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ITEA and the next wave in the digital transition

Helsinki, 13 October 2005

ITEA Symposium 2005 Press release 13-10-2005 word-document - 218 kB


6th ITEA Symposium, 13-14 October 2005, Helsinki , Finland


The sixth annual ITEA Symposium takes place in Helsinki , Finland on 13 and 14 October 2005. It will provide participants with a unique opportunity to gain an insight into one of Europe 's most important and strategic information and communications technology (ICT) initiatives. A major focus will be the introduction of ITEA 2, which will build on the success and momentum established by ITEA in embedded intelligence in a dramatically changing digital world.


A lively programme of presentations includes industrial, academic and political viewpoints on the future of embedded intelligence. This will be preceded by three parallel technical workshops on software engineering solutions, new businesses and trends in new media that will allow exhibitors to share their experiences.


Some 40 project teams – more than at the previous event in 2004 – will demonstrate the impact of their work in the project exhibition. In addition, three project presentations have been selected as part of the plenary session on Thursday afternoon:

Other highlights of the first day will include the ITEA Achievement Award 2005 for high-level technical contributions in Europe.


Maintaining European leadership


Since its launch in 1998, the EUREKA ITEA Cluster has played a key role in maintaining European leadership in the digital revolution built on embedded software-intensive systems (SiS) and services. The result has been a boost to the competitiveness of many European industries – from the automotive, high-speed train and aerospace sectors, through communications and consumer electronics to healthcare and environmental management.


According to latest estimates, by the end of the programme, 9,500 person-years of R&D will have been invested in the ITEA programme and the 85 projects will have involved more than 450 partners from 23 countries. To date, 42 projects have already been completed. Many of these projects have already led to the creation of new products and to some new companies.


However, Europe continues to face tough challenges as R&D intensity falls further behind that of our main global competitors. There is also a growing lag between R&D and commercial innovation, combined with the ‘European paradox' of great science and technology but poor translation into products. According to a study by IDATE/TNO, ICT is also rapidly invading European strongholds such as the automotive and other key industries, and off-shoring is reaching unprecedented levels.


While Europe is making great strides in micro- and nano-electronics through programmes such as that of the EUREKA MEDEA+ Cluster, the grand challenge is to devise, create and master software architectures, technologies and systems, solutions and services for myriad applications including safety-, security-, and time-critical functions.


Dramatic shift to software-intensive systems


The core challenge of ITEA 2 is to face up to the dramatic shift to embedded SiS that is affecting all aspects of our everyday lives:

ITEA 2 intends to mobilise a total of 20,000 person-years over its full eight-year duration, double that of ITEA. This will require a significant increase in investment to more than 3 billion. Such a level follows from the experience gained in ITEA, the need to close further the gap in R&D investment identified by the Lisbon objectives, and the ever-growing importance of SiS. The first Call for Projects is set for 2006, to ensure a smooth transition from ITEA.


Commitment is high with the founding partners of ITEA 2 – Airbus, Barco, Bosch, Bull, DaimlerChrysler, the European Federation of High Tech SMEs, Italtel, Nokia, Philips, Siemens, Telvent, Thales and Thomson – all leaders in their respective fields and many figuring in the global top 100 companies. Their total turnover is around €380 billion with over 1.5 million employees, of which more than 200,000 are in R&D, mainly carried out in Europe .


For more press information, please contact:


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