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Critical Technical Practice Laboratory

Critical Technical Practice is the creation of new technologies inspired by thought and analysis from the arts, social sciences, and humanities.
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Our Team

The research mission of M-ITI is to expand understanding of human experience and interactive technologies through basic and applied research that is innovative and responsive to manifest real-world needs using multi-disciplinary collaboration drawing on varied perspectives.

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Christopher CsikszentmihályiERAChair

Defines himself as an artist, designer, technologist and dude. He is known for inspiring and developing political technologies that re-balance power between citizens, corporations, and governments. Recently he started the Rootio project in collaboration with UNICEF a sociotechnical platform for community radio that will work to make community radio networked, interactive, and scalable but still  inexpensive, while maintaining roots in  small, linguistically diverse communities.

 

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Victor Azevedo – Research Assistant

Has a background in Electronics Engineering with a love for CAD and CAM. Started the project Probot with the supervision of Chris Csikszentmihályi and then develop skills in 3D software like Autodesk Fusion 360 and Autodesk Inventor. Became CTP lab manager, responsible for safety, organization, teaching and coordinating all the activities. Gives support to all researches, students and general users to achieve the best results for their projects.

 

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Vitor Aguiar  Research Assistant

Joinned M-ITI to work in the project called Probot as a summer project and it’s the main developer since then. The ProBot project is one of many’s being developed on M-ITI Erachair , which has the objective of looking at new ways to examine and communicate the potential of emerging technologies in areas such as robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology and informatics, as well as their impacts in key areas of contemporary life, in particular aging populations, sustainability and digital culture.

 

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Sara Tranquada – Phd candidate

Enrolled at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon under the partnership between the University of Porto (UP), the New University of Lisbon (NOVA) and the University of Texas in Austin (UT Austin) with the topic : “Women in Technical Fields”.

 

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Luis Jesus – Former Laboratory assistant

Member of M-ITI since February of 2017, enrolled the lab as intern from a professional school and develop his skills in CNC machining. His background is 3D CAD, CAM and mainly metalworking with CNC’s and lathes. Capable of working with all the machines in the CTP lab, also have the responsibility to give support in all activities developed by the CTP lab team.

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Michelle Kasprzak – PhD Candidate

Michelle Kasprzak is a curator and artist pursuing her doctorate on an ARDITI studentship at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto and Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, supervised by Chris Csíkszentmihályi. Her doctoral work focuses on artistic methodologies which support social innovation and digital inclusion. Her latest peer-reviewed papers were published in the proceedings of STS Italia and the Disegno Journal of Design Culture.

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Jude Mukundane – PhD Candidate

Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Networked Interactive Cyber-physical Systems (NETSys) that is run by Instituto Superior Técnico (Universidade de Lisboa) and Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute.

My focus is on efficient and sustainable communication technologies for communities that are distanced – geographically, economically, politically, socially and technologically. While these communities have access to these technologies, it is limited and expensive.