Making Sense of Complex Data through
    Storytelling and Interactive Media



The way we act, both individually and collectively, depends strongly on the way we see the world and how do we make sense of it. The decreasing cost of collecting and storing data is making our world data-centric but sensemaking requires human translation and context. Stories and storytelling always played a central role in this process, before humans could read or write and now with digital media and technologies. They perform a critical function in society, allowing for dialog between people, culture and time.

The Sense and Tell group at M-ITI brings together the opportunities of new sensing technologies with the role of narratives, storytelling and play as ways to learn about ecosystems, how to organize information, how to make sense of it all. Our work is driven by the creative storytelling process through which people share and reflect on life experiences, solve problems, or teach lessons. We use unconventional cutting edge sensing technologies in order to improve our understanding of the world and the environment around us. We leverage digital media and interactive technologies to make sense of data and communicate it impacting a wide variety of audiences.


Sense and Tell group aims to help improve our understanding of the data-centric world we are living in by putting together the pieces that our scientific disciplines have helped to pull apart – from engineering to communication sciences, art and design. We are contemplating complexity as it inspires social innovation.

We are contributing to train a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers from artist, to scientists, designers, gamers and engineers, pushing them to collaborate in inventing new ways to acquire data, but more importantly in making sense of that data and help citizens and communities extract value from it. We believe this is going to be a growingly important skill in the next decades.



LARSyS – Robotics and Systems in Engineering and Science

Associate Laboratory LARSyS: Laboratory for Robotics and Engineering Systems, is founded from 4 institutions, ISR, IN+, M-ITI and MARETEC. LARSyS aims at conducting research and innovation activities in multidisciplinary domains with a clear societal impact.

IST – Instituto Superior Técnico

Instituto Superior Técnico aims to contribute to the development of society, promoting excellence in higher education, in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology by developing Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activities.

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa was founded on the 11th of August 1973, and is the youngest of Lisbon’s three state Universities. Integrated within a framework of expansion and diversification of higher education, the University adopted a new model within the Portuguese system that stressed interdisciplinary approaches, technological developments while, at the same time, safeguarding offerings in traditional academic domains including medicine, sciences and humanities.

FEUP – Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto undertakes activities in the realms of education, research, and innovation at international level. Accordingly, the results of these activities lead to the creation and transmission of knowledge, training of competent and ethical professionals, and future leaders in the area of engineering and similar areas, and also the promotion of wellbeing of our global society.

UMa – Universidade da Madeira

The University pursues scientific research activities, promoting the diffusion and social and economic valorization of knowledge and technological innovation. It guarantees the human education at the highest level, in its cultural, scientific, artistic, technical and professional aspects, conducting academic studies to obtain a degree, a Technical Course and other courses. It seeks to prepare its students for the challenges of global society and lifelong learning by providing them with scientific knowledge, technical competence and transversal training.


CMU – Carnegie Mellon University

A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world’s most renowned educational institutions, and sets its own course. With cutting-edge brain science, path-breaking performances, innovative start-ups, driverless cars, big data, big ambitions, Nobel and Turing prizes, hands-on learning, and a whole lot of robots, CMU doesn’t imagine the future, we create it.

UCL – University College of London

UCL is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 13,000 staff and 38,000 students from 150 different countries. Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men.

UNIBO – Università di Bologna

Mission is to coordinate and manage the provision of information about the University to the press on the basis of guidelines set by the Rector and governing bodies in such a way as to ensure the maximum degree of transparency, clarity and promptness, and to oversee the management of the online UniboMagazine, attending to its positioning in the publishing scenario and its relations with both internal and external information sources.

PoliMi – Politecnico di Milano

Established in 1863, Politecnico di Milano is one of the most outstanding technical universities in Europe, and it is the largest school in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design in Italy. Politecnico di Milano is confirmed the best university in Italy by the latest QS World University Ranking 2017-18. As for the last QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, PoliMi was ranked among the first 10 technical universities in Europe and within the top 50 technical universities in the world. Politecnico di Milano is also proud to be a member of IDEA League and of Alliance4tech, two strategic alliances among leading European universities of Technology, Science and Engineering.