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Executive Summary

ITEA 2 Programme Report 2006 (January - December 2006)

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This Programme Report summarises the results achieved in the period 1 January to 31 December 2006. To complement the report, up-to-date statistical information will be available in the password-protected area of our website.

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

 

The yearly investment (in person-years) in our projects is growing constantly and is expected to continue to increase in the coming years.

 

ITEA’s current project portfolio – Calls 1 to 8 – consists of 85 projects: 55 are completed, 30 are on-going or in launch. This disregards the 26 projects that have been stopped.

 

During 2006, 24 Project Reviews were conducted, all with very positive results. To improve the preparation of the review by the project teams and the feedback from the reviewers during the meeting, we have adapted the review process.

 

The December 2006 forecast in person-years for Call 7 as well as for Call 8 increased again because of a better funding outlook for the projects. The forecast for the total of ITEA Calls 1 to 8 continues to be more than 10,000 person-years.

 

The success of ITEA 2 Call 1 is a very promising start of our new programme – with more participants and more project proposals than ever recorded in ITEA. We received 46 Project Outlines (POs) – representing 5,996 person-years – of which 30 were invited to submit a Full Project Proposal (FPP). In the second phase, 23 FPPs were submitted with finally 17 labelled projects, involving 2,885 person-years. Call 2 opened on 24 January 2007 with a two-day PO preparation meeting.

 

PR & COMMUNICATIONS

 

In 2006, we updated all our means of communication to the ITEA 2 house style. We launched a new publication: the Innovation Report, a technical marketing paper written by the consortium of a successfully completed ITEA / ITEA 2 project. These reports are part of Chapter 2 of the ITEA 2 Programme Reports and are also published on the ITEA 2 website.

 

ITEA 2 Symposium 2006
European research excellence for competitive software-intensive systems and services

More than 400 people attended our 2006 Symposium in Paris on 5 and 6 October, opened by French industry minister Francois Loos. “Members of the ITEA 2 community are doing a particularly good job and this initiative should be promoted,” said Minister Loos.

 

Both the presentations and the project exhibition highlighted the impact of ITEA 2 research in terms of real product innovation that is boosting European competitiveness in a wide range of industries. Project presentations proved that ITEA projects combine research excellence with innovation, delivering tangible results of high industrial relevance. This makes ITEA 2 the premier European software research programme, contributing research excellence and innovation to the most competitive European industries, whose success is based on mission-critical, software-intensive systems and services.

 

ARTEMIS

 

The ARTEMIS European Technology Platform had its launch meeting during the IST Conference in Helsinki (21 to 23 November 2006). The industrial organisation of ARTEMIS – called ARTEMISIA – was established in mid January 2007. The ITEA 2 Office has been asked to carry out the administrative activities for ARTEMISIA. It is expected that the Joint Undertaking (JU) on ARTEMIS will request the ITEA 2 Office to handle its organisational activities as well.

 

ORGANISATIONAL ISSUES

 

In the first half of 2006, we welcomed our two new founding partners Airbus and Telvent to the ITEA 2 organisation:

n        The representatives for Airbus are: Sylvain Prudhomme on the ITEA 2 Board, Sylvie Robert in the Board Support Group (BSG) and Marie-Line Valentin in the Steering Group (STG); and

n        The representative for Telvent is: Jésus Bemejo on the ITEA 2 Board and the BSG as well as in the STG.

 

Further organisational changes include:

n        Bull: Board member Geraldine Capdeboscq has been succeeded by Jean-François Leprince Ringuet;

n        Nokia: Board member Kari-Pekka Estola left the ITEA 2 Board on 1 October 2006 for one year, no successor is yet known. STG member Titos Saridakis was succeeded by Colin Willcock who, in turn, was succeeded by Kari Systä;

n        Philips: BSG member Ger Verkoeijen has been succeeded by Wim van der Ligt and STG member Jan Bomhof has been succeeded by Ronald Begeer;

n        High Tech Federation of SMEs: STG member Daniel Pilaud has been succeeded by Christèle Faure;

n        Thomson: STG member Gérard Rilly has been succeeded by Denis Mischler; and

n        ITEA 2 Office: Lara Jonkers, new member of the ITEA 2 Office team (PR & Communications) since May 2006. Lars Jansen left the team in December 2006; his successor, Stephan van Stekelenburg, started in mid February 2007.

 

ITEA 2 thanks all departing colleagues for their contributions and welcomes the new members of the Board, BSG, STG and Office.