5653ceb29b32c4e3b18d84170b6b707e_biggerAutomation of Flickr photos recommendation on mobile devices:

The project is a collaboration between the University of Turin and the Social Media Engagement team in Yahoo Labs Barcelona that Rossano Schifanella visited as a Visiting Scientist for a year.

The goal is the design of a scalable, context-aware framework for personalized multimedia items recommendations targeted to the mobile context. The approach is meant to leverage the temporal, geographic, social and behavioral information that can be gathered from the device to provide a personalized user experience. Moreover, the scalability, data-sparsity, transparency, and evaluation challenges will be explored and integrated with the focus on the applicability to a product-driven environment.

Event Detection:

A Telecom Italia-funded project aimed to analyze social data originated from smartphones, targeting the detection of crowdsourced events around the world. The principal developer and investigator of the project is Marco Sero, that continues his work, started during the development of his undergraduate project, in cooperation with our group.
The ARCS group is the academic component of the project and it focuses with the effects that the project might have in the scientific community.

“Data analysis, integration, and visualization of the history of the MITO-SettembreMusica Festival”:
The project, developped by an interdisciplinary consortium that includes the University of Torino, the CSI-Piemonte, the Politechnic of Milano, and, aims at studying the history of the MITO-SettembreMusica Festival, one of the most important musical festivals in Europe. Since 1978, the different musical pieces played during the more than 30 editions depicts the evolution of muscial tastes of the organizers, the public and the critics. The reserarch teams is involved in the development of innovative approaches to analyze, integrate, and visualize these highly complex data. The ARCS group coordinates the analysis of the MITO-SettembreMusica socio-musical network, a multipartite dynamical graph that models the interconnection of musical pieces, performers, and directors. First results of the analysis are available in the CSI-Piemonte’s website.

INCA – INteractive Content Architecture (2011-13):
A Finpiemonte-funded project, under “Polo della Creatività Digitale e Multimedialità” framework, addressed to develop a set of technologies to support the life cycle of transmedia and 3D content. The consortium is made of three industrial partners (Eurix S.r.l., Cedeo Sas, Synarea Consultants S.r.l.), one research organization (CSP S.c.a.r.l.) and UniTo as the only academic component. ARCS group is in charge of social information processing  aspects for optimizing and customizing the search of transmedia content.



Information Dynamics in Complex Data Structures (2010-12):
MIUR-funded project within the PRIN (Progetto di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale) program that focuses on the study of the dynamics of information in social-techno systems. UniTo is part of an interdisciplinary consortium that includes also three academic partners, i.e., the Department of Mathematics, University of Roma “La Sapienza”, the Department of Mathematics, University of Bologna, and the Physics Department, University of Roma “La Sapienza”. The main emphasis of the ARCS group is on the study of the emergence of regularities and semantics for social information processing.

IS4.MOBI – Interactive Services for Mobiles (2010-12):
Finpiemonte-funded project for the implementation of a demonstrative platform that can enable the rapid development of accessible and multi-platform services for different mobile devices. UniTo is part of a consortium that includes also three industrial partners (Ooros, ATON, Telecom Italia), and one research center (ISMB – Istituto Superiore Mario Boella). The part of the project under the responsibility of ARCS addresses epidemic diffusion of information on mobile devices.


SALC – Services à la Carte (2010-11):
Finpiemonte-funded project, under “Polo ICT” framework, focused on configuring and managing user-driven media services. UniTo is part of a consortium that includes also two industrial partners (commITworld s.r.l., Cedeo sas). The part of the project under the responsibility of ARCS  group addresses recommendation issues as well as a methodology for the analysis of user’s tagging activities.



ASVD – Ad-Supported Video Distribution (2010-11)
Finpiemonte-funded project, under “POR-FESR” framework, focused on smart technologies to deliver advertising-supported rich video content. UniTo is a subcontractor of one the industrial partner that participates the consortium, that is Sinapsi s.r.l.. ARCS group at UniTo has been in charge of implementing a prototype of ananonymous user classifier, that predicts a socio-demographic category on the basis of user behaviour in a video distribution system. This activity was completed with user’s data analysis, and a compartive evaluation of recommendation engines that can be used in such a domain.


RD-PVR (2008-09):
RD-PVR (Recommendation and Discovery for Personal Video Recorder) was a 15 months research project partially funded by the Torino Wireless Foundation, and sponsored by InRete s.r.l. company . The project aimed at creating an integrated recommendation system based on social networking and the so-called long tail of users, in the context of Personal Video Recorders and set top boxes enabling IPTV services. Social networking techniques of latest web-based services, were exploited for pushing personalized programming to the end users, for social recommendationcontent control and filtering. Parts of these efforts directed towards the realization of VCast, deployed by InRete.


PROFILES (2007-08):
PROFILES (PeeR-to-peer beyOnd FILE Sharing) is a two-year italian research project partially supported by MIUR under the PRIN (Progetti di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale) funding program 2007-2008. Eight Universities grouped in four Research Units participates in this project whose goal, besides fundamental research, is also the development of prototype sub-systems. Our unit addressed micro-payments issues for peer-to-peer market places, secure  framework for p2p applications, p2p recommender systems for file-sharing applications and mobile networks.


WebMinds (2002-05):
We were granted by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (FIRB research fund). WebMinds is the acronym for Wide-scalE, Broadband, MIddleware for Network Distributed Services. The main goal of the project is to design and implement a platform for: Ubiquitous remote access (anything, anywhere, anytime), Multimedia communications, Remote control, Service customization, Data downloading and uploading. The consortium was leaded by University of Genoa, and included many other italian universities such as: University of Reggio Emilia and Modena, University of Rome, University of Salerno, University of Milan, and so on.

DIP – DIgital Penguin (2002-03):
The University of Turin financially supported Ruffo‘s idea to develop a computer-graphic short video clip with the goal of communicating, in an accessible way, some of the concepts behind computer technology. For that project he received a grant of 72k€and, for the first time, he could coordinate and supervise the activity of a small team of 5 persons (and a number of involved students). The video is still used in many introductory classes of Computer Science at the University of Turin.