Founded in the second half of 1980s, FBK ICT – irst is an international research center that focuses on key areas of information technology in order to provide a practical and experimental evidence of its added value for the market, cultural growth, and social welfare.

FBK ICT – irst aims to develop ICT for improving the quality of life, by advancing ICT focused on the individual.

The Center carries on high quality research with impact to market and society, demonstrating in a practical way the added value of research through the creation of systems, experimental validation, industrial applications, and social impact.

These goals position FBK ICT – irst in the international scientific arena as a unique institution, which differs from universities, primarily devoted to theoretical speculation, as well as from applied research centers, primarily devoted to technology transfer.