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"...an excellence PhD program, in collaboration with top universities world wide"
– Bernardo Magnini, 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 Materials & Microsystems


Center for Research and Telecommunication Experimentation for Networked Communities


center for the evaluation of public policies


center for Italian-German Historical


Center for Religious studies

Open Calls

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




Ingegneria dell’Informazione
Closing Date: 25th July, 2019

   Learning to plan: how autonomous agents that learn how to operate in an unperdictable dynamic environment.
   Advisor: Paolo Traverso (traverso@fbk.eu)




Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering
Closing Date: 22th August, 2019

   Distributed Intelligence in the Industrial IoT Edge
   Advisor: Fabio Antonelli (fantonelli@fbk.eu)

   Devices and systems for organoids and 3D cell culture on a chip
   Advisor: Leandro Lorenzelli (lorenzel@fbk.eu)




Closing Date: while waiting for the publication of the call

   Sensing with surface acoustic waves
   Advisor: Rossana Dell’Anna (dellanna@fbk.eu)




Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Meccanica
Closing Date: The call will be published as soon as possible

   Design and application of MEMS platforms for micromanipulation
   Advisor: Pierluigi Bellutti (bellutti@fbk.eu) and Alvise Bagolini (bagolini@fbk.eu)

   Mechanical and strain engineering characterization of 2D nanomaterials
   Advisor: Pierluigi Bellutti (bellutti@fbk.eu) and Alvise Bagolini (bagolini@fbk.eu)




Experimental and Clinical Pharmacological Sciences
Closing Date: The call will be published as soon as possible

   Valutazione della distribuzione dei fattori di rischio in popolazioni italiane, fattori nutrizionali, ambientali e genetici con metodi di Intelligenza Artificiale
   Advisor: Cesare Furlanello (furlan@fbk.eu)




Comparative and European Legal Studies
Closing Date: 5th August, 2019

   Artificial Intelligence and Law
   Advisor: Paolo Traverso (traverso@fbk.eu)




Food Engineering and Biotechnology
Closing Date: 8th July, 2019

   Plasmonic nanostructures for advanced sensors
   Advisor: Damiano Giubertoni (giubertoni@fbk.eu) and Giancarlo Pepponi (pepponi@fbk.eu)




Computer Science
Closing Date: 8th July, 2019

   Computational Models of Contagion Processes
   Advisor: Marco Ajelli (ajelli@fbk.eu)

   Computational Models of Individual and Social Behaviors
   Advisor: Bruno Lepri (lepri@fbk.eu)

   Process Mining From Text
   Advisor: Chiara Ghidini (ghidini@fbk.eu) and Mauro Dragoni (dragoni@fbk.eu)




Closing Date: 10th July, 2019

   Sviluppo di rivelatori al silicio per esperimenti di fisica
   Advisor: TBD

   Deep Learning for activity recognition from video
   Advisor: TBH




Dottorato in innovazione industriale
Closing Date: 31st July, 2019




Computer science and system engineering
Closing Date: June 12th, 2019

   Security Testing of Blockchain Smart Contract
   Advisor: Mariano Ceccato (ceccato@fbk.eu)

   Formal Methods for Requirements Validation of Resilient Systems
   Advisor: Marco Bozzano (bozzano@fbk.eu)

   Identity Management for Digital Financial Infrastructures
   Advisor: Silvio Ranise (ranise@fbk.eu)




Cognitive Sciences
Closing Date: 31st July, 2019

   AI methods for tracing and optimizing the intervention process in autism
   Advisor: Cesare Furlanello (furlan@fbk.eu)

   Offline and online social relations in schools
   Advisor: Massimo Zancanaro (zancana@fbk.eu) and Bruno Lepri (lepri@fbk.eu)

   Automatic scoring of spoken language proficiency
   Advisor: Marco Matassoni (matasso@fbk.eu)



FBK hosts lectures for PhD students given by renowned international lecturers as well as recognized FBK researchers. Attendance to the courses is open to any FBK PhD student or researcher.

Conversational agent in computational linguistic
Bernardo Magnini
Spring (TBD)

Process mining provides a new means to improve processes in a variety of application domains. There are two main drivers for this new technology. On the one hand, more and more events are being recorded thus providing detailed information about the history of processes. On the other hand, in most organizations there is a need to improve process performance (e.g., reduce costs and flow time) and compliance (e.g., avoid deviations or risks). This introductory course on process mining teaches students the theoretical foundations of process mining and exposes students to real-life data sets to understand challenges related to process discovery, conformance checking, and model extension.

Location: TBD


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

Maged Abdelaty

Anomaly Detection and Mitigation in Fog Computing

Greta Adamo

Formal ontologies

Dhaval Adjodah

Understanding Human Dynamics

Tahir Ahmad

Security and Trust

Salek Ali Muhammad

Application of blockchain technologies to the Internet of Things

Anna Rita Altamura

Development of internally-amplified semiconductor based radiation sensors

Gianpaolo Alvari

A Multimodal Deep learning framework for neurodevelopmental trajectories

Mattia Antonini

Embedded machine learning and AI techniques for cognitive IoT devices

Pietro Astolfi

Computational Methods for Brain Connectivity Analysis

Duygu Ataman

Flexible machine translation

Martina Azzolini

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

Vevake Balaraman

Flexible Dialogue Models for Conversational Agents and ChatBots

Giulia Bassi

Virtual Coaching Technologies for interventions support in the behavioral change for patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Rasoul Behravesh

Control and data resiliency in 5G network and beyond

Hani Beirami

Automated planning for adaptive and autonomous systems

Barbara Benigni

Computational and Network Neuroscience

Elena Beretta

Data and Algorithms Ethics

Luca Bergamasco

Remote Sensing Image processing

Giulia Bertagnolli

Modeling geometry of complex networks

Giulia Bertò

Machine Learning for Neuroscience

Matteo Biagiola

Software Engineering

Andrea Bonassi

Genes, environmental factors and neuroimaging: A data-driven approach to economic behavior

Federico Bonetti

Gamification for linguistic annotations

Paolo Bosetti

Biologia Matematica e Computazionale

Hana Bredikovà

International Politics and Conflict Resolution

Nicole Bussola

Deep Learning for massive Data in Precision Medicine

Gabriele Calabrò

Deep learning for behavioral data in reproducible autism research

Andrea Capuano

Microfluidic devices for microanalysis

Rocco Carcione

Diamond-based architectures for nanosystems and devices

Arlem Aleida Castillo Avila

Assessment of health status of patients using Machine Learning

Ilaria Cataldo

The relationships between genes, psychological traits, and behaviors

Simone Centellegher

Designing incentive models for citizen cooperation in smart communities

Gianmarco Cerutti

Energy efficient wearable computing for the Internet of Things

Rajen Chatterjee

Automatic Post-Editing for Machine Translation

Yi-Ling Chung

End-to-end Dialogue Models for Conversational Agents and ChatBots

Matteo Corsalini

Religion of Innovation

Jacek Dabrowski

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

Alessandro Daniele

Deep Learning for complex data trajectories

Salimeh Dashti

Data Protection

Federica De Luca

Diritto delle Relazioni industriali e di lavoro - PhD in Labour Productivity and Workplace Change”

Marco De Nadai

Investigating the relationships between spatial structures and urban characteristics

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

Andrea Di Luca

Deep Learning for high energy physics

Nicolò Giuseppe Di Novo

Microfluidic devices for space applications

Damu Ding

Robustness and security in SDN/NFV environments

Elena Donini

Sub-surface modelling and understanding by information extraction from radar sounder data

Roberto Doriguzzi Corin

Methods and Techniques for Dynamic deployability of SDN/NFV systems

Shahi Dost

Machine Learning and Logical Reasoning for multimedia event detection

Raphael Durante

Arguing Religion in Europe

Mattia Duranti

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

Ambra Fastelli

Francescomaria Faticanti

Strategic allocation of resources in highly distributed and heterogeneous computing and information systems under concurrency and multitenancy

Anna Feltracco

Linguistica Computazionale

Zhifu Feng

Ricerca e sviluppo di processi di nanofabbricazione per la realizzazione di nuovi sensori di gas

Andrea Filippi

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

Francesco Maria Follega

Silvia Fornasini

Personal experiments from education to discovery: shaping new processes in diabetes care

Gabriele Franch

Matthew Franks

Attivita di design di un sensore HV per detector di particelle (Univ.Liverpool_Casse)

Silvio Fugattini

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

Margherita Galli

Mathematics applied to biological systems

Luca Geatti

Formal specification and verification of cyberphysical systems

Giuseppe Gebbia

Development of silicon photomultipliers for space applications

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

Aravind Harikumar

Remote sensing for environmental monitoring

Davit Harutyunyan

Functional split in 5g networks

Muhammad Awais Jadoon

Distributed Mobile Edge Computing in software defined 5G systems

Gunel Jahangirova

The Oracle Problem in Software Testing

Ahmed Salih Fadhil Jumaah

Socio-Technical and Gamified Systems for managing Health and Wellbeing

Alina Karakanta

Deep Learning for Machine Translation

Abdullah Khan

Understanding multimedia contents

Moustafa Ahmed Soliman Khatib

Terahertz Image Sensors in CMOS technologies

Reza Khoshkangini

Brain, mind and computer science

Soufiane Krik

Ricerca e Sviluppo di materiali nanostrutturati per sensori di gas

Velu Prabhakar Kumaravel

Embedded systems design for investigating the neural substrates of core perceptual and cognitive function

Federico Carmelo La Vattiata

Artificial Intelligence and health

Surafel Melaku Lakew

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

Mohamed Ilyes Lakhal

Deep learning for mobile camera networks

Isotta Landi

Predictive Models for developmental trajectories

Irene Laudanna

Digital Technologies for mindfulness meditation

Ivano Lauriola

Knowledge extraction from scientific publications in the life science domain exploiting existing knowledge repositories

Yahui Liu

Using cross-modal deep learning representations to study human societies

Matteo Lorenzini

Enrica Loria

Gamification for Smart Cities and Communities

Samuel Louvan

Cross-Language Semantic Parsing

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

Enrico Magnago

Automated verification of critical systems

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

Damiano Martorelli

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

Antonio Massaro

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

Stefano Merzi

Application of novel position-sensitive Silicon PhotoMultipliers to medical imaging

Marta Missiaggia

Development of innovative micro- and nano detection systems for dosimetry applications

Majid Mollaeefar

Cyber security posture: a quantitative approach

Daniele Morabito

Cloud computing for image-based 3D Data generation, semantic elaboration and Web Visualization

Tommaso Morresi

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

Asma Mushtaq

Smart gas sensors

Yaroslav Nechaev

Joint Attribute Extraction and Profile Alignment

David Novel

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

Matteo Perenzoni

Sensori di immagine multispettrali

Miguel Rodrigo Pincheira Caro

Security and privacy preservation in IoT discovery, authentication and access control through blockchain technologies

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)

Luca Pratticò

Studio e miglioramento della geometria dei ricevitori di irradiazione solare nelle torri e concentrazione

Luca Putelli

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for modern applications/Intelligenza Artificiale e Machine Learning per Applicazioni Moderne

Xinyuan Qian

Queen Mary University of London

Gabriele Quarta

CMOS sensors for multi-spectral and multifunctional imaging beyond visible wavelengths

Md Masoom Rabbani

Brain, Mind and Computer Science

Sebastian Raimondo

Network science of human mobility: Modelling and prediction

Vandana Rajan

Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Williams Rizzi

Process Mining

Subhankar Roy

Deep learning for image and video analysis

Carolina Beniamina Rutta

Human-Computer Interaction: narration and deliberation

Sudipan Saha

Remote Sensing image processing

Ullah Sana

Automatic Estimation of Spoken Second Language Proficiency

Milene Santos Teixeira

Planning strategies for dialog-based behavior change interventions

Mirko Sessa

Model-based design and planning in Plant Automation

Amir Sharif

Dynamic Security Analysis of Android Mobile Applications

Seyedmostafa Sheikhalishahi

Prediction of chronic diseases using deep learning

Andrea Simonelli

Robust Dynamic Map Data Recognition and Localization from Large-Scale Crowdsourced Street-Level Imagery

Federico Sinigaglia

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

Swathikiran Sudhakaran

Vision for Multimedia Understanding

Amirhossein Tebbifakhr

Deep Learning for Machine Translation

Matteo Terzi

Chun Tian

Automated verification of critical systems

Alessandro Torresani

Multi-sensor data fusion for terrestrial and indoor 3D modeling

Alessio Xompero

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

Majid Zarghami

CMOS readout ASIC for single-photon and radiation detectors

Chenfan Zhang

Attivita di design di un sensore HV per detector di particelle

Emre Özdemir

3D city modeling and 3D cadastre

Affiliated Universities

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

Università degli Studi di Trento

joint phd school and 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

Università degli Studi di Udine

joint phd school

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

agreement with phd school

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

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: Bernardo Magnini

Steering Committee:
- director Bernardo Magnini (ICT)
- vice-diretor Elio Salvadori (Create-net)
- Georg Pucker (CMM)
- Luciano Serafini (ICT)
- Annapaola Marconi (ICT)
- Leandro Lorenzelli (CMM)
- Marco Ventura (ISR)

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Administrative support: Maddalena Bassetti (bassettifbk.eu)

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