IST research becomes increasingly international following the general trends of ICT development. A call to make the European IST research more open to the world is strong in the running FP6 and will be even stronger in the forthcoming FP7. At the same time, the level of international cooperation in IST research between Europe and Asia-Pacific region is far away from the level of political and economic ties between the regions.
As a matter of fact, there are no European IST projects with participation of partners from South-East Asia launched so far. This situation is not only affecting progress in research, but also hampering business opportunities of European ICT industry on the world's most promising ICT market. The project sees its mission and overall objective in stimulating and enhancing international cooperation in the field of IST between EU and Asia-Pacific region by linking research communities and creating new partnerships, mapping and promoting opportunities for joint research and ICT business partnerships, facilitating inclusion of research teams from Asia into European FP7 IST consortia. It will be achieved by: - Mapping regional IST landscape and matching regional IST research capabilities with current and future EU's IST Strategic
- Running a series of scientific workshops in the region addressing several application contexts of 'ambient intelligence' concept;
- Developing on-line dynamic inventory of IST groups in the region (partner search engine);
- Improving public awareness of European ICT industry (European Industrial Events) and cooperative opportunities of FP7 (FP7 Information Days) and promoting bi-regional cooperation via various channels.
The project consortium composed of leading European IST research and industrial players and partners from all major regional IST-strong countries believes that the project is able to improve radically the climate for bi-regional IST cooperation right at the joint between FP6 and FP7.
Field of science
- /social sciences/economics and business
Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action