DIISM (Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione e Scienze Matematiche) was founded in November 2012. The department originates from the union of the former Department of Information Engineering (Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione - DII) and the former Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche ed Informatiche "R. Magari" ). The mission of the department builds upon the three main pillars of research, teaching and technology transfer. Research at DIISM combines fundamental research and development of new technologies, with the aim of applying them to problems of considerable social and economic impact. The involved  Research Areas span the whole field of information engineering: computer science, control systems, electrical engineering, electromagnetics, electronics and measurements, telecommunications. Within the mathematical field, the department covers geometry and algebra, mathematical analysis, mathematical logic and foundations, mathematics education, decision and management methods, applied mathematics. A research group dealing with atomic physics and laser spectroscopy is also present. Technology transfer activities are aimed at creating synergies between the research carried out at DIISM and the needs of private and public companies, with a specific attention to those of the Tuscany region. Participation in industrial districts and competence centers, technology scouting and assessment, diffusion of innovation, creation of spin-off and startup companies, promotion of the scientific and technological culture, are all objectives of the DIISM activities. Teaching activities include three bachelor degree programs and four master degree programs. The creation of an international study environment is one of the main assets of DIISM: to this aim, all master programs are entirely taught in English. A number of exchange and mobility programs are active, involving students, researchers and staff. Other distinguished features of DIISM bachelor and master programs are the high professor-to-student ratio, the presence of a wide variety of labs (covering 1500 squared meters) and the nice location within the San Niccolò building, in the center of Siena. The PhD program in Information Engineering and Science aims at providing talented graduated students with the background and methodological skills required to deal with advanced scientific and technological innovations, both in academic and industrial research environments.