A call is open for one Master student at the Madeira Interactive
Technologies Institute (M-ITI) of the University of Madeira (Funchal,
Portugal), in the contexts of the “AHA: Augmented Human Assistance” project
(CMUP-ERI/HCI/0046/2013) financed by the FCT (Portuguese Foundation for
Science and Technology) under the Carnegie Mellon | Portugal
Entrepreneurial Research Initiative 2013 program (CMU|Pt ERI) under the
The ideal candidate would be a sport science professional, physical
education teacher or a closely related discipline with background in one or
more of the following fields: pedagogical teaching/training experience,
sports performance evaluation and analysis; observational system for
physical performance experience; exercise prescription for healthy
population with special considerations.
Applicants should fulfill the following requirements:
- MSc degree or equivalent in sports science or teaching physical education
and sports or other relevant disciplines for the project;
- Strong oral and written English communication skills, people skills, the
ability to work independently as well as a team member and taking the
initiative and being proactive;
- Willingness to participate and support End—User evaluations with healthy
population with special considerations.
The main task for the accepted candidate will be to conduct research
towards the area of serious games for health. The candidate is expected to
support the development of several based- serious games interventions
programs to promote functional fitness healthy population.
The “AHA: Augmented Human Assistance” project is a novel, integrative and
cross-disciplinar approach by an international consortium of universities
and industry partners that combines innovation and fundamental research in
the areas of human computer interaction, robotics, serious games and
physiological computing. AHA’s goal is to develop a new generation of ICT
based solutions that have the potential to transform healthcare by
optimizing resource allocation, reducing costs, improving diagnoses and
enabling novel therapies, thus increasing quality of life. The project
proposes the development and deployment of a novel Robotic Assistance
Platform designed for:
- Physical (re)training: Using Mixed Reality (MR) technology and serious
games, AHA will develop adaptive MR physical training tools that deliver
online feedback on performance to prevent sedentarism, support active aging
and provide personalized tools for function re-training in motor impaired
- Increasing self-awareness: Monitoring of user state by means of
biosensors, computer vision systems and exercise performance data. User
state will be assessed in a transparent manner and data will be visualized
through friendly user interfaces, and shared with patients, clinicians
- Augmented assistance: The above systems will be integrated on a mobile
robotic platform with indoor navigation capabilities that will interact
through a virtual coach system to assist patients, provide reminders on
tasks, guide patients through exercises, and support them in daily
The AHA project is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the following
- YDreamsRobotics (
- PLUX - wireless biosignals ( http://www.plux.info/)
- Madeira-ITI (
- Instituto Superior Técnico ( http://vislab.isr.ist.utl.pt/)
- Universidade Nova (
- Faculdade de Motricidade Humana ( http://ciper.fmh.ulisboa.pt/)
- Carnegie Mellon University ( http://www.ri.cmu.edu/)
Legislation and regulations
: The scholarships are directed to applicants under the law nº40/2004 of
August 18th (Research Grant Holder Statute) and the current conditions
established on the FCT regulations
: The work will be conducted at Madeira-ITI (Funchal, Portugal) in close
collaboration with AHA Project partners and end users, under the
supervision of Prof. Élvio Rúbio Gouveia, Prof. Sergi Bermúdez i Badia, and
Prof. Mónica S. Cameirão.
: The scholarship will have an expected duration of 9 month, with an
expected start in November 2017.
: The student will receive a stipend of 980€/month, according to the
Portuguese directives from the ministry of science and education
. Voluntary Social Security (SSV) and accidents insurance are included.
The selection process will be based on:
- Motivation letter (10%)
- Curriculum Vitae (30%)
- Previous experience (20%)
- Interview (40%)
Applications should send by email to
with the reference “AHA CALL”:
- Motivation letter in English;
- English Curriculum Vitae;
- Copy of all degree certificates with final scores.
Recommendation letters are facultative but can contribute positively to the
evaluation. Speaking and understanding Portuguese will also be considered
as a plus.
Prof. Dr. Élvio Rúbio Gouveia (President), Prof. Dr. Mónica S. Cameirão,
Prof. Dr. Sergi Bermúdez i Badia.
Notification of results:
The final results will be published through an ordered list by final note
that will be posted in a visible and public place at the Madeira-ITI, being
all candidates notified by email.
Candidacy term and applications form:
The competition will be open over the period of 20-09-2017 and 18-10-2017.