Pierpaolo Vittorini

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BACKGROUND On 6 April 2009, an earthquake occurred in Abruzzo, a small region in the middle-east of Italy. Its chief town, L'Aquila, was the epicenter. We carried out an observational analysis to evaluate the potential association between the earthquake and the rate of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular admissions of the residents in the province of(More)
TERENCE is an FP7 ICT European project that aims at developing an adaptive learning system for supporting learners and educators: the TERENCE learners are 7-8 to 11 year old children with poor reading comprehension skills; the TERENCE educators are primary-school teachers, support teachers and parents. The analyses of the context of use and requirements of(More)
TERENCE is an FP7 ICT European project that aims at developing an adaptive learning system for supporting learners and educators. The TERENCE learners are 7-8 to 11 year old children with poor reading comprehension skills. The TERENCE educators are primary-school teachers, support teachers and parents. This paper describes the stimulation plan for the(More)
TERENCE is an FP7 ICT European project, highly multidisciplinary, that is developing an adaptive learning system for supporting poor comprehenders and their educators. The paper describes the automatic smart games generation process in TERENCE, motivates the need for a manual revision and describes it in detail. The paper thus provides a thorough insight in(More)
Nowadays, circa 10% of 7-11 olds turn out to be poor comprehenders: they demonstrate text comprehension difficulties, related to inference making, despite proficiency in low-level cognitive skills like word reading. To improve the reading comprehension of these children, TERENCE, a technology enhanced learning project, aims at stimulating inference-making(More)
The eXtensible markup language (XML) is a metalanguage which is useful to represent and exchange data between heterogeneous systems. XML may enable healthcare practitioners to document, monitor, evaluate, and archive medical information and services into distributed computer environments. Therefore, the most recent proposals on electronic health records(More)
Nowadays, circa 10% of 7-11 olds turn out to be poor comprehenders: they demonstrate text comprehension difficulties, related to inference making, despite proficiency in low-level cognitive skills like word reading. To improve the reading comprehension of these children, TERENCE, a technology enhanced learning project, aims at stimulating inference-making(More)
Text comprehension skills and strategies develop enormously from the age of 7-8 until the age of 11, when children advance as independent readers. Nowadays, more and more young children turn out to be poor (text) compre-henders: they demonstrate text comprehension difficulties, related to inference-making skills, despite proficiency in word decoding and(More)
TERENCE is an FP7 ICT European project that is developing an adaptive learning system for supporting poor comprehenders and their educators. Its learning material are books of stories and games. The so-called smart games serve to stimulate the story comprehension. This paper focuses on the analysis of flat stories with a specific annotation language and the(More)
TERENCE is an FP7 ICT European project that is developing an adaptive learning system for supporting poor comprehenders and their educators. Its learning material are stories and games. The games are specialised into smart games, which stimulate inference-making for story comprehension, and relaxing games, which stimulate visual perception and not story(More)