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 Multilayer Networks

Complexity science and multilayer networks for modeling and analysis of collective phenomena and building resilient societies
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head Manlio De Domenico


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


Smart Networks and Services

Multi-access edge/fog computing, recursive and distributed service orchestration, and observable AI for network control and management
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head Cristina Costa


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

Contact us

Digital Society

Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Via Sommarive 18 - 38123 Trento, Italy