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Our role in software-intensive systems

Seville, 7 October 2004

ITEA Symposium 2004 Seville press release word-document - 234 kB


5th ITEA Symposium, 7-8 October 2004, Seville, Spain


ITEA – Information Technology for European Advancement – will be holding its annual Symposium on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October 2004 in the impressive surroundings of the Casino de la Exposición, Seville, Spain.


This, the fifth Symposium, will show ITEA to be growing in strength and now more successful than ever. ITEA already plays a prominent role in European software development with some 8,000 person-years and a total of about 1 billion of R&D invested in the programme so far. The programme will be shown to be in continued growth. There are currently 61 successful projects (of which 30 are completed, 30 are on-going, and one is in launch phase) and more than 350 partners from 21 European countries. With 35 projects on show, this years exhibition, is the largest so far.


The symposium will focus on the theme “ITEA AND EMERGING TRENDS – Our role in software-intensive systems”. It will demonstrate ITEA's ability to keep up with emerging trends in software development while continuing to deliver real value to its sponsors through minimal overheads. This ability was recently endorsed by an external assessment.


ITEA's partners and exhibitors will be able to take advantage of opportunities at the Symposium to share and exchange technical ideas. A session will focus on roadmapping for software-intensive systems – a vital aspect of ITEA's work. ITEA's commitment to this strategic area was confirmed in May 2004, by the publication of the second edition of the ITEA Technology Roadmap for Software-Intensive Systems.


Following Chairman Paul Mehring's State of the Union address, Vice-Chairman Jean-Pierre Lacotte will guide delegates through a technical review of ITEA's work. The afternoon's session will close with facts & figures on the impact of the organisation's work from Office Director Kees van Mourik.


“An important aspect of every ITEA symposium is the opportunity to demonstrate how ITEA achieves real success through the facilitation of practical project work”, said Mehring. He continued: “ITEA's projects have commercially valuable outcomes with far-reaching implications for the future development of embedded software in Europe and a consequential impact on the competitiveness of European industry.”


In addition to an exhibition, at which 35 project teams will be present with demonstrations and prototype products, three projects have been selected for showcasing and presentation in the first afternoon's plenary session. These projects are EAST-EEA, ADANETS and KLIMT.


EAST-EEA is the first significant step towards the standardisation of a software architecture for complex distributed embedded systems that meet automotive constraints and development processes. And while ADANETS investigated the application of software to the personalisation and management of what are now rapidly converging IP-based voice and data networks, KLIMT addresses the increasing demand for higher-performance processing and streaming of multimedia content over distributed networks and architectures and the ongoing exploitation of that multimedia content.


On the symposium's second day, keynote addresses will be given by some of Europe's most influential technologists.


Dr Ad Huijser, Executive Vice-President and CTO of Royal Philips Electronics will speak on the subject “Convergence is happening”, while Dr. Rainer Kallenbach, Executive Vice-President Automotive Electronics at Robert Bosch will address “Trends in Automotive Electronics”


“Trusted Infrastructure” will be the topic of Dr. Gérard Roucairol, Executive Vice-President & Chief Scientist, Bull, and Dr. Kari Tilli from TEKES, The National Technology Agency of Finland will present on “Finnish Strategies and Approach for Development of New ICT Innovations”.


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.


Launched in 1999 as an eight-year EUREKA strategic cluster programme, ITEA supports coordinated national funding submissions, issues annual Calls for Projects, evaluates projects and helps bring together research partners. ITEA plays a prominent role in European software development with some 8,000 person-years and a total of about 1 billion of R&D invested in the programme so far.


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.


The founding companies, which include Alcatel, Barco, Bosch, Bull, DaimlerChrysler, Italtel, Nokia, Philips Electronics, Siemens, Thales, and Thomson, were later joined by the European Federation of high-tech SMEs. These firms are all leaders in their field, whether in automotive, telecommunications, mobile communication, consumer electronics or information technology.


ITEA has established solid links with other national or European programmes that have similar aims within the framework of the European Research Area (ERA), such as the IST programme from the European Commission, and actively collaborates with related programmes, both nationally (such as Réseau National des Technologies Logicielles, RNTL, in France) and on a trans-national basis (such as MEDEA+ and CELTIC).


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]