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Seamless integration of teaching, research and applications An innovative, integrated approach forms the core framework of the teaching, research and practical applications of the Faculty.

Our study programmes evolve naturally from our research activities, so that students of all levels have opportunity to work directly on software development projects that have real-world impact for business, the public, and the international research community.
Our teaching offer comprises all three levels of studies: Bachelor, Master and PhD. Our jewel in the crown are our European Masters degrees, which foresee periods of study at partner universities and a double degree.

We are particualrly committed to research. An excellent infrastructure and an international and dynamic teaching body create the ideal environment for this and our research projects are internationally recognised and financed through national and European funds, with frequent contributions from local companies and public institutions.

Our strong focus on research does not make us neglect real-world applications. Our Faculty works in close collaboration with local entities, organises common endeavours and addresses actual demands of enterprises, local government and schools.

10:00 - 17:00 h
Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation - A workshopExternal eventsThe aim of this workshop is to discuss and analyze the possibilities to initiate a program in Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation.  At the core of this workshop is a presentation about an experience with such a program at Intel in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley. We will discuss how to merge such an experience with the experience made at the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Computer Science.Room 002 , Dominikanerplatz 3 - Piazza Domenicani, 3, 39100 Bozen-BolzanoDr. Mark Harris, InnoVaventures UG
11:30 - 12:30 h
Building Large Scale Recommender Systems - An IDSE SeminarExternal events Recommender systems have become a popular element in digital products. In order to deliver an optimal user experience, in addition to high quality recommendations, a recommender system needs to respond in a timely manner.   Building a large scale recommender system comes with its own challenges, some of which will be presented in this talk. Room E411, Universitätsplatz 1 - Piazza Università, 1, 39100 Bozen-BolzanoOmar Moling, 42matters AG, Zürich
11:00 - 12:00 h
Finding a Needle in a Haystack of Reviews: Cold Start Context-Based Hotel Recommender System - An IDSE SeminarExternal eventsOnline hotel searching is a daunting task due to the wealth of online information. Reviews written by other travelers replace the word-of-mouth, yet turn the search into a time consuming task. Users do not rate enough hotels to enable a collaborative filtering based recommendation. Thus, a cold start recommender system is needed.   In this work we design a cold start hotel recommender system, which uses the text of the reviews as its main data. We define context groups based on reviews extracted from and We introduce a novel weighted algorithm for text mining. Our algorithm imitates a user that favors reviews written with the same trip intent and from people of similar background (nationality) and with similar preferences for hotel aspects, which are our defined context groups. Our approach combines numerous elements, including unsupervised clustering to build a vocabulary for hotel aspects, semantic analysis to understand sentiment towards hotel features, and the profiling of intent and nationality groups. We implemented our system which was used by the public to conduct 150 trip planning experiments. We compare our solution to the top suggestions of the mentioned web services and show that users were, on average, 20% more satisfied with our hotel recommendations. We outperform these web services even more in cities where hotel prices are high. Room 002 , Dominikanerplatz 3 - Piazza Domenicani, 3, 39100 Bozen-BolzanoOsnat (Ossi) Mokryn, Academic College Tel Aviv Yaffo and Haifa University
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