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Thesis proposals2021-10-27T16:10:18+02:00

Thesis proposals.

LINKS Foundation makes a certain number of thesis proposals available, to be performed at the Foundation’s laboratories under close supervision by LINKS researchers.

If you are a university student at the end of your education path and are interested in discovering what the Foundation can offer to help you towards a professional career in research check the list of currently available thesis proposals right under and send your application to the e-mail address in the post.

You will be contacted by our administration staff to plan an exploratory meeting.

Co-designing a City in the Metaverse2024-03-12T10:14:27+01:00

Thesis Code: 24015

Thesis Type: Master’s Degree Thesis in Systemic Design, or similar

Research Area: Extended Reality Lab (XR Lab) – Innovation in Culture, Society and Public Administration

Requirements:

  • Foundations of User Experience Design
  • Foundations of System and Service Design

Description:

The thesis proposal is part of a project aimed at developing a city in the Metaverse, an immersive and interactive virtual environment conceived as a convergence point for organizations operating in the cultural world (including live entertainment).

The main objective of this project is to explore the multiple possibilities offered by the Metaverse to the involved organizations, allowing them to use this platform as a tool to promote their projects, establish collaborations, and create innovative artistic content and performances. The Metaverse will represent a dynamic and flexible space where organizations can interact with their audience in completely new and engaging ways, expanding communication and engagement opportunities.

Specifically, the candidate will be involved in supporting the co-design and Design Thinking process of the city in the Metaverse along with the involved organizations. This will involve planning focus groups and technical workshops aimed at defining the city concept, user experience, and creating a detailed map that includes the public and private locations of various organizations.

START DATE: 09/2024

Contacts:

Send a resume with attached the list of exam to massimo.migliorini@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Virtual Reality for Police Operator Training2024-03-12T11:11:07+01:00

Thesis Code: 24014

Thesis Type: Master’s Degree Thesis in Computer Engineering, Cinema and Media Engineering, or similar

Research Area: Extended Reality Lab (XR Lab) – Innovation in Culture, Society and Public Administration

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of C#
  • Development experience with Unity
  • 3D modeling and animation experience with Blender

Description:

The thesis proposal focuses on the design and development of a virtual reality (VR) simulation aimed at training civilian operators, particularly police officers. The candidate will be tasked with creating a  simulation that includes different training scenarios set in an urban context.

The candidate will be responsible for overseeing the entire software lifecycle, which includes the following phases:

  • Storyboard Definition and Validation: The candidate will work closely with police operator representatives to define and validate a detailed storyboard. The storyboard will serve as a guide for simulation development and should align with the needs and operational procedures of the operators.
  • Creation of 3D Assets with Blender: Using Blender software, the candidate will be responsible for creating all necessary 3D assets for the simulation. These assets will include building models, vehicles, urban objects, and characters relevant to the training scenarios.
  • Application Development with Unity: Using the Unity game engine, the candidate will program and develop the VR simulation application. This will include implementing 3D assets created with Blender, creating intuitive user interfaces, and programming engaging and realistic training scenarios.
  • Software Testing and Validation: Once the application development is complete, the candidate will conduct a series of tests to ensure that the simulation functions properly and is effective for training purposes

START DATE: 09/2024

Contacts:

Send a resume with attached the list of exam to massimo.migliorini@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Evaluating NERF Technology for 3D Reconstruction of Vehicle Accident Scenes2024-03-05T08:37:15+01:00

Thesis Code: 24013

Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in ICT for Smart Societies, Computer Science, Mechatronics, Electronics, Information Technology

Research Area: Connected Systems & Cybersecurity

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python.
  • Data science skills, concerning data analysis, processing, and deep learning.
  • Image processing, modern computer vision skills.
  • 3D visualizations skills are a plus.

Description

This thesis explores the application of Neural Radiance Fields (NeRF) for the reconstruction of vehicle accident scenes. The primary objective is to assess the capability of NeRF in creating accurate representations of the scenes using data from various sensors installed in vehicles. These sensors may include cameras (e.g. front view, side view) and lidars (e.g. front-facing solid-state LiDAR, 360° rotating LiDAR). In the envisioned scenario, on-board sensors from surrounding cars are used to capture the scene when they transit in the vicinity of an accident location. The thesis aims to replicate this scenario on a smaller scale to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of NeRF technology in this specific context. The study will involve using sensor data collected under controlled conditions simulating a vehicle accident and then using NeRF to reconstruct the scene using the acquired data. The outcomes will provide insights into the feasibility and accuracy of using NeRF for real-world accident scene reconstruction, contributing to the fields of emergency response, insurance, and traffic management.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to: edoardo.pristeri@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Super Resolution of water and vegetation indices from Sentinel-32024-02-21T12:01:39+01:00

Thesis Code: 24012

Thesis type: M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar

Keywords: image processing, deep learning, computer vision

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts of data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Basic concepts of image processing, modern computer vision preferred but not required.

Description:

The proposed thesis focuses on the application of super-resolution techniques to images acquired by the Sentinel-3 satellite in order to improve their spatial resolution, with Sentinel-2 used as the reference ground truth. The main objective is to obtain daily maps of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) in the agricultural context.

NDVI is a key measure for assessing crop health and vegetation coverage, and its daily availability is essential for more precise and timely agricultural management. Sentinel-3, with its daily acquisition frequency, offers a unique opportunity to monitor agricultural dynamics on a daily basis. However, its spatial resolution may not be sufficient to capture crucial details at the field level.

The proposed super-resolution approach in this work leverages the high-resolution information provided by Sentinel-2, a satellite known for its excellent spatial resolution. By using Sentinel-2 as ground truth, the aim is to train machine learning models capable of learning the complex relationships between the spectral characteristics of Sentinel-3 images and the high-resolution ones of Sentinel-2.

Expected results include daily NDVI maps obtained through the super-resolution process, which will allow for a more detailed and accurate assessment of vegetative conditions in agricultural areas. This work will significantly contribute to improving the informational resources available to farmers, facilitating more timely and targeted decisions, with positive impacts on crop management and agricultural sustainability. The proposed methodology could be extended to other spectral indices and geographic areas, providing a significant contribution to the scientific community in the field of agricultural satellite monitoring.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to federico.oldani@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title. 

Robust Lane Detection for Roadway Operations2024-02-21T11:59:21+01:00

Thesis Code: 24010

Thesis type: M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar

Keywords: computer vision, image processing, earth observation, clouds removal, deep learning

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts of data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Basic concepts of image processing

Description:

Clouds and atmospheric phenomena can significantly affect the quality and utility of satellite images, including Sentinel-2 optical images. However, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images are not affected by clouds and can be used to complement optical images for cloud removal in areas where clouds are prevalent. Therefore, developing an efficient and accurate technique able to reconstruct cloud-covered information while preserving originally cloud-free details from Sentinel-2 images, using both optical and SAR data, is crucial for various applications, including land cover classification, burned area delineation, and natural resource management.

The proposed thesis aims to develop an efficient and accurate deep learning technique for clouds removal from Sentinel-2 images using SAR data. The candidate will explore available datasets (SEN12MS-CR, SEN12MS-CR-TS) and current state-of-the-art methods (GLF-CR, DSen2-CR, …) to understand the possible solutions to the task and develop a new deep learning-based algorithm.

The thesis will include the following activities: (i) dataset and models exploration, (ii) development and implementation of a deep learning model, (iii) model evaluation and comparison, (iv) result visualization.

Resources:

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to edoardo.arnaudo@linksfoundation.com and marco.galatola@linksfoundation.com  specifying the thesis code and title. 

Cloud Removal from Sentinel-2 Images with SAR data2024-02-21T11:54:58+01:00

Thesis Code: 24010

Thesis type: M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar

Keywords: computer vision, image processing, earth observation, clouds removal, deep learning

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts of data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Basic concepts of image processing

Description:

Clouds and atmospheric phenomena can significantly affect the quality and utility of satellite images, including Sentinel-2 optical images. However, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images are not affected by clouds and can be used to complement optical images for cloud removal in areas where clouds are prevalent. Therefore, developing an efficient and accurate technique able to reconstruct cloud-covered information while preserving originally cloud-free details from Sentinel-2 images, using both optical and SAR data, is crucial for various applications, including land cover classification, burned area delineation, and natural resource management.

The proposed thesis aims to develop an efficient and accurate deep learning technique for clouds removal from Sentinel-2 images using SAR data. The candidate will explore available datasets (SEN12MS-CR, SEN12MS-CR-TS) and current state-of-the-art methods (GLF-CR, DSen2-CR, …) to understand the possible solutions to the task and develop a new deep learning-based algorithm.

The thesis will include the following activities: (i) dataset and models exploration, (ii) development and implementation of a deep learning model, (iii) model evaluation and comparison, (iv) result visualization.

Resources:

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to edoardo.arnaudo@linksfoundation.com and marco.galatola@linksfoundation.com  specifying the thesis code and title. 

Enhancing Sentinel-2 Images using Super Resolution2024-02-21T11:48:14+01:00

Thesis Code: 24009

Thesis type: M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar

Keywords: image processing, deep learning, computer vision

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts of data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Basic concepts of image processing, modern computer vision preferred but not required.

Description:

This thesis focuses on developing an efficient and accurate deep learning-based Super-Resolution (SR)technique specifically tailored for enhancing Sentinel-2 satellite imagery. By leveraging time series of optical, and possibly SAR data, the goal is to enhance the openly available Sentinel-2 imagery by increasing its resolution. This capability is crucial for various applications, including land cover classification, urban classification, and natural resource management.

The proposed methodology will involve extensive exploration of available datasets, such as SAtlas and Proba-V, and state-of-the-art superresolution methods like SRCNN, ESRGAN, and SR3. Through comprehensive analysis and experimentation, a novel deep learning-based algorithm will be developed and implemented to address the challenges of superresolution in varying geographical areas.

The thesis will encompass the following activities: (i) thorough investigation of datasets and existing methods, (ii) design and implementation of a deep learning model tailored for superresolution, (iii) rigorous evaluation and comparison of the proposed technique with established approaches, and (iv) visualization of results to demonstrate the effectiveness and applicability of the developed methodology.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to edoardo.arnaudo@linksfoundation.com , marco.galatola@linksfoundation.com and luca.barco@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Enhancing Artwork Recognition through Fine-Tuning and Contrastive Learning in Deep Neural Networks2024-02-20T15:36:30+01:00

Thesis Code: 24008

Thesis type: M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar

Keywords: image processing, deep learning, computer vision

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts of data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Basic concepts of image processing, modern computer vision preferred but not required.

Description:

Recognizing artworks in the middle of variations in imaging conditions poses a significant challenge in image retrieval systems. This thesis proposal centers on leveraging a dataset comprising images of artworks, including paintings, sculptures, and more, to refine the capabilities of a deep learning model. The primary aim is to fine-tune the model’s performance specifically for artwork retrieval, addressing scenarios where queries may contain images of the same artwork subject to noise or alterations during acquisition.

The objective is to strengthen the model’s robustness in identifying artworks despite potential alterations, such as changes in lighting, blur, orientation, occlusion, and other factors. This adaptation aims to facilitate accurate recognition even in the presence of varying conditions, ensuring reliability in retrieving specific artworks from a database.

The proposed approach involves self or semi-supervised fine-tuning of the model, employing contrastive learning techniques. This process aims to enhance the model’s ability to differentiate between similar artworks while maintaining sensitivity to new artwork not initially included in the training dataset. The emphasis lies in ensuring that the model’s robustness is complemented by its capacity to retrieve diverse artworks beyond the existing database.

Throughout the thesis, the activities will include: dataset preparation and curation, model fine-tuning using self or semi-supervised learning methods, implementation and experimentation with contrastive learning techniques, evaluation of the model’s performance against varying conditions and noise levels, and validation through retrieval tasks with both known and unseen artworks.

This research aligns with the flourishing field of image retrieval in art, addressing the practical need for systems capable of recognizing artworks despite potential alterations in query images. By refining deep learning models through fine-tuning and contrastive learning techniques, this work strives to advance the reliability and adaptability of artwork recognition systems, catering to real-world demands in art curation, authentication, and retrieval.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to giacomo.blanco@linksfoundation.com, tommaso.monopoli@linksfoundation.com, luca.barco@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Enhancing Spatial Resolution in Sentinel-3 Data with DEM and Land Cover: A Landsat 8 Supervised Approach2024-02-20T13:54:10+01:00

Thesis Code: 24007

Thesis type: M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar

Keywords: EO data, deep learning, computer vision, aerial imagery

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts of data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Basic concepts of image processing, modern computer vision preferred but not required.

Description:

The escalating demand for improved spatial resolution in temperature data has propelled a heightened interest in innovative approaches that combine satellite-derived information with ancillary data sources. This thesis proposal aims to address the challenge of enhancing the spatial resolution of Sentinel-3 temperature data by integrating it with Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and land cover data.

The primary objective of this research is to develop a deep learning model capable of increasing the spatial resolution of Sentinel-3 temperature data. This will be achieved through the incorporation of DEM and land cover data to provide a more detailed and accurate representation of temperature variations across different topographic features.

The proposed methodology involves several phases. Firstly, an extensive review of existing techniques for enhancing spatial resolution in satellite-derived data will be conducted to identify the field’s most effective methodologies and eventual datasets. Subsequently, the collected Sentinel-3 temperature data will be combined with DEM and land cover data to create a comprehensive dataset.

The core of the research involves the development and training of a deep learning model. Landsat 8 satellite data, obtained concurrently with Sentinel-3 data, will be employed as supervisory information during the training phase. This supervised learning approach aims to leverage the high spatial resolution of Landsat 8 to guide the deep learning model in enhancing the spatial resolution of Sentinel-3 temperature data.

This research aims to contribute novel insights and methodologies to address the challenges associated with improving the spatial resolution of satellite-derived environmental data.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to giacomo.blanco@linksfoundation.com, luca.barco@linksfoundation.com and lorenzo.innocenti@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

3D Semantic Segmentation of Urban Scenes2024-02-20T13:50:14+01:00

Thesis Code: 24006

Thesis type: M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar

Keywords: 3D data, deep learning, computer vision, aerial imagery

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts of data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Basic concepts of image processing, modern computer vision preferred but not required.

Description:

The growing interest in achieving enhanced urban planning and management has sparked a surge in exploring advanced technologies for comprehensive data analysis, particularly the utilization of drones for data acquisition in urban environments. This thesis proposal aims to address the segmentation challenges inherent in processing 3D data acquired from drones operating in urban contexts.

The primary focus of this research is to develop advanced segmentation techniques for extracting meaningful information from 3D point clouds obtained by drones. The integration of drone-acquired data into urban planning and environmental management necessitates the development of robust segmentation algorithms that can identify and categorise various urban elements such as buildings, roads, vegetation, and other structures.

The proposed methodology involves several phases. Firstly, a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art techniques in 3D data segmentation will be conducted to identify the most effective methodologies and tools in the field, as well as external datasets of urban point cloud data. Subsequently, the most promising methodologies will be applied to external datasets together with the collected 3D data in Turin.

The evaluation and optimization of the proposed segmentation models will be a crucial aspect of this research. Quantitative metrics, such as accuracy and IoU (interception over union), will be employed to assess the model performance, and adjustments will be eventually made to enhance their effectiveness.

In conclusion, the segmentation of 3D data acquired from drones in urban environments represents a critical step towards unlocking the full potential of drone technology in urban planning and environmental monitoring. This research seeks to contribute novel insights and methodologies to address the challenges associated with extracting meaningful information from drone-acquired 3D data in complex urban landscapes.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to giacomo.blanco@linksfoundation.com and luca.barco@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Multi-Modal Land Cover Segmentation from Remote Sensing Images2024-02-20T13:47:07+01:00

Thesis Code: 24005

Thesis type: M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar

Keywords: image processing, deep learning, computer vision, aerial imagery

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts of data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Basic concepts of image processing, modern computer vision preferred but not required.

Description:

Satellite remote sensing images provide valuable information about land cover and land use, which can be used for various applications, including environmental monitoring, resource management, and urban planning. However, interpreting these images is a challenging task due to the complexity and variability of the Earth’s surface. This thesis proposes to investigate a multi-modal approach for land cover segmentation from Sentinel images at European Scale. The primary objective is to develop accurate and efficient models that can effectively leverage multi-modal information for land cover segmentation.

Starting from existing datasets and resources, the aim of the thesis is to retrieve and process Sentinel feeds and other modalities to evelop a pipeline for computing the land cover on a European scale, starting from baseline approaches, and eventually developing ad-hoc methods.

The thesis includes the following activities: (i) Data identification and acquisition (ii) state of the art analysis (iii) data analysis and preprocessing (iv) experiments evaluation.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to edoardo.arnaudo@linksfoundation.com and marco.galatola@linksfoundation.com  specifying the thesis code and title.

Exploring SAR interferometry (InSAR) for surface monitoring2024-02-20T12:06:06+01:00

Thesis Code: 24004

Thesis type: M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Telecommunications, or similar

Keywords: data analysis, data mining, image processing, earth observation, timeseries

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts of data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Knowledge of signals
  • Basic concepts of image processing, timeseries processing

Description:

Natural disasters are extreme and sudden events caused by environmental factors that injure people and damage property. As research foundation, we are interested in studying tools and applications for fast respond in case of natural disasters. After a disaster, for example, is extremely important rapidly address the rescue to the more damaged areas.

As LINKS Foundation we are working on different technologies, among which the satellite images coming from the Copernicus project. We are extending our studies on Sentinel-1 which is not cloud dependant, has a very short revisit times and includes SAR instrument. The Interferometric SAR (InSAR) exploits the phase difference between two complex radar SAR observations of the same area, taken from slightly different sensor positions, and extracts distance information about the Earth’s terrain. The aim of the thesis is to retrieve, analyze Sentinel-1 data, and develop a pipeline for computing the interferometry and persistent scatterer interferometry in order to extract multiple timeseries that represent the displacement of the ground surface.

The thesis includes the following activities: (i) Data identification and acquisition (ii) state of the art analysis (iii) data analysis and preprocessing (iv) inSAR computation (v) PSI computation (vi) BONUS: design a machine learning model to detect the critical areas in a pilot case.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to edoardo.arnaudo@linksfoundation.com and federico.oldani@linksfoundation.com  specifying the thesis code and title.

Modality Gap in VLMs2024-02-20T12:03:20+01:00

Thesis Code: 24003

Thesis type: M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar

Research area: Ai, Data and Space

Keywords: Vision-Language Models, Multimodality, Modality Gap, Image processing, Language processing, Deep learning

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python;
  • Software development skills;
  • Basic concepts of data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning;
  • Concepts of image processing, and language processing.

Description:

The emergence of large-scale pretrained Vision-Language Models (VLMs) like CLIP has revolutionized multimodal representation learning. These models excel in bridging the semantic gap between images and text. Despite advancements, a critical issue known as the Modality Gap, primarily observed in CLIP, remains unexplored in other VLM architectures.

This gap refers to the semantic misalignment between image and text representations. While CLIP has highlighted this gap, there’s no widely accepted measure or standard benchmark dataset for its evaluation, though datasets like MS COCO or Flickr30k can provide insights. This thesis aims to explore and address the Modality Gap in modern VLM architectures by devising methods for its quantification and visualization.

The project comprises a review and of large pre-trained VLM models with a focus on recent developments concerning the Modality Gap. The thesis will encompass the following activities: (i) Datasets and Models Identification: identify relevant benchmark datasets and pretrained VLM models, such as CLIP, ALBEF, Florence, FLAVA, and others. (ii) Data Analysis and Pre-processing: pre-process datasets to prepare them for Modality-Gap evaluation. (iii) Evaluation: Implement evaluation metrics and visualization methods to quantify the Modality Gap across different VLM architectures (utilizing frameworks like PyTorch, Keras, etc.). (v) Result Analysis and Visualization.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to federico.dasaro@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Open Set Segmentation on Aerial Images2024-02-20T11:59:44+01:00

Thesis Code: 24002

Thesis type: M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or similar

Research area: Ai, Data and Space

Keywords: image processing, deep learning, computer vision, aerial imagery, open set, OOD detection

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts of data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Basic concepts of image processing, modern computer vision preferred but not required.

Description:

Detecting out-of-distribution examples is important for safety-critical machine learning applications, including aerial imagery. Tasks like land cover classification usually deal with a fixed set of classes, mapping every pixel or image to one of these categories, regardless of the underlying distribution. This is far from optimal especially for operational purposes, where models are trained on localized datasets and applied in the wild on a larger scale.

However, OOD segmentation in aerial images in a relatively unexplored task, where benchmarks are not well defined, and solutions are still an open problem.

Therefore, the purpose of this work is to provide a complete and exhaustive survey about Open Set techniques, with focus on semantic segmentation methods (Anomaly Segmentation) and aerial settings (Open Set/Open World recognition).

The project will comprise several steps, from the analysis of the literature and current state-of-the-art approaches to the implementation and evaluation of different methods on benchmark datasets. The thesis will include the following activities: (i) data identification, and acquisition if required (ii) data analysis and pre-processing (iii) predictive model development, leveraging on machine learning and deep learning techniques (PyTorch, Keras, etc..), (iv) performance evaluation, (v) result analysis and visualization.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to edoardo.arnaudo@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

La tecnologia blockchain per la tracciabilità dei dati nel settore automotive: un modello economico per valutarne costi e benefici2024-02-20T11:06:35+01:00

Thesis Code: 24001

Thesis Type: Laurea Magistrale in ingegneria gestionale

Research Area:   SMI – Strategic Marketing & Innovation Services

Description

L’adozione della tecnologia blockchain ha visto applicazioni in ambito finanziario, assicurativo, logistico, manufatturiero ed in diversi altri contesti con soluzioni legate alla tracciabilità delle catene di fornitura. Il presente progetto di tesi vuole indagare la fattibilità economica di una soluzione, di nuova concezione, adibita al rilevamento e alla gestione di dati inerenti processi manifatturieri attraverso tecnologia blockchain.

L’analisi sarà effettuata attraverso un modello teorico, da costruire, che individui gli elementi da tenere in considerazione per definire gli impatti economici. In questo quadro, sono definite quattro attività di riferimento che verranno implementate considerando scenari multipli (ad esempio in relazione all’adozione di modelli di blockchain pubblica e privata):

  • Stima dell’investimento iniziale (esempio: hardware/software, costi legati a sviluppo e personale);
  • Stima delle spese correnti (esempio: servizi cloud, governance, transaction fees);
  • Identificazione e quantificazione dei benefici associati all’adozione della tecnologia;
  • Identificazione e valutazione dei rischi associati alla soluzione ed al raggiungimento dei benefici attesi.

Il progetto prevede il raffronto con le principali modalità tradizionalmente utilizzate per la valutazione degli investimenti (Total Cost of Ownership e NPV).

Si riportano di seguito due lavori di riferimento per il progetto, per comprendere il contesto dell’analisi che verrà effettuata:

  • Pincheira, M., Donini, E., Vecchio, M., Giaffreda, R. (2023), An Infrastructure Cost and Benefits Evaluation Framework for Blockchain-Based Applications, Systems.
  • Forrester (2018), Emerging Technology Projection: The Total Economic Impact™ of IBM Blockchain Projected Cost Savings and Business Benefits Enabled by IBM Blockchain.

 Contatti: inviare curriculum con allegato l’elenco degli esami a alessandro.zerbetto@linksfoundation.com specificando codice e titolo della tesi.

Evoluzione dei Sistemi Informativi Territoriali (SIT) per la gestione delle infrastrutture: studio sulle fonti dati, benchmarking delle tecnologie e strategie di integrazione nella Regione Piemonte2024-02-20T11:07:25+01:00

Thesis Code: 23007

Thesis Type: Laurea Magistrale in ingegneria per l’ambiente e il territorio (environmental and land engineering), ingegneria civile (civil engineering), Data Science, ingegneria Informatica (computer engineering), ICT for Smart society o equivalente

Research Domain: Future cities & communities

Description

Sulla base delle attività già avviate dalla Regione Piemonte, questa ricerca mira ad approfondire gli aspetti legati agli aggiornamenti del sistema informativo territoriale (SIT) concentrandosi in particolare sullo studio delle fonti di dati disponibili e dei database per l’alimentazione e l’aggiornamento automatico delle informazioni relative alla rete infrastrutturale regionale piemontese. In questo scenario la ricerca si prefigge la finalità di individuare e testare metodi per la raccolta dati e l’automazione dei processi di aggiornamento del SIT mediante tecnologie innovative. Le attività previste includono:

  • Benchmarking delle tecnologie abilitanti per i sistemi automatizzati di aggiornamento del SIT.
  • Investigazione delle possibili integrazioni con modelli/dataset esterni esistenti.
  • Test di almeno una delle tecnologie/metodi individuati.

Contatti: inviare curriculum con allegato l’elenco degli esami a maurizio.arnone@linksfoundation.com specificando codice e titolo della tesi

Development of a Monitoring and Control Tool for Robotic Platforms2024-02-20T11:07:43+01:00

Thesis Code: 23006

Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in Computer Science, Mechatronics, Electronics, Information Technology

Research Domain: Connected Systems & Cybersecurity

Requirements
– Computer Science or similar background
– Strong knowledge of C++ programming language and object programming
– Good knowledge of data and communication protocols
– Some knowledge in developing Graphic interfaces
– Knowledge of Qt framework will be considered a plus
– Linux OS knowledge will be considered a plus
– Proactive mindset, problem-solving oriented

Motivation
Indoor localization using UWB (Ultra-Wide Band) technology is a growing research field enabling various aspects of modern technology, like service robotics, augmented reality and warehouse management. To better exploit its potential, a Monitoring and Control Tool (MCT) capable of interacting with a robotic platform and displaying its status is essential. In particular, the MCT will interact with the UWB-based localization system and with other components of the robotic platform (e.g., UAV, UGV) in order to perform specific actions such as the execution of particular manoeuvres.

Objectives
The aim of this thesis is to develop new features for an existing MCT, developed by LINKS, to enable some new interactions with service robotics and display some new relevant charts. During the thesis, the candidate will collaborate with LINKS researchers (developing other modules of the robotic system), analyse the new features and find the best way to meet their requirements and integrate the outputs into a user-friendly MCT. The candidate will then develop such new features in Qt framework, integrating them with the existing MCT. For example, it might be necessary to use and update the current communication protocol with the localization server following these steps:
• Development of a standalone widget implementing the required functionalities
• Merge the widget into the full MCT
• Porting of the full MCT into a WebAssembly built web application
Each of these steps will be tested in real environment in our Robotics Lab employing UAVs and UGVs.
To better observe the results and evaluate some robotics performance, a comparison with our VICON system, based on infrared cameras, can be used as a ground truth.

Duration: 6-8 months.

Contact: please send a resume with attached the list of exams passed during the Bachelor of Science and Master of Sciences to luigi.coriasco@linksfoundation.com, delos.campos@linksfoundation.com and francesco.sottile@linksfoundation.com

Development of Firmware Modules for a Real Time Locating System Enabling Robotics Applications in Large Indoor Environments2023-07-12T11:33:57+02:00

Thesis Code: 23005

Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in Computer Science, Mechatronics, Electronics, Information Technology

Research Domain: Connected Systems & Cybersecurity

Requirements
– Computer Science, Electronics, or similar background
– C programming languages
– Knowledge on STM32 arm cortex processors will be considered a plus
– Linux OS knowledge will be considered a plus
– Proactive mindset, problem-solving oriented

Motivation
In the context of Indoor Positioning System (IPS), based on the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, LINKS has developed a large scale Real Time Locating System (RTLS) with the aim of enabling autonomous navigation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in indoor environments of any size. The UWB localisation system is composed of the following components: (i) fixed devices, located at known positions, called Anchors, (ii) mobile devices that need to be localized, called Tags, (iii) a localization server that executes a centralized localization algorithm and (iv) a Graphic User Interface (GUI) that displays the current status of the RTLS. To meet the stringent robotics requirements some features of the RTLS need to be enhanced and the current localization performance needs to be improved.

Objectives
The aim of this thesis is to analyse the new robotics requirements, analyse the existing Firmware (FW) solution for the UWB devices (i.e., Tags, Anchors), and design and develop the Firmware upgrade accordingly. The current RTLS is based on a Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) protocol, which allows the localization of many Tags, and employs a ranging method called Two-Way Ranging (TWR), which avoids the need to have Anchors perfectly synchronized in time.
In order to enhance the UWB-based RTLS some new important features need to be implemented such as: autocalibration of the Anchors, uplink and downlink of the UWB communication between the localization server and the Tags, make the TDMA protocol customizable for different needs (e.g., localization frequency, number of Anchors involved in the ranging process with a Tag).
The implemented new FW solutions will be tested in the Robotic Laboratory by using UWB devices developed by LINKS. Moreover, the localization performance will be evaluated by using our VICON system, based on infrared cameras, as a ground truth.

Duration: 6-8 months.

Contact: please send a resume with attached the list of exams passed during the Bachelor of Science and Master of Sciences to delos.campos@linksfoundation.com and francesco.sottile@linksfoundation.com

Monitoring and evaluating the public acceptance of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV)2023-07-12T10:37:17+02:00

Thesis Code: 23003

Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in Computer Science, Mechatronics, Electronics, Information Technology

Research Domain: Future Cities & Communities

Requirements
• Experience with Python
• Interest in Natural Language Processing
• Skills in descriptive and inferential statistics and in the use of statistical softwares
• Skills on data science (analysis and processing)
• Ability to represent data

Description
For a technology to be widely accepted by the public, it is not enough that it brings benefits. The public needs also to be highly involved in order to understand whether to use new technology. According to several research studies, at present, the level of awareness and understanding of UAM (Unmanned Air Mobility) / UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicles) is very low among people.
The objective of this thesis is to assess the public acceptance of UAV/UAM using statistical models (e.g. UTAUT, TRA, TPB) or by mining social data with text mining / machine learning algorithms related to natural language processing.
Firstly, the candidate will carry out a review of public acceptance evaluation methods with respect to UAV/UAM, defining: domains of application of UAV/UAM, main constraints recognised by the general public, and effective strategies to foster the public acceptance. Then, the candidate will assess public acceptance. The candidate will have both the task of collecting and evaluating the data of the case study. Such a data-driven approach could be helpful to measure community awareness and engagement around UAM/UAV-related topics. Findings can constitute policy insights for those cities and regions that are already equipping themselves to introduce air mobility services.
The thesis will be carried out in collaboration between LINKS and the University of Turin.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to maurizio.arnone@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Development of a Hybrid Localization System Combining UWB and Inertial Sensor Data Enabling Autonomous Navigation of UAVs2023-07-12T11:13:50+02:00

Thesis Code: 23004

Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in Computer Science, Mechatronics, Electronics, Information Technology

Research Domain: Connected Systems & Cybersecurity

Requirements

  • Strong knowledge in software development (C/C++)
  • Good knowledge of MATLAB
  • Good knowledge in mathematical derivation
  • Proactive mindset, problem-solving oriented
  • Data processing skills
  • Familiarity with embedded platforms (Raspberry PI) and Linux environment

Motivation
Recently, autonomous navigation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has received increasing great attention from the research community. UAVs are going to be widely adopted also in indoor environments to support a variety of applications. These include logistic operations, automated inventory management in warehouses, inspection, and monitoring tasks in industrial plants, as well as precision agriculture in greenhouses. In order to enable autonomous navigation in such dynamic scenarios and challenging indoor environments, it is crucial to accurately estimate the UAV’s position and attitude in real-time. Continuous and high-rate updates of these estimates are essential for the navigation module of the UAV platform.
Typically, Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology is used for position estimation, providing accurate Time of Arrival (ToA) measurements. For attitude estimation, Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensors, which integrate accelerometer and gyroscope, are employed to estimate roll, pitch, and yaw angles of the UAV. In cases where UWB connectivity becomes temporarily unavailable due to UWB signal interference or attenuation, IMU sensor data can be combined with UWB ranging measurements. This fusion leads to a more robust and smoother estimation of both position and attitude. However, it is important to remark that the integration of IMU data over time is subject to drift effects. Therefore, having an accurate model of the IMU sensor is extremely useful to optimize performance.

Objectives
The goal of this thesis is to firstly derive an accurate model of the selected IMU and subsequently design a hybrid localization algorithm that combines both UWB and IMU data enabling autonomous operations of UAVs in indoor environments. Specifically, the hybrid algorithm will combine ToA and IMU measurements to estimate both position and attitude of the UAV. A recursive method, such as the Extended Kalman Filter (EKF), will be employed for this purpose.
Initially, the designed algorithm will be tested through computer simulations and optimized iteratively. Subsequently, the optimized algorithm will be implemented in UWB devices, and its performance will be evaluated in the Robotic Laboratory made available by LINKS. In particular, the localization performance will be evaluated by using the VICON system as the ground truth. The VICON system is a precise localization solution based on infrared cameras, which offers an accuracy of 0.1 mm at high refresh rate (about 100 Hz).

Duration: 6-8 months.

Contact: please send a resume with attached the list of exams passed during the Bachelor of Science and Master of Sciences to francesco.sottile@linksfoundation.com or pert@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis title.

The diffusion of autonomous driving vehicles: impacts on the transport system and on land use2023-01-30T15:27:18+01:00

Thesis Code: 23002

Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering/M.Sc. thesis in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning/equivalent

Research Area: Future Cities & Communities

Requirements
• Interst in in transport planning and modeling concepts and techniques.
• Familiarity with urban planning and design concepts, such as land use and zoning, urban form and accessibility, and sustainable transportation.
• Experience with data visualization tools, such as PoweBi, Tableau, QGIS, or ArcGIS.
• Understanding of data analysis, statistical methods and ability to critically interpret analytical results.

One or more of the following is considered a plus:

• Familiarity with transportation-related software and tools.
• Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis.
• Programming skills, such as proficiency in Python, R, or Matlab for data analysis and modeling.
• Experience with machine learning techniques, such as supervised and unsupervised learning, which could be used in the analysis and modeling of autonomous vehicle data.
• Familiarity with relevant regulations and standards related to autonomous vehicles.

Description
The diffusion of autonomous driving vehicles and their impact on urban systems is a rapidly evolving and highly relevant topic of research, with significant implications for the academic, industrial and institutional sectors. As such, this master thesis project offers a unique opportunity for students to delve into the intricacies of this rapidly advancing field.
The project aims to investigate several key issues related to the integration of autonomous vehicles into urban environments, including: The effects of autonomous vehicles on traffic flow and congestion in urban areas. The impact of autonomous vehicles on land use and urban design. The implications of autonomous vehicles on energy consumption and environmental sustainability. The technical and regulatory challenges of integrating autonomous vehicles into existing urban transportation systems. The potential of autonomous vehicles to improve safety and accessibility for disadvantaged groups. The implications of autonomous vehicles on public transportation systems and services. The role of public policy in shaping the diffusion and deployment of autonomous vehicles in urban areas. The interaction between autonomous vehicles and other emerging technologies such as 5G and IoT.

The project will involve the development of different scenarios of autonomous vehicle diffusion, the impact evaluation of these scenarios, and the simulation of urban traffic after a replacement of the circulating vehicle fleet with such vehicles. The City of Turin will serve as a case study, and the results of the research will be used to inform urban planning processes.
The thesis will be carried out in collaboration between the Links Foundation (Urban Mobility & Logistic Systems Area) and the Polytechnic of Turin (Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering/Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning).
The project provides the opportunity for candidates to develop a range of skills, including transport modeling, urban planning, and data analysis, and will be tailored to the candidate’s specific interests and expertise.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to maurizio.arnone@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Models for the Integration of Autonomous Vehicles in the Urban Environment2023-01-30T15:22:31+01:00

Thesis Code: 23001

Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in ICT for Smart Societies / M.Sc. thesis in Mobility Engineering / M.Sc. thesis in Civil Engineering / M.Sc. thesis in Mathematical Engineering / equivalent

Research Area: Future Cities & Communities

Requirements
• Interest in transport models and planning
• Experience in data analysis
• Experience with main programming languages (Python, C/C++)
• Interest in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Ability to critically interpret analytical results

Description
The diffusion of autonomous vehicles and their consequent impact on traffic and on the urban system represents an emerging topic of research and of increasing interest in the academic, industrial and institutional fields.
This thesis is conducted as part of a mobility project, the aim of which is to investigate some issues related to the diffusion of autonomous vehicles in the urban environment, including: (i) the development of different scenarios of autonomous vehicles diffusion, that use data on the interactions between autonomous vehicles and other road users; (ii) the development of a traffic simulation environment to evaluate the impacts of different scenarios of autonomous vehicles diffusion on traffic congestion; (iii) the impact of the integration of autonomous vehicles into the urban system, in terms of transport safety and efficiency and environmental impact.
The models can be tested on a case study of interest (e.g. the city of Turin) to outline possible scenarios for the public decision maker and to support urban planning processes. Based on the candidate’s skills and interests, it will be possible to carry out an in-depth analysis on transport models and / or urban planning policies.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to maurizio.arnone@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Automatic design of Metasurface Antennas2022-04-12T15:29:29+02:00

Thesis Code: 22002

Thesis Title: Automatic design of Metasurface Antennas

Thesis Type: Master Thesis for Telecommunication/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent

 Research Area: Advanced Computing, Photonics and Electromagnetics (CPE)

Requirements

  • MS students in Telecommunication Engineering and Electronic Engineering
  • Basic knowledge of EM fields
  • Experience with Matlab
  • Knowledge of antenna modelling software (CST, Feko, etc.)

Description

Metamaterials are artificial materials composed of various inclusion types embedded in a host medium in specific arrangements. Unusual metamaterial electromagnetic behavior can be achieved with metamaterials (e.g. cloaking), by leveraging both the properties of the elementary constituent materials and the inclusion spatial arrangement. A metasurface (MTS) [1] is a thin metamaterial layer (2D metamaterial). MTS can be designed to provide engineered boundary conditions for controlling the propagation of surface waves and radiation [2]. Applications of MTS range from on board antennas for satellite communications (low profile, high performances antennas) to biomedical and nanoscale application.

This thesis aims at the automatic design of MTS antennas using in-house modelling and optimization codes, at the validation of the designed MTS antennas with commercial software, and at the improvement of the modelling and optimization codes to face new and challenging scenarios.

References

  1. Faenzi, et al. “Metasurface Antennas: New Models, Applications and Realizations”, Sci. Rep. Vol. 9, 2019
  2. A. Francavilla, E. Martini, S. Maci and G. Vecchi, “On the Numerical Simulation of Metasurfaces With Impedance Boundary Condition Integral Equations”, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 63, no. 5, 2015.

 

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to marco.righero@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Antenna and circuitry design for neuroprosthetic applications using fat intra-body communication2022-04-14T14:00:01+02:00

Thesis Code: 22004

Thesis Type: Master Thesis for Telecommunication/Electronic Engineering

 Research Area: Advanced Computing, Photonics and Electromagnetics (CPE)

Requirements

  • MS students in Telecommunication Engineering, Electronic Engineering, or equivalent
  • Basic knowledge of EM fields
  • Experience with Matlab
  • Experience with FPGA programming and simulation (Verilog, VHDL)
  • Good knowledge of basic DSP algorithms

Description
Fat intra-body communication (Fat-IBC) is an innovative technique exploiting the very low electrical conductivity of the fat tissue layer (0.11 S/m) to transmit electromagnetic signals through the human body [1]. This technique is really promising for the implementation of wireless, in-body, bidirectional Brain-Machine-Body connectivity, providing an excellent low-loss communication channel for implantable and wearable networks, such as inter-connect wireless medical sensors [2]. This thesis falls within the EU H2020 FET Open project B-CRATOS (“Wireless Brain-Connect inteRfAce TO machineS”, https://www.b-cratos.eu/) (965044). One of the objectives of this project is to implement a bidirectional wireless connection system between brain and a prosthetic arm, paving the way to the creation of a proof-of-concept, revolutionary untethered brain-machine interface. To verify the feasibility of this system, non-human primates (NHP) will be considered for non-invasive testing.

This thesis aims at the design of wearable aggregators comprising of properly optimized epidermal antennas and modulation-demodulation electronics to communicate simultaneously to/from neural transceivers. Tests on numerical and realistic phantoms are foreseen within the thesis period.


References

  1. B. Asan et al., “Intra-body microwave communication through adipose tissue,” Healthc. Technol. Lett., vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 115-21, 2017.
  2. B. Asan, et al., “Data packet transmission through fat tissue for wireless intrabody networks,” IEEE J. Electromagn., RF, Microw. Med. Biol., vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 43-51, 2017.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to rossella.gaffoglio@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Design of an integrated control system for temperature focusing in microwave cancer hyperthermia2022-04-12T15:24:12+02:00

Thesis Code: 22003

Thesis Type: Master Thesis for Telecommunication/Electronic Engineering

Research Area: Advanced Computing, Photonics and Electromagnetics (CPE)

Requirements
• MS students in Telecommunication Engineering, Electronic Engineering, or equivalent
• Experience with embedded software programming using the C language
• Knowledge of data acquisition and control systems
• Basic knowledge of PCB design
• Good knowledge of basic concepts of RF electronics
• Basic knowledge of EM fields
• Experience with electronic instruments (the thesis will include laboratory activities)

Description
Microwave cancer hyperthermia is a type of medical treatment in which tumor cells are selectively exposed to a supra-physiological temperature (42/43 °C) using proper antenna systems [1]. For internal tumors, this is currently achieved by means of an array of antennas equipped with a proper cooling system (the water bolus) to avoid overheating of the skin [2]. Since the effectiveness of a hyperthermia treatment is strictly dependent on the quality of the heating process, a treatment planning is fundamental to optimally set the amplitudes and phases of the applied signals. In order to maximize the effectiveness of the selective heating process, a real-time control of the antenna feeding parameters is required, together with an active control system to correct any non-ideal behaviour, thus ensuring the gain and phases remain constant throughout the whole operation of the system.

Starting from a demonstrator reproducing an array applicator for hyperthermia in the head and neck region, this thesis aims at designing an all-in-one solution for the control of the antenna array, including the source signal generation, the measurement, and the control system, on a single PCB.

References
1. N. R. Datta et al., “Local hyperthermia combined with radiotherapy and-/or chemotherapy: Recent advances and promises for the future,”, Cancer Treat. Rev., vol. 41, no. 9, pp. 742-53, 2015.
2. M. M. Paulides et al., “The HYPERcollar: A novel applicator for hyperthermia in the head and neck,” Int. J. Hyperthermia, vol. 23, no. 7, pp. 567-76, 2007.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to rossella.gaffoglio@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Monitoring and evaluating the public acceptance of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) on Twitter: the Turin case study2021-10-27T18:14:11+02:00

Thesis Code: 21002

Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in Computer Science

Research Area: Urban Mobility & Logistic Systems

Description

For a technology to be widely accepted by the public, it is not enough that it brings benefits. The public needs also to be highly involved in order to understand whether using a new technology. According to several research studies, at present the level of awareness and understanding of UAM (Unmanned Air Mobility) / UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicles) is very low among people.

The objective of this thesis is to assess the public acceptance of UAV/UAM by mining social data with text mining / machine learning algorithms related to natural language processing.

Firstly, the candidate will carry out a review of public acceptance evaluation methods with respect to UAV/UAM, defining: domains of application of UAV/UAM, main constraints recognised by the general public, and effective strategies to foster the public acceptance.

Then, the candidate will assess public acceptance of UAV/UAM by mining social data with proper text mining techniques. The candidate will have both the task of collecting the data and evaluating the best algorithms to apply for the case of study. Such data-driven approach could be helpful to measure the community engagement around the UAM/UAV-related topics. Findings can constitute insights from which public policy makers may draw for enhancing the community involvement around these topics and for becoming far more reactive to the citizenry’s needs.

The thesis will be carried out in collaboration between Links and the University of Turin.

Requirements

  • Experience with Python
  • Basic concepts on data science, concerning data analysis and data processing
  • Ability to represent data
  • Interest in Natural Language Processing

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to maurizio.arnone@linksfoundation.com  specifying the thesis code and title.

Digital Trust in GNSS data2021-10-12T17:33:33+02:00

Thesis Code: 21001

 Thesis Type: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Computer Science, Cybersecurity

Research Area: Cybersecurity of systems based on GNSS data

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of GNSS, GNSS data and GNSS receivers
  • Knowledge of Linux Operating System
  • Interest in Cybersecurity and Trust technologies
  • Curiosity-driven mindset

Description

GNSS technologies has been constantly growing in the last years and GNSS receivers have been adopted in the most different fields of applications such as: road tolling, secure autonomous driving, location-based services, synchronization of networks (e.g. telco, energy grids, etc.), financial transactions. GNSS receivers and connected devices integrating and making use of these receivers are all vulnerable to intentional attacks exploiting different attack vectors (e.g. GNSS signals, operating systems & software and communication networks). The feasible chance to exploit vulnerabilities and intentionally modify GNSS data create incentives for the attackers that want to impair or fool any systems that has a dependency in GNSS. Every system that make use of GNSS data, either when they are estimated from the satellite constellation or received from a network peer must solve/answer the same question: can I trust the GNSS data and take safe decisions and operate in accordance to them? There is, therefore, a pressing need to analyze threats and vulnerabilities along the whole chain (i.e. from satellite to system and user on earth) to designs, develop and test solution to digitally Trust in GNSS data.

The thesis will be structured as follows:

  • analysis of threats and vulnerabilities of a reference system that makes use of GNSS data;
  • state-of-the-art analysis of cyber technologies to “Trust-by-verify” GNSS data;
  • design and development of a simple proof-of-concept (PoC);
  • in-lab testing;
  • drawing conclusions and formulating a research roadmap.

 

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to andrea.vesco@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Temperature maps reconstruction in microwave cancer hyperthermia using high-fidelity anatomical models2022-04-12T15:07:19+02:00

Thesis Code: 20019

Thesis Type: Master Thesis for Telecommunication/Electronic Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent

 Research Area: Advanced Computing, Photonics and Electromagnetics (CPE)

Requirements

  • MS students in Telecommunication Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent
  • Basic knowledge of EM fields
  • Experience with Matlab
  • Good knowledge of linear algebra and linear systems

Description
Hyperthermia is a type of cancer treatment in which tumors are exposed to a supra-physiological temperature (42/43 °C) by means of proper antenna systems to sensitize cancer cells towards radiation and drugs [1]. Temperature control is crucial in hyperthermia treatments, to check the effectiveness of the heating in the target region and to avoid dangerous hotspots in the surrounding healthy tissues. In current clinical practice, temperature monitoring is achieved in an invasive manner, with temperature probes inserted into closed-tip catheters [2]. An extensive and innovative use of high-performance simulations carried out prior to treatment seems to be a promising way to produce accurate and reliable temperature maps during treatment from a minimal number of direct measurement points. This could provide dual benefit to the patient, yielding accurate temperature estimations in points where temperature is not known, and reducing the infection risk via a minimal use of catheters.

This thesis aims at implementing an efficient “library” of high-performance simulations of a numerical phantom, verifying the possibility to obtain reliable temperature maps of the whole region of interest from scarce data acquisition. A high-fidelity computable human phantom from the Virtual Population of the simulation software Sim4Life will be used for this study.

 

References

  1. R. Datta et al., “Local hyperthermia combined with radiotherapy and-/or chemotherapy: Recent advances and promises for the future,”, Cancer Treat. Rev., vol. 41, no. 9, pp. 742-53, 2015.
  2. M. Paulides et al., “Status quo and directions in deep head and neck hyperthermia,” Radiat. Oncol., vol. 11, no. 21, pp. 809-21, 2016.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to rossella.gaffoglio@linksfoundation.com and marco.righero@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Numerical simulation of radio frequency waves propagation in complex media2022-04-21T12:22:26+02:00

Thesis Code: 20017

Thesis Type: Master Thesis for Telecommunication/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent

 Research Area: Advanced Computing, Photonics and Electromagnetics (CPE)

Requirements

  • MS students in Telecommunication Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent
  • Experience with main programming languages (Python/Matlab /Fortran/C/C++)
  • Basic knowledge of EM fields and wave propagation
  • Basic knowledge of numerical methods for ODEs integration

Description

The link communication from/to satellite, re-entry or space vehicles is often subject to degradation known as black-out. To assess this issue, radio frequency (RF) wave propagation through complex media [1] (such ionosphere, plasmas and complex gas mixtures) must be considered. Asymptotic techniques such as ray or beam tracing [2] can be used to predict EM propagation in these inhomogeneous media. Coupled with integral equations for free-space radiation they provide a powerful numerical tool to design antennas for critical applications.

This thesis aims to develop and improve both physical model and numerics of the exiting tools in order to improve accuracy and range of applications for RF complex media propagation. The improved model will be applied in the analysis of communication link of real re-entry vehicle in earth or extra-terrestrial atmosphere.

 

 

References

  1. A. Kravtsov, Y.I. Orlov, “Geometrical Optics of Inhomogeneous Media”, In: Springer Serie on Wave Phenomena, vol 6, Springer, Berlin 1990.
  2. Kim and L. Ling, “Electromagnetic Scattering by Inhomogeneous Object by Ray Tracing” IEEE Trans. Antennas Propagat., Vol. 40 No.5 May 1992.

 

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to andrea.scarabosio@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

 

Reduced order model for scattering problems on distributed-memory architectures for parallel computing2022-04-21T12:24:47+02:00

Thesis Code: 20016

Thesis Type: Master Thesis for Telecommunication/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent

 Research Area: Advanced Computing and Applications

Requirements

  • MS students in Computer Science
  • Experience with main programming languages (Matlab /Fortran/C/C++)
  • Knowledge of parallel computing (MPI)

Description
Numerical simulations are routinely employed to model complex systems, as electromagnetic waves propagation. In a similar way, maps are used to describe physical locations [1]. However, if one wants to study different responses varying the parameters of the systems, the computational burden becomes too large, and often just a reduced part of the system output is of interest. In the maps analogy, one is interested just in the public transportation network to plan different routes. From a computational point of view, simpler and compact models can be constructed from representative solutions of the complete system, using different techniques to combine them together [1,2].

This thesis aims at porting existing code for electromagnetic simulation on a distributed architecture, with the specific aim of using it for building reduced order models for Computational Electromagnetics. 

References

  1. C. Antoulas Approximation of Large-Scale DynamicalSystems, 2005, SIAM
  2. Hochman, J.Fernandez Villena, A. G. Polimeridis, L. M. Silveira, J. K. White, L. Daniel, ‘Reduced-Order Models for Electromagnetic Scattering Problems’, Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on , vol.62, no.6, pp.3150, 3162, April 2014, doi: 10.1109/TAP.2014.2314734
  3. London images are from Wikipedia, GoogleMaps, and Transportation for London

 

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to marco.righero@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

 

Hybrid Antenna Measurement and Simulations2022-04-21T12:27:19+02:00

Thesis Code: 20015

 Thesis Type: Master Thesis for Telecommunication/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent

 Research Area: Advanced Computing and Applications

Requirements

  • MS students in Telecommunication Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent
  • Experience with main programming languages (Matlab /Fortran/C/C++)
  • Basic knowledge of EM fields
  • Basic knowledge of linear algebra and linear systems
  • Experience with Electronic instruments (the thesis will include laboratory activities)

Description
The exhaustive RF end-to-end testing of an antenna can be complex and time consuming. Due to the sampling criteria limit, the measurement time associated with these complex tests becomes easily prohibitive. Advanced strategies for end-to-end test time reduction are very appealing and recently [1,2], an algorithm based on a properly hybridization of measurements and simulations has been proposed, to demonstrate the possibility to perform a radical under sampled field measurement of the Antenna Under Test (AUT), with respect to the conventional Nyquist criteria.

 


The thesis would like to improve the performance of the algorithm by investigating the possibility to extend the method to other domains (e.g. frequency, space, etc.). 

References

  1. J. Foged, L. Scialacqua, M. Bandinelli, M. Bercigli, F. Vipiana, G. Giordanengo, M. Sabbadini, and G. Vecchi, “Numerical Model Augmentend RF Test Techniques,” in 6th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP, March 2012.
  2. J. Foged, L. Scialacqua, F. Saccardi, M. Bandinelli, M. Bercigli, G. Guida, F. Vipiana, G. Giordanengo, M. Sabbadini, and G. Vecchi, “Innovative Approach for Satellite Antenna Integration and Test/Verification,” in 34th Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA), October 2012.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to giorgio.giordanengo@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

EM virtual prototyping2022-04-21T12:28:54+02:00

Thesis Code: 20014

 Thesis Type: Master Thesis for Telecommunication/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent

 Research Area: Advanced Computing and Applications

Requirements

  • MS students in Telecommunication Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or equivalent
  • Experience with main programming languages (Matlab /Fortran/C/C++)
  • Basic knowledge of EM fields
  • Good knowledge of linear algebra and linear systems

 Description
Solutions to Maxwell’s equations are known only for a few simple geometries; this is where the scientific discipline known as Computational Electromagnetics (CEM) comes into play, aiming at a numerical solution of the equation in presence of non-trivial geometries/materials.

The thesis aims at developing fast and efficient algorithms for the solution of Maxwell’s equations, with special attention to:

  1. large patch antenna arrays
  2. large and complex structures (e.g., satellites, aircrafts, etc.)

 

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to marco.righero@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Digital Trust in IoT World2021-10-12T17:34:51+02:00

Thesis Code: 20012

 Thesis Type: Computer Science, Cybersecurity

Research Area: Cybersecurity

Requirements:

  • Experience with main Programming Languages (C/C++; JavaScript; Python)
  • Knowledge of Cybersecurity and Internetworking
  • Basic knowledge of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT)
  • Curiosity-driven mindset

Description

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a quickly growing segment of today’s Internet, enabling connectivity between smart devices. Digital Trust among IoT devices needs to be built and data properly protected. Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) play an important role to secure IoT. Among the different DLTs, the IOTA Ledger [1] is well suited to serve the IoT of the world by providing a simple and efficient way to build digital trust among devices and secure the integrity and verifiability of data exchanged.

The thesis will be structured as it follows:

  • analysis of the IOTA Ledger: the Tangle;
  • deployment of a private Tangle;
  • design and development of an application to securely interact with the Tangle: write & read stream of IoT data;
  • in-lab testing verification and measurement of the performance of the approach.

 

References

[1] IOTA Foundation, IOTA Tangle; available at https://www.iota.org

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to andrea.vesco@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Speech and Vocal Recognition for Delivery Certificate Systems2021-10-12T17:35:37+02:00

Thesis Code: 20003

Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent

Research Area: Data Science for Industrial and Societal Application

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts on data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Basic concepts on machine learning

 

Description:

For parcel delivery services it is essential to have a system able to certify the delivery of the package by the courier. Therefore, in a scenario where companies are embarking on the digitalization race, it is necessary for logistics services to have smart media to speed up and make delivery certification methods more precise. For this reason, we propose a thesis that aims to create an intelligent system based on speech recognition and vocal recognition that allows at the same time to recognize the confirmation words pronounced by the recipient and to certify that the person who is receiving the package belongs to a list of suitable users.

The objective of this thesis consists in the study and implementation of machine learning algorithms useful for speech and vocal recognition. The proposed algorithms will be trained using open datasets. The candidate will have both the task of collecting the benchmark datasets and evaluating the best algorithms to apply for the case of study. The work has to be performed with audio processing algorithms including deep learning algorithms using popular framework (TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, etc..).

An optional step could be the study and the deploy of the algorithms in wearable devices (smart watches, smart band, etc..).

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to mirko.zaffaroni@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

A framework for autonomous driving synthetic data collection2021-10-12T17:35:47+02:00

Thesis Code: 19023

Thesis Type: B.Sc. thesis in Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent

Research Area: Data Science for Industrial and Societal Application

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills

 Description:
Self-driving technology presents a rare opportunity to improve the quality of life in many of our communities. Avoidable collisions, single-occupant commuters, and vehicle emissions are choking cities, while infrastructure strains under rapid urban growth. Autonomous vehicles are expected to redefine transportation and unlock a myriad of societal, environmental, and economic benefits. From a technical standpoint, however, the bar to unlock technical research and development on higher-level autonomy functions like perception, prediction, and planning is extremely high. For this reason, we want to integrate available open data, with synthetic data created with the aid of a virtual environment.
The objective of this thesis consists in the study and implementation of a framework useful for collecting data of surrounding vehicles in a virtual environment. This is created with the help of dedicated tools for extracting information from the Grand Theft Auto V graphic engine and AirSim open source simulator.
The candidate will have both the task of creating the framework for extracting data and studying and evaluating the best way to save them. The data created will be used for machine learning algorithm in future works.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to mirko.zaffaroni@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

The diffusion of autonomous driving vehicles: impacts on the transport system and on land use2021-10-12T17:35:56+02:00

Thesis code: 19021
Thesis type: M.Sc. thesis in Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering / M.Sc. thesis in Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning / equivalent

Research Area: Urban Mobility & Logistic Systems

Requirements

  • Interest in transport models and planning
  • Experience in data analysis
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Ability to critically interpret analytical results

Description
The diffusion of autonomous driving vehicles and their consequent impact on the urban system represent an emerging topic of research and of increasing interest in the academic, industrial and institutional fields.

This thesis project aims to investigate some issues related to the diffusion of autonomous driving vehicles in the urban context, including: (a) the development of different scenarios of autonomous vehicles diffusion, (b) the impact evaluation of different autonomous vehicles diffusion scenarios, (c) the simulation of urban traffic after a replacement of the circulating vehicle fleet with such vehicles.

The models can be tested on a case study of interest (the city of Turin) to outline possible scenarios for the public decision maker and to support urban planning processes. Based on the candidate’s skills and interests, it will be possible to carry out an in-depth analysis on transport models and / or urban planning policies.

The thesis will be carried out in collaboration between the Links Foundation (Urban Mobility & Logistic Systems Area) and the Polytechnic of Turin (Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering / Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning).

Contacts: send a resume with attached the list of exams to maurizio.arnone@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Impact of the introduction of autonomous vehicles on vehicular traffic2021-10-12T17:36:00+02:00

Thesis Code: 19020
Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in Mathematical Engineering

Research Area: Urban Mobility & Logistic Systems

Requirements

  • Familiarity with differential models and partial differential equations
  • Experience with main programming languages (Python, C/C++)
  • Interest in Transport Planning
  • Ability to critically interpret analytical results

Description
The penetration of driver-assists/autonomous vehicles and their consequent impact on traffic is an emerging, thus still under-explored, research topic in the realm of Artificial Intelligence.

The thesis will be carried out in the UML area (Urban Mobility & Logistic Sytems) of the LINKS Foundation. There will be a strict interaction with the research group of Prof. Andrea Tosin at the Department of Mathematical Sciences “G. L. Lagrange” of Politecnico di Torino.

The thesis project is grounded on three main methodological aspects: modelling, model analysis and numerical simulation, which may be more or less developed according to the student’s taste. After deepening the state of the art on methods for traffic modelling, the student will be asked to develop a mesoscopic model for simulating the flow of vehicles and to analyse alternative penetration scenarios for driver-assist/autonomous vehicles. In particular, the model will be possibly tested on a case study of interest (such as e.g., the city of Turin) using the software MATSim and discussing critically the results. The latter may be used to outline recommendations and suggestions for the public decision maker and as an input to urban planning processes.

References

  • Pareschi, G. Toscani. Interacting Multiagent Systems: Kinetic Equations and Monte Carlo Methods, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2013
  • Tosin, M. Zanella. Control strategies for road risk mitigation in kinetic traffic modelling, IFAC-PapersOnLine, 51(9):67-72, 2018
  • Tosin, M. Zanella. Kinetic-controlled hydrodynamics for traffic models with driver-assist vehicles, Multiscale Model. Simul., 17(2):716-749, 2019
  • Tosin, M. Zanella. Uncertainty damping in kinetic traffic models by driver-assist controls, preprint, 2019 (available at: http://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.35871.41124)

Contacts: send a resume with attached the list of exams to maurizio.arnone@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

External Links: https://didattica.polito.it/pls/portal30/sviluppo.tesiv.elenchi?sdu=&idt=8030&lang=IT&opng=&opnc=

Comparison of different machine learning techniques for estimating the destination of public transport passengers2021-10-12T17:36:04+02:00

Thesis Code: 19019
Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in Computer Science

Research Area: Urban Mobility & Logistic Systems

Requirements:

  • Interest in machine learning algorithms
  • Experience with Python
  • Ability to critically interpret analytical results

Description:
Although smart tickets are increasingly common in public transport, few cities are equipped with an automatic fare collection (AFC) system that can provide information on both boarding (check-in) and alighting (check-out) users’ locations. In fact, usually only check-in ticket validation is mandatory, and it is therefore necessary to estimate the destination of passengers.

The student will have to study a deep learning model to estimate the destinations of public transport passengers, using the electronic ticketing data available in the province of Cuneo. The student will be asked to implement the algorithm in Python and validate the model using the data available on the passengers’ check-out. Furthermore, the student will have to evaluate the model’s performance against a Trip-Chaining model currently in use on the same data, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of the different estimation models.

The thesis will be carried out in collaboration between the Links Foundation (Urban Mobility & Logistic Systems Area) and the Polytechnic of Turin (Department of Control and Computer Engineering).

 Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to maurizio.arnone@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Pedestrian path prediction using synthetic dataset for automotive and surveillance purposes2021-10-12T17:36:16+02:00

Thesis Code: 19016
Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent

Research Area: Data Science for Industrial and Societal Application

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Python
  • Software development skills
  • Basic concepts on data science, concerning data analysis, processing and machine learning
  • Basic concepts on image processing

Description:
Predicting pedestrian’s future path is important for both self-driving cars and security systems. In fact, it allows to prevent dangerous situations such as traffic accidents between cars and people or collision between autonomous robot and people. Pedestrians follow different trajectories to avoid obstacles and accommodate fellow pedestrians. Any autonomous vehicle navigating such a scene should be able to foresee the future positions of pedestrians and accordingly adjust its path to avoid collisions.
The objective of this thesis consists in the study and implementation of machine learning algorithms useful for predicting the path a pedestrian will take in the successive frames of a video sequence. The proposed algorithms will be trained using a synthetic dataset and open datasets. This is created with the help of dedicated tools for extracting information from the Grand Theft Auto V graphic engine. The candidate will have both the task of creating the dataset and studying and evaluating the best algorithms to apply for the case of study. The type of algorithms being studied and tested are to be classified among those of video analysis, with the exploratory possibility of deep learning algorithms using popular framework (TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, etc…).

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to mirko.zaffaroni@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

A new paradigm of local public transport: flexible and demand-based services2021-10-12T17:36:20+02:00

Thesis Code: 19015
Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering, Data Science, Mathematical Engineering, Mathematics, or equivalent

Research Area: Urban Mobility & Logistic Systems

Requirements

  • Experience with main programming languages (Python, C/C++)
  • Interest in algorithms
  • Ability to critically interpret analytical results

Description
The extra-urban public transport services currently in operation are often the result of a planning designed to meet the needs of an outdated mobility demand that is very different from today’s one, since it was characterized by a strong prevalence of systematic travels and a well-defined profile outlined during the day. Today the demand has become much more complex and articulated than once -in terms of travel reasons, schedules and routes- and requires a continuous service during the day, capable of providing “the guarantee of return”. The current transport service does not adequately respond to these new needs.
The student will have to study the electronic ticketing data (BIP) of the extra-urban services of the Cuneo area, understand how the users of public transport move in the territory, and study and develop a Python algorithm able to simulate the conversion of the entire extra-urban public transport service in demand-based service (i.e. on-call service), able to customize the offer according to the real needs of the user.
The thesis will also address the estimate and the assessment of the economic impacts of such services on companies and users.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to maurizio.arnone@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Innovative Applications of Quantum Algorithms2021-10-12T17:36:29+02:00

Thesis Code: 19010
Thesis Type: Master Thesis for Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Physic Engineering

Research Area: Advanced Computing & Applications

Requirements

  • MS students in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physic Engineering
  • Experience with main programming languages (Python, C/C++), algorithms

Description
The pace at which silicon-based computer architectures are evolving is making transistors’ size reaching physical limits. However, to continue increasing processing capabilities, other approaches are researched. Among the others, Quantum Computing technologies represent a fully disruptive departure from traditional way of thinking computer architectures and their algorithms. Quantum computers are expected to solve large complex problems that are not addressable with current and future supercomputers. Many Quantum Algorithms (QAs) have the potential of exponential speed-up compared to their classical counterpart and are thus of primary interest for exploiting the capability of future quantum machines.
The objective of the work is to study the applicability of Quantum Algorithms (e.g., Shor, quantum Fourier Transform – QFT, Grove, etc.) to complex and relevant problems we are facing in scientific and engineering fields (e.g., bioinformatics, optimization problems, etc.). The thesis work will be oriented on using IBM QX and D-Wave platforms, although further platforms will also be considered.

Contact: Send CV to alberto.scionti@linksfoundation.com and olivier.terzo@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Innovative scheduling approaches for Cloud-HPC heterogeneous environments2021-10-12T17:36:33+02:00

Thesis Code: 19009
Thesis Type: Master Thesis for Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering

Research Area: Advanced Computing & Applications

 Requirements

  • MS students in Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Experience with main programming languages (Python, C/C++, Go), algorithms

Description
The pace at which Cloud based services are adopted is pushing Cloud service providers (CSPs) to adopt more heterogeneous resources in their data centers. Computing resource diversification is pushed also by the growing adoption of machine learning and deep learning algorithms (also HPC applications are going in this direction), which generally require specialized hardware to efficiently execute. Managing resources and tasks (i.e., deciding an allocation of the tasks under a certain set of constraints) at large scale requires innovative scheduling techniques. However, current schedulers still rely on simple strategies to assign tasks to available resources.
The objective of the work is to study innovative approaches for managing resources in Cloud-HPC environments. To this end, machine learning and evolutionary based techniques will be considered for improving the quality of task scheduling when heterogeneous resources are available (e.g., GPUs, FPGAs, dedicated ASICs). Studied techniques will look at improving scheduling under different constraints (energy saving, reducing task makespan, etc.) and combination of them. Targeted technologies include Linux containers and related orchestrators such as Kubernetes.

Contact: Send CV to alberto.scionti@linksfoundation.com and olivier.terzo@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Deep Semantic Analysis of Public Procurement Contracts2021-10-12T17:36:46+02:00
Thesis Code: 18012

Thesis Type: Thesis in Computer Science, Data Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematical Engineering, Data Science

Research Area: Innovation Development

Requirements:
• Experience with Python and/or Java and/or Node.js
• Basic knowledge of modular development
• Beginner of (or willing to learn quickly) deep learning and natural language processing
• Curiosity-driven mindset.

Description
Public procurement contracts are a rich source of knowledge necessary for seizing the efforts in participating to public procurement calls. However, contracts are usually available in textual format making harder the task of extracting structured information automatically and being used in automated systems. This thesis will focus on extracting structured information from those documents such as specific dates, unique identifiers (VAT id, protocol numbers, telephone number), named entities (places, people, business entities, products). In this thesis the undergraduate will study and experiment with deep learning and natural language processing techniques that are the core of the Artificial Intelligence stack, by understanding the intrinsic semantics of document and identifying and linking pivotal information found in the text to an external database.

The thesis will be structured as follows:
• state-of-the-art analysis of text processing techniques
• problem formulation: objective function, data structures and resources to be used
• algorithm design and prototyping
• in-lab testing verification with real data and measurement of the performance of the approach.

The thesis will be co-tutored with Synapta Srl, a Spin-off of Politecnico di Torino. It will be an opportunity to work also with the Synapta team experimenting with real data. The undergraduate will benefit from being immersed in a existing start-up environment while applying scientific experimental practises learned in ISMB. At the end of the thesis, the undergraduate will be familiar with deep learning and natural language processing techniques, and she/he will acquire an understanding of the public-procurement domain. As additional benefit, she/he will proficiently use control version systems, continuous integration systems, remote deploying and monitoring techniques.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to giuseppe.rizzo@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Intelligent Data Crawler of Unstructured Open Data2021-10-12T17:36:51+02:00
Thesis Code: 18011

Thesis Type: Thesis in Computer Science, Data Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematical Engineering, Data Science

Research Area: Innovation Development

Requirements:
• Experience with Python and/or Java and/or Node.js
• Basic knowledge of modular development
• Beginner of (or willing to learn quickly) machine learning and natural language processing
• Curiosity-driven mindset

Description
Italian public administration websites contain a lot of resources published as open data. However, administrations have multiple websites and each has its own semantic structure making harder to autonomous crawlers retrieving the necessary information. The aim of this thesis project is to develop an intelligent data crawler able to fetch specific types of resources across multiple file formats from selected sources. Relatively low precision and high recall is expected. The crawler should be able to detect relevant resources using state-of-the-art techniques based on machine learning and natural language processing techniques that are the core of the Artificial Intelligence stack.

The undergraduate will study and experiment with technologies for:
• extracting semantics from web resources
• understanding the content
• discriminating about the value of the retrieved content.

The thesis will be structured as follows:
• state-of-the-art analysis of information retrieval
• problem formulation: objective function, data structures and resources to be used
• algorithm design and prototyping
• in-lab testing verification with real data and measurement of the performance of the approach.

The thesis will be co-tutored with Synapta Srl, a Spin-off of Politecnico di Torino. It will be an opportunity to work also with the Synapta team experimenting with real data. The undergraduate will benefit from being immersed in a existing start-up environment while applying scientific experimental practises learned in ISMB. At the end of the thesis, the undergraduate will be familiar with machine learning and natural language processing techniques, and she/he will acquire an understanding of the public-procurement domain. As additional benefit, she/he will proficiently use control version systems, continuous integration systems, remote deploying and monitoring techniques.

Contact: send a resume with attached the list of exams to giuseppe.rizzo@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

AI-based Technologies to Understand Clinical Notes2021-10-12T17:37:07+02:00
Thesis Code: 18003

Thesis Type: Thesis in Computer Science, Data Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematical Engineering, Data Science

Research Area: Innovation Development

Requirements
• Experience with Python and/or Java
• Basic knowledge of modular development
• Beginner of (or willing to learn quickly) machine learning
• Curiosity-driven mindset.

Description
The digital transformation that healthcare has undergone has encouraged the generation of a large quantity of digital clinical notes. Majority of those notes contain unstructured information which complicates the search, analysis, and the understanding of the content. The automated analysis and understanding of those notes is of now one of the biggest challenges in healthcare.

In this thesis the undergraduate will study and experiment with AI-based technologies for:
• extracting and classify key information such as adverse events from clinical notes written in natural language;
• generating a coherent and human-readable summary of a sequence of clinical notes.

The thesis will be structured as follows:
• state-of-the-art critical analysis in the field of artificial intelligence applied to healthcare;
• problem formulation: objective function, data structures and resources to be used;
• algorithm design and prototyping;
• in-lab testing verification with real data and measurement of the performance of the approach.

The thesis will be co-tutored with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford. As the opportunity arises, there could be the possibility of doing this thesis abroad depending on the requirements and plans of the master you are enrolled in. The undergraduate will benefit from being immersed in a research environment. It is a unique setting to get into a research mindset with a strong push for innovation. At the end of the thesis, the undergraduate will be familiar with deep learning and semantic analysis, and he will acquire an understanding of the healthcare domain. During the project, he will be able to design and implement an intelligent system applied to real case studies. As additional benefit, she/he will use proficiently control version systems, continuous integration systems, remote deploying and monitoring techniques.

Contact: Send a resume with attached the list of exams to giuseppe.rizzo@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Automated Scientific Content Generation Using Semantic Analysis and Deep Learning2021-10-12T17:37:12+02:00
Thesis Code: 18002

Thesis Type: Thesis in Computer Science, Data Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematical Engineering, Data Science

Research Area: Innovation Development

Requirements
• Experience with Python and/or Java
• Basic knowledge of modular development
• Beginner of (or willing to learn quickly) machine learning
• Curiosity-driven mindset.

Description
Automated assistants are now more than ever taking place in our daily life. Assistants are thus asked to generate content according to user’ inputs and contextual objectives. Let take the case of a scientist in his daily task of performing experiments, filling tables and reporting findings. Lots of his time is spent in transcribing findings that have been already elaborated and encoded in tables. The advancements achieved in artificial intelligence support scenarios of co-operation between an artificial intelligence-based assistant and a scientist when writing technical reports. The objective of this thesis will be thus researching and prototyping an intelligent system able to write science starting from tables. In this thesis the undergraduate will develop an AI-based system for writing scientific papers using both semantic analysis and deep learning. The system will be able to learn autonomously from pairs of tables and papers created as gold examples and generate from a newer table a report.

The thesis will be structured as follows:
• state-of-the-art critical analysis in the field of document generation using both semantic analysis and deep learning;
• problem formulation: objective function, data structures and resources to be used;
• algorithm design and prototyping;
• in-lab testing verification with real data and measurement of the goodness of the approach.

The undergraduate will benefit from being immersed in a research environment. It’s a unique setting to get into a research mindset with a strong push for innovation. At the end of the thesis the undergraduate will be familiar with semantic analysis and deep learning and be able to implement an intelligent system. As additional benefit, she/he will use proficiently control version systems, continuous integration systems, remote deploying and monitoring techniques.

Contact: Send a resume with attached the list of exams to giuseppe.rizzo@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis code and title.

Deep Learning System to Characterize Scholars using Scientific Papers2021-10-12T17:37:31+02:00
Thesis Code: 18001

Thesis Type: Thesis in Computer Science, Data Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematical Engineering, Data Science

Research Area: Innovation Development

Requirements
• Experience with Python and/or Java
• Basic knowledge of modular development
• Beginner of (or willing to learn quickly) machine learning
• Curiosity-driven mindset.

Description
A critical pain of all organizations is managing competencies of their personnel due to both internal variations of topic characterizations (usually an employee acquires knowledge and evolves his professional competence spectrum) and external towards aligning new trends and market requirements. In this thesis the undergraduate will develop an intelligent system for compressing scientific papers into a list of topics in a lossy manner using both semantic analysis and deep learning. The system will be able to learn autonomously from a set of scientific papers authored by scholars and be able to characterize an unknown scholar starting from her/his set of scientific articles.

The thesis will be structured as follows:
• state-of-the-art critical analysis in the field of document summarization using both semantic analysis and deep learning;
• problem formulation: objective function, data structures and resources to be used;
• algorithm design and prototyping;
• in-lab testing verification with real data and measurement of the goodness of the approach.

The undergraduate will benefit from being immersed in a research environment. It’s a unique setting to get into a research mindset with a strong push for innovation. At the end of the thesis the undergraduate will be familiar with deep learning and semantic analysis and be able to implement an intelligent system. As additional benefit, she/he will use proficiently control version systems, continuous integration systems, remote deploying and monitoring techniques.

Contact: Send a resume with attached the list of exams to giuseppe.rizzo@linksfoundation.com specifying the thesis coda and title.

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