Established in 1962, the University of Trento is nowadays recognized as a leading academic institution in Italy and Europe for its quality of research and international outreach, particularly in ICT, economics and sociology. The Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) was established in January 2002. Since then, it has grown to more than 50 faculty members and has hosted 200 full-time PhD students and 100 research staff, soon becoming recognized as the top computer science department in Italy. The DISI has an outstanding scientific ability to attract R&D funding (22 EC projects in FP6, 22 in FP7) as well as considerable experience of EC project coordination, such as: Living Knowledge (FP7 FET IP, coordinator) LiquidPub (FP7 FET-OPEN STREP, coordinator), Glocal (FP7 IP, coordinator); and EternalS (FP7 FET CSA, coordinator). The University of Trento is part of Trento-RISE (T-RISE), that is the collective Trentino Research, Innovation and Education System, and an associated partner of the EIT-ICTLabs KIC. Its members, in addition to the University of Trento, include among the others CREATE-NET and the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK). Over time, the DISI has also consolidated as an international and multi-cultural working environment, hosting an EU Marie Curie Chair in Networking and Security, an EU Erasmus Mundus Masters in Informatics (jointly with the Universities of RWTH Aachen and Edinburgh) and holding a formalized long-term collaboration with Indian Universities and Research Centres.
Role in the Project
The University of Trento will be the Coordinator of the SmartSociety Project. It will also take a leadership role in Work Packages WP11 and WP4, and will contribute to other WPs. Its long-term experience in coordinating and managing EC projects as well as its international reach will enable the DISI to efficiently cover the overall coordinating role for the SmartSociety Project (WP11). Also, building on the consolidated experience of its researchers, DISI will contribute substantially to shaping the vision and mission of SmartSociety across Europe through the engagement of appropriate scientific, industrial and social stakeholders. Moreover, DISI will contribute to outreach activities to key stakeholders (both from academia and industry).