The Bruno Kessler Center in Information and Communication Technology (FBK-ICT Irst Center) focuses on high quality research with impact to market and society.

FBK- ICT Irst (formerly simply called IRST) is an internationally renowned center established in 1986 for conducting research on Artificial Intelligence (AI). It was the first center in Italy fully dedicated to AI and it is still the Italian research center most recognized internationally in the field of AI. FBK ICT has extended its competences to data science, security and safety, dependable systems, formal methods and software engineering.




  • Beyond industrial projects, we are very successful in European Projects, active in more than 80 projects since 2010 for a total amount of funds over 60 millions of euros.  We are core partner of EIT Digital, the European Institute in Innovation and Technology. We are also part of the Climate KIC


  • Research Area: Artificial Intelligence
    In our thirty years of experience, we have been at the forefront of research on artificial vision, language processing, speech, machine learning, predictive models, automated planning and acting, knowledge representation, formal methods, intelligent user interfaces
  • Research Area: Cybersecurity
    Cybersecurity is a key enabler in a world that is more digitally interconnected than ever before. The lack of appropriate Cybersecurity strategies may have far reaching consequences including threats to the stability of countries and economies
  • Research Area: Data Science
    FBK develops the activities of machine learning, complex networks and deep learning as central competence of the centre and application opportunities in big data and predictive analysis
  • Strategic Objective: Health and Wellbeing
    Designing and implementing technological platforms based on artificial intelligence (IA) techniques to make the citizen a more informed manager in the management of their own health and care and a more active partner in the relationship with health care professionals
  • Strategic Objective: Smart Cities and Communities
    CT has the potential to be a key transformational technology to improve sustainability and quality of life. In Smart Cities and Communities, this goal is achieved by engaging the whole community (citizens, administrations, enterprises) in a living lab for experimenting innovative solutions able to meet the important societal challenges that cities and communities are facing
  • Strategic Objective: Smart Digital Industry