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FET Flagships' Workshop Brussels, 9 - 10 June 2010


The Future Emerging Technologies (FET) scheme as part of the DG INFSO ICT programme is in the process of setting up the FET Flagship Initiatives, as laid down in the Communication ' Moving the ICT frontiers – a strategy of research on future and emerging technologies in Europe’ (COM (2009) 184) (   180KB) and endorsed by the COMP Council Conclusions of 04/12/2009. As one of the key actions, these communications envisage the launch of at least two of these initiatives by 2013.

FET Flagships are proposed to be visionary, large-scale European ICT research initiatives nucleated from FET but cascading into various scientific and technological areas of different maturity, from long term to more technology driven research. Built on established strengths of European research, they will be goal-driven to achieve a key scientific breakthrough which will serve as strong basis potential for future technological innovation and economic exploitation. FET Flagships are envisioned to run for at least 10 years, on a budget of around up to 100 M€ Euros per year per initiative. The overarching nature and magnitude of these initiatives implies that they can only be realised through a federated effort of the different EC services, along with Member States, regional and other funding agencies, and where appropriate, global partners and industry.


OBJECTIVE of the workshop

This forum allowed for high-level networking and information sharing on the preparation of the FET Flagship Initiatives.
Its objectives are:

  • - Further discuss the consolidated flagship ideas with scientific stakeholders and representatives of national funding agencies.
    - Get feedback from policy makers and national funding agencies as well as from the Science Forum Coordination Group
  • - Reflect on the concept and features of FET Flagships
    - Elaborate on clustering, alignment and merging of ideas whenever appropriate.
  • - Inform on the plans for the forthcoming call for preparatory actions for FET Flagships
    - Content and objectives on call to be launched 30th July 2010.
Participants included high-level representatives of the Commission, National ICT directors or their representatives, national funding agencies, related ERA-NETS, high-level researchers, ISTAG FET members, representatives from the Research Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament. The event was open to interested researchers in general.



WEDNESDAY 9th June 2010 - Room AB-0A

09:00 - 09:30
Chair: Mario Campolargo, Director Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures, DG INFSO
09:30 - 10:00
Opening session: Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau (Cabinet Kroes)
Herbert von Bose , Director Industrial Technologies, DG RTD
Patrizia Toia , MEP, Vice-Chair of ITRE
10:00 - 11:15
Science Forum presentations (I)
- ICT beyond limits, Peter Zoller (   461KB )
- Robot companions for citizens, Paolo Dario (   3.9MB )
- The Future ICT knowledge Accelerator, Dirk Helbing (   4.9MB )
- Simulating the Human Brain, Henry Markram (   160KB )
11:15 - 11:45
Coffee break
11:45 - 12:05
FET Flagships – opportunities from a national perspective
- Gonzalo Leon , ES (   107KB )
- Robert Plana , FR (   63KB )
12:05 - 13:00
Panel discussion: How FET Flagships will impact on European Science, the ERA and the European Digital Agenda?
Moderator: Sixtine Bouygues , Head of Unit, Information & Communication, DG INFSO
Panellists: Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau , Herbert von Bose , Patrizia Toia , Gonzalo Leon , Robert Plana , Paolo Dario , Khalil Rouhana , Head of Unit Strategy for ICT Research and Innovation, DG INFSO
13:00 - 14:30
Chair: Wolfgang Boch Head of Unit FET Proactive, DG INFSO
14:30 - 14:45
The FET Flagship Science Forum and its Coordination Group
Wolfgang Boch (   206KB )
14:45- 15:00
Feedback from the Coordination Group
15:00- 16:30
Science Forum presentation(II)
- Harnessing evolution to compute, Marc Schoenauer (   75KB )
- The Social Computer, Fausto Giunchiglia (   382KB )
- Virtual Physiological Human Infostructure, Marco Viceconti (   749KB )
- Brain-inspired hardware architectures, Karlheinz Meier (   2.1MB )
- World Society Modeller (S-GAIA), John Sutcliffe-Braithwaite (   188KB )
16:30 - 17:15
Open Discussion moderated by Coordination Group
17:15- 17:30
Agenda for Day 2 and close


THURSDAY 10th June 2010 - Room AB-0A

09:00 - 09:30
Chair: Wolfgang Boch
09:30 - 09:45
The FET Flagships study: Lessons learnt, success factors from previous similar initiatives
and conclusions from validation workshop
Jürgen Rattenberger , FFG (   167KB )
09:45 - 10:00
Call for Preparatory Actions
José-Luis Fernández-Villacañas Martín , FET, DG INFSO (   169KB )
10:00 - 12:15
Science Forum Presentations (III) with Q&A
Parallel Session 1: Biological-Material ICT confluence
Room AB-0A
Parallel Session 2: New Paradigms for Computing and Engineering
Room AB-0B
Parallel Session 3: Complex Socio-Techno Systems
Room AB-0C

PARALLEL SESSION 1: Biological-Material ICT confluence

Moderated by: Pekka Karp; Cecile Huet , EC
Rapporteur: Mario Rassetti , Coordination Group

Online Submission presentations:
- The Bionic Man: Towards Augmented Humanity, Gusz Eiben (   75KB )
- Living Technology: Exploiting Life's principles for ICT, Steen Rasmussen (   4.2MB )
- Model guided medicine, Heinz Lemke (   203KB )

Additional presentations:
- Uncovering the Human cell lineage three in health and disease, Ehud Shapiro (   770KB )
- Understanding the human brain requires appropiate animal models, Guy Orban (   203KB )
- Disruptive technologies for interfacing with the brain, Herc Neves (   145KB )
- The uni-interface: Principles of conscious information processing, Maxim Stamenov (   101KB )
- Unlocking 21st century medicine by knowledge transformation, Anthony J. Brookes (   104KB )
- Of Men and Robots: Embodying Intelligence in Manufacts, Antonio Bicchi (   1MB )
- Awake-matrix redone, Andrea Gaggioli (   828KB )
- From Nanolab to reality, Jari Kinaret (   527KB )
- Silkbio-optronics, Roberto Zamboni (   3.6MB )
- 3D Silicon Nanowire Architectures for Neuro-Morphic Computing, Y. Leblebici (   1MB )
- Ubiquitous powering: energy aware Nanoelectronic Companions, Mihai Ionescu (   161KB )

PARALLEL SESSION 2: New Paradigms for Computing and Engineering

Moderated by: Marton Haraszti; Wide Hogenhout , EC
Rapporteur: Chris Hankin , Coordination Group

Online Submission presentations:
- Integral Biomathics: a new era of Biological computation, Plamen Simeonov (   652KB )
- Transforming modelling and Simulation for European Growth, Mark Parsons (   127KB )
- Internet Science, Georg Carle (   876KB )
- Live Internet, Ferran Cabrer I Vilagut (   3.7MB )

Additional presentations:
- The 3.0 revolution, Mihaela Ulieru (   897KB )
- Towards solidifying a Science of the Internet, Iordanis Koutsopoulos (   111KB )
- Live ecology, Opher Etzion (   183KB )
- Autonomic Network Computing Science, D.R. Avresky (   487KB )
- Aerial robots, Yasmina Bestaoui (   229KB )
- Rethinking Wireless Network Design, Management and Operation, S. Stanczak (   300KB )
- ICT Driven Social Dynamics, J. Holyst (   99KB )
- ICT Changing the Global Village: Individual Life Footprint, A. Ferreira (   80KB )

PARALLEL SESSION 3: Complex Socio-Techno Systems

Moderated by: J.L. Fernandez-Villacañas; Jean-Marie Auger , EC
Rapporteur: Stefan Michalowski , Coordination Group

Online Submission presentations:
- Ubiquitous Complex Event Processing, Rainer Von Ammon (   472KB )
- Computational Socio-Geonomics, John Sutcliffe-Braithwaite (   70KB )
- Transforming Production for the 21st century, Stuart Anderson (   186KB )
- Transforming medical education with immersive Virtual clinical environments, T. Poulton (   72KB )
- NGN & NGN: New generation network for new governance network, Sylvie Occelli (   125KB )

Additional presentations:
- Modelling complex economic and social systems with supercomputers, M. Holcombe (   278KB )
- Fundamentals of Evolutionary Social Behaviours, Xiaoming Fu (   139KB )
- Computational Sustainability, Barry O'Sullivan (   181KB )
- Augmented Communications for scale free Collaboration in Very Large Communities, Fabrizio Davide (   295KB )
- Visual Analytics, Jorn Kohlhammer (   335KB )
- Emerging Intelligence, Geir Horn (   244KB )
- Distributed Digital Labour, Otto Chrons (   116KB )
- i-lands: Improved Living Environments through Synergies of Ubiquitous, Evolvable & Intelligent Technologies, Dimitris Plexousakis (   257KB )

12:15 - 12:30
Coffee break and initial informal networking
12:30- 13:35
Networking in smaller groups - Parallel session 1 - Room AB-0A
Networking in smaller groups - Parallel session 2 - Room AB-0B
Networking in smaller groups - Parallel session 3 - Room AB-0C
13:30 - 14:45
Chair: José-Luis Fernández-Villacañas Martín
14:45 - 15:30
Reporting back from the parallel sessions – lessons learnt, Coordination Group
15:30 - 16:30
Panel: Practical implementation issues, Coordination Group and EC
16:30 - 16:45
Next steps, Wolfgang Boch
16:45 - 17:00
Concluding remarks, Zoran Stančič , Deputy Director General, DG INFSO


If you wish to make a presentation on a specific idea, please make it clear when you register by mentioning its title .
Please note that due to practical reasons, there is a limit of 6 slides (we suggest you devote them to Brief description of the idea, Ambition, Impact, Integration, Plausibility and Support).
In your presentations you would have to insist in proving convincing arguments for:

  • Is your idea "really" goal oriented? For example, what is its expected outcome that it will aim at building/achieving?
  • What are the main 3-5 research challenges underneath the goal oriented vision?
  • Is your idea really in line with the ambition of a FET Flagship (e.g. ambitious enough to necessitate a federated effort, scale of funding and time horizon )?
  • Can you see in the list of submissions any other ideas you could associate with, benefit from, or contribute to?
  • Would your idea necessitate the involvement of research domains and communities other than ICT (e.g. Life Sciences, Material Science, Social Sciences, Energy, Physics, Chemistry), and would the idea call for a prioritising and alignment of the research agendas of these domains?

It is imperative that we receive your slides by 4/6/2010. Send your presentation to the FET Flagship mailbox: "infso-fetflag(AT)" .
Unless you disallow at the time of your registration, your slides will be published on our website after the event.



- List of the attendee (   91KB)



This workshop will be held at the "Centre Albert Borschette" in the centre of Brussels

From the Zaventem Airport to Centre Borschette:

  • By taxi the estimated travel time to the Centre Borschette would be about 25 minutes. However, during rush hours you should allow between 35-45 minutes. There is a regular shuttle service from the Zaventem Airport to the Gare Centrale (= Central Station) which takes approximately 15-20 minutes.

From Gare Centrale (= Central Station) to Centre Borschette

  • By taxi about 10 minutes, ask for "Place Jourdan."
  • If you travel by underground (choose direction Hermann Debroux or direction Stockel) the nearest station is Schuman which is about a 5 minute walk.