Firms and tax competition in the digital economy: a data platform for geo-temporal network analysis
Digitisation is rapidly transforming local economies. Businesses are becoming increasingly mobile and integrated into complex networks. Formerly competitive markets are becoming more concentrated, thus threatening the growth prospects of peripheral regions. In this context, tax competition can be harmful.
The purpose of this project is twofold: firstly, we will build an open and scalable data platform that makes it possible to follow companies in time and space, from their foundation to their removal from the commercial register, and to obtain information regarding their legal and network structure. Secondly, we will study the effects of tax competition on the location choices of businesses, as well as on their organizational and network structure. We will pay special attention to the new sectors of the digital economy.
Partners: Prof. Raphaël Parchet, Faculty of Economics, Università della Svizzera italiana
StringsArt is a project for the management of documentations (including research papers) on musical instruments. The system offers various features including smart searches, tagging management, and automatic insertion of paper metadata from DOI.
Beyond Watching: Next Generation Programming Tutorials Leveraging Interaction Data
This project investigates a next generation approach to author, deliver, and experiment with programming video tutorials and lectures by leveraging the research performed in the past few years in mining interaction data, and in particular the experience we had building Tako.
In such an integrated platform, which is a customized version of Visual Studio Code, users are able to fully navigate the tutorial in all media dimensions, from video to slides, and from accompanying resources to code, enabling full experimentation by the learner. The user can fast-forward and rewind the video stream of the instructor and the IDE state. More importantly, each state can be inspected and modified at any time, for example to check the types of variables or the full context around the currently edited code. Our platform has the potential to significantly improve the way video tutorials are produced and perused and thus the way programming teaching and training are performed.
E-waste: Cheap and Smart Boxes for Medical Waste Management
The e-waste project is about creating and testing an innovative medical waste tracking system. This system will enable the real-time tracking of clinical waste, to ensure a correct disposal and allowing the optimisation of the disposal process and administrative management through the collection of information.
Partners: Dr. Alberto Ferrante, Advanced Learning and Research Institute (ALARI), Università della Svizzera italiana - Valbenne SA - Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale
Tako: Collecting and Visualizing Development Activities in Visual Studio Code
Tako is a Visual Studio Code (VSC) plugin that collects, aggregates, and visualizes interaction data. It collects fine-grained raw interaction data from VSC, based mainly on a language independent protocol and thus it supports multiple programming languages. Tako aggregates the collected raw data into development activities (e.g., navigation, editing) and provides a set of interactive visualizations to help developers reflect about their activities, and ultimately understand how they are spending their time.