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DSLA lectures

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As agreed with the interested students in December, next week there will be two DSLA lectures: on January 9th (Monday), h 9pm, and on January 11th (Wednesday), as usual, h 9pm.

ISEP international exchange program 2015-16 – Scholarships for the USA

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The University of Urbino, as ISEP International member University, offers students the opportunity to apply for no. 3 international semester scholarships for study at one of the over 140 member universities in the United States.

Students are eligible to apply for ISEP Exchange programs at the U.S. institutions listed here.

To find out what benefits are included in the scholarship and for the procedure application, please see the Notice of Selection (in IT only).

The application deadline is May 29, 2015. 

Texas Instruments European University Program Donation

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We have received from Texas Instruments the kind donation of three DSP boards:

DSK6713 – has an integrated TMS320C6713 processor with floating point.
LCDK6748 – is based on the TMS320C6748 dual core processor with both fixed and floating point.
LCDK138 – is based on the OMAP-L138 processor which has both fixed and floating + ARM Processor.

Students interested in doing thesis about audio signal processing on these boards are invited to contact Prof. Alberto Carini (

We thank TI European University Program for this donation!

Applied Computer Science Enrollment Opening – A.Y. 2014-2015

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I am glad to inform you about the official opening of the enrollment in the distance-learning degree program in Applied Computer Science of the University of Urbino.

Students can enroll till October 8, 2014.
You can enroll online ( or in person at our Registrar’s Office ( in Urbino.

Moreover, you can apply for ERSU Study Grants till September 3, 2014.
For further information regarding methods and terms of the Study Grant presentation, please consult the web page (in Italian Only)

For further information please visit the web page call the phone number +39 0722304413 or write to

I look forward to hearing from you and in the meantime, should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Job opportunity at Bruno Kesseler Foundation (FBK)

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The Information Technology Center of the Bruno Kessler Foundation promotes a market survey aimed to identify profiles of young people with strong computer skills with a desire to engage in a path of professional growth in the area of research.

FBK will evaluate the profiles in order to establish a shortlist of suitable candidates for specific positions within FBK projects. In particular, we are looking for people willing to work in international teams, attracted by research and innovation, with a spirit of initiative and critical thinking skills.

Technical skills required:

– Education or equivalent experience in programming;
– Good software design and development skills;
– Good knowledge of at least one of the following programming languages: C++, C, ObjectiveC, Python, Java, Ruby, JavaScript, PHP, R, Logic Programming (Datalog/Prolog);
– Hands-on experience with standard software development environments either under Unix/Linux and/or MS Windows (TM), Mac OSX (Eclipse, NetBeans, VisualStudio, etc….);
– Good knowledge of English.

Optional technical skills:

– Experience with web development frameworks (e.g. Django, RubyOnRails) and front-end design (HTML, CSS);
– Knowledge of testing and formal method techniques (e.g. propositional and first order,  logics, temporal logics, model checking);
– Knowledge of object-relational database systems (e.g. PostgreSQL);
– Experience with Android or iOS development;
– Experience with one or more the following frameworks: Swing, Qt, Cocoa;
– Experience with geoICT  solutions (GIS, WebGIS, PostGIS);
– Basic of secure programming.

Soft skills:

– Autonomous thinking and problem solving skills
– Capability to adapt to dynamic environments
– Ability to work in team with researchers, designers and analysts
– Creativity
– Ability to deal with deadlines
– Communication skills (e.g. presenting ideas for system improvements)

Candidates are requested to submit their application by completing the online form available at

Please make sure that your application contains the following attachments:

– detailed CV
– cover letter (please specify the programming languages you are most familiar with and use most frequently)

Candidates who, as a result of the evaluation process, will be considered eligible will be contacted for possible employment opportunities over the next 24 months.

Please read Guidelines for selection on our site carefully beforehand

Application deadline: 25th June 2014

Trivago Hackathon in Düsseldorf

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Trivago cerca 50 esperti di informatica, appassionati, sviluppatori o programmatori per il Trivago Hackathon che si svolgerà presso la sede di Düsseldorf in Germania il 5 e 6 luglio 2014. La lingua ufficiale del Trivago Hackathon è l’Inglese.

Per partecipare dovete:
1. Candidarvi gratuitamente entro il 6 giugno compilando il modulo online
2. Leggere attentamente le condizioni di partecipazione
3. Incrociare le dita per essere scelti tra i 50 partecipanti!

Il Trivago Hackathon offre:
– 2 giorni di hackathon a Düsseldorf
– 50 partecipanti scelti
– 10 team di lavoro
– 1 giuria di esperti

Mancano solo pochi giorni alla chiusura delle iscrizioni e quindi alla scelta dei 50 partecipanti all’hackathon. Buona fortuna a quanti di voi decideranno di inviare la propria candidatura e rappresentare le eccellenze italiane nel campo dell’informatica!

MK802IV: enhance this Android TV Dongle WiFi

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A few days ago, to upgrade my not-so-smart TV, i bought an HDMI dongle that’s been having a lot uf success: MK802IV.

It’s features make a lot of smart phones shy away:

– CPU: Rockchip RK3188 quad core ARM Cortex A9 1.6 Ghz

– GPU: ARM Mali 400 MP4 500MHz

– RAM: 2 GB DDR3

– Storage: 8 GB Nand Flash

– Networking: WiFi chip Broadcom AP6120 & BlueTooth

– Connections: 1 USB Host 2.0, 1 micro USB for the power supply, 1 USB OTG

– Expansion: micro SD slot

All this for a price tag of 74€ from (on Ebay it’s easy to find them at a better price). Everything would seem perfect, even by reading the reviews of a lot of people that seem really happy of their purchase: well then, all i need to do now is connect it to the TV. Good.

First power up, everything starts without any problems, the interface seems decent and the general fluidity, even if not impeccable, is accebtable. Not bad as a start. Ok, i’ll connect to my home Access Point, I want to test it right away with youtube and see some spectacular videos: done.

I opened youtube, accessed my Google account, waited a few moments but that’s normal, it had to synchronize everything. And now i opened the first suggested video (strangely from GoPro), a moment of buffeting and… there it goes: look how good the quality is, the fluidity… the… the… the… video’s blocked again for buffering?

So yes, i checked the settings of the WiFi antenna signal and it says that it’s good, but at a constant speed of only 12Mbps: after various suggestions of changing the ROM from the stock one to a better one, i only get a marginal improvement, but not enough to use this dongle for streaming FullHD videos.

I don’t get up and i talk about it to Matteo, that works here at the UWiC Lab on VirtualSense, antennas and wireless comunication day and night. And so we try to recreate the conditions in which the dongle is when at my house: we don’t get the same performance but we get close, and oscillating 12-19 Mbps against the fixed value of 12Mbps. The tests can now start.

The first try with the stock dongle gets us a transfer rate of 5Mbps.

And so the fist mod is very simple: open the stick and bring the antenna out to limit the interference with the internal components.

MK802IV stock

MK802IV stock

This mod, even if it’s quite simple, really brought some important improvements. The signal speed in the settings menu is now in the 54Mbps range, keeping a “good” signal. This, in substance, mean an effective transfer rate of 10Mbps: much better, but we’re connected to a LAN, so i would like to get more.

At this point we’re getting delirius and we decided to do something that makes the restrained dimensions of the dongle go to hell, and one of it’s advantages now becomes a drawback: this Linksys Rp-TNC antenna has a 2.2dBi gain and not so restrained dimensions. But we’re doing everything in name of the Mbps.

Linksys RP-TNC

Linksys RP-TNC

Ok, now we can see that Matteo substituted the small original antenna with this gem: after all, the dimensions didn’t change much (or at least the order of magnitude didn’t change, we can still use a traditional meter to measure it’s dimensions).

MK802IV with Linksys RP-TNC

MK802IV with Linksys RP-TNC

With this new mod, the connection speed stayed around 54Mbps but the quality now moved to “great”:

“at least we gained a few Mbps”

… the last famous words.

Doing the usual trasfer rate test, we were stoned: an effective speed between 23-24 Mbps!!! We can’t ask more from this dongle (in Wifi), we’ve touched the top.

Summing up, we encountered the following situations:

– MK802IV stock, connection at 12-19 Mbps, speed of 5Mbps;

– MK802IV with stock external antenna, connection at 54Mbps, speed of 10Mbps;

– MK802IV with Linksys Rp-TNC, connection at 54Mbps, speed of 23Mbps.

SAGE: a Somewhat Awesome Graphical Environment

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On one of those cold and dark days of winter, spent researching information on display walls and pc clusters, i came across this very unusual and captivating software: SAGETM.

No, it’s not a very old & wise software (or, for Naruto fans, neither a Sage of the Six Paths); it’s just the acronym for Scalable Adaptive Graphics Environment, an open source software developed at the EVL (Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago).

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