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Università della Svizzera italiana

When and how java developers give up static type safety

Mastrangelo, Luis ; Hauswirth, Matthias (Dir.) ; Nystrom, Nathaniel (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2019 ; 2019INFO008.

The main goal of a static type system is to prevent certain kinds of errors from happening at run time. A type system is formulated as a set of constraints that gives any expression or term in a program a well-defined type. Besides detecting these kinds of errors, a static type system can be an invaluable maintenance tool, can be useful for documentation purposes, and can aid in generating ...

Université de Neuchâtel

Evolution of the "Castanea sativa" - "Dryocosmus kuriphilus" - "Torymus sinensis" - system in southern Switzerland

Gehring, Eric ; Aebi, Alexandre (Dir.) ; Conedera, Marco (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

The arrival of new organisms that may potentially become harmful for people and ecosystems has become a world-wide daily concern to the point that in Switzerland about 800 established alien species exist, of which at least 107 are considered invasive. A possible way to control such pests is by importing and releasing natural enemies from their countries of origin, letting them to act as so-called...

Université de Neuchâtel

Towards the democratization of ontological modeling through a new pervasive means of representation

Baset, Selena ; Stoffel, Kilian (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019 ; 2787.

Despite their proven utility in various areas of knowledge engineering, ontologies are falling short of reaching an equal position as formal domain models in the landscape of enterprise software development. With the ultimate goal of making ontologies more accessible to a wider audience of software development stakeholders, this thesis investigates the reasons that are still standing between...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Bank risk appetite in a world of CoCos

Aquila, Cecilia ; Barone Adesi, Giovanni (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO015.

We investigate the shape of risk appetite when the bank is financed also with contingent convertible bonds (CoCos). Our contribution to the existent literature is to assess risk appetite in a multi-dimensional perspective and to account for differences among banks' clusters, especially in a world with CoCos and policy rates approaching zero or negative figures. In our model, the bank objective...

Université de Neuchâtel

Memories of the "liberation of Kosovo" among Albanian-speaking activists in Switzerland : narrating transnational belonging to the nation

Farquet, Romaine ; Dahinden, Janine (Dir.) ; Duijzings, Ger (Codir.) ; Schwander-Sievers, Stephanie (Codir.) ; Lacroix, Thomas (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

The Albanian-speaking population living in Switzerland mobilised massively on behalf of the national cause in Kosovo in the 1990s. After the end of the conflict, that saw the departure of the Serbian forces from Kosovo (1999), some of the Albanian-speaking activists from Switzerland returned to their homeland. Many others remained in Switzerland, where they largely diminished or terminated their...

Université de Neuchâtel

Haecceitism as a Theory of Individual Essences

Scarpati, Maria ; Correia, Fabrice (Dir.) ; Massin, Olivier (Codir.) ; Dasgupta, Shamik (Codir.) ; Mackie, Penelope (Codir.) ; Rodriguez-Pereyra, Gonzalo (Codir.) ; Varzi, Achille (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

This thesis deals with the debate that opposes two metaphysical views: Haecceitism and anti-Haecceitism. Roughly speaking, according to anti-Haecceitists everything about reality is determined by the qualitative character of reality itself, while Haecceitists deny that this is the case. The thesis has two main goals. The first is to formulate and defend a novel way to understand the two views in...

Université de Neuchâtel

Ecosystem engineers’ contribution to soil structure formation in floodplains

Schomburg, Andreas ; Le Bayon, Claire (Dir.) ; Guenat, Claire (Codir.) ; Brunner, Philip (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

Soil structure formation constitutes an extremely important process in near-natural and restored floodplains. A stable soil structure protects riverbanks from erosion and contributes to the preservation of ecosystem services. However, developing a soil structure in alluvial soils is difficult for several reasons. Extensive alluvial dynamics cause periodic waterlogging and continuously rejuvenate...