Future Built on Knowledge

Francesco Profumo

Ordinary Professor of Electrical Machines and Drives at the Politecnico of Torino (dean from 2005 to 2011) and professor at the University of Bologna. He has done his didactic and research activities at several universities in the world: Argentina, China, Hungary, Albania, Romania, Latvia, USA, Japan, Czech Republic and received 10 Honoris Causes Degrees. Among the many institutional assignments he has been Chairman of the National Research Council and from November 2011 to April 2013 he held the position of Minister of Education, University and Research during the Monti Government. He currently chairs the Society of St. Paul, the Bruno Kessler Foundation (Trento), the ESCP Business School in Turin, the Collège des Ingégenieurs – Campus of Turin and Inwit SpA.


Spotlight's articles

  • December 30, 2020
    A new organization for the Bruno Kessler Foundation
    Starting from January 1, 2021, the statute of FBK has changed: there are now 6 new Research Centres and a Management dedicated to Marketing and business development will be soon inaugurated.
  • October 2, 2020
    FBK has chosen who will lead the new Research Centers
    Cimatti will lead the digital industry center, Crema the one for sustainable energy, Pistore the one for the digital society and Ranise the one for cybersecurity. As for health, there will be three new centers: health and wellness services will be entrusted to Forti, health emergencies to Merler and artificial intelligence for health and well-being to Ghidini.
  • May 28, 2020
    Cambiamenti: tra passato, presente e futuro | changes: between past, present and future
    The reflections of Francesco Profumo, Claudia Dolci and Fernanda Alfieri on the transition period we are going through
  • April 30, 2019
    2018 Financial Statements Approved: FBK Is Growing
    Fondazione Bruno Kessler closes its balance with a profit. The production value goes up thanks to projects funded by grants and companies
  • April 10, 2019
    FBK at the 2019 education festival
    The program of the tenth edition of Educa was presented today. Fondazione Bruno Kessler will be present with a science cafè, an information corner, two workshops and three round-table discussions.
  • March 25, 2019
    Five tips for generation Z
    Davide Dattoli was the invited speaker of the seventh Bruno Kessler Lecture, on March 19, 2019 in Trento: in front of hundreds of students, he recounted his success story with Talent Garden
  • March 6, 2019
    Once upon a try
    Explore the greatest inventions and discoveries of humankind thanks to the new Google Arts & Culture interactive online project in collaboration with Fondazione Bruno Kessler
  • February 26, 2019
    FBK celebrates its international young talent
    Povo hosted the PhD Day, the annual meeting of Fondazione Bruno Kessler's doctoral students community
  • January 16, 2019
    Mission Report. FBK’s results and their impact on society
    The mission of Fondazione Bruno Kessler is to build a concrete and effective relationship between research of excellence and the demand for innovation that comes from the most diverse sectors of society. The final balance depicts the results achieved and offers all stakeholders an opportunity for discussion based on data
  • December 21, 2018
    From the future of Artificial Intelligence to the future of people: youths
    "Future is Built on Knowledge" is FBK's motto, that has always aimed at disseminating knowledge. In order to make it more tangible, the Foundation will dedicate 2019 to the new generations, with teaching activities, workshops, school-work projects and conferences for lay audiences
  • September 18, 2018
    Investing in research to innovate social enterprises
    We interviewed Flaviano Zandonai, Ezio Manzini and Francesco Profumo, protagonists at the 16th Workshop on Social Enterprise
  • September 11, 2018
    The factory of the future is being designed at the competence centers
    Article by Francesco Profumo, FBK President, for GARR NEWS No. 18, July 2018
  • May 16, 2018
    FBK and Microsoft together for precision medicine
    FBK presented a major new machine learning project for Precision Medicine that leverages Azure cloud computing capability and a $ 20,000 grant support under the Azure for Research program at the Microsoft Edu Day2018
  • April 14, 2018
    Leadership for innovation in schools
    The book dedicated to change in schools through the training of teachers and principals and to digital programs was presented at the EDUCA Festival
  • March 27, 2018
    Digital manufacturers: the green revolution starts here
    What are the sustainable jobs of the future? Why does sustainability become a social obligation for everyone, including small, medium and large companies? Why will the professions of the future have to integrate technical skills - primarily digital - and soft skills with the aspect of care of the ecosystem, an asset that belongs to all and that must be preserved and handed down to those who will come after us?
  • February 22, 2018
    FBK’s mission Russia: agreement signed with Moscow-based Skoltech
    Innovative solutions for 3D city modeling and energy are the first areas on which the Trentino based research center and the Russian university will collaborate
  • December 20, 2017
    2018: FBK dedicates the year to Artificial Intelligence
    President Profumo presented the new strategic and business plans, dedicated to Artificial Intelligence. A tight 2018 calendar of events, starting with the sixth Bruno Kessler Lecture with Piero Angela
  • November 21, 2017
    Innovation and society in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Can they go hand in hand?
    The meeting "Artificial Intelligence and Us" hosted at Fondazione Corriere della Sera on November 6, has pointed out that man and machine are not antagonists and that a 'peaceful' existence in the era of artificial intelligence may be possible. As long as it we invest in young people and their training.
  • October 31, 2017
    Artificial Intelligence and Us. An FBK Meeting at the Corriere Della Sera Foundation
    On November 6, the historic offices of the Corriere della Sera newspaper of Via Solferino in Milan, will be hosting a meeting on "Artificial Intelligence and Us", an event that offers a picture of the latest applications and current developments, outlining future horizons.
  • October 2, 2017
    L’informatica al servizio del sociale: il Festival dal 13 al 15 ottobre a Rovereto
    La tre giorni per scoprire le nuove tecnologie al servizio di chi ne ha più bisogno si apre con l'intervento del Presidente FBK Francesco Profumo che discuterà sul tema del digitale a servizio dei cittadini e delle comunità. Cyberbullismo e fake news, prevenzione delle calamità naturali, domotica, soluzioni tecnologiche per i disabili, progetti di cooperazione internazionale al centro di laboratori, workshop e incontri con esperti nazionali e internazionali.
  • May 22, 2017
    The transformation of jobs with digital technology: risks and opportunities
    Lectio magistralis by the President of Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Francesco Profumo, for the students of the professional training center Centro formazione professionale Giuseppe Veronesi of Rovereto
  • April 8, 2017
    Cyber School: how to tackle the digital revolution together
    How will the new digital school be? How revolutionary and disruptive will this historic transition be for the school system? Are professors, teachers, and families and students alike - digital natives, reality or myth that we tell ourselves? - prepared to deal with the new challenges of a revolution that not only affects the tools, but requires a new cultural, pedagogical, social perspective?
  • April 6, 2017
    EDUCA towards a new Digital School
    Which school will come from digital technology? The shared reflection of Educa starts from #scuoladigitaletrentina and expands to the entire national system.