Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) get increasingly integrated and embedded into our everyday environment. With becoming connected and intelligent, today's embedded systems evolve to cyber-physical systems. Embedded ICT - from components to cyber-physical systems (CPS) - gain in importance more than ever, not only for the ICT supply industry but also for all major mainstream sectors of the economy. This represents a great opportunity for innovators and industry in Europe. In fact, one of Europe's main strengths is the capacity to build safe, secure, reliable, small size, low power, real time responsive embedded ICT systems.
In future, embedded ICT will become mainstream: The core ICT devices that were so far confined to boxes (PCs, smart phones, tablets, etc..) are more and more embedded in all types of artefacts making "smarter" our homes, offices, factories, cars, trains, public spaces, cities and also our clothes. These are also increasingly connected to the Internet making the "Internet of Things" the "Internet of Everything": of individuals, communities, and all types of smart artefacts (including sensors, actuators, robots).
Maximising the value from the move to a "smart everywhere society" will depend on our capacity to accelerate the integration of electronic components, smart integrated systems and embedded software in all types of products and services. The wider embedding of ICT in products and artefacts will have a major impact on uplifting Europe's innovation capacity across the economy from traditional industrial and professional service sectors to emerging consumer sectors.
Right now, the European stakeholders are working on their Research and Innovation strategy for electronic components and systems, of which CPS are an integral part. In July, the Commission has proposed a new JTI bringing together the EU and Member States with European industry in the ECSEL initiative (press release). Around the end of this year, the Commission is planning to launch its first Work Programmes under Horizon 2020. CPS and its enablers are key topics under the ICT part of the Horizon 2020 pillar on Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies.
Starting from the results of last year's Competitiveness Week of DG CONNECTED, and subsequent strategy meetings under the umbrella of ARTEMIS and other initiatives, the objective of the event is to bring together key actors in EU research and innovation to discuss strategies and stimulate community building in the area of Cyber-Physical Systems. Not neglecting the importance of technologies, focus is on European industrial competitiveness and how to reinforce it through research and innovation. Further discussions are foreseen with a broader public at ICT 2013 in Vilnius and at the ARTEMIS-ITEA Co-summit In December 2013.
In the morning of the first day, key European researchers and industrialists will share their visions and R&I agendas, followed by some testimonials of successes previously achieved by European research in the area. The afternoon will be devoted to two panel discussions looking at concrete approaches, which could help Europe to better capitalise on its research in CPS and its enablers:
Stimulating platform-building and innovation ecosystems: How can EU R&I programmes stimulate the creation of new platforms led by EU-actors and match making between user/customer needs and future technology/service providers? How can ecosystems for growth and jobs be bootstrapped around such platforms? Starting from first experience in the new Artemis innovation pilots, issues to be discussed include interoperability, standardisation, pre-normative measures, certification, and liability.
European networks of embedded cyber-physical systems design centres, which stimulate broad adoption of novel embedded and cyber-physical systems technologies and their enablers in industrial and societal applications important for Europe. Driven by the "smart everywhere" vision, it is crucial that innovators collaborate across vertical value chains from nano-electronics and microsystems to CPS and their application areas. Issue like sharing wafers, tools, software, or reference implementations of systems across networks as well as complementing regional cluster initiatives and smart specialisation are key aspects to be discussed.
The second day will be devoted to parallel breakout workshops mirroring the agenda of the first day under three thematic streams:
Mixed criticality systems – platforms for the future
Systems of systems and control – enablers and realization
Cyber-physical Systems in manufacturing and production
Representatives from EU projects will take stock of their achievements and discuss how to better pool resources and exploit research and innovation results.