At DISI, theoretical and applied research always seek the right balance. The Research Programs (RPs) are the synthesis of the first two dimensions: methodological research (where theory is produced and disseminated with scientific publications) and technological areas (where complementary methodologies meet to create application-oriented technologies). The RPs define the strategic research plan of the department.

With the goal of developing synergies with other research institutions, DISI and the University of Trento are founding members and participants in the management of research centres located in Trentino, including Create-Net Association, Graphitech Foundation, and CoSBI Research Center. DISI at Trento University is one of the leaders in research and development in the Information and Communication Technology sector on the Italian and European level.