To make computers speak the same language we cannot just use technology. First an analysis of the main concepts involved is needed: at ISTC this is the job of the Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA). Here, theory comes before practice. This simple claim contains a deep overturning of the traditional approach, which used to start straightly from computational models. This means involving both people and computers, which in any case have always people at their ends. 


Building up robust frameworks for the automatic management of informatics content: this is not only a technological challenge, but it requires also a precise conceptual analysis. At ISTC the Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA) works on the essential elements which define computational data. These studies have an important impact on many social aspects. 

Imagine to have a face-to-face conversation with an intelligent virtual agent. At ISTC the Speech and Multimodal Communication Laboratory (SMCL) completed the first step to reach this goal, starting precisely from the "face": the result was LUCIA, an emotive talking head. 

Imagine you are a blogger and you want to enrich your posts with related external contents. Now this is possible without any additional search: just use the new open source platform Interactive Knowledge! It was developed jointly at ISTC within the IKS project by the Semantic Technology Laboratory (STLab) and its function is to enhance content management systems. 

Who are the major experts in Artificial Intelligence at CNR? Who is responsible for Resource Management? Now this kind of information can be found with a simple click. At ISTC the Semantic Technology Laboratory (STLab) developed a software able to automatically create a Semantic Social Network out of the data and documents of CNR. 

Text-to-speech synthesizers are widely used. At ISTC the Speech and Multimodal Communication Laboratory (SMCL) is trying to develop this useful technology in order to gain the transmission of emotions in speech communication.