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PhD Proposal Evaluation (CAT) - Diana Mendes - 16th September at 4pm

by Mónica Cameirão -

Dear All,

This Friday, 16th of September at 4pm, we will have the public presentation of Diana Mendes’ PhD proposal (CAT) titled “Virtual Reality to Promote Adaptation to Psychological Responses after Early Pregnancy Loss”.

The session will take place at room 2.109 at UMa and via Zoom (https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/94524360949).
You are all welcome to attend!

Abstract
An Early Pregnancy Loss, here described as the demise and expulsion of a baby/fetus at or before the 20th week of gestation, is a very frequent event that can have a strong impact on a couple, and particularly a woman. Some women who suffer this type of loss have difficulties processing their grief, which has been linked to the development of complicated grief, anxiety, depression, and/or even posttraumatic stress disorder. Despite many studies that corroborate the development of complicated responses after an early pregnancy loss, not much attention has been given to it, especially in Portugal, lacking both extensive studies to characterize this population in the country, and clear guidelines or standardized tools to prevent or reduce the risk of developing mental illness. Therefore, the first phase of this project is devoted to characterizing the population of women in Portugal who has gone through early pregnancy loss in terms of the presence of psychological morbidity and the influence of contextual factors. Following this study, we are aiming at developing a technology-based preventive tool that helps reduce the risk of psychological morbidity in this population. A literature review has suggested that technology-based treatments have shown to be as effective as standard face-to-face treatments. Immersive virtual reality in particular has shown to be an ideal tool for the application of protocols based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy, which are amongst the most successful in treating complicated grief, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Further, the use of virtual human agents in these tools and casual video games has shown to increase adherence, engagement, and their efficacy.
It is our objective to develop a preventive tool in an immersive VR environment for deployment in head-mounted displays, that incorporates restorative environments, virtual human agents, and casual video gaming to deliver a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy-based psychoeducational experience. This tool is to be tested for usability, and its efficacy will be evaluated through a Randomized Controlled Trial. We expect our work to help reduce possible symptomatology of clinical perinatal grief, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress in this population, and that it shows positive effects up to three months after intervention.

Regards,
Mónica Cameirão

Convite: Madeira International Workshop in Machine Learning: Dia das Empresas e Feira de Emprego

by Morgado Dias -

O Madeira International Workshop in Machine Learning está de volta!

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Tal como na sua primeira edição, este workshop foi desenhado de modo que os participantes possam, ao longo de uma semana, aprender e aplicar, através de sessões teóricas e práticas, conceitos básicos de Machine Learning. O registo para workshop é feito no sítio da Internet mml.iknowd.org, tendo os estudantes acesso a um desconto de 50%.

O evento, que irá decorrer nas manhãs dos dias 18, 19, 21 e 22 de julho no Madeira Tecnopolo, tem uma duração total de 16 horas, e é aberto a qualquer interessado. Os participantes deverão possuir, contudo, um conhecimento básico de programação (preferencialmente em Python).

Nesta edição, o dia 20 de julho foi reservado para uma feira tecnológica de empresas. Nesta feira, as empresas irão partilhar as suas experiências nas várias áreas tecnológicas e contactar diretamente com alunos e profissionais das áreas da informática, existindo uma feira de emprego para todos os interessados em novas experiências profissionais. Em paralelo, irá decorrer um conjunto de palestras de oradores nacionais e internacionais das empresas Google, Cloudfare, ASSECO PST e WalkMe Mobile Solutions. Este dia é aberto, de forma gratuita, ao público em geral e convidamos todas as pessoas com interesse por Tecnologia a participarem, no piso -1 do Madeira Tecnopolo, das 16:00 às 22:00.

Este evento é organizado pela IKnowD, com a coorganização da Universidade da Madeira e do Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI/LARSyS), e conta ainda com o apoio institucional da ARDITI e da Startup Madeira.

Todas as informações relativas ao evento estão disponíveis no sítio da Internet mml.iknowd.org.

Concurso para bolsa no âmbito do projeto SAFE: Safe Football entrance

by Karolina Baras -

Caros alunos,

Encontra-se aberto o concurso para uma bolsa no âmbito do projeto SAFE: Safe Football Entrance.

Mais detalhes poderão ser vistos aqui: https://www.arditi.pt/concursos-arquive/bolsa-de-investigacao-bi-ref-arditi-safe-rh-003.html

  • Data limite para candidaturas: 15 de junho
  • Início de bolsa: 1 de julho
  • Duração: 12 meses

Para esclarecer dúvidas que tenham, por favor não hesitem em contactar qualquer um dos docentes envolvidos.

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