Posts By Author: Alessandro Bogliolo

Coding is the Language of Smart Things

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There are plenty of objects around us that have become “smart” thanks to an embedded microprocessor which is able to understand and execute instructions. All these things need to be programmed in order to know what to do. Coding skills make us able to speak the language of things.

Coding is the fastest and the simplest way to make our ideas come true.

It is recognized that coding stimulates creative thinking.

Creativity is the key for competitiveness.

Based on these simple premises, the Young Advisors Group at the European Commission, together with Vice President Neelie Kroes, have launched the Europe Code Week initiative, aimed at granting the opportunity of approaching coding to as many young people as possible.

The degree program in Applied Computer Science of the University of Urbino is working with the Italian Ministry of Education to organize, promote, and coordinate the events that will take place in Italy from October 11 to October 17, 2014.


ICT2013: Envisioning the future of ICT in Europe

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ICT2013 has just finished. The event, organized by the European Commission, has presented the state of the art of information and communication technologies in Europe, and anticipated the contents of the Horizon2020 programme. The details of the evnt can be found at

I share my personal notes, taken with the brevity imposed by Twitter (account @neutralaccess, hashtag #ICT2013eu). Please feel free to contact me for further details.

ICT2013: The next 7 years of ICT in Europe

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More than 5000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and politicians will get together in Vilnius next week for ICT2013, Create, Connect, Grow (#ICT2013eu). The event will focus on Horizon 2020 – the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020. The University of Urbino will be there to present the results of FP7 project ULOOP, tested last month by the students of the Laurea degree program in Applied Computer Science during NeutralAccess13, and to conduct a networking session focused on Global-scale Energy Demand Management for a Greener Internet.Please dowload the invitation card in high resolution.

Post Laurea Stories

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This is a new section of the web site of the Laurea Degree Program in Applied Computer Science devoted to storytelling. The stories we would like to collect and share in this section are those of our graduates. This is not just a way of celebrating the success of our graduates, but a mean for asking them to provide to our students and graduation candidates first-hand information, tips, and advice on job placement and postgraduate studies.

To contribute to this section, please use the online form to post your story on the “Post Laurea Stories” category.

Thank you for your help!

Late enrollment

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For this academic year enrollment was open until October, 8, 2013. Extensions, until December 20, may be granted for compelling reasons. Late enrollment is subject to approval and it entails an additional fee of 30 Euros.

Teaching activities have just started. Those who itend to apply for late enrollment are strongly invited to contact us (at +39 0722 4475) in order to gain access to the face-to-face and online activities without further delays.

Survey of adult skills

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The first OECD Skills Outlook has just been published. It presents the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which evaluates the skills of adults in 24 conutries, including Italy. It provides insights into the availability of some of the key skills and how they are used at work and at home. A major component is the direct assessment of key information-processing skills: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in the context of technology-rich environments.

Chapter 5 of the report shows that reading and using ICT at work and in everyday life can significantly coontribute to maintain and develop information-processing skills (i.e., literacy and numeracy proficiency).

Thesis defenses on October 4, 2013

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Eight canidates defended their thesis in Applied Computer Science in Urbino last Friday and achieved their Laurea degrees.

The dissertations discussed last week provide clear examples of the application of advanced information technologies in many different fields, such as: usage of WebSockets and HTML5 in building automation [“Progettazione di interfacce per il controllo remoto di sistemi domotici”, Matteo Bernardi], development of Android mobile apps for academic institutions [“ESSE3: un approccio per Android alla gestione dei questionari”, Matteo Campani],  usage of SignalR ADP.NET library for building real-time web-based applications [“Software web realtime con ASP.NET MVC: integrazione e portabilita'”, Alessandro Degola], development of lightweight Linux distributions devoted to penetration testing [“Sviluppo del framework NEMESIS e progettazione di SPIKE, una distribuzione Linux per il pentesting”, Ettore Di Giacinto], centralized and distributed virtual currency systems [“Il denaro virtuale: panoramica sui sistemi esistenti”, Alberto Farina], virtual restoration of ancient manuscripts apparently unreadable [“Rilevamento mediante raggi UV ed elaborazione delle immagini di scritture sbiadite in manoscritti antichi su supporto pegamenaceo”, Ermindo Lanfrancotti], acceleration of numerical meteorologic models on graphics processing units [“Compilazione efficiente di algoritmi di modelli numerici meteorologici con coprocessore CUDA”, Edoardo Rosa], analysis and simulation of business processes [“Implementazione di algoritmi per l’elaborazione e la simulazione di processi aziendali”, Mattia Smacchia].

All new graduates have agreed to provide details on their dissertations to interested people.

NeutralAccess13 – User centricity in future mobile networks

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The School of Information Science and Technology of the University of Urbino is glad to invite you to NeutralAccess13, the international meeting on user centricity in future mobile networks that will be held in Urbino on October 2nd 2013.


The meeting is included within the seminar activities of the Laurea degree program in Applied Computer Science. Participants will be awarded 0.25 credits. convegno e’ inserito nel programma di attivita’ seminariali del corso di laurea di Informatica Applicata, per 0.25 CFU.

Attendance is free of charge upon registration.

The meeting will start at 10am, with presentations given by:  Paolo Grazioso (FUB), Rute Sofia (Universidade Lusofona, PT), Marana Avvisati(AGCOM), David Valerdi (FON, UK), Paolo di Francesco (Level7), Mauro Boldi (Telecom Italia), Olivier Marcé (Alcatel Lucent BellLabs, FR) and Qing Zhou (Huawei, DE).

At the end of the regular session, participants will have the chance of meeting the speakers during the luch buffet organized at Caffe’ Basili.