He received a degree in Psychology from the University of Rome, in 1980, and a specialisation degree in Computer Science fromthe same university in 1986. After working as a clinical neuropsychologist, he joined FBK-irst (at that time, ITC-irst) in 1988. He served first as deputy-head and then as head of the TCC (Cognitive and Communication Technologies) division from 1998 till 2008. He served as President of the Board of Directors of CELCT, a spin-off company devoted to the evaluation of language and communication technology (shareholders: FBK and DFKI). From 2008 till 2011, Fabio Pianesi was the head of the joint FBK-UniTn Computational Cognition Laboratory and the manager of the Ambient Assisted Living activities of FBK. From 2010 till 30/09/2013 he was Director for Research at Trento RISE (the FBK/UniTn Association that is partner of EIT Digital) and Co-Location Manager of the Trento Node of EIT Digital.
Pianesi has taught Computational Linguistics (University of Bergamo) and Formal Linguistics (University of Venice). Since 2002, he has being teaching Cognitive Ergonomics at the University of Trento. Pianesi is a member of the Advisory Board of “ACM-ICMI (ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces) Advisory Board” and served as chair of the same board from 2008 until 2012. He is co-founder and, member of the Steering Board, of “AItAAL – the Italian Association for Ambient Assisted Living” – the Italian scientific and professional association that promotes the advancement of AAL in Italy. He
has written several publications on topics relating to Computational Linguistics, Language Technologies, Formal Linguistics, Human Computer Interaction, Multimodal Analysis and Interaction, Intelligent User Interfaces, Human Behavior Understanding. His current research interests include multimodal interaction, human behaviour analysis; social computing, life logging, and intelligent technologies for independent living.