Emerging from the Carnegie Mellon International Partnership, the Interactive Technologies Institute is a research institution dedicated to advancing digital technology and its applications across various fields.

Their commitment to interdisciplinary research has facilitated the creation of robust partnerships with leading academic institutions, industry, and government agencies worldwide. Moreover, the institute’s educational programs have played a crucial role in training the next generation of researchers, equipping them to address the challenges of a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Bringing together faculty members from Instituto Superior Técnico, Faculty of Fine Arts, and Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon and the University of Madeira, their labs are situated in the Creative Hub of Beato (in Lisbon) and at the Centro Cultural de Investigação do Funchal (in Funchal).

Role under the Project

The Interactive Technologies Institute will coordinate the Portuguese demonstrator, focused on studying DC’s role in the electrification of Ports worldwide. To this end, the Portuguese demonstrator aims to create a Digital Twin of the port of Funchal and its daily operations. This Digital Twin will be the base for demonstrating four use cases: 1) DC Port Energy Storage Systems, 2) DC Port – Grid Coordination, 3) DC Port as a Microgrid, and 4) Ports as DC Energy Hubs.

The Interactive Technologies Institute is also responsible for Task 1.6 (users’ adoption and perception of the technology), in which the main objective is to understand the perspective of end-users both in B2C and B2B applications. Based on demonstration results and engagement activities, the preliminary models built on user research will be adjusted during the project.