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"...an excellence PhD program, in collaboration with top universities world wide"
– Paolo Tonella, Director of the FBK International PhD Program

Three reasons to be a PhD student at FBK :)


FBK offers a unique stimulating and exciting environment to its PhD students. PhD students supervised by FBK researchers conduct their work in the lab of the research units, in strict collaboration with the units’ teams and under the supervision of top-ranked researchers, targeting the highest scientific and publication standards.

International network

The PhD program is carried out in collaboration with prestigious national and international affiliated universities. Over 90 PhD students are allocated to FBK's research units and are actively involved in international research projects and mobility programs.


Most alumni of the PhD program have an exceptionally strong publication and citation record, and have been enrolled in prestigious institutions, as IBM T. J. Watson and University of Colorado at Boulder. During the FBK PhD Day, the best PhD student who graduated in the previous year is granted a monetary award.


FBK's research includes information and communication technologies, materials and microsystems, religious studies.


Center for Communication and Information Technology


Center for Research and Telecommunication Experimentation for Networked Communities


Center for Materials & Microsystems


Center for Religious studies


Italienisch-Deutsches Historiches institut


The research institute for the evaluation of public policies

Open Calls

Apply for a PhD at FBK through one of our affiliated universities

Call For Internship Students

Title: Deep machine learning for speaker diarization
Tutor: Alessio Brutti
Duration: Jan 1 - Oct 31, 2018
Abstract: The problem of identifying who is speaking and when is a relevant task for many applications.
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Title: Scheduling and workload placement in a highly distributed and heterogeneous cloud environment (edge/fog)
Tutor: Silvio Cretti, Francesco De Pellegrini
Duration: Jan 1 - Oct 31, 2018
Abstract: Optimize scheduling mechanisms in the context of edge/fog environments.
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Title: DNN adaptation for acoustic modeling in speech recognition
Tutor: Marco Matassoni, Daniele Falavigna
Duration: Jan 1 - Oct 31, 2018
Abstract: Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) provides the ability of effectively process data related to 5G services at the very edge of the mobile network.
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Title: Predictive Process Monitoring – Investigating new application domains
Tutor: Chiara Di Francescomarino
Duration: Jan 1 - May 31, 2018
Abstract: Predictive process monitoring aims at predicting how a current ongoing case will develop in the future by taking advantage of the history of past process executions.
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Title: Distributed Mobile Edge Computing in 5G Networks
Tutor: Domenico Siracusa, Roberto Riggio
Duration: Jan 1 - Oct 31, 2018
Abstract: Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) provides the ability of effectively process data related to 5G services at the very edge of the mobile network.
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Title: Learning Semantic Constraints to Improve Automatic Test Input Generation for Grammar-based Systems
Tutor: Roberto Tiella
Duration: Jan 1 - Oct 31, 2018
Abstract: A grammar-based system (GBS) is a software application which performs computations on a highly-structured textual input.
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Joint PhD call with University of Padova, Italy

Topic: Computer Science
Number of positions: 2
Info: http://hit.psy.unipd.it/phd-bmcs
Closing Date: June 30th, 2017

Bayesian approaches to statistical relational learning and reasoning
URL: http://www.unipd.it/en/node/1053

Advisor: Luciano Serafini

Knowledge extraction from scientific publications in the life science domain exploiting existing knowledge repositories
URL: http://www.unipd.it/en/node/1053

Advisor: Alberto Lavelli


Joint PhD call with University of Bolzano, Italy

Topic: Computer Science
Number of positions: 1
Info: https://www.unibz.it/en/faculties/computer-science/
Closing Date: July 3rd, 2017

Business process discovery and alignment
URL: https://www.unibz.it/assets/Documents/Applicants/unibz-COMP-33cycle-en.pdf

Advisor: Chiara Ghidini


If you are interested in the following research topics, send your expression of interest to the contact persons:

Topic: Machine Learning for Neuroscience
Upcoming call:PhD call at the University of Trento
Contact: avesani@fbk.eu


Get to know the students currently carrying out their PhD at FBK

Mahmoud Fakhry Mahmoud Abdelraheem

Acoustic Scene Analysis and Distant-talking Speech Recognition

Greta Adamo

Formal ontologies

Dhaval Adjodah

Understanding Human Dynamics

Tahir Ahmad

Security and Trust

Muhammad Ali

CMOS Image Sensors for Advanced Applications

Salek Ali Muhammad

Application of blockchain technologies to the Internet of Things

Manuel Aravecchia

Vision based scene understanding

Duygu Ataman

Flexible machine translation

Martina Azzolini

Monte Carlo simulations of electron transport and mechanical phenomena in graphene and related 2d materials and composites

Danilo Benozzo

Neuroinformatics - Machine Learning for Neuroscience

Andrea Beretta

Interacting with big data

Martino Bernard

Development of light-wave-circuits for quantum-optics

Giulia Bertò

Machine Learning for Neuroscience

Matteo Biagiola

Software Engineering

Marinko Bobic

Strategic studies and international security

Maddalena Boselli

Many-body Physics of Hadrons and Nuclei

Paolo Bosetti

Biologia Matematica e Computazionale

Hana Bredikovà

International Politics and Conflict Resolution

Andrea Capuano

Microfluidic devices for microanalysis

Rocco Carcione

Diamond-based architectures for nanosystems and devices

Ilaria Cataldo

The relationships between genes, psychological traits, and behaviors

Simone Centellegher

Designing incentive models for citizen cooperation in smart communities

Rajen Chatterjee

Automatic Post-Editing for Machine Translation

Alessio Coletta

Security Monitoring for Cyber Physical Systems

Jacek Dabrowski

Investigation of techniques to improve requirements and architectural decisions during the development and evolution of complex software systems

Wenting Dang

Stretchable electrical interconnections for flexible electronics

Alessandro Daniele

Deep Learning for complex data trajectories

Stanislav Dashevskyi

Certification of Third-Parties Applications

Marco De Nadai

Investigating the relationships between spatial structures and urban characteristics

Martina De Sanctis

Design for Adaptation of Distributed Service-Based Systems

Biniam Fisseha Demissie

Automatic Generation of Security Test Cases for Inter-Component Communication Vulnerabilities

Mattia Antonino Di Gangi

Deep learning for human-in-the-loop advanced machine translation

Ivan Donadello

Integrating logical and statistical reasoning

Roberto Doriguzzi Corin

Methods and Techniques for Dynamic deployability of SDN/NFV systems

Raphael Durante

Arguing Religion in Europe

Mattia Duranti

Modelling and engineering of energy storage systems to balance variable and intermittent energy sources

Mojtaba Eskandari

Security Policy enforcement and monitoring

Ahmed Salih Fadhil

Socio-Technical and Gamified Systems for managing Health and Wellbeing

Mohammad Amin Farajian

Machine translation for CAT

Ambra Fastelli

Anna Feltracco

Linguistica Computazionale

Andrea Filippi

Sviluppo di fotorivelatori di singolo fotone al silicio con integrazione di nanostrutture plasmoniche

Silvio Fugattini

Tecniche avanzate per la realizzazione o la caratterizzazione di dispositivi a semiconduttore

Andrea Gaiardo

Tecnologie abilitanti di microlavorazione del silicio per la sensoristica di gas

Lorenzo Gatti

Natural language processing and production of persuasive messages

Simone Ghio

Design and microfabrication of multifunctional bio-inspires surfaces

Davide Giovanelli

Energy Efficient Embedded Digital Architectures

Pawel Gomoluch

Decentralized Adataption with Partial and Distributed Knowledge

Eleonora Grilli

Segmentazione e semantica in nuvole di punti architettoniche

Didem Gundogdu

Modeling Human Social Dynamics

Shoubhik Gupta

Bendable FET-Based Tactile sensors

Aravind Harikumar

Remote sensing for environmental monitoring

Davit Harutyunyan

Functional split in 5g networks

Kerry Ellen Hellmuth

Nudging toward Better Health: Application of Behavioral Economics to Health Decisions

Ahmed Irfan

Efficient SMT-based Model Checking of Reactive Systems w

Gunel Jahangirova

The Oracle Problem in Software Testing

Shahab Jalalvand

Speech transcription and translation for multimedia content

Elena Kalinina

Machine Learning for Neuroscience

Abdullah Khan

Understanding multimedia contents

Moustafa Ahmed Soliman Khatib

Terahertz Image Sensors in CMOS technologies

Reza Khoshkangini

Brain, mind and computer science

Surafel Melaku Lakew

Deep learning for human-in-the-loop advanced machine translation

Isotta Landi

Predictive Models for developmental trajectories

Lorenzo Lucchini

Modeling opinion, culture and knowledge dynamics using big data.

Babak Mafakheri

Centralized vs distributed Self-Organizing Network features in 5G Small Cell networks

Simone Magnolini

Automatic reasoning for semantic analysis of texts

Md Shahriar Mahbub

Distributed energy generation: analysis and optimization tools

Massimiliano Mancini

Local Deep Learning techniques for Scene Understanding

Marco Marcante

Development of cryogenic Silicon Photomultipliers for Dark Matter search

Francesca Marchetti

Application of graphene to nanofluids synthesis for solar thermal applications

Antonio Marsico

Intent-based networking and service negotiation

Damiano Martorelli

Development of multi-techniques systems and methodologies for material characterization in the fields of material science, cultural heritage and environmental control

Valentina Marziano

Computational epidemiology

Antonio Massaro

A study in game theory on resources allocation in distributed information and computing systems

Prashant Mathur

Domain adaptation in statistical machine translation

Eleonora Mencarini

Haptic Feedback for Learning Sports

Stefano Menini

Diachronic and Synchronic Comparisons of Points of View

Stefano Merzi

Application of novel position-sensitive Silicon PhotoMultipliers to medical imaging

Nadia Metoui

Risk-based access control

Tommaso Morresi

Numerical simulations on the mechanics of nanocomposites based on graphene or other 2D materials

Yaroslav Nechaev

Joint Attribute Extraction and Profile Alignment

David Novel

Tensile tests and traction of graphene and related 2d materials and composites

Olufemi Akindele Olumodeji

Memristor-based computing architectures with advanced signal processing capabilities

Lorenzo Papa

Communicating smart city: big data visualization and communication models for citizen, citizen manager and others stakeholders.

Federico Pederzolli

Control and management of next generation transport networks

Andrea Pedrielli

Numerical simulations on energy storage and deformation of "3D" graphene and related materials

Giulio Petrucci

Information Extraction for Learning Expressive Ontologies

Davide Pirrone

Change detection methodologies for multi-temporal SAR images

Rajeev Kumar Piyare

Exploiting Ultra-low Power Wake-up Radios to enable Low Energy Internet of Things (LE-IoT)

Md Masoom Rabbani

Veronica Regazzoni

Development, optimization and utilization of Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM) devices as radiation detector in fields of proton for radiotherapy

Scott Nicholas Romaniuk

International Politics and Conflict Resolution

Alessandro Rossi

Attività di ricerca nell'area della Visione Artificiale

Nicholas Ruiz

Statistical Machine Translation

Manuele Rusci

Energy Efficient Heterogeneous Computing for smart wearable

Sudipan Saha

Remote Sensing image processing

Gaia Cecilia Santini

Nanostructured Materials for Sample Preparation in Deep Sequencing Systems

Giada Sciarretta

Security and Privacy of Mobile Applications: Authentication and Authorization

Francesco Segatta

Computational Based Design of Bio-Inspired Electrochromic Molecules for Colour Tuneable Electronic Ink

Mirko Sessa

Model-based design and planning in Plant Automation

Nusrat Sharmin

Machine learning in diffusion MRI data

Federico Sinigaglia

Security Analysis and Testing of Strong Authentication Protocols based on Mobile Devices

Hari Siswantoro

Automated regulatory compliance checking of ABAC policies

Yady Tatiana Solano Correa

Advanced Methods for the Analysis of Very High Resolution Multi-Sensor Optical Images Time-Series

Rachele Sprugnoli

Temporal Processing of Historical Texts

Swathikiran Sudhakaran

Vision for Multimedia Understanding

Serra Sinem Tekiroglu

Sensorial Association of the words and its effects on Figurative Language

Matteo Terzi

Sajina Tinku

Functional contact lens for human health monitoring

Georgia Tryfou

Audio signal processing for music information retrieval

Alessio Xompero

A Distributed Approach for Localization, Mapping and Object Tracking in Mobile Smart Camera Networks

Nivasan Yogeswaran

Graphene-based FET for larage area flexible sensors

Alessandro Zandonà

Predictive networks for functional metagenomics

Marco Zanoli

CMOS low-noise readout circuits for arrays of THz sensors

Gaetano Zappalà

Caratterizzazione di fotomoltiplicatori al silicio sensibili alla luce ultravioletta estrema

Calogero Zarbo

Cloud computing solutions for big omics analytics in Bioinformatics

Majid Zarghami

CMOS readout ASIC for single-photon and radiation detectors

Affiliated Universities

Our PhD students get their degree from top ranked national and international universities

Università degli Studi di Trento

agreement with phd schools

Università degli studi Di Padova

joint phd school

Università degli Studi di Bologna

joint phd school

Consorzio delle Università degli Studi di Firenze, Pisa e Siena

joint phd school

Università degli Studi di Genova

joint phd school

University College London, UK

agreement with phd school

Imperial College London, UK

agreement with phd school

Queen Mary University, London, UK

agreement with phd school

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

agreement with phd school

Università degli Studi di Pavia

agreement with phd school

Università degli Studi di Brescia

agreement with phd school

University of Luxembourg

agreement with phd school

Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"

agreement with phd school

Politecnico di Torino

agreement with phd school

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul

agreement with phd school

University of Liverpool

agreement with phd school


Meet our testimonials

  • 2002-2005

    Alfio Gliozzo: Research Manager, Knowledge Induction @ IBM Research

    Alfio Gliozzo has 16 years of research and development experience in the field of Artificial Intelligence, with strong focus on Natural Language Processing and Semantic Web. He is currently managing the Knowledge Induction department at IBM T.J. Watson Research and teaching Cognitive Computing at Columbia University. He was part of the Deep QA team that developed Jeopardy! system.

  • 2007-2011

    Elena Cabrio: Assistant Professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis

    Elena is an assistant Professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. Her research is on Natural Language Processing, Semantic Web, Question Answering, Textual Entailment and Linguistics

  • 2010-2014

    Leo Braga: EFFECT Photonics

    Dr. Leo Huf Campos Braga worked on his PhD at FBK within IRIS team from October 2010 to April 2014. He got his PhD from University of Trento in April 2014 and joined NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) as principal Scientist in August 2014. In January 2016 he moved to EFFECT Photonics where is now Module Engineering Manager of the team in charge of designing the optical communications module, including mechanics, electronics, firmware and optical sub-assembly.

  • 2006-2010

    Daniele Pighin: Research Scientist at Google

    Specialties: Supervised learning, kernel methods, statistical machine translation, natural language processing, software architectures for text processing, summarization, information extraction, relation extraction, event learning.

  • 2009-2014

    Sergio Mover: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Colorado Boulder

    Research Interests: Formal methods, verification of hybrid systems, verification of infinite-state systems, abstraction refinement techniques, parameter synthesis, satisfiability modulo theories.

  • 2008-2011

    Yashar Mehdad: Research Manager at Yahoo

    Research scientist, data scientist, research project manager and software engineer with more than 10 years experience in a variety of machine learning, ranking, personalization, text mining and natural language processing applications, including information extraction, summarization, topic labeling, text understanding, machine translation and semantics, in monolingual and cross-lingual environments. Interested primarily in bringing various creative ideas to real world applications.

  • 2008-2012

    Heorhi Raik: Sofware Engineer at Facebook (London)

    Research scientist in the areas of service-oriented computing and artificial intelligence. His research interests include service composition, dynamic process adaptation, user-centric services, collective adaptive systems, AI planning. Heorhi obtained his Ph.D. in computer science in 2012, with the thesis: Service Composition in Dynamic Environments: From Theory to Practice.

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Director: Paolo Tonella

Vice-Director: Claudio Piemonte

Steering Committee:
- Paolo Tonella (Chair, ICT)
- Claudio Piemonte (CMM)
- Luciano Serafini (ICT)
- Annapaola Marconi (ICT)
- Bernardo Magnini (ICT)
- Leandro Lorenzelli (CMM)
- Marco Ventura (ISR)
- Roberto Riggio, Raffaele Giaffreda (Create-net)

Secretariat: Patrizia Ianes (ianesfbk.eu)

Further information about working in FBK and living in Trento can be found at the Welcome office web site