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UT Austin|Portugal Digital Media Program

Summer Institute 2016 has started!

The Summer Institute has started in Portugal with excellent courses and workshops being held in both Lisbon and Porto. Starting the season in Lisbon, Sharon Strover presented "Research Methods and Digital Media", May 25-27 and this was followed by RB Brenner and Cameron Blake's, "Virtual Reality and the Future of Journalism" at INOVA lab June 6th and 7th. Craig Watkins will be teaching "Remaking the Innovation Economy" from June 27-July 1. At the University of Porto, Heidi Toprac and Paul Topac will be providing a 2 part course on "Business Plan Development for the Videogame Industry." Part I, Entrepreneurial Finance goes from June 20-23 and Part II, Start UP and Greenlighting continues from July 5-8. The season wraps up with various speakers and added workshops at the Open School for Digital Transformation from July 14-16.

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Portuguese Delegation in Austin during January 2016

TIPI had the honor and pleasure of hosting a delegation of invited Portuguese researchers from several universities for a full week of scheduled events during January 22-27, 2016. The goal was to continue to foster and create new research collaborations between UT Austin and Portuguese researchers. Delegates included Nuno Correia, Ruí Rodrigues, António Coelho, Raul Vidal, Sergio Nunes and Manual Damasio.

We started the week with a series of dynamic student presentations and followed this up with numerous exploratory meetings all related to different fields pertinent to digital media. They included:

‚ÄčR.B. Brenner/Virtual Reality
B. Pennycook/New initiatives at the Butler School of Music
J. Bernhardt/Health Communications
B. Korgel/Applied science at the atomic and molecular scale
P. Toprac/Gaming

And culminating with an outstanding conference hosted at the I-School, with Randolph Bias as Master of Ceremonies!

Summer Institute Announced

The 2015 Digital Media Summer Institute began in May! Two classes were  held in Lisbon: Digital Media in Theory and in Culture," taught by UT Austin alumnus Chris Lucas from May 25-June 5, and "Tag You're It: Vernacular Classification of Images, Sound, and Video," led by Sam Burns, a doctoral student in the UT Austin iSchool, from July 6-17. In Porto, Radio-TV-Film professor Kathleen Tyner will teach "Media and Information Literacy in a Digital World" on June 4-5, 8-9, and 11. Paul Toprac, Associate Director of UT's Game Development Program will teach "Game Design and Development" in sessions running from June 11-23, with final projects presented July 1. Course details and application instructions are here.

Portuguese Faculty Attend Conference at UT

Monica Mendes, an alumna of the Digital Media doctoral program, and Nuno Correia, the program's academic director in Lisbon, are attending the Moody College of Communication New Agendas Conference on February 26-28. The annual conference, which features the research of emerging scholars and focuses this year on immersive media, was organized by Sharon Strover. Mendes, who is now a professor at the University of Lisbon, will present some of her dissertation research in a talk titled "Creating Immersive Experiences of Nature Using Networked Surveillance." Correia will serve as a conference discussant. The two will also meet with Digital Media doctoral students who are visiting researchers and enrolled students at UT. A program of the conference is here.

Education, Research, and Building Capacity

One of the major efforts of TIPI in the last several years is the UT | Austin Portugal Program, a major research and educational collaboration between UT Austin and principal universities in Portugal, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Faculty members associated with TIPI have taught courses at partner institutions, served as co-advisors for Portuguese students visiting UT, and engaged in major research projects with colleagues in Portugal. Students working with TIPI have had the opportunity to participate in these projects, assisting with the collection and analysis of data. The UT Austin | Portugal Digital Media Program was established in 2007 to build capacity in Portugal for emerging digital media industries. Three areas are at its core: research, education, and building capacity. In addition to several successful multi-year research projects, three permanent educational programs resulted from the collaboration: an MA program at the University of Porto and PhD programs at U.Porto and the new University of Lisbon. Faculty members and students associated with TIPI have also been involved in numerous capacity-building annual events and educational programs in Portugal, including the Gary Chapman International School on Digital Transformation and the Summer Institute. The UTA-P program has periodically collected material on its numerous activities in annual reports, available below.