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Teaching architecture : Peter Zumthor and the foundations of composition

De Conti Lorentz, Rafael ; Angonese, Walter (Dir.) ; Rakowitz, Gundula (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2021 ; 2021ARC003.

In 1996, the newly founded Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio invited Peter Zumthor to be the professor in charge of one of the school’s first three design studios. What took form from that was a singular educational experience, conducted by Zumthor as a didactic project spanning a three-year period - the academic years of 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99 - and comprehending a sequence of 19...

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Analyzing system performance with probabilistic performance annotations

Rogora, Daniele ; Carzaniga, Antonio (Dir.) ; Soulé, Robert (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020INFO024.

Understanding the performance of software is complicated. For several performance metrics, in addition to the algorithmic complexity, one must also consider the dynamics of running a program within different combinations of hardware and software environments. Such dynamical aspects are not visible from the code alone, and any kind of static analysis falls short. For example, in reality, the...

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INDIGO : a generalized model and framework for performance prediction of data dissemination

Garg, Kamini ; Jazayeri, Mehdi (Dir.) ; Giordano, Silvia (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017INFO001.

According to recent studies, an enormous rise in location-based mobile services is expected in future. People are interested in getting and acting on the localized information retrieved from their vicinity like local events, shopping offers, local food, etc. These studies also suggested that local businesses intend to maximize the reach of their localized offers/advertisements by pushing them...

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The irony of networks

Markovic, Josip ; Cristofoli, Daniela (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015ECO002.

By the end of the 1970s, it became evident that hierarchies were not always the most efficient and effective solution for complex problems in increasingly plural and fragmented societies. During the last 40 years governance structures and practices in the public sector have shifted towards new logics that direct the way the public sector is functioning. This dissertation deals with use of ...

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An empirical study of information flows and conflicts of interests in brokerage business and mutual fund industry

Nefedova, Tamara ; Degeorge, François (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014ECO002.

In my PhD thesis I unveil somewhat controversial trading practices and conflicts of interests in mutual fund industry and brokerage business. I aim to provide empirical evidence of premature information diffusion in capital markets. The novel data and identification approach of the study allows answering the questions so far not answered in the literature. In Chapter I of my thesis, I study a...

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Understanding the performance of interactive applications

Jovic, Milan ; Hauswirth, Matthias (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2011 ; 2011INFO011.

Many if not most computer systems are used by human users. The performance of such interactive systems ultimately affects those users. Thus, when measuring, understanding, and improving system performance, it makes sense to consider the human user's perspective. Essentially, the performance of interactive applications is determined by the perceptible lag in handling user requests. So, when...