BlueAlpaca: a smart chatbot for a smart city

An innovative chatbot project in collaboration with the SynchroniCity EU project and the cities of Milan, Santander, Antwerp and Helsinki. The objective: making information and services accessible and usable by citizens.

Making citizens the eye of policy makers: SCENT

SCENT is a European Union research project funded under the Horizon 2020 program. Its objective is to engage citizens in environmental monitoring and enable them to become the eyes of the policy makers. In doing so citizens will have the chance to support the monitoring of land-cover use and changes by taking advantage of their […]

What a chatbot really is

It’s been roughly two years now since we started working on our first chatbot in U-Hopper. It was called Talk2Fiesta and was developed as part of the FiestaIoT EU project: it was meant to offer an alternative way of accessing environmental information (among the others temperature, humidity and wind) regarding the city of Santander, Spain. […]

AI and energy efficiency

Few days ago I was in Brussels, invited by to speak at a high-level roundtable organized by JRC on Intensive Data Processing and Energy Efficiency – Innovative Green Technologies for Artificial Intelligence. The round table included a number of industry representatives working at the junction of ICT and energy, as well as policy-makers and high-profile scientists. The discussion […]

Monitoring the Trento Sport Festival 2018

The first edition of the Sport Festival has taken place in Trento, Italy, during 11 – 14 October 2018. Being sport addicts, at U-Hopper we could not miss the chance to monitor the Twitter coverage of the event with Tapoi. We have also been using a new interesting analysis for the first time: the people […]

Can fog computing threaten rabbits?

John is an Australian farmer who had serious problems with rabbits in his wide farm. There are many rabbits in Australia and they consume crops of his farm too quickly. He spends most of his day checking all the area of his farm again and again, to see if rabbits have shown up. Despite the […]

Data science in high school? Yes, it can be done!

Last week I had the opportunity to give a talk to a group of high school students during a summer camp organized by the University of Trento in collaboration with HIT, CLAB and the support of U-Hopper, SpazioDati and OpenDataTrentino. The focus of the camp: data science. The question: can a group of students from […]