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Building the digital future

Amsterdam, October 10, 2002

Note: This press release is also available in Dutch, French, German and Italian.


ITEA Symposium 2002 Amsterdam press release 10-10-2002 word-document - 229 kB


3rd ITEA Symposium, 10-11 October 2002, Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel


On 10 October 2002, the cream of Europe's software-intensive industries will be meeting in Amsterdam. ITEA - Information Technology for European Advancement - has invited software decision-makers and top speakers from the business and academic community to its third annual symposium, which will be opened by Jaap van Scheijen, Director ICT at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Over 250 people will come together in the impressive surroundings of the Koepelkerk conference centre in the heart of Amsterdam.


ITEA is a pan-European R&D initiative that coordinates industry-driven research in embedded and distributed software in pursuit of its mission to establish European leadership in software-intensive systems. Almost at the halfway stage of its eight-year programme (1999 - 2007), ITEA is now at the heart of embedded and distributed software development in Europe. This year the organisation has been gearing up to enter the final four years of research, armed with a successful 5th Call for Projects and a 6th Call coming up.


So far, 36 projects have been labelled (of which 14 are now finalised) and another 20 are expected to start up in the months to come. In the project presentations on Thursday afternoon, as well as in the project exhibition, team members will showcase this work, using demos and prototypes to demonstrate its impact on industry and society.

Project exhibition & presentations

Keynote speeches
In the main session on Friday morning four distinguished speakers will explore the implications of ITEA for the future competitiveness of Europe.

Second ITEA Achievement Award

During dinner on the Thursday evening, the 2nd ITEA achievement award will be presented. This prestigious honour highlights a concrete example of true European collaboration that promotes the ITEA programme and its goals. A major factor in deciding this year's award was exploitation. As ITEA aims to make Europe's industry more competitive by developing software-intensive systems, industrial exploitation of the results of projects is clearly crucial.


Panel discussion

A panel discussion on Friday afternoon on "ERA challenges for building the digital future" will review the main challenges currently on the digital radar screen and consider what investments are needed to achieve the goal set at Lisbon in 2000 of making the EU "the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010." This will be chaired by Dr Kees le Pair, from 1981 to 1999 CEO of the Dutch national research council STW and chairman of the Dutch ICT Taskforce. The panel includes Jeanne Seyvet, Jaap van Scheijen, Professor Stefan Jähnichen, Managing and Scientific Director of Fraunhofer FIRST, Frans de Bruïne, Director of the European Commission, Directorate General Information Society, and Jan Lohstroh, Senior Vice-President of Philips Digital Systems Laboratories and member of the ITEA Board.


About ITEA


Information Technology for European Advancement - ITEA - is Europe's premier cooperative programme for pre-competitive research and development in embedded and distributed software.


ITEA, which was established in 1999 as a EUREKA strategic cluster programme, supports coordinated national funding submissions, providing the link between those who supply finance, technology and software engineering. Issuing annual Calls for Projects, evaluating projects and helping bring research partners together, ITEA plays a prominent role in European software development, with more than 5,000 person-years of R&D invested in the programme so far, and another 10,000 anticipated over the next five years.


ITEA-labelled projects build vital middleware and prepare standards, laying the foundations for the next generation of products, systems, appliances and services. ITEA projects are industry-driven, involving complementary R&D from at least two companies in two countries. The programme is open to partners from large industrial companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as public research institutes and universities.


Founding companies include Alcatel, Barco, Bosch, Bull, DaimlerChrysler, Italtel, Nokia, Philips Electronics, Siemens, Thales, and Thomson multimedia, later joined by the European Federation of high-tech Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). These firms are all leaders in their field, whether in automotive, telecommunications, mobile communication, consumer electronics or information technology.


For more information, please contact:


Anne van der Linden
ITEA Office
Tel: +31 (0)40 247 5590
Fax: +31 (0)40 247 5595
Email: [email protected]