GTI in FutureLearn Partners Conference


FutureLearn , a prominent Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider, held its partners conference at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona on 11 and 12 April where over 20 existing and potential partners met and shared their experiences. Members from GTI Learning also participated in the event and Davinia Hernandez-Leo participated in a panel discussion on “How […]

Kickoff, CoT project

Our new research project “CoT” has just started! The project has received funding from RecerCaixa (see related RecerCaixa press). The kickoff meeting, with the members of the research team, was held yesterday at the Campus de Poblenou UPF (29/2/2016). The project will last until February 2019 (three years). Website will be ready soon and we […]

WE3D project approaching half-way point

The WE3D (3D Web Editor) project, under development by the GTI (Grup de Tecnologies Interactives) of the UPF and the company MMC (Mobile Media Content,, has received funding from CDTI (Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial,, ref: IDI-20150508, for two years starting on 1st May 2015. Purchasing new machinery supplies may involve a […]

A new pilot project funded by the ACT network

Emotional experience

Older people’s emotional interactive experiences through a citizen science lens

Jonathan Chacon is a Doctor now!

The GTI member Jonathan Chacon defended his PhD Thesis yesterday, 2nd of February. His thesis title  was “Community platform management mechanisms to support integrated Learning Design”. Congratulations to Jon!

MiríadaX MOOC platform data analysis


  MiríadaX is the main Spanish MOOC provider, promoted by Telefónica, Universia and Banco Santander. MiríadaX offers MOOCs since 2013, most of them in Spanish, and few in Portuguese and English. In the context of the Cátedra Telefónica-UPF, we have analyzed MiríadaX platform data till the end of 2014, including data form 144 courses and […]

Ricardo Marques’ Book is Finally Published


The book “Efficient Quadrature Rules for Illumination Integrals“, co-autored by Ricardo Marques is finally published. It is a part of the series of Synthesis Lectures on Computer Graphics and Animation, from Morgan & Claypool Publishers. Available on Amazon or directly on the site of M&C publishers.  

KRISTINA Project – Initial Avatar Design


The GTI group has been working in Project Kristina, a task that involves real-time interaction of a relational agent with older adults. Recently, at a project meeting in Ulm, the design of an avatar that can be used for initial testings was presented.

Has research on collaborative learning technologies addressed massiveness?


The paper, “Has research on collaborative learning technologies addressed massiveness? : A Literature Review” by Kalpani Manathunga and Davinia Hernandez-Leo has been published in the Journal of Educational technology & Society (Q2, 5 year IF = 1.376). This journal article is a part from initial work of Kalpani’s PhD dissertation and this survey looks into […]

RESET Project kick-off Meeting: A collaboration among UC3M, UVA and UPF


RESET, a Spanish National project aimed to reformulate scalable educational ecosystems offering technological innovations, is a collaboration among three universities; Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad de Valladolid and Universitat Pompeu Fabra spanning from 2015 to 2017. The project kick-off meeting, organized by a member of UPF – GTI, Davinia Hernandez-Leo, was successfully held on […]

IEEE International Conference on Image Processing


GTI researcher Dr. Alun Evans has just presented a full paper, entitled Combined 2D and 3D Visualisation of On-set Big Media Data, at the 2015 edition of IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), in Quebec City, Canada.

Susan Möller Ferreira is now a Doctor!

FerreiraSM PhD Defense

The GTI member Susan Möller Ferreira defended successfully her PhD Thesis on September 4th, 2015. The dissertation, entitled “An alternative view of ICTs use by older people in Human-Computer Interaction. Similarities, digital content creation and perceived well-being”, obtained the grade of “Excellent Cum Laude”.

Wearables for free-play

Wearable Computer Magazine

New article published in IEEE Computer

YoWay: a location-based interactive storytelling experience


presented at 9th edition of NOVUM 2015 – Festival of Science, Technology and Innovation of Barcelona

Urban ageing: accepted for publication in ACM C&T 2015

urban ageing - smart cities for older people

Our full paper “Urban ageing: technology, agency and community in smarter cities for older people” has been accepted for publication in ACM C&T 2015, the 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies which will take place in Limerick (Ireland) from the 27th to the 30th of June 2015 ( The paper elaborates on the concept […]

Human-Computer Interaction and the older population in 2025, Special track in Interacción 2015


7-9 September 2015, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain

JP Carrascal is now a doctor!


The GTI member Juan Pablo (JP) Carrascal defended his PhD Thesis last Monday, January 26th, with the title “Aspects of personal information valuation in web browsing and mobile communication”. Congratulations to JP, and his thesis advisors Dr. Rodrigo de Oliveira from Google and Dr. Josep Blat from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. And thanks to the three members […]

GTI at TEDxBarcelonaED


Yesterday there was a TEDx event around Education in Barcelona (#TEDxBarcelonaED). The participation was outstanding, with 300 participating physically in the auditorium of Torre Telefónica and over 2000 people following via streaming. The talks were very varied: from values, to technology, to life experiences. A selection of the public also presented their education-related initiatives. Davinia […]

The BWR Game in 3D on iPhone6 and iPad3


25,000 players were registered to play by day 20, the majority logging in to play every day … 80% of their activity time is played through the mobile app … a new improved version of iOS App has been released, enabling the real-time 3D view of the virtual boat …

METIS Event “Design for Learning: new tools for educators”


The Open Event was organised by Davinia Hernández-Leo, member of the GTI, as part of the METIS project in collaboration with Cibernàrium – Ajuntament de Barcelona last week (11th, 12th December) on “Design for Learning: new tools for educators” was a success!!! The event was addressed to teachers from any educational sector and other stakeholders (academic managers, etc.) interested in learning […]

An analysis of visitors’ behavior in The Louvre Museum: a study using Bluetooth data


The paper “An analysis of visitors’ behavior in The Louvre Museum: a study using Bluetooth data”, by Yuji Yoshimura, Stanislav Sobolevsky, Carlo Ratti, Fabien Girardin, Juan Pablo Carrascal, Josep Blat, Roberta Sinatra was published in the Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design journal, one of the journals in the field of urban planning and design with fastest growing […]

Participation in a conference on MOOCs for eSkills

The GTI member Davinia Hernández-Leo has participated today in an expert panel in Helsinki with the title Are MOOCs providing the European workforce with necessary web skills? Experts from educational institutions, multinational companies, MOOC providers and MOOC platforms has discussed the role MOOCs can have to meet the increasing demand for the European workforce, including Web entrepreneurs, […]

11-12 December – Barcelona, “Design for Learning” Open Event


The GTI is organizing, as part of its activities in the METIS project and in collaboration with Cibernàrium - Barcelona Activa, an Open Event that will take place in Barcelona next December (11th and 12th), with the theme “Design for Learning: new tools for educators”. The event is addressed to teachers from any educational sector (with priority for Higher […]

Older people and online video portals in three countries: journal paper accepted


The paper “Towards iTV services for older people: exploring their interactions with online video portals in different cultural backgrounds” by Susan Ferreira, Sergio Sayago and Josep Blat, has been accepted for publication.