My current research is about algorithms over unstructured data (graphs, hypergraphs), distributed systems, computer science education.
How to ask for a thesis
The process of pairing a student to her/his supervisor is really painful, in Trento as well as in Italian universities. Students ask for a thesis, professors propose some ideas or refuse, claiming that they are overcommitted / they have too many students / they have no projects at the moment / etc.
In my case, sometimes I am really obliged to say no; there are periods in which I receive four-five requests per week, and clearly I cannot be a good supervisor for all of them. In order to understand if a student is the right person for a thesis, I ask you to send me a mail specifying the following information:
- When you want to start
- When you want to finish (ideally)
- How many exams you need to pass in order to complete your degree
- The list of exams as output by Esse3, with the marks that you have obtained
- The grade point average (voto medio pesato)
- If you have additional experiences beside the courses at the university, add a CV
- Your personal interests in the field of computer science
I prefer to supervise theses that are either completely external (stage + thesis completed in a company) or completely internal (UniTN internship + thesis completed at DISI). This corresponds to 15 ECTS credits at the Bachelor level (approximately 2.5 months full-time, longer if part-time) and to 30 ECTS credits at the master level (approximately 5 months full-time, longer if part-time).
Enough students for 2022! After I’ve reached my maximum in 2021 (24), I wanted to cut the number of theses, but I’m back again at 24 (actually 25, but one of them wasn’t able to make it).…
I will start accept new requests after the summer 2022, to be completed in 2023. Several thesis are not directly supervised by myself, but by current and ex-phd students, ex-colleagues, friends that currently work in companies such as SpazioDati, U‑Hopper, Think-In, or in research centres like Eurecat (Barcelona) and FBK (Trento).
How to write a thesis
When I review the thesis, I end up giving always the same suggestions. I’ve collected them in this page.