About us


The Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication (DISCo) of the University of Milano-Bicocca was established on January 1, 1999.

The primary goal of DISCo is to jointly carry out research and teaching activities of excellence, in order to contribute significantly to the innovative processes of the Italian and European production system and to the relaunch of European research in the field of Information Society Technologies.


The Department's research activities can be grouped into five macro-areas:

  • Foundations of Computer Science, Computational Life Sciences and Bioinformatics
  • Software Engineering and Architecture
  • Web and Information Systems
  • Intelligent sensing (Robotics, Real-Time Systems, and Computer Vision)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Decision Systems

There are 18 active laboratories, which host interns, undergraduates and doctoral students that collaborate who collaborate in the numerous research projects in which the permanent staff is involved.


The Department has activated a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Computer Science, organized into different areas, which allow students to orient themselves towards different professions, while maintaining a strong basic unitary nature and great flexibility. The Department also contributes to the teaching of the Master's Degree course in Theory and Technology of Communication, in collaboration with the Faculty of Psychology and the Master's Degree course in Data Science, in collaboration with the Department of Economics, Quantitative Methods and Business Strategies and the Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods.

The didactic activity is structured in such a way as to make visible and enhance the proactive and prominent role that the IT professions can play at the beginning of the millennium. The teachers of DISCo aim to train not only programmers, but designers of the information society, able to give shape to a real open and dynamic knowledge society, according to the indications of the European Community, collaborating with architects, designers, anthropologists, and psychologists.