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6 May 2022

The PREMIOSWISSENGINEERINGTICINO Foundation aims to promote the work of new graduates in the fields of engineering and architecture and provide financial support for young talents from vocational schools and universities in the Canton of Ticino. The 2022 edition of the award was celebrated on 5 May. Simone Masiero, a graduate of the Master's programme in Software and Data Engineering, won the award in the "USI Faculty of Informatics" category. In the "USI Academy of Architecture" category, the award went to Robbe Vandewyngrade and Alessandro Livraghi. Also receiving awards were Sibel Besir, Brian Pulfer and Alexandra Florenta Galer.

Simone Masiero earned his Master's degree in Software & Data Engineering (USI Faculty of Informatics), a programme coordinate by the Software Institute, with his thesis supervised by Prof. Gabrile Bavota "Using Pre-Trained Models to Partially Automate Code Review Activities", focusing on code review, a process widely adopted to improve the quality of software projects, reduce the possibility of introducing new bugs and share knowledge among developers. The work involves the analysis of code written by peers to identify possible pitfalls or areas for improvement. Research shows that adopting this practice increases dramatically the overall quality of a project and requires a considerable amount of developers' time.  

The USI Master Prize, Academy of Architecture category was awarded ex-aequo to Robbe Vandewyngaerde (USI Master in Architecture graduate) for his thesis "Re-mining Firminy. A Geothermal Sanatorium", and Alessandro Livraghi (USI Master in Architecture graduate). 

Also, for the Academy of Architecture, Sibel Besir, a USI Bachelor of Architecture graduate, was awarded the Talent Ticino Scholarship. The scholarship of a total of CHF. 3'000 is awarded to deserving USI Bachelor graduates in informatics and architecture of Swiss or foreign nationality who intend to their Master's studies in Switzerland and enrolled in the academic year 2021/2022. 

Also awarded were Brian Pulfer, a graduate of the Master in Artificial Intelligence at USI, for the Best Presentation in the Faculty of Informatics category, and Alexandra Florenta Galer, a graduate of USI Master in Architecture at USI, for the Best Presentation in the Academy of Architecture category: 

The juries for all awards used an online evaluation tool developed by Arianna Bianchi, a third-year Bachelor of Informatics student at USI, as part of the Field Project Atelier. Supervision was carried out by Dr Andrea Mocci and Aron Fichter of CodeLounge at the Software Institute.