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The concept of the Future Internet Conference Week

The Internet has become one of the most critical infrastructures of the 21st century, and by supporting social and economic developments it will enable a truly knowledge-based society. The complex infrastructures sustaining public services such as health, mobility, environmental monitoring or energy management can be made ‘smart’, i.e. much more efficient and sustainable, when the internet is fully integrated into their basic functions and processes. While incremental approaches are critical, they will ultimately fail to keep pace.

A more ambitious and visionary solution is required to achieve targets in the long term. This can only be obtained, however, if technological roadblocks are overcome through multidisciplinary and open innovation approaches. The large-scale integration of multiple technologies calls for a rethink of the internet architecture. Trust and security are also key aspects where answers are needed. And beyond technological issues, the restructuring of business and social interaction processes could provide a golden opportunity to boost European competitiveness.

A comprehensive approach to the digital society and economy will encompass the Future Internet, as one of the main building blocks to succeed. For the development of such an approach it is crucial that not only governments but also industries and the research communities join forces and interact to ensure maximum cross -fertilization.

The Belgian EU presidency in the second half of this year presents a unique opportunity to enable such interaction and cross-fertilization during a full week of ICT activities, related to different aspects of the future internet and supported by different organizations. This will enable an exchange of ideas across different disciplines and communities. The Future Internet Conference Week will therefore offer a program of back-to-back conferences, meetings and workshops related to the different topics of interest to the organizations involved and their stakeholders.

The objectives of the different platforms are clearly complementary. A common denominator of the week will be that internet-based services are a key driver of growth for the ICT industry and that a pull-approach in R&D is crucial to further enhance the competitive position of Europe in the world.

The Future Internet Conference Week will offer a program of back-to-back conferences, meetings and workshops related to the different topics of interest to the organizations involved and their stakeholders.

The objectives of the different platforms are clearly complementary. A common denominator of the week will be that internet-based services are a key driver of growth for the ICT industry and that a pull-approach in R&D is crucial to further enhance the competitive position of Europe in the world.

Organizers

IBBT

IBBT

IBBT focuses strongly on the link between ICT technology and its application domains. It recognizes that software, communication technologies & networking, service platforms, etc. are a crucial component for a number of industries such as health-care, mobility and media.

Bell Labs

Bell LabsBell Labs helps to weave the technological fabric of modern society. Its scientists and engineers make seminal scientific discoveries, launch technological revolutions that reshape the way people live, work and play, and continue to build the most advanced and reliable communications networks in the world. Bell Labs recently announced the formation of the GreenTouch initiative. As a platinum sponsor, Bell Labs complements IBBT’s focus with an industrial perspective.

The Future Internet Assembly

The Future Internet Assembly brings together European researchers to work jointly on technical and non-technical issues in the developments of the Future Internet. More than 95 projects, investing Euro 600 million euros and mobilizing a community of some 300 experts, are active in shaping the European Future Internet vision. IBBT is an active member of the FIA community.

FIRE and ENoLL

The FIRE and ENoLL organizations focus on enabling infrastructures for the internet applications of the future. New internet architectures, protocols and services need early experimentation and testing in large-scale environments.

Living Labs are open innovation environments in real-life settings, inwhich user-driven innovation is fully realized in the co-creation process of new services, products and societal infrastructures. With its iLab infrastructure IBBT is an active member of the FIRE and ENoLL communities.

Servicewave

Following its successful editions in 2008 and 2009, ServiceWave will hold its third conference in Ghent. It offers a unique opportunity for academic researchers and industry practitioners to report on groundbreaking research work and to present industrial trends in service oriented computing. With a call for scientific and industry papers, proceedings published by Springer Verlag, workshops, demonstrations and industrial panels, this is a unique venue to be part of the future of the Internet of Services.

ServiceWave 2010 is organised by the European Technology Platforms eMobility, EPoSS, ISI, NEM and NESSI, as well as Spanish national platform INES, the IT-Tude community and network of excellence S-Cube with the support of the Paluno Institute and of IBBt as hosting partner. There will also be a number of closed workshops during the conference week.

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