The research activities of CREATE-NET have been centered on the paradigm of '"Internet of the Future", both in terms of infrastructure and services:

- Network of the Future: The "Internet of the Future" will be characterized by massive proliferation of intelligent systems in which billions of miniaturized electronic devices will be included in the most common objects and will support the various activities of daily living. This will both trigger an exponential growth in complexity and heterogeneity of the network infrastructure, which will require, therefore, a fixed / mobile convergence, and favor the presence of sensors, greater mobility as well as' innovative services and highly dynamic. To cope with this complexity and heterogeneity, CREATE-NET will go beyond the principle of predictability, planning on the uncertainty and 'evolve-ability' meaning as ability to adapt and evolve in a dynamic way and without the need for control. New paradigms of 'bottom-up' (eg inspired by biological systems) to solve network problems related to scalability, reliability and survivability, interoperability, security, as well as' the limits of power, mobility and spectrum will be needed.

- Cognitive and reconfigurable communication services focused on the user and the community. The context of ICT is undergoing an important change, moving from a technology-centered view to a user-centered and community-centred. CREATE-NET focuses on innovative broadband systems that allow users to interact with each other and with the environment without the need for technical knowledge, anywhere, at any time, in an intuitive and natural.

In addition to these research activities related to ICT CREATE-NET is gradually investing in skills and research and development activities in some application domains enabled by ICT of the future, which include energy efficiency, the world of health and health care, and the advanced services that take advantage of new communication channels associated with social media, available on the move.