The conference will be organized by the Research Unit on Performance and Management of Research and Higher Education Institutions, a research centre, specialized in the domain of research and higher education policy, on science and technology indicators and on the establishment and analysis of large databases on science and technology.. The unit has completed a large number of projects in recent years in the area of higher education and research policy, including participation in the European Network of Excellence on Research Policy (PRIME), the European MIcrodata Project (EUMIDA) and the JOREP project. Currently, the unit is involved in two large FP7 projects, on data infrastructure for science policy (RISIS) and on impact evaluation in Social Sciences and Humanities (IMPACT-EV), as well as coordinating the contract for the establishment of a European Tertiary Education Register by DG EAC (ETER) and the participation in the EU contract on the Analysis of Public Research Funding in Europe.
The unit is associated with the Center for Organizational Research of the Faculty of Economics (CORe) and with the Interdisciplinary Institute of Data Science (IDIDS) of the Università della Svizzera italiana.
CORe is one of the leading research centers in organizational research in Europe. Substantive areas of research include organizational and social networks, organizational structure and design, corporate demography, organizational identity, mergers and acquisitions, technological innovation, project management, productivity, competiveness, systems dynamics modeling, and applied operations research. Research activities included in the CORe portfolio are supported by prominent national and international public institutions promoting scientific research such as the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), the European Science Foundation (ESF), and the Australian Research Council (ARC).
The Institute of Data Science (IDIDS) is an interdisciplinary interfaculty research center founded in 2014 which aims at advancing data sciences with a strong interdisciplinary focus and a particular attention to the use of big data for analyzing and understanding human behavior. IDIDS develops techniques for information analysis from various disciplines such as statistics, informatics, economics, artificial intelligence, communication sciences, urban planning, physics and information technology, using state-of-the-art analytical and computational methods applied efficiently to large samples of data. The general goal of the IDS is to develop innovative approaches to problems whose resolution depends on the possibility of analyzing large sets of data (“big data”) produced by complex micro-mechanisms (“deep data”). Such data are routinely produced and consumed by organizations, markets, cities, and national governments during the course of their routine operations. Core areas of competence within the IDS include large-scale automated text analysis, information retrieval, social network analysis, Bayesian models, computer simulation, and computational statistics.
The University of Lugano (USI) is a small-size innovative university founded in 1996 with a strong interdisciplinary and intercultural component. Being the only Italian speaking university outside Italian borders, USI also serves as a bridge between the northern Italian region Lombardy and the rest of the country, with the goal of defending and preserving the language and culture of Italian speaking Switzerland. The university now has roughly 3000 students in four faculties (architecture, economics, communication sciences and informatics) and has developed a number of high-level research areas in domains like organizational theory, health communication, linguistics, informatics and computational sciences, thanks to support from the Swiss National Science Foundation, European Union Framework Programs and private sponsors.