Last week we participated in ICT 2010: Shaping the European Research and Innovation Agenda for the Next Decade, the biggest research conference for information and communication technologies organized by the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Information Society and Media. The conference was held in Brussels and gathered more than 6000 experts in all the fields of ICT research, policy and industry. More than 200 projects representing all the possible ICT fields of research were presented at the exhibition.First of all, on behalf of Intel Labs Europe (ILE), we are happy to congratulate the winners of the ICT 2010 Best Exhibit Awards namely: VECTOR project from the Digital Society Zone, investigating and developing a miniaturized robotic pill for advanced diagnostics and therapy in the human digestive tract with the aim to make a significant contribution to the diagnosis and treatment of digestive cancers and their precursors (1st Prize Exhibition), SOA4All project from the ICT Connects Zone, creating a framework for integrating technical advances into a domain-independent service delivery platform (2nd Prize Exhibition) and Saferider project from the Safety and Security Zone, driving the advanced telematics for enhancing the safety and comfort of motorcycle riders, aiming to improve rider safety (3rd Prize Exhibition). These projects got the majority of votes from ICT 2010 participants, and were awarded during the Closing Plenary by the Minister for Economy and Simplification of Belgium Vincent Van Quickenborne, the Deputy Director General, Information Society and Media Anti Peltomäki and Prof. Martin Curley, Director of ILE. Since ILE is committed to accelerating digital transformations and fostering European innovation and research, we were delighted to support the Best Exhibit Prize, and would like to sincerely thank the event organizers. As Prof. Curley said: “It’s not just about exhibit excellence, but about the diffusion and dissemination excellence”. We also participated in the conference itself, which this year was focused on two key themes: ICT for sustainable growth in a low carbon economy, and ICT in the daily life of citizens and the importance of public participation in the innovation process. The conference was opened with a plenary debate on “Research and Innovation in the Digital Agenda for Europe” where European policymakers and CEOs of ICT companies shared their vision of the Europe’s ICT research and innovation policy for the next decade. The key outcome of the discussion was the acceptance of the fact that some profound changes are taking place in the economy and society, and that the whole ICT industry will need to shape itself. This discussion continued on the following day, and another important message: The future is going to be about services, and there is a huge potential for the industry, but the stakeholders will need to change the way of thinking. Intel Labs Europe, being member of the Open Innovation Services and Policy Group (OISPG) and other network organizations is participating actively in the process of shaping the European services sector, and will continue its efforts towards raising its competitiveness. On the second day Martin Curley delivered a talk at the Panel “Digital Roadmap to the Future” devoted to major transformative trends in ICT and the next scientific breakthroughs that will shape future technological developments and application scenarios for 2030 and beyond. In his talk he outlined how new products and emerging technologies being developed by Intel will help fuel a sustainable future, and discussed the synthesis of three mega trends coming together. These are the increasing acceleration of digital transformations, the ever-growing awareness of the need for sustainable paradigms and solutions, and the increasing importance of mass collaboration. For the letter, he cited as an example the Innovation Value Institute, a member of the Intel Labs Europe Network with 50 public and private sector organizations partnering together to research, develop and diffuse new models and methods for IT management and IT Innovation. Participation in the EU’s 7 Framework Programme (FP7), led by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research, is one of the key aspects of ILE activities. More and more Intel labs across Europe are joining this unique program to help reach the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment in the European Union. To date, we are partnering on more than 20 projects with over 200 European organizations across 6 R&D labs, and the number is growing. Two of these were presented at the ICT 2010 exhibition. Representatives of our SLA@SOI project, an Integrated Project (IP) researching the systematic management of service-oriented infrastructures on the basis of formally specified service level agreements (SLAs), organized an Information Day “Research/Industry Collaboration on Open Source Cloud Middleware” during the Conference with a goal to help users, engineers and researchers in cloud deployments to identify better ways to collaborate on developing European open-source technology. The session also discussed future directions and required research activities to position cloud as an ideal substrate for service delivery in the future internet. PERSIST: Personal Self-Improving Smart Spaces was another example of our participation in the FP7 initiatives, shown in the Safety and Security Zone. The vision of PERSIST is of a Personal Smart Space (PSS), which is associated with the portable devices carried by the user and which moves around with him/her, providing context-aware pervasiveness to the user at all times and places. The project’s objective is to develop Personal Smart Spaces that provide a minimum set of functionalities which can be extended and enhanced as users encounter other smart spaces during their everyday activities. The demo focused on 4 key scenarios: a reconfigurable room, a personalized smart workspace, a learned behavior scenario, and an African aid negotiation scenario. Visitors were able to interact with the demonstrators and to experience PSS features such as proactive service control, context sharing and group preference conflict resolution, and trust-based privacy negotiation.
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