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Impact Analysis in the IST Domain of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS), Final Report

Funded under: FP5-IST


This report presents the findings of the WING Impact study for Impact analysis in the IST domain of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS). The purpose of the study was to carry out an analysis of the impacts originating from the research activities in this domain, funded during the period 1999-2004 under the Information Society Technologies (IST) Fifth Framework Programme for Research (FP5) and Technological Development.
The Intelligent Manufacturing Systems initiative is an industry-led, global, and collaborative manufacturing RTD programme, supported by the governments/public administrations of most of the world's leading manufacturing nations. It was launched in 1995 with an agreed life span of 10 years; it was renewed in 2005 for another 10 years. At European level, during FP5, DG Research and DG Information Society jointly supported the IMS initiative, constituting the "European IMS Regional secretariat". Under the FP5 programme, European organisations participating in IMS European modules could seek funding by responding to dedicated or joint Growth (DG Research) and IST (DG Information Society) calls for proposals.
The IST IMS projects that were the object of this impact study acted as 'modules' for large Interregional projects. In fact, in order to be eligible for funding under the IMS initiative, a project proposal needed to include partners from at least 3 of the "IMS Regions". One can consider these Interregional projects as a "federation" of projects: regional projects were interlinked in terms of research activities, complementarities of the research outputs, and organisational set-up. The intensity of this connection between the projects depended on the needs of the research activities and sometimes on merely administrative issues. The projects however always shared the same research focus and were coordinated by a single organisation. In most of the analysed projects, the Interregional Coordinator was a European organisation.

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