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​​Autonomies​​

Federica Citta​​dino ​

Institute for Comparative Federalism

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PhD at University of Trento (Italy)​​

Title: Indigenous Rights and the Protection of Biodiversity: A Study of Conflict and Reconciliation in International Law​

Short abstract: My the​sis argues that the conflict between indigenous rights and the protection of biodiversity must be read in terms of the relationship between States’ permanent sovereignty over natural resources and indige​​nous self-determination. The latter—a com​​bination of substantive and procedural rights — is used to fill the gaps in the Convention of Biological Diversity.

Supervisor(s)​: Marco Pertile (University of Trento), Elisa Morgera (University of Strathclyde) 

​​Start and end date​: 10/2012-01/2017


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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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Martin​a Trettel

Institute for Comparative Federalism

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​PhD at University of Verona (Italy)​

Title: The crisis of representative democracy and new forms of participatory democracy in multilevel states​

Short abstract: My study looks at participatory and deliberative publ​ic decisional mechanisms in compound ​states. Fro​​m a comparative constitutional law perspective​, the research will analyze the constitutional (national and subnational) principles of different American and European countries in order to understand if and (eventually) to what extent they permit participatory democracy to enter their constitutional structures and to cohabit with representative and direct democracy instruments.

Supervisor(s)​: Matteo Nicolini (University of Verona)

Start and end date: 01/2014-05/2017​


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Alice Valdesalici

Institute for Comparative Federalism

​PhD at University of Verona (Italy)​

Title: Fiscal Federalism and responsibility from a comparative perspective: how to translate a financial prin​​ciple into practice through legal instruments.

Short abstract: In my study I investigated the principle of financial responsibility from a comparative (Germany & Spain) and legal perspective. After a preliminary reconstruction of the principle as embedded in the legal framework, and as developed through the constitutional jurisprudence, I scrutinized and assessed the legal tools that address the responsibilisation of subnational entities.​

Supervisor(s)​: Francesco Palermo (University of Verona, Eurac Research)

Start and end date: 01/2012-05/2016​


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Verena Wisthaler

Institute for ​Minority Right

​PhD at University of Leicester (UK)​

Title: Immigration and collective Identity in Minority Nations. A longitudinal comparison on Stateless Nationalist and Regionalist Parties in the Basque Country, Corsica, South Tyrol, Scotland and Wales

Short abstract: I evaluate the interplay between discourses on and governance of migration-generated diversity and the re-framing of the collective identity in minority nations. Based on a comparison of Stateless Nationalist and Regionalist Parties over a period of twenty years, I evaluate the impact of the political-institutional framework and distribution of powers between the state and the sub-state territory and societal relations on re-framings of identity.

Supervisor(s)​: Laura Morales (University of Leicester); Rob Ford (University of Manchester)

Start and end date: 10/2010 – 10/2016


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​​Mountains​

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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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: 11/2015-05/2019​​


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Ludovica De Gregorio

Institute for Earth Observation

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PhD at University of Trento (Italy)

Title: Development of new data fusion techniques for improving snow parameters estimation.

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: 11/2015-05/2019


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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: 01/2007-04/2019​


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Andrea Omizzolo

Institute for Regional Development

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PhD at University of Urbino (Italy)

Title: Impacts of Land property fragmentation in Italian mountains areas and requalification guidelines​​

Short abstract: Land property fragmentation characterizes most of Italian mountain areas. My study investigates both the positive and negative impacts of this phenomenon. Particular regard will be given to socio-economic and environmental aspects, especially in the most marginal mountain areas to support development projects and innovative policies of land consolidation.

Supervisor(s)​: Riccardo Santolini (University of Urbino) 

Eurac Research supervisor(s): Thomas Streifeneder

Start and end date: 11/2013-11/2016


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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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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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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: ​​10/2012-11​/2018


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Anna Scuttari

Center for Advanced Studies

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PhD at Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany)

Title: Mobility spaces and tourist experiences. Analysing the physical, sensory, social and emotional features of cycling and motorcycling tourism.

Short abstract: My project aims to describe motorcycling and cycling experiences 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 (e.g. social, sensory and emotional features of journey experiences).

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

Start and end date: 04/2014-​10/2018​


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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: 10/2012-05/2019


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Michael Volgger

Institute for Regional Development​

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PhD at​ Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany)

Title: Implementation competences: Exploring innovation and product development in tourism destinations

Short abstract: In my study I examined what skills are needed to master innovation processes in tourism destinations, with particular regard to their implementation. The study focused on the interactions between the innovation implementation process and network process by comparing Alpine and pre-Alpine cases.​

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

Start and end date: 10/2012-05/2016

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Health

Maria Cristina Florio

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at​ University of Parma (Italy)

Title: Acetylation and calcium dynamics: a new perspective for pharmacological regulation of cardiac function.

Short abstract: The aim of my project was to evaluate whether HAT/HDAC modulation might regulate the calcium dynamic of cardiomyocytes, and more specifically to investigate whether SERCA2 (a protein involved in cytoplasmic calcium removal) function may be modulated by direct acetylation.

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

Eurac Research tutor(s): Alessandra Rossini

Start and end date: 01/2013-03/2016​​


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Laura Gennaccaro

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at​ University of Parma (Italy)

Title: Study of the Effect of Striatin Mutation on Cardiac Differentiation by using an Haploid Embryonic Stem Cell Model

Short abstract: The aim of my project is the evaluation of Striatin as novel candidate gene for cardiovascular diseases involving cell differentiation disfunction. The evaluation will be carried out by the analysis of striatin’s role in cardiomyocytes differentiation and function using a striatin deletion mutant in a mouse haploid ESC model.

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

Start and end date: 01/2014-04/2017​


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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 – 04/2019


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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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Simon Rauch

Institute of Mountain Emergency Medicine

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PhD at University of Innsbruck (Austria

Title: Suspension Syndrome – New insights into its Pathophysiology

Short abstract:  Suspension syndrome is a potentially life-threatening event that occurs during passive suspension on a rope. The aim of my study is to clarify the pathophysiological mechanisms of this syndrome and propose treatment recommendations.

Supervisor(s)​: ermann Brugger (University of Innsbruck, Eurac Research); Martin Burtscher University of Innsbruck)

Start and end date: 10/2016-03/2019​


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Chiara Volani

Institute for Biomedicine

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PhD at Medical University of Innsbruck

Title: Linkage of imbalances in iron homeostasis and anemia to disease burden: evaluation of underlying molecular pathways, genetic mechanisms, and environmental factors

Short abstract: My PhD deals with metabolic changes that occur during imbalances in iron homeostasis, such as anemia and iron overload. The research covers mitochondrial fitness to cellular, tissue and systemic energy balance. Principal methodological approaches include the measurement of mitochondrial respiratory capacity by means of high resolution respirometry and the analysis of metabolic profiles (metabolomics) by means of High-performance liquid chromatography combined with mass spectrometry.

Supervisor(s)​: Guenter Weiss

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Francisco Domingues, Giuseppe Paglia

Start and end date: 04/2015 - 05/2019

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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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Technologies

Daniele Antonucci​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy)

Title: Development and application of Continuous commissioning procedure to ensure and improve building performance

Short abstract: Real building energetic performance is often quite different from reality, both in term of energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality (IEQ). My research will highlight how the application of Continuous Commissioning can play a relevant role in the performance building assessment.

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

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Wilmer Pasut, Ulrich Filippi Oberagger

Start and end date: 01/2014 - 01/2017​


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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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Stefano Avesani​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at​ University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Title: Design of a solar façade solution with an integrated sorption collector for the systemic retrofit of the existing office buildings

Short abstract: My study aimed to assess the façade-integrated sorption collector as a systemic solution for the retrofit of existing buildings. The first research question addressed in which buildings this retrofit kit would be appropriate, and in what form. The second question took an interdisciplinary look at the most suitable facade-integrated sorption collector design.​

Supervisor(s)​: Wolfgang Streicher (University of Innsbruck)

Start and end date: 03/2011 – 06/2016


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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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Elena Bee​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at University of Trento(Italy)

Title: Heat pump and PV systems for space heating and cooling: system performance and control

Short abstract: The aim of my PhD is to investigate the potential of air source heat pumps and PV systems for residential applications (single family houses) and to investigate how to improve the integration of renewable energy sources (solar and aerothermal) by means of a proper design and control of the system.

Supervisor(s)​: Prof. Paolo Baggio (University of Trento), Dr. Alessandro Prada (University of Trento)

Start and end date: 11/2015-10/2019​​


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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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Giorgio Belluardo

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at​ University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna (Austria)

Title: Spectral simulation tools as valid instrument to determine spectral effects on photovoltaic systems

Short abstract: Radiative transfer models are important tools to simulate the solar spectrum when ground-measurements are not available. The aim of my study was to investigate the uncertainty and the potential of these too​ls, in particular as a valid support to account for spectral effects on photovoltaic systems and improve methodologies for the estimation of their performance-loss rates.​

Supervisor(s)​: Philipp Weihs (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna)

Start and end date: 04/2013 – 05/2016


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Adriano Bisello​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at​ University di Trento (Italy)

Title: Sustainable Power Generation and Electric Mobility Integration in Smart Grids

Short abstract: My PhD aims to analyse the impact of plug-in electric vehicles on modern electrical grids in order to maximise the penetration of renewable sources in our cities. I will also develop new models to help address power quality issues such as grid frequency and amplitude.

Supervisor(s)​: Dario Petri (University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s)​:​: Grazia Barchi

Start and end date: 11/2018- 11/2021​​


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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: 11/2015-06/2019


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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 – 04/2019


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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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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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Diego Menegon

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at​ University of Udine (Italy)

Title: Development of a Dynamic Test Procedure for the Laboratory Characterization of HVAC systems

Short abstract: In my study I developed and validated dynamic test procedures that can characterise the performance of heating, cooling and domestic hot water systems. These procedures allow for the improvement of efficiency of systems since the performance were studied under realistic working conditions.​​

Supervisor(s)​: Giovanni Cortella (University of Udine), Onorio Saro (University of Udine)

Eurac Research tutor(s): Roberto Fedrizzi

Start and end date: 01/2013-04/2016


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Farnaz Mosannenzadeh​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at​ University of Trento (Italy)

Title: Development of a Dynamic Test Procedure for the Laboratory Characterization of HVAC systems

Short abstract: The aim of my thesis was to contribute to successful and sustainable implementation of Smart Energy City Development (SECD). This translated into three objectives: (i) conceptualizing SECD; (ii) identifying and prioritizing barriers to implementation of SECD; and (iii) applying quantitative methods to predict, and thus overcome barriers to implementation of new SECDs.​

Supervisor(s)​: Corrado Diamantini (University of Trento)

Eurac Research tutor(s): Daniele Vettorato

Start and end date: 01/2013 - 04/2016​


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Alessio Passera​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at​ Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: A business model for solar thermal facades

Short abstract: My research project investigates technical, non-technical and social barriers to understanding the potential for application of facade–integrated solar thermal technologies. The main outcome will be an easy-to-use tool that supports the decision-making process of façade stakeholders with synthetic technical-economic data and to better promote innovative facade concepts.

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

Eurac Research tutor(s): Roberto Lollini

Start and end date: 11/2013-11/2016


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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: 11/2015-06/2019


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Ilaria Vigna​​​

Institute of Renewable Energy

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PhD at Polytechnic University of Milano (Italy)

Title: Energy Flexible Building Cluster

Short abstract: The increased penetration of intermittent renewable energy sources in energy distribution networks challenges the stability of the grids. As part of the solution, energy flexibility will allow for demand and generation management according to local climate conditions, user needs and grid requirements. My research aims to provide a theoretical framework for the definition of energy flexible building clusters and to draw up a quantification methodology that can evaluate the energy flexibility performance at building cluster scale.

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

Eurac Research tutor(s)​: Roberta Pernetti​

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


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