Fondazione Bruno Kessler – FBK

Fondazione Bruno Kessler – FBK (Activity Leader) with its ICT Center focus on high quality research with impact to market and society. FBK ICT Center joins the Consortium with the High Impact Initiatives Health & Wellbeing, Smart Cities and Communities (Digital Humanities Unit) and Future Media, as well as the Project Management Group.


Activity Leader and Catalyst Leader – CREEP Living Lab

Enrico Piras holds a PhD in “Information Systems and Organization” (University of Trento) and he is a researcher at Fondazione Bruno Kessler since 2008. His research activity focuses on health information management and sharing, healthcare infrastructures, and the technology-mediated coordination of healthcare professionals and patient in telemonitoring. Enrico is also a member of the university-based Research Unit on Communication, Organizational Learning and Aesthetics of the University of Trento (Rucola; and adjunct professor at University of Verona where he teaches “Methodology of Organizational Research” and “Sociology of Organizational Processes”.


Catalyst Co-Leader – CREEP semantic technology

Sara Tonelli is the head of the Digital Humanities group at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento). She defended her Phd in Language Sciences at Università Ca’ Foscari in 2010, and since then she has worked at FBK, first as a post-doc in the Human Language Technology group and then as a coordinator of the digital humanities activities. She has published more than sixty peer-reviewed papers in top-tier conferences and journals, and has been in a number of Program Committees. In 2016 she ha also been general co-chair of the Second Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics. Her main research interests focus on the semantic and discourse analysis of different types of texts including social media, travel narratives, news and political speeches.


Researcher – CREEP

Francesco Miele is Researcher in the e-Health research unit of the Bruno Kessler Foundation of Trento. He received the Ph.D in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Trento, Italy (2012) and the National Scientific Habilitation for Associate Professor in 14 D1 sector (from march 2017). He is also adjunct professor at University of Verona and at University of Trento. His recent research interests include the technology-mediated coordination of healthcare professionals and patient in telemonitoring, the workplace health promotion initiatives and the management of complex therapies in elderly patients. He has worked also on the occupational health of precarious workers, childcare services, gender and care work and inter-organizational networks in technologically dense environment.


Researcher – CREEP

Rachele Sprugnoli is a researcher in the Digital Humanities group at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento). She has both the bachelor’s and master’s degree in Humanities Computing at the University of Pisa and she is now completing her PhD at the ICT Doctoral School of the University of Trento. Since 2005, she has been involved in Human Language Technologies projects specializing in corpus creation, text and speech annotation and use of crowdsourcing techniques for Natural Language Processing tasks. Currently, her research is focused on how computational methods and technologies can be applied to the treatment of cultural content, in particular of historical texts.


Catalyst Leader – CREEP virtual coaching system

M.Sc. in Physics in 1996, received the Ph.D in Information and Communication Technology from the University of Trento, Italy, in 2006. He is a Senior Research Scientist in the e-Health research unit of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler of Trento. His main research activities are on information- and knowledge-based systems for physicians and patients to support shared patient care. He has worked on image analysis in medicine, modelling languages for systems biology, electronic medical records, guideline-based decision support systems, representation and exploitation of medical knowledge in ontologies and workflow modelling in the biomedical domain. He has participated and coordinated a number of research and industrial projects on EHRs, knowledge-based collaborative systems and guideline-based systems.


Researcher – CREEP semantic technology

Stefano Menini is a junior researcher in the Digital Humanities group at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento). He has a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Language at the University of Trento, and is about to complete his Phd thesis in the ICT Doctoral School of the University of Trento (due January 2018). The focus of his research is Natural Language Processing, in particular the automated analysis of how topics and points of view in political speeches change over the time and between different authors. He has also extensive experience with distributional models of semantics and the annotation of linguistic datasets using crowdsourcing techniques.



Researcher – CREEP virtual coaching system

Francesco Corcoglioniti holds a PhD in “Information and Communication Technologies” obtained from University of Trento, Italy in 2016. His research interests cross the areas of Semantic Web, Data Management and Natural Language Processing, with applications to Social Media and Knowledge Extraction from text. Since 2016 he is a postdoc researcher at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) in Trento, Italy, where within the Future Media unit he contributes to ongoing research and development activities on machine-learning and knowledge-based solutions for user profiling and account automation on social media.


Researcher – CREEP socio-technical requirements – Living Lab

Cristina Calvi holds a PhD in Sociology: Communicative and Intercultural Processes (University of Padua) and she is about to complete the Second Level Master Degree in Epidemiology at the University of Turin. Currently she is researcher at the e-Health Lab of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (Trento). Her main research interests are the medicalization of life and the coping strategies of the subjects, with specific reference to chronic and long-term patients. Through the use of qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques, her researches focus on the impact of the illness on the one hand on the identity and life course of people and on the other hand on the social determinants of illness and occupational risks.


Project Manager – CREEP Project Management

Serena Bressan is project manager at the Project Management Group of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler – FBK ICT Center and manages EU projects on security-related issues (CREEP – EIT Digital 2018; Hatemeter – EC REC Programme 2018/2020). From 2013 to 2016, she has been postdoctoral research fellow in Criminology at the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento (Italy), researcher at the eCrime research group and project manager of several EU projects (EC Prevention of and Fight against Crime – ISEC 2011/2015). She graduated with honours in Law (MA) in 2009 in Trento. Ph.D. in Criminology in 2013 at the Catholic University of Milan (Italy).


Expert System

Expert System is a leading provider of cognitive computing and text analytics software. Using Expert System’s products (e.g., the proprietary, patented, multilingual semantic technology of Cogito), enterprise companies and government agencies can go beyond traditional keyword approaches for the rapid sense-making of their structured and unstructured data.


Catalyst Leader – CREEP go-to-market strategy

Knowledge-Architecture, Machine Learning and Fundraising are the three keywords that best describe his current professional profile and interests. His career milestones are marked by different jobs and responsibilities that all have the same common thread: goal-centric thinking which encourages those who may be techno-resistant to embrace new technologies which prove to be extremely valuable to them. As a Knowledge Architect, he helps companies and public organizations become aware of and adopt tools that are going to revolutionize the way we operate today. His experience comes from his research in the field of Artificial Intelligence. In brief, his role at Expert System is to convert clients’ needs into product requirements, thus creating new business or funding opportunities, since he actively searches for funding and financing by creating partnerships with other companies or research institutes. Since 2000, he managed many projects which have amounted to several million euros.



Inria is the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics. Inria has 8 research centers (in Bordeaux, Grenoble-Inovallèe, Lille, Nancy, Paris-Rocquencourt, Rennes, Saclay, and Sophia Antipolis) and also contributes to academic research teams outside of those centers. Wimmics ( is a joint research team between Inria Sophia Antipolis – Mèditerranèe and I3S (CNRS and Universitè Nice Sophia Antipolis).


Catalyst Leader – CREEP semantic technology

Elena Cabrio is Assistant Professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and member of the Wimmics Research Team at INRIA. Her work focuses on Natural Language Processing, and in particular on argument mining and information extraction. In April 2011 she received the Ph.D. from the Information and Communication Technologies International Doctoral School at University of Trento (Italy), with a thesis on the Textual Entailment approach to semantic inferences. She conducted her PhD research in the Human Language Technology Unit at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) in Trento. During her PhD, she spent a 6-month internship in the Parsing and Semantics Group at Xerox Research Center Europe in Grenoble (France). In 2011, she moved to INRIA Sophia Antipolis for a three-year postdoc in the Wimmics team.


Researcher – CREEP semantic technology

Serena Villata is a researcher at CNRS – Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France) and member of the Wimmics Research Team at INRIA. Her work focuses on argumentation theory, and spans from formal models of argumentation to natural language-based and emotion-based ones. She is the author of over 60 scholarly publications including 11 journal articles and 4 book chapters. She was invited to co-author a chapter on Processing Argumentation in Natural Language Texts in the Handbook of Formal Argumentation. She co-organized the seminar Frontiers and Connections between Argumentation Theory and Natural Language Processing in July 2014 (Bertinoro, Italy), one of the first attempts to put together researchers from computational linguistics and from argumentation theory.

Researcher – CREEP semantic technology

Pinar Arslan is a Research Engineer and member of the Wimmics Research Team at INRIA, Sophia Antipolis. Her work focuses on Natural Language Processing, and in particular emotion and sentiment analysis. Between 2015 and 2017 she studied Language and Communication Technologies Masters Programme (EMLCT) in the University of Basque Country in Spain and the University of Groningen, in The Netherlands with a thesis on “Using Linguistic Features and External Lexical Resources for Improving Sentence- level Sentiment Classification”. She graduated from EMLCT with distinction in 2017. Before her masters studies, she worked as a Speech Linguistic Project Manager at Google in Berlin (Germany). Her work was to provide linguistic support and to lead several projects in the following fields: text-to-speech, automatic speech recognition and natural language processing in Turkish language. In March 2018 she moved to INRIA Sophia Antipolis.

Researcher – CREEP semantic technology

Michele Corazza is a research engineer at Inria Sophia Antipolis. He has a master degree in Computer Science from Università di Bologna. During his studies, he focused on AI and machine learning technologies. He first worked in the field of natural language processing during his master thesis about coreference resolution using recurrent neural networks. The application of machine learning techniques to natural language is still his main research interest, with a particular attention to state of the art models for natural language processing.



“eCrime – ICT, law and criminology” is a leading research group on crime and security sciences within the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento. eCrime conducts applied research in the field of crime and security at the time of information society with a strong multidisciplinary accent (criminology, law, statistics, mathematics, computer sciences). Since its foundation in 2011 eCrime has been awarded 15 European research projects, mainly on organized crime, counterfeiting, trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants and asylum seekers, frauds, ICT and urban security, ICT tools to prevent and fight against crime.



Catalyst Leader – CREEP socio-technical requirements

Ph.D. and assistant professor in criminology at the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento, where he is currently teaching criminology and applied criminology. For over 20 years, he has been dealing with economic and organised criminality, urban security, environmental criminology and with the links between crime and the Internet. Since 1998, he has taken part in and supervised more than 50 international studies (for the European Commission and the European Parliament, for the Italian Ministry of Interior, of Justice and for Equal Opportunities). This experience enabled him to acquire specific competences in the realisation and management of complex studies employing quantitative and qualitative criminological research techniques. He has authored many publications, including articles, chapters and books.


Catalyst Co-Leader – CREEP socio-technical requirements

Full professor of economic statistics at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Trento. He is an expert in spatial econometrics and survey techniques applied also to the Web and in the sector of crime and safety. He has cooperated with the Italian National Statistical Institute (Istat), C.N.R., the College of Europe, the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies. He has taken part in/directed more than 30 national and international studies (for the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Interior, the Institute for Technologies Applied to Cultural Goods). Since 2004, he has been referee for national and international economical and statistical journals. He has authored many publications, including articles, chapters of volumes and books on sampling surveys, empirical analysis, statistical methodologies.


Researcher – CREEP socio-technical requirements

Ph.D. and research fellow in criminology at the Faculty of Law – University of Trento. Since 2003 she has worked in the field of urban security, youth deviance and policy evaluation, taking part to local, national and international projects and developing quantitative and qualitative research abilities. She wrote her PhD dissertation on the social construction of bullies and victims. She has also been research consultant for the Urban Office of the Municipality of Cremona (2006-2008) and the Regional Service for Security Policies and Local Police of the Region of Emilia Romagna – Città Sicure (2010-2012).


Researcher – CREEP socio-technical requirements

Researcher at the eCrime research group at the Faculty of Law – University of Trento, were he is also currently teaching the optional course “eCriminology: ICT, law and criminology”. Since 2013 he has participated in local, national and international projects working in the field of crime, deviance, security, and dealing with the links between them and new technologies. He is also PhD candidate at the School of International Studies, University of Trento.



NeuroNation develops mental training exercises that are available in web and app. With over 12 MM users, it is the largest provider of mental training in Europe. NeuroNation exercises are developed in cooperation with universities and research institutes, and their efficiency is validated in scientific studies in lab and home environments.



Catalyst Co-Leader – CREEP go-to-market strategy

CEO at NeuroNation. Jakob Futorjanski began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory, after his degree in CS and Finance. He then joined Rocket Internet to scale Groupon before moving on to NeuroNation in 2012.


Researcher – CREEP go-to-market strategy and CREEP virtual coaching system

Head of Science at NeuroNation, Ph.D. Before joining NeuroNation, Tiina Salminen worked as a researcher at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and the Humboldt University of Berlin. There she investigated the effects of cognitive training and its underlying behavioral and neuronal mechanisms.


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