Max Willis, MFA, PhD

contact: max dot willis at iti dot larsys dot pt

I am an art, technology and design researcher, member of the Associate Laboratory of Robotics and Engineering Systems (LARSyS) in the OCEAN thematic area. I concluded my first Postdoctoral Researcher position in Madeira, Portugal, not long ago with the project REDEMA, Redesigning Madeira: Using Speculative Design to Re-Think Energy Policy and Consumer Behavior. I earned my Masters of Fine Arts MFA degree at City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media, and my Doctorate in Information and Communications Technology from the University of Trento, Italy sponsored by TIM Semantics and Knowledge Innovation Lab. My current interests and practices stem from a unique trajectory, first teaching and curriculum development for undergraduate and graduate Interaction Design studies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of design, to exploring Co-creation and Participatory Design, Critical and Speculative Design, and game and play methodologies. Having grown up on the island of Okinawa in the South China Sea, I have been life-long fascinated, captivated and inspired by all things islands, and island life. My design and research interests thrived in the island environment of Madeira, I’m nonetheless looking to share and exchange across the seas!

Greta Adamo, PhD

contact: greta dot adamo at iti dot larsys dot pt


I am an Italian ontologist and philosopher working as semantic consultant at BC3 – Basque Centre for Climate Change in the research line 5. “Integrated Modelling of Coupled Human-Natural Systems”.

I have a BA in Philosophy and MA in Philosophical Methodologies from University of Genoa (IT), I received my PhD in 2020 in Computer Science and Systems Engineering, from DIBRIS, University of Genoa (IT) and Fondazione Bruno Kessler (IT) working with the Process and Data Intelligence research unit. My PhD mainly focused on an ontological analysis of business process modelling. Following the PhD I have specialised in sustainability research beginning with a postdoc at ITI/LARSyS in Madeira island (PT) with the project REDEMA, “Redesigning Madeira: Using Speculative Design to Re-Think Energy Policy and Consumer Behavior” where we explored the role of (low-cost) technology for environmental monitoring.

My research interests are ontological analysis, conceptual representation and integration of key concepts associated with social-environmental sustainability and climate change. I have published through Artificial Intelligence, Information Systems and Business Process Management conferences, such as AI*IA, CAiSE, RCIS and BPM, and international journals in the computer science field, such as Information Systems and Software and Systems Modeling, and future-based venue, such as in the Journal of Futures Studies.