Álvaro Barbosa (Angola 1970), is an Academic and a Media Arts & Technology (MAT) Researcher based in Macao, SAR-China. He is a Full-Professor of Communication and Media, and presently the Vice-Rector for Strategic Development and Internationalization at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). Prior to his present position, Prof. Barbosa served as Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries at USJ from 2012 to 2018, and before that as Head of the School of Arts Sound and Image Department at the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP), where he retains a permanent Professorship affiliation. Holding a PhD degree in Computer Science and Digital Communication from Pompeu Fabra University in Spain and a Undergraduate Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from University of Aveiro in Portugal, his core academic research is grounded on the field of Audio and Music Technology Innovation, which he consolidated in 2010 during a Post-Doctoral Research Position at Stanford University‘s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). As an Experimental Media Artist, His artwork has been extensivelly presented internationally, in live music performances and Interactive multimedia Installations, collaborating with numerous Artists and Researchers.


Series 2021/22
by ABarbosa

Urban Goliath

Majestic sound and image design over original urban photographs
by ABarbosa

Last Frontier

Atmospheric sound and image designs over original photographs taken in Antartica
by ABarbosa

Granular Dreams

Granular sound and image designs over original real-world photographs or lidar scans
by ABarbosa

Last Frontier

Ethereal sound and image designs over original photographs of Macau


NFTs: Artistic Innovation or just a Hype?

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Audiovisual Design
Sonic Arts
Networked Music
Gesture Controlled Audio Systems
Sonic Interaction Design
Urban Soundscapes
Behavior-Driven Interaction
Tangible User Interfaces
Film Sound Theory
Digital Technology Trends
Creative Industries Management
Design Thinking
Innovation and Entrpreneurship



Introduction to Sound and Acoustic Sketching will offer tools and practices to inspire students to approach sound and acoustics as elements in the sketching stage of a design project.
The course provides students with foundational knowledge and practical tools to analyze and use soundscapes and acoustic impulse responses in projects. In addition, a basic taxonomy of sound terms will be introduced, allowing students to develop a language for communicating and establishing dialogues about sound with all stakeholders in an audiovisual project.