Internship Proposals

New internship proposals!

26 Jan , 2016  

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check here our new intership proposals  and contact us at jolskil@telecomitalia.it!

SKIL

15 Nov , 2015  

SKILThe Semantics and Knowledge Innovation Lab (SKIL) is part of the Joint Open Labs network of Telecom Italia, whose goal is to foster the open innovation through the creation of laboratories co-located at the top-level universities all over Italy. The technological focus of SKIL is Big Data and Data Mining: the high-level multidisciplinary team investigates and develop data-driven solutions that exploit the enormous amount of data generated (Call Detailed Records – CDR ) in the network of Telecom Italia, as well as the Personal Data created in mobility – by its customers. SKIL is co-located at the EIT ICT Labs Italian node with the University of Trento and the FBK Research center.SKIL runs project with top international partners like British Telecom and Telefonica and universities like MIT Media Lab, North Eastern University, TU Delft and Politecnico di Milano. Its international team is composed by internal researcher, PhD students and research scholars.

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LIVLAB – KICK OFF

20 Apr , 2015  

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LivLab (http://livlab.unicooptirreno.com) is a living lab created by Telecomitalia in partnership with Unicoop Tirreno, CNR and Fondazione Bruno Kessler.

For Telecomitalia, the project involves JOL SKIL of Trento, the JOL WAVE of Catania, and the Future Centre.

The living lab started on 10.04.2015  (see press release ) and will involve 100 members equipped with Android smartphone in Livorno for a year.

The mission of LivLab is (i)  developing of the model of the Personal Data Store, which the user sees as the only protagonist of the management of their personal data (in this case the data from the sensors on board the smartphone and expenditure with membership card) and (ii) the development of innovative personal data driven in the retail grafted onto the platform of Personal Data Store developed as part of the living labs of Trento.

Members investigators are already using the ‘application LIVLAB charges, developed by JOL WAVE, smart management of expenditure incurred by membership card, but it is already expected by the year the release of 2 new services made by EMS circuit EIT and in the course of the co-design of the evoluzionu LIVLAB charges with which they will try to integrate the diversity of personal information with the aim of providing a truly personalizzato.logo_livlab

The success of the Mobile Territorial Lab of Trento has shown that the model of living labs Federated accelerates the innovation cycle and time-to-market services developed through an ongoing engagement, the early stages, and the user of a business partner (in this case Unicoop Tirreno) interested in this new way of building services. Moreover, the involvement of academic partners (CNR and FBK, if LivLab) also allows you to experimentally verify the results produced by these research centers in realistic application contexts.

Mobile Territorial Lab

Mobile Territorial Lab

1 Sep , 2014  

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The Mobile Territorial Lab (MTL) project has been created by Telecom Italia SKIL Lab, in cooperation with Telefónica I+D, the Human Dynamics group at MIT Media Lab, the Institute for Data Driven Design (ID³) and Fondazione Bruno Kessler, and with contributions from Telecom Italia Future Center. The project aims at creating an experimental environment to push forward the research on human-behavior analysis and interaction studies of people while in mobility. MTL aims at exploiting smartphones’ sensing capabilities to unobtrusively and cost-effectively access to previously inaccessible sources of data related to daily social behavior (location, physical proximity of other devices; communication data (phone calls and SMS), movement patterns, and so on. The Mobile Territorial Lab (MTL) in Trentino is the first of a network of living labs and aims at fostering mobile phone related research activities with real people on a very responsive territory. This includes the involvement of a significant number of committed users with the goal of having a continuous and active user base to interact with and cutting down the experimentation setup costs. A continue and active user base equipped with smartphones, enabling users to access (from everywhere) online services and to collect personal or contextual information from the integrated sensors, represents a valuable and unique sample for investigating new paradigms of Personal (Big) Data management and novel Personal Data-driven services.

> Discover more on www.mobileterritoriallab.eu

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My Data Store – The Personal Data Store of MTL

4 Aug , 2014  

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Toward a new model for personal data management: from data protection to data control and exploitation

Ubiquitous sensing is nowadays reality and it has gone largely beyond the widespread adoption of smartphones among a large majority of the consumers. Ubiquitous computing, in fact, is rapidly broadening its boundaries, leveraging on continuously increasing sensing opportunities offered by modern, low-cost technologies (ranging from wearable/body sensors to smart homes, vehicles and other devices empowered with rich sensing capabilities). These leaded to the generation and collection of a previously unimaginable quantity and variety of Personal Data (PD), which have enriched everyone’s digital footprint and has become the core of digital services and mobile applications. Smartphones capabilities of collecting contextual information and of ensuring connection to the network while in mobility, moreover, has further pushed the success of social networks applications andthe digitalization of business/personal services, chich have resulted in a tremendous and continuous production of PD.

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EVENTS

Squeezing Telco Big Data resources and Big Data analysis in two days’ tutorial…Yes you can!

5 Feb , 2016  

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The 2nd and 3rd of February at JOL SKIL a tutorial on precious data collected from Telecom Italia (as well as every Telco in the world)  – Call Details Record – and the techniques/best practices to extrapolate meaningful information out of it has taken place. Among the participants other experts in the innovation environment inside Telecom Italia but also consultants that help Telecom Italia to get the best out of these data. The growing interest in Big Data and the data driven mindset to develop services and solutions makes this important resource, which has been the “playfield” of the JOL SKIL in the last years, a goldmine for some other company’s areas where it was remained still unexplored.

Spreading knowledge and analysis technique to maximize the use of such asset inside the company while promoting a mindset change towards a data driven approach in different areas of research and developments from Smart Cities to IoT or wellbeing unleash great opportunities for ideas creation and both international/local collaborations.

Just after two days, where the main concepts for both understanding the resource and for obtaining information out of it, many where enthusiast and expressed new ideas or got insights about how this resource could be used for improvement in some already started project.

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“Disrupting the future!” Can we in Europe?

28 Jan , 2016  

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The conference “Disrupting the future” organized by the Business Innovation Observatory – a European Commission initiative – aimed to create a fruitful discussion among policy makers, entrepreneurs, start-uppers and other stakeholders of the innovation environment.

It was a great pleasure to participate at the event and present, among others, one of the selected projects (Favour-Excahgne – Part of Mobile Territorial Lab services), which have been evaluated of great innovation potential, out of more than 300 case studies analyzed by the Business Innovation Observatory.

Besides being a good opportunity for networking and to get to know other entrepreneurs, their ideas and most of all exchanging suggestions and thoughts about each other projects; the conference successfully highlighted the limitations/barriers that must be overcome in order to create a competitive innovation environment in Europe.

My take away in one sentence is that we (Europeans) need “education, education & education” and – of course – some adjustment in regulations. Let me explain a bit better every single instance of this wonderful word: “education”.

  1. Education (the one which is done in the education system). We need to reform our education system from the ground to the tertiary level. Lucia Cusmano (OECD, Secretary to the Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship) said that Europe is great at attracting talent from all over the world in its universities, but these people once formed often goes and boost innovation somewhere else. Philippe Vanrie (CEO of EBN – European Business and innovation centre Network), said that our university smell like his father (i.e. they are still run as the previous century). I think that we need to educate the next generations in a completely different way for a completely different world with completely new and flexible business models. Moreover, in this kind of society, consciousness and ability in risk evaluation and risk taking will be keys to be able to boost disrupting innovation. Universities and research centers need to change too; research – and founds gathered for it – has not to be an end in itself, but projects should have some real innovation capacity and opportunity to land on the market as some presented that come from that environment – presented both from Cambridge campus related Start-Ups (Cambridge Energy Data LabH2GO Power)
  2. Education (or better re-education of conspicuous part of the population). Most of today innovations have a digital side. In order to benefit of the last health care monitoring provided by Decadoo (a very interesting case study presented) the users need to understand the basic usage of some devices and be aware of the opportunities/benefits offered by the new technologies. One of the latest documentation about “Citizen and the ICTs” of the statistical public agency of my country (Italy – ISTAT) reports that 4 people out of 10 never used internet in 2014, moreover despite the presence of an incredible amount of online service offered by the public administration only 3 out of 10 used at least one of those. In order to spread innovation, it is crucial to have a well-educated customer base. There are several actions that the policy makers can adopt to gap the digital divide and these could have a double benefit effect: promote the adoption of digital services pushed by start-ups and create an easier/efficient/cost effective paperwork management.
  3. Education (financial one). Most of the participants complained about the difficulties of finding resources especially at the starting point of their adventure. Again, this regards risk-taking evaluation by financers but it also regards where the policy makers want to push investments – for instance through taxation. Thus, beside starting to educate average people that the best thing to do with their money/savings is to put it in the national bonds, which may be less taxed than other investments (this is the case of Italy for instance), the concept of crowd-founding and investments that goes to job-creation and ideas/value proposition boosting may be supported as a good way to use citizen investment power.

Besides these important three “education” points of weakness and possible action-points for the policy makers, which may be taken wherever in the world, there is another one only related to the European Union: the single market. Widen the customer base by enabling different countries to use a service/product – without modifications of any type –  is a key factor of success for innovators. Many entrepreneurs complained about different regulation barriers, it was the case of Zoomability (a great example of how entrepreneurs can help people with disability or difficulties in movements). “Less regulation is better regulation” or better a single well done regulation for the 28 countries part of the EU could be a great simplification for entrepreneurs. Europe has already other barriers compared to USA, for instance language and also culture vary a lot more in the old continent in comparison to USA. Finally regulations about financing are also way different state-by-state compared to USA. These barriers represent for sure a limitation when comparing the innovation environment in EU to the USA one.

Here some Tweets from the conference regarding problems and barriers:

“Policy coherence across Europe can improve innovation in Europe”  Ms Cusmano @OECD #BIOfuture

“Single market policy is the best innovation policy” @FabianZuleeg #BIOfuture

Young entrepreneur D. Mata, keynote #BIOfuture event: “Innovation @ institutions relies in creativity encouragement” @EEN_EU @EU_Growth

Do these problems/barriers mean that in Europe we are destined to loose and loose terrain and remain behind our innovators counterparts in USA? No, there are plenty of successful case studies as those presented at the #BIOfuture conference (check the agenda to find the list of the presenters), moreover there are many examples of great disruption such as: Spotify, BlaBlaCar, Skype, Prezi, Eventribe that made their way mainstream from Europe! What does this means? It means that besides the problems and barriers previously explained, innovators developed “antibodies” to fight these problems and got stronger that those who could make it without these problems.

Yes, we (innovators) can disrupt the future and doing it in Europe…we are already doing it, nevertheless a little help from policy-makers that should tackle the listed problems/barriers will represent a giant leap towards success.

Besides the celebration of projects and start-ups analyzed by the Business Innovation Observatory, a lot of stakeholders were on stage not only discussing problems but proposing realizable solutions. Among them, there were not only policy makers or observers, but also representative from tech firms (Ronan Harris, Vice President, Google, EMEA) and business angels (Jacopo Losso, Assistant Director of Secretariat of EBAN – European Business Angels Network). Together with other panelist they gave a clear view on shared recognized problems and the way to find suitable solutions, these need effort but with the commitment of the EU Commission and of every single country a lot can be done.

In its closing remarks, Slawomir Tokarski (Director, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission) said that we need changes in policy but everything still depends from talents and skills – these are the only drivers that can boost ideas and thus stimulate financial investments.  A great encouragement, for a mindset change, that should be boost first by every innovator locally.  At the end of his speech he also announce that the work of Business Innovation Observatory will live its 2.0 iteration by continuing to highlight success cases trends and give evidence to policy makers of changes that can boost innovation in Europe. Stay tuned!

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Internship Proposals

Internship proposal: quality of the different radio network distribution algorithms

26 Jan , 2016  

In telecommunications, the coverage of a radio station is the geographic area where the station can communicate. Telecommunications companies frequently produce coverage maps to indicate to users the station’s intended service area, that is called cell. These coverage maps are generated based on a deterministic uniform approach, i.e. the power of the radio network is uniformly distributed over the area of a cell and each cell has a well-defined service area that is not overlapping with the service area of any other cell. In practice, coverage depends on several factors such as buildings, non inhabited areas, distribution of the electromagnetic field, etc. These factors influence the quality of the radio network and most of the times a mobile call is assigned to a neighboring cell instead of the cell that was theoretically determined by the algorithm. That is why coverage prediction has always been of great importance for mobile network operators. In this respect, there has been done work on probabilistic algorithms to estimate the mobile network coverage.

The scope of this internship is to study the quality of the different radio network distribution algorithms and also study and understand the different factors that affect that quality.Telecom Italia will provide the description of the coverage maps elaborated using different algorithms and datasets of measurements of the location and coverage of mobile events that spanned over a time period.

Interested candidates are expected to send an email to Roberto Larcher <roberto.larcher@telecomitalia.it> and/or Cristiana Chitic (cristiana.chitic@telecomitalia.it) with the list of courses they have passed alongside their marks.

Internship Proposals

Internship proposal: veracity of the coverage estimation in telecommunication networks

26 Jan , 2016  

Telecommunication companies are building many services based on data produced by their telecommunication networks. Most of these services rely on the collection of Call Detail Records and Location Updates whose role is recording information about the events triggered by the user over the network. The precious characteristic of these records it that, besides logging the occurrence time of the event, they also log information about where the event took place. More in particular the place is recorded in terms of the antenna serving the user while he performs the event. The direct consequence of this is that telecommunication companies can precisely locate an event only if they are good at estimating the territory served by each of their antennas. Such an estimation (i.e. coverage estimation) can be performed with different approaches and in this thesis Telecom Italia provides the student with a ground truth dataset asking him to perform a comparison among these approaches. This operation will require the candidate to formally define one or more metrics to measure the veracity of the coverage estimation and implementing a tool that taken as input the ground truth dataset and a coverage estimation computes the defined metrics.

Interested candidates are expected to send an email to Roberto Larcher <roberto.larcher@telecomitalia.it> and/or Prof. Velegrakis <velgias@disi.unitn.eu> with the list of courses they have passed alongside their marks.

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Internship proposal: Big Data for transportation

26 Jan , 2016  

In the last years telecommunication companies are investigating how the data they own can be exploited in order to create innovative services. In this context the most used data are those produced by mobile cellular networks thanks to their ability to track the movement of mobile phone users. In line with this trend, Telecom Italia developed a system to estimate two aspects of the mobility between big cities: the amount of people moving among the cities and the kind of transportation mean they use for the trip distinguishing between airplane, train and car. This thesis concerns the improvement of this system, in order to accomplish the task the student will be provided with the access to a Big Data infrastructure and a one month national wide dataset of data collected from the TIM mobile cellular network.

Interested candidates are expected to send an email to Roberto Larcher <roberto.larcher@telecomitalia.it> and/or Prof. Velegrakis <velgias@disi.unitn.eu> with the list of courses they have passed alongside their marks.