Kickoff, CoT project
logo_worthplay Worthplay
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Athletic Stadium 3D visualization of Bilbao Athletic Club Stadium
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metis2 Metis: Meeting teachers co-design needs by means of Integrated Learning Environments
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Intelligent graph generation tool produced through a collaboration between Bestiario & GTI Bestiario and GTI collaboration produces a tool for intelligent graph generation
Collaborative composition of non-linear interactive storytelling
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bwr The Game Barcelona World Race

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 28th and 29th of September 2015 at UPF premises.

All collaborating members representing the three universities participated in the event. Pierre-Antoine Ullmo from PAU Education was invited for a speech where he discussed on “MOOCs are dead, long live MOOCs” followed by future concerns related to MOOCs.

Guest speakers Miquel Duran and Silvia Simon from University of Girona, shared their experiences on low-cost MOOCs as part of their Moocs4All project. Further, project participants from the three universities presented their research work and experiences. Finally the meeting ended with a brainstorming session where participants shared their initiatives aligned with RESET project objectives and future work to be followed.


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. ICIP is one of the major forums for computer vision, attended by around 1000 researchers from around the world.

Alun’s paper focused on the combined visualisation of multi-modal data, such as 3D point clouds and 2D video, within a web browser application, and is a result of the GTI’s research into European FP7 project, IMPART.

3D point clouds webgl

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“.

Congratulations to Susan, and her supervisors, Dr. Sergio Sayago from Universitat de Lleida and Dr. Josep Blat from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. And thanks to the three members of the examination board, Dra. Mireia Fernández-Ardévol from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Dr. Chee Siang Ang from University of Kent (UK) and Dra. Paula Forbes from University of Abertay (Dundee) who sparked an interesting discussion.

Thesis Abstract:

“Within Human-Computer Interaction, older people (60+) are often characterized as a heterogeneous group of consumers of digital content that use ICTs in a limited way due to age-related changes in functional abilities. By drawing on an ethnographical study of ICTs use by approximately 220 older people over a 5-year period in Spain and on two rapid ethnographical studies, in Denmark and Brazil, with around 180, this dissertation presents an alternative view of ICTs use by older people. The results portray older people as creative digital content creators, provide qualitative evidence of how the process of using ICTs have a positive impact on their perceived well-being and argue that their ICTs use is not so heterogeneous as one might think. This dissertation also suggests that fostering the digital inclusion of older people in developing countries such as Brazil rests upon going beyond providing them with physical / technological infrastructures.”

Wearables for free-play

Wearable Computer Magazine


“Beeping Socks and Chirping Arm Bands: Wearables That Foster Free Play”, by Andrea Rosales, Sergio Sayago, (both PhD from UPF, the former currently with IN3-UOC, the latter tenure track at Universitat de Lleida), and Josep Blat (CS professor at UPF), has just appeared in the June issue of the Computer magazine of the prestigious IEEE Society. Computer is between a trade magazine and a research journal, and “provides information regarding current research developments, trends, best practices, and changes in the computing profession”.
The cover feature of the June issue is “Wearable Computing: the new dress code” and the paper presents the playful side of wearable computers. The authors describe how four qualities of wearables—individuality, natural interaction, ubiquity, and intimacy— can foster rich and diverse free play, which is key to learning in young children. The authors study three accessories worn on the feet, wrist, and waist, and explore how their findings can help support wearables future design.

The paper derives from A. Rosales’ PhD (co-supervised by S. Sayago and J. Blat), and part of the free-play experiments took place in Ars Electronica, Mini-Música, and other festivals.

Ref: Rosales, A., Sayago, S., Blat, J.: Beeping Socks and Chirping Arm Bands: Wearables That Foster Free Play, IEEE Computer 48(6), 41 – 48, 2015 (June).

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YoWay: a location-based interactive storytelling experience


On the 25th – 26th of Abril the GTI participated in the 9th edition of NOVUM – the Festival of Science, Technology and Innovation of Barcelona. The event, which this year took place in the renewed Plaça de Les Glories, aims at bringing the general public closer to the science and research world. The event was attended by over 1000 visitors, especially families with children.

The GTI participated within the tent of BCNLab and conducted a pilot experiment with YoWay, a mobile-based game concept that mixes augmented spaces, interactive narrative, literature and urban sports. It features a series of interrelated missions by way of intrigue and mystery stories. The user resolves the mysteries by walking and listening to story fragments, and following clues that the story reveals to decide what new place to visit. For the occasion, our colleagues Quim Colas and Alan Tapscott, created a collection of three stories in which the player is transported to the Plaça de les Glòries in Barcelona in 1919 with the aim of solving a crime, as a thriller, while discovering the history of the area.

Among all the participants we drawn 10 entrances for the MIBA (Museu d’idees i invents de Barcelona).

YoWay has been developed by GTI in collaboration with Alquimia.