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ISTAG in FP6: Working Group 1 - IST Research Content: Final Report

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The role of the IST Advisory Group (ISTAG) is to advise the Commission on the overall strategy to be followed in carrying out the IST thematic priority and related activities of research as well as on the orientations with respect to the European Research Area.. Working Group 1 (WG1) was set up in January 2003 to enable ISTAG to carry out an in-depth analysis that would allow it to advise and support the Commission in the definition of the strategic orientations for the Research Content for IST in Europe.

WG1 began its analysis by refining and updating the current "Ambient Intelligence" (AmI) vision and by identifying the key socio-economic challenges and opportunities for AmI in Europe together with those areas where AmI can already be seen to be supporting EU policy objectives. A number of almost mandatory research domains or components were then identified in which significant progress must be made in order to further develop and realise the AmI vision.

Having identified key research challenges in each of the domains or components, WG1 focused on the extent to which new mechanisms can be found to ensure the successful integration of components and their convergence into AmI systems. Finally, WG1 proposed seven recommendations related to new mechanisms and processes that will help speed this integration process by removing some of the stumbling blocks that are impeding the realisation of the AmI vision.

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