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​​Autonomies​

Dana Engel

Institute for Applied Linguistics

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​PhD at University of Vienna (Austria)​

Title: Concepts for managing linguistic diversity at schools in South Tyrol

Short abstract: ​My study aims to provide a framework for describing multilingual didactics in South Tyrolean schools and how the challenges of “old” and "new” multilingualism are effectively managed. Data from my survey include interviews with educational actors, school principals and teachers in 18 schools and will allow for the development of a grounded theory for assessing current language policy and practice.

Supervisor(s)​: Rudolf de Cillia (University of Vienna), Eva Vetter (University of Vienna)

Start and end date: 2013-2018


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Flavia De Camillis

Institute for Applied Linguistics

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​​PhD at​ University of Bologna (Italy)

Title: Evaluating the Translation Processes of a Multilingual Public Institution

Short abstract: ​My project aims at evaluating the quality of translation processes in the South Tyrolean provincial administration. Data on translation methods, strategies, tools and difficulties will be collected through a survey. The results will help to develop a better institutional translation framework, in order to achieve a more efficient communication between the administration and the citizens.

Supervisor(s)​: Marcello Soffritti (University of Bologna)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Elena Chiocchetti

Start and end date: 11/2017 – 10/2020


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Jennifer-Carmen Frey

Institute for Applied Linguistics

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​PhD at  Università di Bologna (Italy)​

Title: Using Machine Learning Approaches for Data mining in corpus linguistic research

Short abstract: My project is at the intersection of computer science and corpus linguistics. I am researching how to take machine-learning-based data mining approaches (currently widely used for interdisciplinary data science) and adapt them to corpus linguistic needs. The goal of the project is to provide and evaluate methods to ease the complexity and workload of modern corpus linguistic analyses.

Supervisor(s)​: Marcello Soffritti (University of Bologna)

Start and end date: 10/2016-10/2019​​


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Greta Klotz

Institute for Comparative Federalism

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria), University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Title: Municipalities and Institutional Cooperation in Multilevel Systems

Short abstract: The PhD project analyses the development strategies of the constituent unit “municipality” in South Tyrol and in selected neighbouring regions in the Alpine Region, focusing mainly on their vertical and horizontal institutional cooperation.

Supervisor(s)​: Günther Pallaver (University of Innsbruck), Eva Maria Belser (University of Fribourg)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Francesco Palermo

Start and end date: 10/2017- 10/2020​


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Verena Lyding

Institute for Applied Linguistics

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PhD at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)

Title: Corpus analysis needs and linguistic visualization

Short abstract: My project aims addresses the user-centered evaluation of corpus query tools and their extension through linguistic visualizations. The project aims to foster the informed innovation of query tools by creating a thorough understanding of the research objectives of linguists, and by mapping related requirements to potential solutions of recent visualization efforts

Supervisor(s)​: Stefan Evert (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Start and end date: 07/2007-11/2017


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Kerstin Wonisch

Institute for Minority Rights

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​PhD at​ University of Graz (Austria)​

Title: Islamic Pluralism and Rights of Religious Minorities. The Impact of a State Recognition Policy on Minorities within a Religious Minority

Short abstract: My PhD project focuses on the Shia and Alevi community in Austria and their rights as religious minorities. In particular it assesses the role and duties of the State during and after the process of official legal recognition granted to the Alevi community, and the implied impact of this process on the not yet recognized Shia community. the overall aim of this PhD project is to develop a comprehensive framework for policy makers who are governing Islamic pluralism.

Supervisor(s)​: Joseph Marko (University of Graz)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberta Medda-Windischer

Start and end date: 10/2016 – 09/2019​


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Mountains

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Marcher Anja

Institute for Regional Development

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PhD at Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany)

Title: Hospitality in the Framework of Action Theory and its Implications on Social Space

Short abstract: My study aims to improve the understanding of hospitality in tourism by linking it to concepts of hospitality regarding migration and refugee movements and furthermore by analysing its implications on social space.

Supervisor(s)​: Harald Pechlaner (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt; Eurac Research)

Start and end date: 10/2016-​10/2019


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Aldo Bertone

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at University of Pavia (Italy)

Title: Slow Movements in Alpine Terrains Analyzed Combining Different Technologies: SAR Interferometry, UAV-based Remote Sensing and GPS Measurements

Short abstract: Slow movements in alpine slopes are often related with permafrost creep and can involve human infrastructures. The aim of my project is to (1) combine different techniques to detect and monitoring slow movements with SAR data in South Tyrol, and (2) assimilate ground- and remote-based techniques to improve and refine the assessment of permafrost-related slope dynamics in a specific test area.

Supervisor(s)​: Roberto Seppi (University of Pavia), Francesco Zucca (University of Pavia)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Mattia Callegari

Start and end date: 09/2016- 12/2019


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Stefano Della Chiesa

Institute for Alpine Environment

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Title: Modeling the interactions between water cycle, vegetation and climate in alpine environments

Short abstract: Climate change poses several questions about the future availability of water resources and the impacts on agriculture. My research will study the interactions and processes between soil, vegetation and climate in Alpine environments

Supervisor(s)​: Ulrike Tappeiner (University of Innsbruck; Eurac Research)

Start and end date: ​​02/2013-01/2018​​


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Mehdi Darvishi

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at University of Trento (Italy)

Title: Integrated Earth Observation Techniques for Landslide Monitoring

Short abstract: Satellite remote sensing data have already proven their applicability to derive parameters relevant to natural hazards. In particular, differential interferometry (DInSAR) has demonstrated to be suitable for directly measuring geometric surface changes. Using the Corvara slow moving landslide as a test site, the objective of my study is a) to estimate landslide movement/velocity by the time series processing of SAR data, b) to estimate landslide movement/velocity by TLS and UAV, and c) integrate the SAR data with the TLS/UAV and GPS data.

Supervisor(s)​: Lorenzo Bruzzone (University of Trento)

Start and end date: 11/2015-10/2018​​


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Ludovica De Gregorio

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at University of Trento (Italy)

Title: A contribution to cryosphere monitoring in the EUREGIO region through the integration of hydrological modelling techniques and remote sensing data.

Short abstract: The main idea of my project is to integrate state-of-the-art remote sensing and hydrological modelling techniques to achieve an improved understanding of key processes related to snow and glacier dynamics in the EUREGIO region. I will focus on the energy and water balances, using a multi-level data fusion approach.

Supervisor(s)​: Lorenzo Bruzzone (University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Claudia Notarnicola

Start and end date: 11/2015-10/2018​


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Felix Greifeneder

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at Vienna University of Technology (Austria)

Title: Estimation of surface soil moisture by means of space-borne, high resolution, microwave measurements

Short abstract: Satellite data is commonly used for the spatially-continuous sensing of soil moisture; however, the available products have a coarse spatial resolution and are not valid for mountainous regions. My thesis aims to close this gap by developing a machine-learning approach that can allow for the fusion of satellite data with other auxiliary data to take into account the complex processes in such areas.

Supervisor(s)​: Wolfgang Wagner (Vienna University of Technology)​

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Claudia Notarnicola

Start and end date: 11/2013 – 04/2018​


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Lukas Egarter Vigl

Institute for Alpine Environment

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PhD at​ University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Title: Multiple Ecosystem Service Provision in Dynamic Landscapes

Short abstract: The primary aim of my PhD study is to advance the understanding of the behavior of crucial ecosystem services (ES) and their complex relationships in terms of synergies and trade-offs in dynamic landscapes. This includes accurately as​sessing and mapping the driving forces behind ES capacities and interactions, at different spatial scales and over broad time periods.

Supervisor(s)​: Ulrike Tappeiner (University of Innsbruck; Eurac Research)

Start and end date: ​​10/2012-09/2018


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Christian Kofler

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)

Title: Gravitational and Fluvial Hazards in High Mountain Areas

Short abstract: My PhD research focuses on gravitational and fluvial hazards in periglacial and glacial regions in mountainous areas. Besides their physical processes, I will also investigate exposed infrastructure and develop early-warning strategies

Supervisor(s)​: Francesco Comiti (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Stefan Schneiderbauer

Start and end date: 11/2017-11/ 2020​


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Nikolaus Obojes

Institute for Alpine Environment

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Title: Global change effects on the water balance of mountain ecosystems

Short abstract: Through a review of the results of several water-balance studies, my PhD thesis deals with the effects of plant diversity, climate and land use on the water balance of mountain grasslands and forest​s.

Supervisor(s)​: Ulrike Tappeiner (University of Innsbruck; Eurac Research)

Start and end date: 01/2007-06/2018


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Antonio Padovano

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at​ University of Milano Bicocca (Italy)

Title: Evaluation of biogeophysical parameters using multi-scale and multi-sensors approaches

Short abstract: The purpose of this research study is to develop a methodology to integrate multi-frequency radar data and also to integrate radar and optical data at different scales, with the aim to obtain biogeophysical parameters and to analyze their spatial and temporal dynamics..

Supervisor(s)​: Roberto Colombo (University of Milano Bicocca)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Claudia Notarnicola​

Start and end date: 11/2015-11/2018​

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Mattia Rossi

Institute for Earth Observation

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​PhD at Free University of Bozen - Bolzano (Italy)

Title: Monitoring the Stress of Grassland Vegetation in an Alpine Environment Utilizing Ground -, Proximal – and Remote Sensing Data

Short abstract: My study focusses on retrieving parameters that represent the stress level of grassland vegetation in an alpine environment. Multiple sensors and scales will be taken into account, ranging from point measurements to satellite images. The aim is to find links between exogenous factors and the status of grassland.

Supervisor(s)​: Marc Zebisch (Eurac Research)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Saram Asam; Georg Niedrist 

Start and end date: 11/2016 - 11/2019​


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Alberto Scotti

Institute for Alpine Environment

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Title: Analysing Small Alpine Catchments Affected by Different Anthropogenic Impacts

Short abstract: My PhD research focuses on analyzing the impact of “run-of-river” (ROR) hydropower plants and of mountain agriculture at the catchment and riverine ecosystem levels. Combining the analysis of water samples with samples of benthic macroinvertebrate fauna, a before-after impact assessment will be performed on a stream whose discharge is diverted by a ROR hydropower plant. In a different catchment, a similar methodology will be used to assess the impact of mountain agriculture.Samples will be collected at each point of discontinuity of agricultural land use (e.g. forest/vineyards and vineyards/orchards).

Supervisor(s)​: Ulrike Tappeiner (University of Innsbruck; Leopold Füreder (University of Innsbruck)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberta Bottarin

Start and end date: 03/2016-03/2019​


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Anna Scuttari

Institute for Regional Development​

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PhD at Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany)

Title: Mobility spaces and tourist experiences. Analysing the emotional value of mobility in tourism destinations. 

Short abstract: My project aims to describe mobility in tourism destinations and to develop a framework for understanding how tangible technical elements of mobility (e.g. infrastructure and service network, means of transport used) relate to intangible behavioural ones (travel emotional experiences).

Supervisor(s)​: Harald Pechlaner (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Inglostadt; Eurac Research)

Start and end date: 04/2014-04/2018​


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Michael Steinwandter

Institute for Alpine Environment

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Title: Litter quality and its effect on litter decomposition and macro-decomposers in alpine soils

Short abstract: Alpine semi-natural grassland was formed by traditional and extensive agriculture. However, recent decades have seen an increase in management cessation, which has led to higher amounts of recalcitrant litter. It is still unknown how millipedes and earthworms, dominant Alpine decomposer species, are adapting to this change. My study investigates the effects of different litter qualities on the food choice and development of these fauna.

Supervisor(s)​: Birgit Schlick-Steiner (University of Innsbruck), Julia Seeber (University of Innsbruck, Eurac Research)

Start and end date: 10/2012-09/2018


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Stefano Terzi

Institute for Earth Observation​

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PhD at ​University Cà Foscari Venice (Italy)

Title: Multi-risk Assessment within the Context of Climate Change in Mountain Regions

Short abstract: My PhD intends to develop a methodology that can assess the relationships between different climate induced hazardous events and their territorial repercussions in mountain regions, creating a conceptual model for a comprehensive representation of climate multi-risk relations.

Supervisor(s)​: Silvia Torresan (University Cà Foscari Venice), Andrea Critto (University Cà Foscari Venice)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Stefan Schneiderbauer

Start and end date: 09/2016-09/2019​​


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Health​

Eva König

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (Austria)

Title: Discovery and characterization of disease-related genetic variants

Short abstract: In the framework of three separate projects, my study aims to develop and apply bioinformatics methods for the discovery and characterisation of genetic variants involved in human diseases. The first project addresses the problem of pathogenic variant prediction. The second project is dedicated to the identification of causal variants in three families affected by a cardiovascular disease. The third project aims to diagnose the diseases that affect four families (in collaboration with the Bolzano hospital).

Supervisor(s)​: Peter Lackner (University of Salzburg)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Francisco Domingues

Start and end date: 04/2015 – 03/2018​


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Damia Noce

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at Medical University of Innsbruck​

Title: Genome-wide association study of serum levels of complement proteins C7, Factor H and terminal complement complex as marker for complement activation in individuals of the Cooperative Health Research in South Tyrol (CHRIS) study

Short abstract: My study aims to identify gene polymorphisms and variants that are associated with elevated or decreased serum levels of C7 or FH, or with enhanced complement activation determined by the measurement of the Terminal Complement Complex (TCC). We will investigate whether these individuals are at risk of various diseases like infections, cardiovascular diseases and kidney diseases or whether this status is associated with ageing.

Supervisor(s)​: Dorothea Orth-Höller (Medical University of Innsbruck), Cornelia Lass-Flörl (Medical University of Innsbruck)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Cristian Pattaro

Start and end date: 04/2015-03/2018​


Julia Obergasteiger

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at ​University Ferrara (Italy)​

Title: Mechanistic Studies in Familial Parkinson’s Disease Patient-derived Neurons to Reveal Intersection of Etiology and Risk Factor: Focus on Alpha-synuclein and RIT2

Short abstract: My project investigates the cellular role of RIT2, a genetic risk factor of Parkinson´s disease, and its interactions with alpha-synuclein, which causes familial forms and defines the pathology. I will utilize advanced cell models including patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells differentiated into neurons, creating a platform for neurological research.

Supervisor(s)​: Michele Morari (University Ferrara)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Mattia Volta

Start and end date: 11/2016- 11/2019​


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Alessandra Pagliaro

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at University of Parma (Italy)

Title: Identification of Molecular Mechanisms Involved in Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy

Short abstract: Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy (ACM) is a genetic heart disease that is essentially characterised by fibro-fatty accumulation in the heart and ventricular arrhythmia. The aim of this PhD project is to clarify the role of the several genetic mutations and external factors involved in the development of the ACM. Several cellular types will be used, including cardiomyocytes obtained by induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), taken from patients with ACM and from healthy patients.

Supervisor(s)​: Donatella Stilli(University of Parma)​

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Alessandra Rossini, Viviana Meraviglia

Start and end date: 11/2016 - 12/2019​

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Alice Paladin

Institute for Mummy Studies

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PhD at University of Tübingen (Germany)

Title: Early Medieval South Tyrol: anthropological, paleopathological and stable isotopes analysis of skeletal human remains dated to 5th-12th century A.D.

Short abstract: My interdisciplinary project is a first attempt to understand the population dynamics of Medieval South Tyrol. The aim is to reconstruct the biological profile of approximately 150 human skeletons that were excavated from local burial sites. We will examine their physical health (paleopathology), diet and their potential non-local provenance (isotopes).

Supervisor(s)​: Katerina Harvati-Papatheodorou (University of Tübingen), Joachim Wahl (University of Tübingen), Albert Zink (Eurac Research)

Start and end date: 03/2014-01/2017


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Daniela Tumler

Institute for Mummy Studies

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PhD at ​Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (Germany)

Title: Paleodemography, Health and Mobility in Early Medieval Säben- Sabiona, Italy

Short abstract: My project focuses on understanding the demography, living and health conditions of the people buried at Säben-Sabiona during the early Middle Ages. The assessment of human skeletal remains will include an anthropological and paleopathological analysis, as well as the examination of entheseal (connective tissue) changes. Moreover, stable isotope analysis focusing on human diet and mobility will be conducted. The results will provide further insights into the understanding of Early Medieval populations in South Tyrol.

Supervisor(s)​: Albert Zink (Eurac Research), Wolfgang Enard(Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich)

Start and end date: 09/2016-09/2019


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Christa Überbacher

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at University of Parma (Italy)

Title: Visualization of dopaminergic neurons in culture by CRISPR/CAS9 engineering of human iPSC cells

Short abstract: In my project I am using induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) to generate neurons. My goal is to engineer an iPSC line and tag genes characteristic for the neuron cell type affected in Parkinson's Disease (PD). Once these cells are distinguishable from other neurons, they could potentially be transplanted into a denervated mouse model to study the benefits.

Supervisor(s)​: Michele Zoli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)

Start and end date: 11/2015-12/2018​​

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Christina Wurst

Institute for Mummy Studies

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PhD at University of Mainz (Germany)

Title: Illuminating the Evolutionary History of Atherosclerosis by Genetic Analysis of Human Mummies, Great Apes and Archaic Hominids

Short abstract: My study seeks to shed light on the prevalence of atherosclerosis in ancient populations by detecting genetic predisposition. Comparing the molecular data with the phenotypic occurrence of calcified plaques in ancient (mummified) human remains and their ancient lifestyles may help us get a better understanding of the interaction between environmental and genetic influences on the development of cardiovascular diseases.

Supervisor(s)​: Joachim Burger (University of Mainz), Albert Zink (Eurac Research)

Start and end date: 09/2014 – 10/2018


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Technologies

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Marta Avantaggiato​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Padua (Italy)

Title: Thermal Comfort and Mixed-Mode Ventilation in Transitional Spaces

Short abstract: My research focuses on transitional spaces in non-residential buildings. I am following three main areas of investigation: thermal comfort evaluation; the successful design and implementation of mixed-mode ventilation strategies; and the real performance assessment of mixed-mode transitional spaces. The ​main outcome of the research will be a guideline for controlling and managing the energy efficiency of these unique zones.

Supervisor(s)​: Michele De Carli (University of Padua)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Annamaria Belleri, Wilmer Pasut

Start and end date: 11/2014-03/2018​​


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Jessica Balest​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Padua (Italy)

Title: Energy Transition in Alpine Local Communities. Local Community Responsiveness to Changes Towards Low Carbon Energy Systems

Short abstract: Local communities are important actors in reaching energy goals as they can increase the rate of renewable resource use in energy production, increase energy saving and efficiency, and decrease CO2 emission. This PhD aims to define the social factors that explain the positive or negative responsiveness of local communities faced with renewable and efficient energy projects.

Supervisor(s)​: Laura Secco (University of Padua), Elena Pisani (University of Padua)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Giulia Garegnani

Start and end date: 10/2015-02/2019


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Alessandro Bellini

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)

Title: Advanced control strategies for HVAC systems for residential buildings

Short abstract: My project stu​dies and evaluates the effectiveness of traditional and advanced control strategies for HVAC (Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning) systems to help reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emission in the European residential sector.

Supervisor(s)​: Marco Baratieri (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)​

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberto Fedrizzi

Start and end date: 11/2015-11/2018


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Dario Bottino

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)

Title: Hygrothermal performance of interior insulation in historic buildings – a holistic assessment of annual energy savings, technical compatibility, life cycle performance, and installation issues

Short abstract: The PhD project will assess different insulation solutions for typical South Tyrolean and Italian historic wall constructions and different climates. The outcome will be an abacus of typical historical masonries and retrofit interventions. The hygrothermal analysis with software tools will be also complemented by tests, both in the Eurac Research’s laboratory and in onsite case studies.

Supervisor(s)​: John Gruenewald (TU Dresden)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Alexandra Troi

Start and end date: 03/2017-03/2020​


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Simone Buffa

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)

Title: Advanced control strategies for district heating and cooling networks

Short abstract: District heating and cooling (DHC) is a very promising technology for a sustainable future in urban areas. My research project aims to develop management and control strategies for a new generation DHC networks that can operate at very low temperatures (10-25°C). To this end, I will perform numerical and experimental activity at the new Exchange Laboratory.

Supervisor(s)​: Marco Baratieri (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberto Fedrizzi

Start and end date: 11/2015-11/2018


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Silvia Croce

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Padova (Italy)

Title: Urban surface use optimisation for energy production, energy efficiency and microclimate management

Short abstract: The optimisation of the configuration and use of urban surfaces may influence the production of renewable energy, the increase of energy efficiency, and the improvement of microclimatic conditions in cities. My research aims to develop a holistic method for multi-criteria environmental analyses in order to achieve urban sustainability targets.

Supervisor(s)​: Rossana Paparella (University of Padova)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Daniele Vettorato

Start and end date: 10/2017-10/2020​​


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Valentina D'Alonzo​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Trento (Italy)

Title: Sustainable energy planning of urban and regional settlement systems

Short abstract: My research project aims to create an advanced Spatial Decision Support System that is able to combine different methods and tools to ensure the continuous improvement of energy planning procedures. This objective will be attained by integrating energy demand-supply scenarios based on energy saving and renewable sources in a sustainable energy planning process.

Supervisor(s)​: Rossano Albatici (University of Trento)

Start and end date: 11/2015 – 11/2018


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Giuseppe De Michele​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)

Title: Empirical validation of detailed thermal models for Complex Fenestration Systems (CFS) and development of effective control strategies

Short abstract: My research aims to validate thermal models for Complex Fenestration Systems (CFS) in order to use reliable and accurate tools in the development of CFS control strategies. Validation of the simulation results will be done with real measurements in an outdoor test facility. Once the model is calibrated, effective control strategies will be developed through the use of simulation tools and then optimized in dynamic conditions.

Supervisor(s)​: Andrea Gasparella (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Luca Baglivo

Start and end date: 11/2015-11/2018


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Lingjun Hao

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Exploring Future Energy Performance of Historic Residential Buildings in South Tyrol: Climate considerations over time

Short abstract: My research will explore the interaction between historic buildings and climate. The aim is to propose an approach to improve buildings’ adaptability and resilience to climate variations.

Supervisor(s)​: Enrico De Angelis

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Alexandra Troi, Daniel Herrera

Start and end date: 3/2017-3/2020​​​


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Pierre Iachetti

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Trento(Italy)

Title: Multi-dimensional energy system modelling

Short abstract: My research focuses on the development of methods and tools for the optimization of energy systems (at the smart district, smart cities, and smart regions scale) - considering spatial, temporal, and socio-economic features. This research will involve identification of existing methods and tools; development of innovative methods and tools to perform multi-dimensional energy systems modelling; optimization with a focus on 100% renewable energy settlements; performing energy simulations; and development of guidelines.

Supervisor(s)​: Paolo Baggio (University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Pietro Zambelli

Start and end date: 02/2017 – 02/2020​​​


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Sascha Lindig​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Title: Uncertainty in PV Energy Performance: a framework to link technical failures, outdoor effects and degradation with financial indicators

Short abstract: My research aims to assess how improved models for the qualification of outdoor effects and performance degradation can help the operation and maintenance of photovoltaics (PV) to improve their financial benefits.

Supervisor(s)​: Marko Topič (University of Ljubljana)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: David Moser

Start and end date: 10/2017-09/2020​


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Marco Lovati​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Trento (Italy)

Title: Methodologies and Tools for BiPV Implementation in the Early Stages of Architectural Design.

Short abstract: My objective is to develop a method and consequently a computer tool to introduce Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BiPVs) into the architectural workflow. The tool will be based on existing free BPA (building performance analysis) tools such as Radiance and Energy+, and will include features specifically developed for the simulation of BiPV components.

Supervisor(s)​: Rossano Albatici (University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Laura Maturi

Start and end date: 11/2016 - ​11/2019


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Gioacchino Morosinotto​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)

Title: Development of Extrapolation Methods for the Estimation of the Seasonal HVAC Systems Performance from Dynamic Laboratory Characterization

Short abstract: My PhD research will focus on the study and development of new methods to reliably characterise the performance of building heating and cooling systems through dynamic laboratory testing.

Supervisor(s)​: Marco Baratieri (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberto Fedrizzi

Start and end date: 11/2016-11/2019​


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Marco Pierro

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)

Title: Smartgrid Operative Tools for High PV Penetration

Short abstract: As the market penetration of photovoltaics grows, the estimation and forecast of solar production becomes more and more important to assure the stability of the electrical grid. The aim of my PhD project is to develop and test different algorithms that estimate and forecast photovoltaic power (on site and regional scale), as well as schedule transmission and track net load. These algorithms can be adopted by photovoltaic producers and transmission and distribution system operators as operative tools to manage and balance the electric grid and to reduce trading costs in energy markets.

Supervisor(s)​: Cristina Cornaro (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: David Moser

Start and end date: 11/2016 - ​​11/2019


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Riccardo Pinotti

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Free University of Bolzano – Bozen (Italy)

Title: Development of a Timber-made Prefabricated Multifunctional Façade for the Retrofit of Residential Buildings

Short abstract: The aim of my research isto develop tools and systems for a timber-made prefabricated multifunctional façade. This technology will be applied on an existing residential building, namely one of the study cases of the 4RinEu project. Robust and reliable strategies will be studied in order to reach a strong concept of prefabricated façade, capable of increasing building performance and occupants´ comfort, while reducing of production and mounting costs.

Supervisor(s)​: Andrea Gasparella (Free University of Bolzano – Bozen)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberto Lollini

Start and end date: 11/2016 – 11/2019​​​


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Matteo Giacomo Prina​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Renewable energy high penetration scenarios using bottom-up modelling

Short abstract: The modelling of future renewable energy high-penetration scenarios is a complex multi-objective optimization (MOO) problem. I will develop renewable energy high penetration scenarios through the use of a simulation model (e.g. energyPLAN). I will then combine a multi-objective optimization algorithm that will determine the non-dominated solutions front. The final aim is to create a technical tool that can support energy policy-makers.

Supervisor(s)​: Giampaolo Manzolini (Polytechnic University of Milano)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: David Moser

Start and end date: 11/2015-10/2018


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Ilaria Vigna​​​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Energy Flexibility for Building Clusters

Short abstract: My research deals with the activities of EBC ANNEX 67 “Energy Flexible Buildings”. It aims to define a new concept for building clusters that is able to manage energy demand and generation according to RES availability and occupant needs. .

Supervisor(s)​: Gabriele Masera (Polytechnic University of Milano)​

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberto Lollini, Roberta Pernetti​

Start and end date: 11/2016 – 11/2019​​​


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