The Distributed Adaptive Systems Research Unit investigates advanced methodologies and techniques supporting the definition, development, and management of distributed systems that operate in extremely dynamic environments, where being adaptable is a key intrinsic characteristic of the system.
Current research topics are: 
  • Internet of Services User-centric service composition approaches that exploit real world services (not only software services, but also services provided by smart objects, sensors, and people) to provide value added services that are composed, contextualized and customized at run time for a specific situation and user’s needs.
  • Collective Systems. Advanced methodologies and techniques for the development of large-scale, collective, socio-technical systems where the adaptations are resolved in a decentralised, yet coordinated, fashion and with a distributed knowledge.
  • Gamification. Technologies and tools for the definition and operation of gameful persuasive applications in complex socio-technical systems.
DAS targets different application areas in the domain of Smart Cities and logistics. Smart mobility is an especially favourable domain for experimenting with the solutions the DAS Unit is developing. 
The DAS Unit springs from the Service Oriented Applications Unit that actively operated in FBK from 2004 to 2014. Since January 2015, SOA originated two initiatives: the DAS Unit, continuing the research work on service-oriented and distributed systems, with a strong focus on adaptation techniques, and the Smart Community High Impact Initiative, aiming at transforming the Trentino territory into a Smart Community.