The emergence of a knowledge society, based on the omnipresent influence of information and communication technologies (ICT), causes a fundamental change in our society and economy. As a result of this development, our society must face various strategic challenges.


The institute aims at improving the quality of life and well-being of humans thanks to the ingenious use of new technologies, in order to strengthen their abilities as individuals, as well as members of an increasingly dynamic, nomadic and globalized society. The Institute promotes the development of innovative solutions for the implementation of an intelligent society concept, otherwise known as the “Smart Society”, a co-evolution of technologies and society in order the address societal challenges with an interdisciplinary approach.

Core competencies

The HumanTech Institute has the mission to carry our research in specific and transversal sectors, at the intersection of technological, economic and human sciences. The stakes of co-evolution are strategic not only for our country, but equally on the European, or even on the global scale:

  • Ageing of the population and higher life expectancy
  • Mental, social and physical well-being of the population
  • Environment protection and its surveillance from the point of view of durability
  • Innovative, participative, safe and solidary societies, which are respectful of citizens and economy
  • Universal and reliable services with transparent access, which is open to resources and global data

Research Focus Areas

The HumanTec Institute has the mission to carry out research in specific and transversal sectors, at the intersection of technological, economic and human sciences with a particular focus on the following research domains:

Advanced Interfaces and Smart Spaces

This axis is related to the design and development of smart every day technologies that are sensitive and responsive to the presence of people and that can improve human well-being by making it possible for people to interact with their environment in a seamless, trustworthy and natural manner.

Information Management and Intelligent Data Analysis

This axis refers to the process of modeling, retrieving, visualizing and transforming data with the goal of highlighting useful information, suggesting conclusions and supporting decision-making.

Product and Service Design

This axis refers to the design and development of high quality interactive systems and products that are compatible with people and their ways of living. The application domains of our research and development activities cover: "Home and Entertainment", "Office and Business", "Nomadism and Mobility", "Health and Well-being", "Smart City".



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Elena Mugellini
Full Professor UAS/Institute Head


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