Fondazione Cariplo, one of the world’s main philanthropic organizations, which manages the assets gathered over 180 years by Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde to carry on its philanthropic tradition. Fondazione Cariplo aims at operating on the basis of the principle of subsidiarity, anticipating needsand fulfilling its special mission of being a resource that helps social and civil organizations better serve their community.

Since it was established in 1991, the Foundation has modernized itself to continue to pursue its philanthropic mission at best. Today, the Foundation is a modern-time organization with specific operational strategies, staffed with young, specialized personnel, equipped with the structures and the tools  suitable to implement modern philanthropy initiatives, and to give ideas a future.

Though still pursuing its philanthropic mission to finance non profit organizations, Fondazione Cariplo engaged in something that goes beyond traditional grant-making. In fact, in addition to contributing to socially useful initiatives that  other organizations carry out thanks to the Foundation’s grants, some time ago  in partnership with other entities and to  be the catalyst for financial resources.

Projects originated by the Foundation itself are managed directly by its staff. Because of their significance, originality or specificity, these projects are given special importance among the various activities carried out by the Foundation.

From a ‘passive’ grant-making entity Fondazione Cariplohas become an active player pioneering new initiatives to fill existing gaps, gearing its activity to achieving its project’s objectives of social and economic  development in the region.

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The University of Milano-Bicocca since its formation in1998, has as its main objective to promote the growth and capacity building intellectual, creative, competitive and contributing to improving the economic performance of our country.

This objective is expressed through the promotion of initiatives international prestige and the incentive to carry out projects training and current research, innovative and focused on the impact development of intellectual excellence. Consistent with the general principles laid down in its Statute and the Commission European Union, promotes and encourages the international dimension of studies, education and scientific research, and develops educational contexts and design of a specialized nature and multidisciplinary and considers as its core tasks the development of international exchanges of teachers, researchers and students.

The Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication (DISCo) opened on January 1, 1999 with a teaching staff and technical administration staff who transferred from the Computer Science department of the Università degli Studi di Milano to the new University of the Studies of Milano-Bicocca.

Since then, the department has grown and now has a teaching staff of more than thirty professors and more than forty doctoral students and researchers.

The primary objectives of DISCo are to develop teaching and research in order to significantly contribute to the innovative processes of the European and Italian productive systems and, to initiate re-launching of European research for the Information Society in the field of technology. 

Currently, DISCo offers one first level and one second level degree in Computer Science. Diversified plans of study are available to allow students to choose courses that will enrich their core program. 

The research topics of the department are strongly linked to the teaching activities. The teaching activity of each of the heads of the research labs is directly connected to the research of the individual labs. Internships and dissertations are part of the numerous projects which produce innovative and original research. Most of the Ph.D. students are actively involved in the research labs in addition for their doctoral thesis. 

Research takes place inside the university, although there are numerous industrial and academic collaborations on the national and international level. Research is organized into 4 main Research Areas:

- Software architecture and analysis, distributed systems, imaging and artificial vision, robotics 
- Date bases and Information systems, Artificial Intelligence, knowledge engineering and management, cooperative technologies 

- Bioinformatics, complex systems, formal models of distributed systems
- Information, finance and environment, computational networks and decision sciences

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The University of Brescia was founded in 1982, there are active four faculties Economics, Engineering, Law and Medicine.

The Department of Quantitative Methods develops its research activity and organizes the teaching activity about mathematical methods for economics, insurance problems and finance, and about operations research, statistics, demography, and IT. Moreover it favors collaborations with different Universities in Italy and abroad, and it enjoys the presence of many international researchers as visiting professors.

The topics of the research activity, which is both theoretical and applied, include:
- Mathematical methods for economics, finance and insurance theory, variational inequalities and equilibrium models;
- Optimization models and methods, applied to production, transportation, logistics, stochastic programming; (
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- Methods of data mining and statistical models for static and dynamic analysis of economical, financial, social and demographical phenomena;
- Methods for information retrieval, information extraction and analysis on web pages.

The research activity of the members of the Department is shown by a large number of publications in international and national journals, chapters of specialized books, discussion papers and a large number of seminars. The professors of the Department teach different courses, both basic and advanced, also in Doctoral Programs, Masters and Professional Courses.

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