In 2013, the European Commission has launched consultations on the exploitation of cloud computing to support the European Single Market . The EC communications illustrate the vision of the European Commission to build the Trusted Cloud Computing Europe in the next future.
This project proposal aims at understanding what are the major pillars of the European Commission’s strategy and evaluating the EC regulatory framework that is under definition and its effects on the public and private sector with specific attention to South Tyrolean situation. Feedback from the field will be used to understand the development and the implementation limits of such strategy in the provincial, national and European context.
The project is in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics.
PI: prof. Barbara Russo, co-PI: prof. Laura Valle,
External partners: CNR, dott. Rita Rossi, Provincia Auonoma di Bolzano / Autonome Provinz Bozen, South Tyrol, dott.ssa Simonetta Maina
Many universities organize trips to Silicon Valley to visit companies like Google, Cisco or Facebook with the best intentions: to meet with entrepreneurs and innovators, see how such famous companies work, and gain firsthand experience of the enterprises that are revolutionizing global business.
Unfortunately, we have observed that such initiatives often increase the hype around those companies: students often idealize those companies, dream of working there, and consider working in a company in Tirol, Südtirol, or Trentino as some kind of “2nd-class job”. Many students see that we do not have global players such as Twitter or Microsoft and conclude that it is not worth to stay here and move abroad to companies they have heard of.
The mobile apps market is a tremendous success, with millions of apps downloaded and used every day by users spread all around the world. For apps’ developers, having their apps published on one of the major app stores (e.g., Google Play market) is just the beginning of the apps lifecycle. Indeed, in order to successfully compete with the other apps in the market, an app has to be updated frequently by adding new attractive features and by fixing existing bugs. Clearly, any developer interested in increasing the success of her app should try to implement features desired by the app’s users and to fix bugs affecting the user experience of many of them. A precious source of information to decide how to collect users’ opinions and wishes is represented by the reviews left by users on the store from which they downloaded the app, but to exploit such information the app’s developer should manually read each user review and verify if it contains useful information (e.g., suggestions for new features). This is something not doable if the app receives hundreds of reviews per day, as happens for the very popular apps on the market.
Researchers of the 3 universities of Bolzano, Innsbruck, and Trento organize a joint seminar series on “Empirical Software Engineering” (ESE), which is a research field continuously gaining interest, but also requiring high methodological expertise.
ESE is a topic of interest and part of the computer science curricula in all 3 universities. The aim of the seminar series is to create synergy effects from the combined expertise to improve teaching on ESE and forming students to be part of a center of excellence on ESE in the 3 regions.