On-Going Projects

The CCD already incorporates a state-of-the-art infrastructure that has enabled and continues to provide an unique environment and support facilities for the development of an increasing number of artistic, research, public and business projects and events in its areas of activity.

Project: Sonic Interaction Design (sponsor by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian)

The sonic aspects of interaction design are well studied, but outside academia, sound has been a neglected medium, with creators seldom aware of the extent to which it affects user experience. The project aims to explore both the utilitarian and artistic properties of the sonic medium as an agent for social interaction, coming from a background of science and technology of the arts. In particularly, it focuses on three very different contexts with varying levels of user engagement: the performing arts, medical recovery and classroom learning experience
Expected outcomes: 9 peer-reviewed article, 2 Master thesis, 2 PhD thesis, 2 workshops and 1 masterclass.

Project: The impact on new digital technology in documentary

Historically, documentary makers have been the leading innovators in driving film technology forward in order to overcome filming in difficult situations outside of the studio and to better convey actuality to the audience (McLane, Betsy A. A New History of Documentary Film. New York, 2012). Similar to the introduction of technologies such as video and cable TV, the arrival of new audiovisual technology (4k, HRD, new post-production tools, etc ) with relation to documentary filmmaking brings with it both huge potential and huge uncertainty. The project aims to study the impact of emerging audiovisual technology on documentary film.
Expected outcomes: two documentaries exploring the act of representing reality, using new technical possibilities, and two peer-reviewed article regarding technical advances (video formats, advances in video technology such as lenses, filters and lighting, editing techniques, image post-production and HDR technologies).

Project: Contemporary Animation: Tools, Constraints and Future Prospects (What lies beyond the Uncanny Valley)

The project will study the historical evolution of the tools and technologies available to animators, and their impact on the visual language, and the language of movement in Animation, focuses on Motion Capture Technology.
Expected outcomes: software tools for animators, short animated examples based on Motion Capture Animation, two peer-reviewed article, organization of an international conference on the subject, and the publication of a book chapter.

Project: 3D animation generation using MoCap data

Project will automate and enhance an animation pipeline obtained using MoCap data. The pipeline will integrate two animation software tools, Maya and MotionBuilder in one flow. The objective is to generate stylized character motion-specific animation sequences. The develop method will be evaluated by three MoCap data sets of various motion types and five commercial human shape models, and it should provide better visual stylized sequences when compared with current animation generation methods.
Expected outcomes: 3 peer-reviewed article, 1 Master thesis, 1 PhD thesis, a software application.

PhD Research Projects

CCD is supporting 13 PhD thesis, in collaboration with researchers from CITAR and from other institutions:

  1. PhD supervisor: Erik Guillermo Oña, Composer and Director at Electronic Music Studio at the Basel Musik-Akademie
    • Keitaro Takahashi, The Development of Corpus-Based Concatenative Synthesis and the Application on the Computer Assisted Chamber Music Composition
    • Maurilio Cacciatore, Mmixte: Software for live electronics with acoustical instruments
  2. PhD supervisor: Sousa Dias, Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon University
    • João Filipe de Sampaio e Castro Pinto, A Paisagem Sonora: da Percepção à Composição Electroacústica
  3. PhD supervisor: Jorge Cardoso, Coimbra University
    • José Rui de Meirelles Alte da Veiga, Comunicação Bidirecional num Sistema Interativo: o movimento como instrumento de composição e performance audiovisual
  4. PhD supervisor: Paulo Ferreira Lopes, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology / CITAR
    • Diana da Silva Graça Cardoso, Novos Modelos de Composição na utilização de novos Instrumentos de Expressão Musical
    • Rita Luzes Torres, O Microfone como elemento composicional.
    • Henrique Daniel Portovedo Marques, Augmented Musical Performance: Computer Mediated Interaction and Sonic Design
    • Slavisa Rupar Lamounier Van Lammeren, Digital Sock: Estudo e desenvolvimento de instrumentos musicais digitais com ênfase em Interface Gestual, Análise do Movimento e Interatividade
  5. PhD supervisor: Luis Gustavo Martins
    • José Vasco Barroco Carvalho, Espaços Sonoros - A Escultura Sonora e a Experiência Sónica
    • Paulo Belchior dos Santos Dias, Performance instrumental de elementos musicais e sonoros discretos e não discretos através de uma superfície táctil visualmente configurável
  6. PhD supervisor: Cristina Sá, CITAR
    • Luis Manuel de Sousa Sarmento Ferreira, Patterns and Unpredictability: Towards an Aesthetics of Mass Participation
  7. PhD supervisor: Carlos Caires, CITAR
    • Filipe Jensen Leite Faria, Authorship in Generative Arts
    • Luís Ricardo Nunes da Costa Monteiro, Cenário Emergentes da Prática Pictórica. Da Intencionalidade na Criação à Virtualidade do Artístico