual; The Cyborg Path - from  XXI century induced neurons to XXII century reactive embodied sensory capability; Post-human collaborations; Symbiotic "Cyborgness" child; Bionic chaotic creations - the environment plus the display frame; Bio-connected sustainability; The wide embodied interlace; Robotic bionic avatars; Augmented bionic games.

 

 

  

 

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Domingos Ferreira

UT Austin

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Digital Media

Professor at FCSH/UNL

 

PhD in Engineering Systems and Production, Universidade do Minho

MBA Universidade do Minho

MBA European University

BBA Universidade do Minho

Domingo's main interests are in Marketing online buyer behaviour, B2b, B2C, B2G, branding.

 

Phone: +351964946797 or +351217908300 (ext. 1516)

domingos.ferreira@fcsh.unl.pt

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Carlos Figueiredo

U.Porto

PhD student, Digital Media

 

Carlos Figueiredo graduated in Physics Engineering, at Coimbra University in 1998. Carlos has a large professional experience on private sector, on different fields of activity, and seven years work as entrepreneur. The main focus of their professional experience has been the innovation and the web business development. Currently, he is a PhD student at University of Porto. His research area is about the construction of new web information flows, in the scope of a new mental paradigm (by the predominance shift from left-to-right hemisphere activity). The focusing of the work lies in the social networks activities, solutions about information in context, social capital sharing and narratives of the thought on digital media. In 2010 Carlos was granted with the UT-Austin | Portugal scholarship in Digital Media.

 

 


Luís Frias

FCSH/UNL

PhD student, Digital Media

 

Education:
- Post Graduate Studies in New Media and Web Technologies, UNL | FCSH (2008-2009)
- Post Graduate Studies in Design Ergonomics for Information Systems, UTL | FMH (2005)
- Post Graduate Studies in Urban Design, CPD | Barcelona University (2003-2004)
- BA in Communication Design, FBAUL (1992-1996)

Professional Experience:
- Graphic Designer, Freelance (1995-2009);
- New Media Product Development Director, WAY Marketing Agency (2007-2008)
- Creative Director, WAY Marketing Agency (2006-2007)
- Assistant Professor, Portalegre Polytechnic School, Design Dept., IPP-ESTG (1999-2006)

Research Abstract:
Interactive Narratives in a Multisensorial Environment - The development of new digital systems and the relative accessibility of digital tools for the design, printing and production of narrative content has led traditional distribution and broadcasted narrative content to a dead end. A new interactive, personalized relationship which developed first between videogames and their audience, and later with PC based game narratives, has profoundly influenced all of the narrative media formats. In order to achieve a fully interactive, multisensory narrative experience, research is necessary in both the conceptual area of collaborative storytelling (which allows the audience to contribute to the script through interaction) and in the physical computer systems and interfaces which can read and produce the final output multi-sensorially.

 

Phone: (+351-91) 996-3602
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Luís Gomes

FCSH/UNL

PhD student, Digital Media

 

Luís Gomes’s experience lies in analysis of consumer-business relationships and in marketing, including five years heading the Marketing Department at Público, one of Portugal’s major newspapers.  His research interests focus on digital advertising, its characterization and permission marketing.

 

Tel. +1 512 9034609; +35193 7501080

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Rui Gonçalves

U.Minho / MAP-i

PhD student, Advanced Computing

 

Rui Gonçalves is a PhD student in the MAP-i joint doctoral program in Computer Science, currently spending six months at UT Austin to attend courses and work with his co-advisor at UT CS, Don Batory.

His PhD thesis in progress is in parallel programming, particularly methodologies that improve modularity and promote the incremental development of parallel applications.

 

http://cs.utexas.edu/~rcg
http://alfa.di.uminho.pt/~rgoncalves
http://rcg-pt.net

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Hugo Machado

U.Porto

PhD student, Digital Media

 

After attending Electronics and Computers at the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto and graduating from Middlesex University in Jazz Composition, Machado completed the Masters in Multimedia in Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto. His academic and professional backgrounds bring together computer science and arts.

In the field of music, Machado composed the theme for the 50 year celebration of "Estádio das Antas" and co-wrote with António Mão-de-Ferro the hymn for the inter-school Handball World Championship to take place in 2010, working with Direcção Regional de Educação do Norte. As a web-developer he worked in the research project DicMil (dicmil.iscap.pt) at the Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração do Porto with Dr. Manuel Moreira da Silva and the Centro de Multimédia e Línguas.

 

Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n

4200-465 Porto

PORTUGAL

Personal homepage

hugodasilva@hotmail.com

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