The Business Engineering for Data Science Lab (B4DS) is a joint research laboratory of the University of Pisa, with members from two departments of the Engineering Schools (DESTEC and DICI). B4DS puts together professors, researchers, PhD candidates and students working on cutting edge applications in data science in the context of business management. The main topics of interest are natural language processing, product design and innovation management.

“We develop and deploy quantitative cutting-edge methods to understand the changing digital environment”

Vision

The impact that new data driven technologies are on organisations and products demand society’s attention. There exists a need in understanding the managerial and business impacts of the fourth industrial revolution. We believe that this fast changing process must be measured using the data it is producing in order to foster scientific understanding and public values.

Mission

We develop and deploy quantitative cutting-edge methods to understand the changing digital environment in which companies are operating. In this scientifically rigorous process, we engage business and public stakeholders in conversation about real-world solutions in order to foster technology transfer.

B4DS Notebook – Blockchain: find out hidden problems in emerging technologies through text mining

The era of digital transformation enhanced business activities and processes, leading to an evolution of the value chain in every industry. The large amount of data available opened up new scenarios and innovative approaches in the collection and in the analysis of...

B4DS Notebook – Boosting Natural Language Processing with Wikipedia

Introduction Natural Language Processing (NLP) is on the rise. Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence are joining their forces fostering breakthrough discovers. While research is focusing on dramatically improve NLP techniques, businesses are...

B4DS Notebook – Who’s in my patent?

Introduction  Here goes a brand new B4DS notebook!! This week we talk about information extraction from patents. The first thing that comes to mind after reading this is why would someone ever want to find information in patents? They are strangely written, full of...

B4DS Notebook – Do designers need to understand how human brain works?

What is the aim of a designer? Studies in Engineering Design state that designing products and services aim at creating objects that satisfy user’s needs. So that, at the moment of manipulating objects, the understanding of human behaviours becomes a fundamental task....

B4DS Notebook – Causality and complexity in impact statements: Is it time to rethink a one-size-fits-all approach to writing about impact?

Researchers are increasingly requested to demonstrate that their research has produced an impact on society. What do researchers do when they address this request and say “my research has indeed produced an impact”? They do two important things: they produce...

B4DS Notebook – How to automatically translate contract terms into technical specifications?

Today we are going to understand how to manage technical requirements in the contract acquisition process. This process includes the analysis of the tender, the quotation of the technical and economic offer and the treatment of all contractual and legal implications....

B4DS Notebook – A bridge between education and labour market

In UN’OSSERVAZIONE 4.0, we discuss about what the Industry 4.0 is and which are the emergent technologies related to this new industrial paradigm. In this B4DS Notebook, we would show the impact of the so-called Industry 4.0 on the labour market. Are you aligned with...

B4DS Notebook – Learning in the Digitalization Era: The aid of Natural Language Processing in Learning Design

Welcome to a new B4DS notebook!! In this article we wish to introduce the PRELEARN https://sites.google.com/view/prelearn20/home challenge. It was part of EVALITA 2020, https://www.evalita.it/2020 a workshop holding several Natural Language Processing tasks in...

B4DS Notebook – The Inner Sight of design in Data Visualization

Here we are with the last, but not least, rule of this “magic” journey towards the design of a good data visualization! After talking about continuous changes (The Magic of Design in Data Visualization), questions (The Childish Side of Design in Data Visualization),...

B4DS Notebook – Data: the Protagonist of Data Visualization

As we said in our first notebook, the world we live in, is a data world, where devices, digital transformation and the current COVID-19 situation pushed the production and the storage of a huge quantity of data. But, what about this data? How can we, as humas, gather...
Sci-4-business 2021 entra nella sfida europea

Sci-4-business 2021 entra nella sfida europea

Sci-4-business 2021 entra nella sfida europea Tre team di studenti a confronto con il coinvolgimento di imprese ed esperti di settore Sabato 20 marzo si è svolto SCI-4-business, l’evento organizzato dall’insegnamento Strategic & Competitive Intelligence, in...

I corsi di B4DS: Costruire l’impresa intelligente

I corsi di B4DS: Costruire l’impresa intelligente

B4DS in collaborazione con #ItaliaAgile e GATE 4.0 per presentare il libro "Costruire l'impresa intelligente" del Prof. Gualtiero Fantoni, direttore del Master Industry 4.0 Design dell'Università di Pisa. Il saggio pone in maniera originale il tema della...

I corsi di B4DS: Value Driven Product Development

I corsi di B4DS: Value Driven Product Development

La relazione statica tra lo sviluppo del business e la progettazione ingegneristica ostacola il ritmo dell'innovazione. Mentre i manager spesso valutano le innovazioni in termini di valore finanziario generato su una serie di scenari, i team di progettazione basano le...