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European managers meet to review software and software-intensive systems

Berlin, October 12, 2001

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

ITEA Symposium Berlin 2001 press release 12-10-2001 - 0900 word-document - 477 kB


On October 12 the cream of Europe’s software-intensive industries will be gathering in Berlin. ITEA –Information Technology for European Advancement – has invited software decision makers and top speakers from industry and academia to its second annual symposium. Over two hundred people are expected to attend the meeting in the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie at the Gendarmenmarkt in the heart of Berlin.


ITEA – the strategic pan-European research and development initiative for embedded and distributed software – coordinates industry-driven research throughout Europe in pursuit of its mission to establish European leadership in software-intensive systems. ITEA was created within EUREKA, a long-standing research framework supported by European countries both inside and outside the European Union to bolster European competitiveness.


In the main session on Friday morning Paul Mehring, ITEA’s chairman, will introduce five keynote speakers from four countries:

A panel discussion on The challenge facing Europe’s software developers for 2010 will look at the vision, processes and policy support needed to maximise the potential for European competitive leadership. The members of the panel are Dr. Bernd Reuse, Head of the Software R&D Division at the Department of Information and Communication in the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); Mrs Jeanne Seyvet, Director-General of the Department of Industry, Information Technologies and Posts (DIGITIP) within the French Ministry of Economic, Finance and Industry Affairs; Drs. Jaap van Scheijen, Director of ICT at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs; Mr Jacques Bus, Head of Technologies and Engineering for software systems and services in DG Information Society, European Commission; and ITEA Board members Professor Dr. Gert Siegle, Executive Vice-President of Robert Bosch and Dr. Kari-Pekka Estola, Vice-President of Nokia Research Center.


ITEA’s first Achievement Award "for outstanding contributions to the programme" will be presented to the six-nation core team of the ITEA Technology Roadmap for Software-Intensive Systems. This landmark document released earlier this year provides a clear and consistent classification of the aspects of software technology that are crucial to creating the digital world and a map on how to get there. Available on ITEA’s Web site1, it is already influencing research and development programmes at the EU and national level, and is much in demand from all over the world.


Some examples from the first series of ITEA projects will be presented:

An exhibition will include demos and prototypes as well as initial results from more than 20 projects.


About ITEA

The mission of Information Technology for European Advancement (ITEA) is to promote the development of embedded and distributed software and related software engineering technologies. It is an industry-driven strategic research and development programme supported by national governments within the Eureka5 framework.


Started in mid-1999, ITEA has become a significant force in Europe’s software landscape. With more than 5,000 developer-years already in the programme and another 10,000 anticipated over the next five years, ITEA will step up its role in coordinating European efforts. Europe’s leadership in embedded software and software-intensive systems is crucial to securing future competitiveness in a wide range of industries. ITEA is the catalyst that is making this happen.


Founding companies include Alcatel, Barco, Bosch, Bull, DaimlerChrysler, Italtel, Nokia, Philips Electronics, Siemens, Thales, and Thomson multimedia. These firms are all leaders in their field (automotive, telecommunications and mobile communication, consumer electronics and information technology). ITEA works closely with partners from research institutes, universities and industry.



For more information, please contact:


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


1. http://www.itea-office.org/documents/itea_roadmap_download.htm
2. ATHOS: Advanced platforms and Technologies for the provision of communication services
3. ESAPS: Engineering Software Architecture, Processes and platforms for Systems families
4. Co-VAR: Co-operative Visual and Augmented Reality
5. EUREKA is a Europe-wide network for industrial R&D through which industry and research institutes from 31 European countries and the European Union develop and exploit the technologies crucial to global competitiveness and a better quality of life. See