Aaron Ciaghi

SHORT BIO

I completed my PhD in ICT in 2014 and I am currently the project manager of BringTheFood and LRIT4AE. I worked on my bachelor thesis on Italian law modeling at FBK in 2007 and I have been collaborating with the ICT4G research group since then. I participated to the ATLAS dual master degree in Computer Science at the University of Trento and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA), graduating in 2010 at both universities (cum laude at UNITN). I have also done various teaching activities, including 4 summer schools at Maputo Living Lab.

PROJECTS

Zero A Scuola

Role: Research, training and mobility coordination

The main goal of this project is reducing food waste in school canteens by measuring how much food each student leaves on the tray at every meal and by generating awareness on food waste among the students.

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The App Factory

Role: Research, training and mobility coordination

The project has the goal of sharing, consolidating, and improving current practices to build software products for emerging markets, taking into account different constraints, such as time-to-market, value for users, and maintainability. The project is implemented through the exchange of experiences (of the partners and of the SMEs collaborating with the partners), training of students on the methodological aspects, and experimentation.

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Hour of Code

Role: Facilitator

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching over 100 million students in more than 180 countries. It started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

We have been organizing Hour of Code from 2015 in different events and in different venues. Here is a list of the most relevant ones:

  • Researchers' Night 2015 @ Trento
  • Chiamata alle Arti e alle Scienze 2016 @ FEM
  • Illuminiamo il futuro 2016 @ FBK
  • Introduzione all'informatica @ Carcere di Spini 2015
  • Introduzione all'informatica @ Carcere di Spini 2016
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OraDona

Role: Mobile Development

App and Website for a contest organized by Fondazione Banco Alimentare (the Italian Food Bank), and LaFabbrica, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture to promote food collection for charity in oratories.

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Dal Frigorifero a chi ha bisogno

Role: PM & Server Development

The goal of this project is to develop smart services for consumers to help reduce food waste.

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Maputo Living Lab

Role: Teaching and Supervision

The Maputo Living Lab (MLL) aims at applying the open innovation paradigm of Living Labs by involving the local community as a source for project ideas and as end-user group for the Living Lab's products.

Furthermore, being located in a developing region, MLL will have the goal of fostering local development by working as a start-up incubator to promote local entrepreneurship, helping the execution of innovative projects that can contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in Mozambique.

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ICT in Low Resource Settings: Innovating for Africa and Europe through Living Lab

Role: Visiting Researcher

The implementation of ICT projects in developmental contexts is a growing phenomenon. It presents interesting social and technical challenges.

Understanding of lessons learnt and best practices under extreme conditions such as the ones found on the African continent can provide valuable insights for ICT deployment in developed countries.

At the same time, the experience in use cases and technical know-how of developed countries can help regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa in harnessing the full potential of ICT for social and economic development.

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ICT4Laws

Role: Ontology Definition, Methodology Extension

Law-makers, designers of legal information systems and citizens are often challenged by the complexity of bodies of laws and the growing number of references needed to interpret a law. This line of activities investigates ways in which laws can be presented to citizens and law makers as to improve comprehension and fruibility.

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Social Accountability in Mozambique

Role: Platform Development, Data Analysis

Empowering citizens in making Governments more accountable and transparent in the services they provide has gained more attention in the last few years both in the developing and in the developed world. At the basis of any such exercise, information and data collection activities play an important role.

SAMO stands for "Social Accountability in Mozambique" and the project, conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Mozambique, the World Bank and the Maputo Living Lab had the goal of collecting data about various procurement indicators of primary schools in the Moamba district, a rural area of Mozambique.

For this purpose we developed a data collection platform and a mobile application to conduct field work and collected 677 interviews.

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PUBLICATIONS
  • Ciaghi, A., Villafiorita, A., & Dalvit, L. (2015). Introducing a Maturity Model for ICT for Development Projects. In J. Steyn & D. van Greunen (Eds.), ICTs for Inclusive Communities in Developing Societies (pp. 72–83). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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  • Ciaghi, A., Eshete, B., Molini, P., & Villafiorita, A. (2013). SAMo: Experimenting a Social Accountability Web Platform. In B. Thies & A. Nanavati (Eds.), ACM DEV (p. 17). ACM.

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  • Ciaghi, A. (2014). Standardizing ICT for Development: Towards the Definition of a Standard Process and Maturity Model for ICTD Projects (PhD thesis). Information and Communication Technology Doctoral School, University of Trento.

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  • Ciaghi, A. (2013). BringTheFood: Storia di Un Successo Non Annunciato. In Chi Porta da Mangiare? Il Cibo tra eccessi e scarsità. FBK Press.

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  • Ciaghi, A. (2010). Towards a Modeling Framework for Law-Making (Master's thesis). Università degli Studi di Trento.

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  • Ciaghi, A. (2007). Dalle Leggi ai Modelli: Strumenti e Metodologie (Master's thesis). Università degli Studi di Trento.

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  • Ciaghi, A., Eshete, B., Molini, P., & Villafiorita, A. (2012). Social Accountability in Mozambique: an Experience Report from the Moamba District. In E-Infrastructures and E-Services on Developing Countries: Fourth International ICST and IEEE Conference, AFRICOMM 2012, Yaounde, Cameroon, November 12-14.

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  • Ciaghi, A., Mattioli, A., & Villafiorita, A. (2009). VLPM: a Tool to support BPR in Public Administration. In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Digital Society (ICDS2009) (pp. 289–293). IEEE Computer Society.

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  • Ciaghi, A., Mattioli, A., & Villafioritachi, A. (2010). A Tool Supported Methodology for BPR in Public Administrations. International Journal Of Electronic Governance (IJEG), 3(2). Retrieved from http://www.inderscience.com/search/index.php?action=record&rec_id=24443&prevQuery=&ps=10&m=or

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  • Ciaghi, A., Molini, P., Villafiorita, A., & Weldemariam, K. S. (2013). Maputo living lab summer school of ICTs: An experience report. In IST-Africa Conference and Exhibition (IST-Africa), 2013 (pp. 1–8).

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  • Ciaghi, A., Valle, A. D., & Villafiorita, A. (2011). Adapting Software Metrics to Analyze the Evolution of Laws – An Italian Case Study. In K. M. Atkinson (Ed.), Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications (Vol. 235, pp. 53–62). IOS Press.

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  • Ciaghi, A., & Villafiorita, A. (2012). Crowdsourcing ICTD Best Practices. In Springer (Ed.), E-Infrastructures and E-Services on Developing Countries: Third International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 23-24 (Vol. 92, pp. 167–176).

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  • Ciaghi, A., & Villafiorita, A. (2011). Improving Public Administrations via Law Modeling and BPR. In Springer (Ed.), E-Infrastructures and E-Services on Developing Countries: Second International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2010, Cape Town, South Africa (pp. 69–78).

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  • Ciaghi, A., & Villafiorita, A. (2012). Law Modeling and BPR for Public Administration Improvement. In Handbook of Research on E-Government in Emerging Economies: Adoption, E-Participation, and Legal Frameworks (pp. 391–410). IGI.

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  • Ciaghi, A., & Villafiorita, A. (2010). Towards a Law Modeling Framework to Support Law-Making via BPR. In Proceedings of the First Workshop on Law Compliancy Issues in Organisational Systems and Strategies.

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  • Ciaghi, A., Villafiorita, A., Chemane, L., & Macueve, G. (2011). Stimulating Development through Transnational Living Labs: the Italo-Mozambican Vision. In Proceedings of the 6th Annual IST-Africa Conference Gabarone, Botswana.

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  • Ciaghi, A., Weldemariam, K., & Villafiorita, A. (2011). Law Modeling with Ontological Support and BPMN: a Case Study. In CYBERLAWS 2011, The Second International Conference on Technical and Legal Aspects of the e-Society (pp. 29–34).

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  • Ciaghi, A., Weldemariam, K., Villafiorita, A., Mattioli, A., & Quoc-Phan, S. (2010). Supporting Public Administration with an Integrated BPR Environment. In A. Villafiorita, S.-P. Regis, & A. Zorer (Eds.), E-Infrastructures and E-Services on Developing Countries: First International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2009, Maputo, Mozambique. Springer.

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