The competence center supports companies and public institutions in identifying areas in which the use of blockchain and AI makes sense and is relevant, and shows how these technologies can have a positive impact on business processes and activities, for example by increasing efficiency or saving costs.
Together with specialized software companies for blockchain and/or AI, practical solutions are developed that are integrated into the organization’s existing ecosystem. A particular focus is placed on programming applications (e.g., using machine learning) that make the technologies immediately usable.
In the future, the most important competency of employees will be the ability to effectively use and operate AI technologies. To ensure that the entire team has the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively use AI applications and maximize their potential, we offer workshops and specialized training.
The Competence Center for Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain in South Tyrol is a hub for teaching, research, development, and implementation of innovative technologies in these fields. The center brings together experts from academia, industry, and government to collaborate on projects and initiatives that leverage the potential of AI and blockchain to drive economic growth and social progress in the region.
The center provides resources and courses to companies and individuals to help them understand and adopt these technologies, as well as to foster the development of a strong and diverse ecosystem of startups and businesses in the region. Additionally, it acts as a bridge between South Tyrol and the global community, connecting local companies and researchers with international partners and opportunities. The competence center is aimed to play a positive role in promoting the economic growth and competitiveness of the region in the digital era.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that focuses on creating machines and systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as recognizing speech and making decisions. Companies can apply AI in a variety of ways to improve their operations and gain a competitive advantage. For example, AI can be used to analyze large amounts of data, such as customer data and sales data, to identify patterns and trends that can inform business decisions. AI can also be used to automate repetitive or time-consuming tasks, such as data entry and customer service. Additionally, AI can be used to create more personalized experiences for customers, such as through chatbots or personalized product recommendations. Overall, by using AI, companies can gain insights and make decisions faster, improve customer service and boost revenue, streamline operations, and reduce costs.
Blockchain technology is a system of decentralized, digital ledgers that records transactions across networks of computers. Each block in the chain contains a number of transactions, and every time a new transaction is added to the block, it is added to the chain and cannot be altered. This creates a permanent, unchangeable record of all transactions, which is stored across multiple devices and locations, making it extremely difficult to hack or corrupt. This technology is most commonly associated with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, but it has many other potential uses including supply chain management, identity verification, insurance management, and international financial transactions.
Paolo Coletti started his research activity with a PhD in computational fluid dynamics at the University of Trento, specifically on partial differential equations of turbulence models in hydraulics, moving to computational linguistics working on language models for automatic speech recognition and on natural language understanding. He has been teaching computer science and data analysis since 2005, carrying on research on computational finance, focusing in particular on data collection and network representations of Italian public companies. He is also involved in projects related to mass customization and cryptocurrency technology.
Markus Bick is a Full Professor of Business Information Systems at ESCP Business School. His current research interests focus on digital transformation, including digital competencies and digital maturity models, explainable AI, trust in LLMs, gamification, knowledge management, or Web 3.0 technologies. He publishes his work regularly in renowned international journals (e.g., Information & Management, Decision Support Systems, Electronic Markets, Business Information Systems Engineering, or Information Systems Frontiers). Based on his research, he led various customized education programs (e.g., for a large TelCo or an international buying group) and engaged in several application-orientated research and consultancy projects (e.g., media industry) as well.
Max Fuchs is an experienced business informatics professional with over 8 years of experience in the IT industry and a deep passion for artificial intelligence and data science. He began his career in 2014 at the IT conglomerate IBM. Since 2021, he has been working as an Associate Partner and Head of Business Development at Limebit GmbH, a Berlin-based consulting company specialized in artificial intelligence and data science. In addition to his competencies in business development, he actively works as a project manager, including for the research project KIPRM, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and developed in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute FIT, which focuses on AI-based methods in risk management. Furthermore, he is a doctoral candidate at ESCP Europe, specializing in marketing research.
Max Oberperfler has been intensively involved with the study of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology since 2021. He has obtained numerous certifications, including the Bitcoin Professional Certification from the CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium, the Certified Bitcoin Professional Certification from the Blockchain Council, and the Swiss qualification as a Certified Crypto Finance Expert (CCFE). In December 2022, Max Oberperfler successfully passed the examination necessary for registration in the National Register of autonomous Financial Advisers in Italy. At the time of registration, he was the second-youngest autonomous Financial Adviser in Italy. Since then, he has been practicing this profession on a freelance basis.
Johannes Bittel (M.Sc.) has been working in the areas of corporate innovation and startup entrepreneurship for 10 years. In the digital division of Deutsche Bahn, he is a Senior Innovation Manager. Previously, he was a Startup Innovation Manager, where he specialized in particular on managing early-stage innovation projects (ideation, acceleration, proof of concept), as well as collaborating with startups and innovation consulting.
Hannes Lösch helps organizations achieve exceptional results. With his software company Limendo, Lösch assists companies in improving their processes.
Limendo is a young and innovative IT company with branches in Bolzano, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad, providing customized software solutions to its clients. With over 50 dedicated employees, Limendo passionately collaborates with its clients to improve and automate processes, allowing organizations to focus on what matters most. The company’s “Data Practice” involves understanding data (Data Science) and analyzing it using algorithms, automating processes, or providing insights to decision-makers (Business Intelligence). The “Application Practice” establishes the framework for innovative systems. Limendo works with a modern technology stack, primarily MERN.
Fabio Pedullà, after graduating in Economics and Management, obtained qualifications as a Chartered Accountant, Statutory Auditor, and Auditor for Local Authorities. He has been practicing these professions for over 25 years. He has developed twenty years of experience in consulting for the acquisition of non-repayable grants for the establishment and development of businesses in every sector. His firm specializes in accessing provincial, regional, national, and PNRR funds. He worked as an Economist for the drafting of a strategic territorial plan for an area consisting of 42 municipalities which included territorial analysis, SWOT analysis, analysis of development projects, and the acquisition of regional, national, and European funds. He is a specialized expert in the field of Blockchain and Crypto-assets, providing tax and business consulting for practical applications of these technologies.
Robin Weninger is a globally-recognized educator, advisor and investor, focusing on the implications of exponential technologies, such as blockchain, quantum and artificial intelligence on organisational structures, businesses and society. He is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of the venture capital and advisory company Njordis, and the corporate education company Global Institute of Leadership and Technology (GILT). He is also the Initiator and Managing Director of the Global Blockchain Initiative (GBI).
The competence center is connected with AI and blockchain experts from all over Europe, which makes it the first choice in the Alpine region and Northern Italy.