Category Archives: life

#metoo and #me #still!

When I thought I was safe, age over 50, leader of the steering board of the conference, respected by the community, it happened that the conference where I usually go each year and that I organized in 2015, was co-located by several other ones. The other conferences were dominated by white and grey men. One of these white, grey stupid ones, managed to embarace me. He sat near to me and closed me in the raw so that I was somehow prisoner, and he talked loud while a presenter was presenting. He was telling me comments like “that speaker should rather make love to his wife than talking about emotions in computer games”. he was trying to invite me for dinner, and worst, he was performing ostentation of his projects worth millions of euro and invitation to participate in successfull research proposals. He managed to send the slides of his keynote.

I left the room in the middle of the session and I escaped to a conference that was addressing hacking of PC’s in Soviet in the 80’s. If it was not because of I was afraid of the stupid grey man coming there too, I would have enjoyed the talk about the PC’s in Soviet.

Should I tell the name of the rich, successfull, pig (not big but pig) professor? Or shall I ignore him?

I do not know about you, but in these cases I feel like it is my fault if somebody is behaving bad and I am tormented by the fear of being unpolite, stupid, source of problems.

#saturday #researcherlife #Tappetina #transcribing #Norway #kind #life

P3T6 Something new happens that made him feels loved. He met a girl in his work and she has been through some sorts of situations like this herself. he soon get acquainted with her, they share the same thoughts. She is very kind to him. They soon share things, and his motivation. Like in Norway every job gets payed nice, he gets a new motivation in life, he feels liked. That brings new energy in his life. This brings new motivation in his work. He has a reason to wake up in the morning, he has a reason to sleep, he has a reason to work.2018-05-05 20.40.21.jpg

Filippo Berto @ntnu #cuore e #cervello di #Italia #bravo #3t #tabata

I met this guy at the gym (3T). He looked and behaved like an ordinary Italian immigrant, may be a pizza man, or a PhD student. He laughed and socialized during the Tabata session, as we Italian try to do. I quickly understood he was an Italian professor at NTNU. And which professor? He get in 2017 the same ammount of citations in one year than I have get in 29 years.

I wrote to him: “what a beautiful cv”. he replied: “I like to work and have a low profile”. Bravo! tabata, work, and low profile. I have a new role model.


#running #trondheim #marathon #10k

Years pass but I am so lucky (and thankful!) that I can keep on running. Looking forward to the day. The first picture is taken in ’79 when I was one of the fastest runners in Tuscany, the picture with champion Elena Jaccheri around 2010. Today we start at 1533, I hope to pass Ila not so many minutes after 16.10 … I am not one of the fastest anymore, not even in group 50-54 but let us enjoy the sunny day.


do you need help to connect your computer?

Today a professor who was teaching in the same auditorium before me asked me “do you need help to connect your computer?”

I wanted to tell him that I started to program Texas Instrument T-57 calculator in academic year 1980-81. I remember it clearly, I remember the teacher, the room, the feeling of teaching a machine to do something. I do not remember if it was 80 or 81 but in any case it is more than 35 years ago.

I wanted to tell him that I was part of the team who programmed the first Italian X400 standard email system. And that in the early 90’s we were rolling in the corridors of Politecnico a projector that had costed 17 millions Lire, while we were earning 1 million Lire per month. The projector looked like a small coffin when it was closed and like a magic light machine when it was open.

I wanted to tell him that my former students are now IT billionaires, famous computer science professors, and inventors.

Of course I did not say anything, I rather concentrated and connected my PC. He insisted and told that he could wait outside, in case I did not manage to connect the PC. He was a nice, polite man. Some years ago, I would be offended by such an offer. Now, these things just make me think. I hope he asked because I look a bit old, not because I am a female.



#gatekunstfestival #Ila #art is #life

On Saturday there will be Gatekunstfestival in Ila. The festival will be Saturday from 16.00 to 02. There will be program for children by Abel Magic and many artistic experiences, and music.

Italian artist Millo, Francesco Camillo Giorgino is in action at Ila. I hope to meet many friends  at the festival. I will work a bit as artist assistant in the next evenings and carry colors and coffee. I am so happy to be part of this. Art is life.

#keynote #pakistan #Bahawalpur #intelligentTechnologies #Software #Art #Social #Entrepreneurship 

bwp5.jpgI will be keynote at the

International Conference on Intelligent Technologies and Applications
INTAP 2018

the title of my talk will be:

From Software through Art to Social Entrepreneurship 
Preparing this keynote will be my “free time” activity for the next week. I will set up a trial provided there is somebody interested to listen and help. I am looking forward to this trip and experience.

Abstract: Software engineering has been in contact with new media art for years, although the connections between these fields have rarely been explicit. In our studies we have identified software engineering issues that appear at the intersection between art and software. Artistic software is often built in small multidisciplinary teams, including collaboration between artists and software developers, as the artworks are heavily dependent on software. Artistic software projects have often a social goal and are highly innovative. Our studies in art and software have given the ground for two research directions:
The first is maker movement for education. The maker culture can be described as a philosophy in which individuals or groups of individuals create artifacts that are recreated and assembled using software and/or physical  objects. Typical topics of interest in maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3D printing, and computer numerical control tools, as well as more traditional activities such as sewing or arts and crafts. Scholars and educators have  reported a variety of outcomes from the Maker Movement as an instructional process. The advent of programming languages for children (ie, Scratch) combined with accessible programmable hardware platforms (ie, Arduino) makes it possible for teenagers to engage in creative development of digital enriched artifacts, like robots and interactive installations. Together with a group of researchers and artists we have designed, implemented, and evaluated workshop programs. In our studies we have identified the important factors that characterize these development activities and more specifically, what motivates children to participate in such software and hardware intensive  activities?
The second is to harness the power of big data, increase collective and individual awareness about societal problems, existing in multiple levels of society, and ultimately create the needed intelligence that will lead to innovative solutions for societal challenges, such as, frameworks for organizing workshops on entrepreneurship and innovation for immigrants. This will empower the stakeholders that try to solve societal problems to follow data driven decision making process towards a sustainable society. Social Innovation is a great way for understanding and producing social good and change. It may be defined as “A novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals”. Social Innovation is a priority in EU’s strategic framework and is promoted through the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative. Structures like the Social Innovation Europe have been created to foster Social Innovation, and various EU funded projects are working on SI.

Innsirkling 1,2,3

I hele sommer, har jeg lyttet, lest, skrevet ned navn og steder, spurt Geir utallige ganger spørsmål a la  “hva betyr vindauge?”.
Carl Frode Tiller er nå blant mine favoritter, foran Ferrante og Knausgård.
Jeg sitter med mange spørsmål. Hvordan fikk Marius vite om sin biologiske far? Og får David vite om ham? Problemet med å høre på lydbok er at noen ganger jeg sovner, eller jeg drømmer meg bort. Det hender jeg gråter som et barn mens jeg lytter, som i går når jeg skulle lufte Nino i Osloveien og David møter igjen sin gran onkel, bror til morfar Erik, som ennå er der ved barndommshjemmet og snakket slik man snakket når David var liten. Som jeg hadde elsket å møte en gang til mine grandonkler og grandtanter i Pescia.

Har du svar på mine spørsmål om Innsirkling send meg en melding eller legg en kommentar. Jeg skal lytte til bok 3 en gang til nå.