Digital Society

Research in Digital Technology for a Sustainable, Inclusive and Secure Society


Digital technology has a pervasive impact on our lives and is reshaping our society. The challenge is to ensure that digital technology becomes a stepping stone to create a more sustainable, inclusive and secure society.


Perform advanced research and develop innovative digital technology to address key challenges of the future digital society.

Digital Society is a research center of Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) formed by a multidisciplinary team of more than 100 researchers, technologists and managers (including PhD students) organized in 13 research units dedicated to specific research areas in the ICT domain and 2 support units focusing on project management and technology maturation.

Research Focus

Integrative AI

Contaminate AI techniques with approaches from other socio-technical fields to better

  • understand complex dynamics
  • support decision making
  • promote change

in key areas of Digital Society.

Intelligence at the Edge

Distribute intelligence and move it closer to where it is needed by embedding it in sensors and network nodes, and by devising new network adaptation and service orchestration mechanisms.

Socio-Technical Systems

Support the transition of the increasing interdependence between social and technical systems into a symbiotic relationship (through complexity science, co-design and co-evolution, people engagement, positive behavioral change).

Impact Strategy

Digital Transformation

Promote the adoption of digital technology by Public Administrations to support effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability, to achieve better transparency and inclusiveness; to help the development of the skills necessary to drive the change.

Green Transition

Advance digital technology for understanding, predicting and mitigating climate change, improving the efficiency of socio-technical systems and promoting behavioral change for a sustainable future.

Sustainable Society

Help building a society that is healthy and resilient from a social (promoting social inclusion, preventing disinformation, averting discrimination) and economic (through financial inclusion, circular economy, and impact investing) point of view.



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Research Units


Complex Human Behavior Lab

Data-informed statistical modelling of individual and collective human behavior
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head Riccardo Gallotti


Data and Knowledge Management

Learning knowledge from data, integrating knowledge and reasoning about knowledge to support intelligent applications
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head Luciano Serafini


Deep Visual Learning

Design and development of deep learning architectures for visual recognition tasks
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head Elisa Ricci


Digital Commons Lab

Design, development and analysis of digital commons based on open data
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head Maurizio Napolitano


Digital Humanities

Extraction and analysis of textual information from non-standard multilingual data to address societal issues
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head Sara Tonelli


Energy Efficient Embedded Digital Architectures

Design and development of energy efficient networked embedded systems for IoT applications with AI inside
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head Elisabetta Farella


Intelligent Interfaces and Interaction

Co-design and evaluation of socio-technical systems with specific reference to human-centred AI-based systems
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head Massimo Zancanaro


Language and Dialog Technology

Language technology for sentiment analysis and persuasive communication
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head Marco Guerini


Mobile and Social Computing

AI and computational social science models for building more sustainable and efficient organizations, cities, and financial systems
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head Bruno Lepri


Motivational Digital Systems

Artificial Intelligence for motivation and behavior change in socio-technical systems
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head Annapaola Marconi


Remote Sensing for Digital Earth

Remote sensing and AI for the digital monitoring and the sustainable management of the Earth
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head Francesca Bovolo


Speech Technology Lab

Technologies for audio and speech processing
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head Alessio Brutti

Support Units


Project Management Group

Organizing and supporting project financing and project management in Digital Society
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head Matteo Gerosa

DS Lab

Digital Society Laboratory

Digital platforms and advanced digital tools to support research and impact in Digital Society
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head Raman Kazhamiakin


All our seminars

The Digis center periodically organizes a series of research seminars which they share with anyone interested. Here you can scroll through our program

date title speakers
Wednesday 16 Feb 2022 Remote Sensing of Biophysical Parameters in Inland Waters Milad Niroumand Jadidi
Wednesday 2 Feb 2022 The Problem of Bias in Hate Speech Detection Alan Ramponi
Wednesday 19 Jan 2022 Digital proximity tracing on empirical networks for pandemic control Giulia Gencetti and Gabriele Santin
Wednesday 15 Dec 2021 Cross-Modal Knowledge Transfer via Inter-Modal Translation and Alignment for Affect Recognition Vandana Rajan
Wednesday 1 Dec 2021 Human-in-the-Loop for Data Collection: a Multi-Target Counter Narrative Dataset to Fight Online HateSpeech Helena Bonaldi
Wednesday 17 Nov 2021 Integrating Planning, Acting, and Learning in Unknown Environments Leonardo Lamanna
Wednesday 3 Nov 2021 Gamified Education solutions in Software Programming and Modelling: A Tool implementation Perspective Antonio Bucchiarone
Wednesday 20 Oct 2021 Assessing infodemics in complex socio-technical systems Riccardo Gallotti
Wednesday 6 Oct 2021 User-centred design in the wild: designing technology for mountain sports Eleonora Mencarini
Wednesday 22 Sep 2021 Continual Learning in Image Classification and Semantic Segmentation Enrico Fini
Wednesday 2 Mar 2022 Tiny architectures for tiny architectures Francesco Paissan
Wednesday 16 Mar 2022 Emergence of Topological Shortcuts in Machine Learning Giulia Menichetti
Wednesday 30 Mar 2022 Orchestration at the Edge: a Key Enabler for 5G and 6G Networks Rasoul Behravesh
Wednesday 27 Apr 2022 AI-Based Solutions for Adaptive Gamified Motivational Systems Mauro Scanagatta
Wednesday 11 May 2022 Quantifying the robustness of empirical networked complex systems Oriol Artime Vila
Wednesday 8 Jun 2022 Automatic View-Specific Assessment of L2 Spoken English Stefano Bannò
Monday 20 Jun 2022 Neighbourhood matching creates realistic surrogate temporal networks Antonio Longa
Wednesday 21 Sep 2022 Person kicking ball: When Vision meets Language Adrian Muscat
Monday 10 Oct 2022 Promoting Artificial Intelligence Literacy in Young People and in Educators Gianluca Schiavo
Wednesday 19 Oct 2022 Proximity Detection: Energy Efficient and Accurate (and not just for COVID Contact Tracing) Amy Lynn Murphy
Thursday 3 Nov 2022 Knowledge rules in support of point cloud semantic segmentation Alessandro Daniele and Eleonora Grilli
Monday 7 Nov 2022 Un approccio etico alla società digitale Franco Manti
Wednesday 30 Nov 2022 Globally scaled detection of burned areas with remote sensing Massimo Zanetti
Tuesday 13 Dec 2022 Public Administration and Data (Re)use: Dataspaces, Collective Rationality, and their Limits Riccardo Nanni
Tuesday 10 Jan 2023 Maximising reachability via walk temporalisation Filippo Brunelli
Friday 5 May 2023 The ESA JUICE mission and sub-surface sounding of the Galilean Icy Moons Elena Donini
Thursday 6 Jun 2024 Charting AI Urbanism Otello Palmini

Contact us

Digital Society

Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Via Sommarive 18 - 38123 Trento, Italy


FBK is a top Research Institute in Italy, with a community of over 400 researchers and 120 doctoral students; organized in 2 scientific hubs dedicated to technology and to human and social sciences, FBK aims to excel in science with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches and social impact.

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