Due ragazzi guardano il proprio smartphone davanti a un BBQ, ma lo smartphone è stato rimosso dalla foto.

Gli smartphone sono diventati parte integrante della nostra vita quotidiana e il loro utilizzo è così cresciuto che non possiamo uscire di casa senza di loro. Grazie a essi, possiamo leggere le notizie mentre scriviamo a un amico su WhatsApp, possiamo vedere film, controllare le nostre e-mail e navigare sui social per passare il tempo. Nonostante i molti vantaggi e le opportunità che tali disposibiti possono fornire per un "supporto sociale", gli ultimi anni hanno visto un'attenzione crescente sugli aspetti negativi legati all'abuso del loro utilizzo.

Questo è il punto di partenza e la premessa di un nuovo corso offerto a tutti gli studenti al secondo anno delle lauree in Ingegneria. Il corso fa parte della rosa dei corsi a scelta (per la precisione, dei crediti liberi del catalogo di Ateneo Grandi Sfide Globali) dall'anno accademico 2021/2022.

In this week, the e-Lite group participated in the training (theoretical and practical il lab) with 13 novice programmers, in the context of a post-degree master. The students worked together, in groups, to develop simple "full stack" IoT sistems, and to test new approaches to IoT programming, such as Computational Notebooks.

The official tweet shows Fulvio Corno and Juan Pablo Sáenz during the last class of the course.

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The e-Lite group will participate at CHItaly 2021, the 14th Edition of the Biannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter. The conference will be held in an hybrid setting, both in Bolzano and online, on 11-13 July 2021. The theme of the conference, as defined in summer 2019, is "Frontiers of HCI".

Luigi, who is in the organizing commitee of the conference as proceedings co-chair, will be a panelist of the "Collective reflection on the past and futures of CHItaly".
The panel will be held on the last conference day at 6:00 PM. Its aim is to provoke reflections on the past and the future of human-centred research in computing, also in view of the new hybrid dissemination context we all have experienced in the last year. This will be discussed from multiple perspectives, given that each panelist comes from different disciplines and is at different stages of their research career.

In addition to this, Luigi will also join the SIGCHI Italy townhall meeting, on Monday evening.

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The e-Lite group will participate at the 8th International Symposium on End-User Development (IS-EUD). The conference will be held virtually due to Covid-19 on 6-7 July, 2021.

Alberto will present a paper entitled "Devices, Information, and People: Abstracting the Internet of Things for End-User Personalization" on Tuesday, July 6 during the "Revisiting End-User Development" session (10:30-12:30). The paper investigates how users would personalize their Internet of Things ecosystems through trigger-action rules. It explores, in particular, which "things" users would personalize and in which contexts, and it classifies the abstractions with which users would create their trigger-action rules. This work is part of the research activities on End-User Development in the IoT.

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On the 22nd of June, the e-Lite group participated in the 10th International Workshop on the Reliability of Intelligent Environments (WoRIE 2021), a workshop held within the 17th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE 2021). According to the current COVID-19 situation, IE2021 was not be held in person at Middlesex University Dubai, UAE, and was moved completely online.

During this event, Luca Mannella presented a paper entitled: Perception of Security Issues in the Development of Cloud-IoT Systems by a Novice Programmer.

In this paper, starting from a use case, we analyzed the security of some IoT components of Amazon Web Services (AWS) from a novice programmer's point of view. Even if such a platform could be secure by itself, a novice programmer could do something wrong and leave some possible attack points to a malicious user.
In this study, we also surveyed a small group of novice IoT programmers from an Italian consulting engineering company. Even if we discovered that AWS seems quite robust, we noticed that some common security concepts are often not clear or applied by the novice, leaving the door open to possible issues.

The e-Lite group will participate at the 13th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS 2021) with a Late-Breaking Work (LBW) entitled "On Computational Notebooks to Empower Physical Computing Novices." EICS 2021 will be held virtually due to Covid-19 from 8-11 June 2021.

In this paper, a tool (built on top of the Jupyter computational notebook) is proposed to support step-by-step assisted learning and knowledge sharing. In particular, the Jupyter notebook functionalities were extended, and a custom-tailored kernel was implemented to seamlessly enable the interaction between the end-user web interface and the Arduino boards. This approach might effectively support physical computing novices in understanding, writing, and executing the code while empowering them to document and share the development steps they followed.

Juan Pablo Sáenz will present the work on Thursday, June 10, from 14:45 to 15:45.

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