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IFAB is product of the Emilia-Romagna Region’s desire to enable universities, research centres, businesses and Italian communities, as well as the entire international scientific and manufacturing community, to effectively take part in this extraordinary scientific and technological movement which is changing the lives and the development of societies and economies all over the world.

The Foundation is focused on the common good and aims to be an independent and influential international point of reference for the scientific and cultural debate on human development, sustainability and new science taking place globally. The Foundation is able to outline the emerging and future prospects of scientific and technological development, of the ongoing transformations in production and of the necessary public policies to achieve the development goals established by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


The Foundation’s mission is divided into 3 goals:

  • Reinforcing, enhancing and promoting scientific research and its cross-disciplinary implications, with particular focus on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Designing scenarios related to economic and social transformations in connection with the great challenges of our times: climate change, the health crisis, the exploitation of resources, the management of complex urban systems, and the application of conventional and innovative technologies.
  • Dissemination of the role and potential of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in addressing global problems and other issues, with an impact on people’s lives. The goal is to increase the awareness of the importance of these new technologies among the general public, entrepreneurs and politicians.

To pursue these goals, IFAB promotes, manages and carries out cross-disciplinary and applied research, training and dissemination on behalf of the country, contributing to making Bologna and the Emilia-Romagna Region, where it is located, the European Hub of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for a new inclusive, sustainable, open and human form of development.


IFAB offers the country the benefits of its founding members’ assets: the outstanding computing power of the INFN-Cineca-Enea hub; the Data Science and Computer Science expertise of the Big Data Association with local Universities and leading National Research Bodies and Institutes.
This is joined by continuous research, a crucial step for identifying the right questions and building the future, encouraging leading national economic operators to provide useful and functional answers.

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