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Università della Svizzera italiana

End-user development of mashups using live natural language programming

Aghaee, Saeed ; Pautasso, Cesare (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014INFO002.

The emergence of the long-tail in the market of software applications is shifting the role of end-users from mere consumers to becoming developers of applications addressing their unique, personal, and transient needs. On the Web, a popular form of such applications is called mashup, built out of the lightweight composition of Web APIs (reusable software components delivered as a service...

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Social support and acceptance among rheumatoid arthritis patients : “learning how to live with chronic pain”

Kostova, Zlatina ; Schulz, Peter J. (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014COM008.

Chronic pain sufferers with diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) are a category of patients that feels stigmatized, lacking understanding and support from the surrounding social environment (Davison et al., 2000). The invisible and unpredictable character of RA makes it very difficult to be recognized and understood by family, friends, colleagues, and so on, and patients often complain...

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Confidence in technology use : the development and validation of a technological, pedagogical, and content self-efficacy scale for teachers

Fanni, Francesca ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014COM007.

This thesis is positioned at the intersection of education, technology, and motivation research fields, specifically in the context of K-12 teaching. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between teachers’ self- efficacy and their technology use, and design and validate a self-efficacy measure to assess teachers’ beliefs about technology use in their profession. This...

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Judgment skills in health literacy : Measurement and role in effective asthma patient self-management

Moreno Londoño, Ana Maria ; Schulz, Peter J. (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014COM006.

This dissertation is a collection of three empirical papers describing three interrelated studies. In addition, an introductory chapter reviews the state of the art of the health literacy field and addresses how judgment skills come into play. Moreover, a general conclusion reports the contribution of this work to the field of health literacy, and states the direction for future research ...

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Social representations of community multimedia centres in Mozambique

Vannini, Sara ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014COM005.

UNESCO Community Multimedia Centres are a specific model of public access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). These venues are conceived to address the information needs of underserved and marginalised communities in emerging and developing countries. They are composed of a community radio station, which broadcasts in local languages and is managed by local people, along with...

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Essays in asset pricing

Rasekhschaffe, Keywan Christian ; Barone-Adesi, Giovanni (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014ECO006.

My dissertation consists of three main chapters; I focus on empirical aspects of asset pricing. I identify anomalies in equities, relate the book-to-market anomaly and the size anomaly to cash-flow risk, and document a strong cross-sectional predictor of FX volatility returns. In the first part of my dissertation I show that Gross Yield negatively predicts returns in the cross section of...

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Essays in asset pricing

Piatti, Ilaria ; Trojani, Fabio (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014ECO005.

My dissertation consists of three main chapters and focuses on two recent strands of research in asset pricing, namely heterogeneous beliefs about rare event risk and present-value models for predictability of market returns and dividend growth. The first chapter studies the asset pricing implications of investor disagreement about the probability of a systemic disaster. I start from a...

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Advances in deep learning for vision, with applications to industrial inspection : classification, segmentation and morphological extensions

Masci, Jonathan ; Schmidhuber, Jürgen (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014INFO001.

Learning features for object detection and recognition with deep learning has received increasing attention in the past several years and recently attained widespread popularity. In this PhD thesis we investigate its applications to the automatic surface inspection system of our industrial partner ArcelorMittal, for classification and segmentation problems. Currently employed algorithms, in...

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Learner models in online personalized educational experiences : an infrastructure and some experim

Mazzola, Luca ; Colombetti, Marco (Dir.) ; Mazza, Riccardo (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014COM004.

Technologies are changing the world around us, and education is not immune from its influence: the field of teaching and learning supported by the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), also known as Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), has witnessed a huge expansion in recent years. This wide adoption happened thanks to the massive diffusion of broadband connections and to...

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Eating the other : a semiotic approach to the translation of the culinary code

Stano, Simona ; Volli, Ugo (Dir.) ; Rocci, Andrea (Dir.) ; Danesi, Marcel (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014COM003.

Eating and food are often compared to language and communication: anthropologically speaking, food is undoubtedly the primary need. Nevertheless, as Roland Barthes (1961) defends, this need is highly structured, and it involves substances, practices, habits, and techniques of preparation and consumption that are part of a system of differences in signification. In this sense we can speak about a...