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ITEA Symposium shows trend toward success for European development of embedded software

19 October 2004

ITEA 2004 Symposium post-symposium press release word-document - 241 kB


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


On Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October, 275 of Europe's leading software experts met with corporate and academic policy makers from across the continent at the 2004 symposium, hosted by Information Technology for European Advancement (ITEA).


ITEA is Europe's premier co-operative programme for pre-competitive R&D, set up to strengthen European industry by establishing leadership in embedded and distributed software (the technology behind crucial applications).


The 2004 Symposium, held in the magnificent Casino de la Exposición, in Seville, ran under the theme “ITEA and emerging trends: our role in software-intensive systems.”


ITEA Chairman Paul Mehring said: “It provided a perfect culmination of a year that saw the completion of ITEA's recent mid-term assessment; the 2nd edition of the ITEA Technology Roadmap for Software-Intensive Systems; the publication of the ITEA Report on Open Source Software and the announcement of ITEA's seventh Call for Projects.


“This call was our most successful so far and shows that interest in ITEA's work and achievements continues to grow.”


Consulting team IDATE/TNO carried out the mid-term assessment on behalf of the Public Authorities that support ITEA's work. The review, which was executed between April 2003 and March 2004, concluded: “…ITEA should continue in its present form. The ITEA programme is achieving many of its objectives and the programme is perceived by participants as being very efficient and making a significant contribution to the competitiveness of European industry.”


For the opening address, Mr Victor Izequierdo Loyola stepped in to speak in place of Mr Rafael Sagrario Durán, General Director for the Development of Information Society in the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce who, unfortunately, was delayed in Madrid. On behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce he expressed the Ministry's commitment to the ITEA programme. "In our opinion, there are many reasons to consider the ITEA programme as an initiative of outstanding value to improve the competitiveness of the ICT sector in Europe".




Delegates were shown that convergence is finally happening by the Symposium's first keynote speaker, Dr. Ad Huijser, Executive Vice-President and CTO of Royal Philips Electronics, the Netherlands.


Dr. Huijser showed that the penetration of digital technologies in consumer electronics, telecommunication, broadcasting and packaged-media, has already resulted in the convergence of a number of technologies and services that are changing our daily lives. He concluded: “This trend will continue and ultimately lead to us being able to access almost any information, anywhere, at any time”.


Dr. Rainer Kallenbach, Executive Vice-President Automotive Electronics at Robert Bosch, Germany, described a trend towards increasingly intelligent vehicles. He showed that, by use of sensors, vehicles would become integrated more closely with the environment. The challenge, however, was how to cope with the consequential complexity, and need to standardise, the relevant systems.


Professor G. Roucairol, Chief Scientist at Bull, France, warned his audience that although European distributed infrastructures were being built on a sound technical basis, the crucial standards were being driven by US initiatives, and this is putting Europe at a risk of critical dependence.


Dr. Kari Tilli, Director Telecommunications and Electronics, National Technology Agency (Tekes) – Information and Communication Technologies – Finland, spoke of a recent review of the Tekes technology master plan for Finland. The plan identifies “embedded intelligence” as an important trend. The review also advocates an increase in R&D spending for Finland to 4% by 2010.




The Board of ITEA selected the EAST-EEA project (Electronics Architecture and Software Technology - Embedded Electronic Architecture) as the winner of the 2004 Achievement Award. EAST-EEA made an important step towards standardisation by creating a generic embedded electronic architecture for the automotive industry.


Francisco Vallejo Serrano, Minister of Innovation, Science and Enterprise in the Andalusian Regional Government, presented the Award to the winning team. The minister thanked ITEA for having chosen Andalusia as the venue for the 2004 Symposium.


He stressed: “the Andalusian government supports innovation as the main strategy to continue transforming the social and economic situation of our region. Today Andalusia is fully aware of the fact that innovation is the one and only way to guarantee progress, wealth, good quality jobs and social welfare”.


Awarded previously on only one occasion, and reserved to reward work of exceptional merit, is the ITEA Excellence award. The award was presented at the 2004 symposium to the Core Team that produced the second edition of the ITEA Technology Roadmap for Software-Intensive Systems.


Speaking at the Symposium, Paul Mehring said: ”This team has again produced a landmark document, not only with respect to the ITEA programme, but for the wider strategic areas of ‘software-intensive systems'. We are proud of their achievement, for the programme and the whole ITEA community.”


Roadmapping was also the subject of the special focus session of the Symposium. Panellists debated with the audience and shared visions of roadmapping, including experience of methodologies and conclusions of roadmapping exercises conducted, not only by ITEA, but by MEDEA+ (the ITEA sister programme on the silicon side), ARTIST (a European Commission project) and RNTL (the French software research network). The work of Technopolis, which has conducted an analysis of the major ICT roadmaps for the Dutch Government, was also represented in the debate.


Project exhibition & presentations


This year's exhibition was ITEA's biggest so far. There were 35 projects represented, 24 of which displayed demonstrators and pre-prototypes. While giving an insightful of the products and services that will result from this co-operative effort in the near future, these 24 projects represent 3400 person-years of effort.


“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.”


Three projects were selected for presentation. These had achieved outstanding results and represented consecutive steps on “the road towards convergence” as described in ITEA's technology roadmap.


The first, KLIMT, addresses the need for greater intelligence in a distributed multimedia environment. It resulted in the delivery of a multimedia content processing platform with a service-oriented architecture.


ADANETS focused on the challenge of providing a guaranteed quality of service (QoS) to users who require mobility and adaptability of network services and applications. The project was presented within the scenario “services for a family holiday”.


EAST-EEA, the winner of ITEA's 2004 Achievement Award, made a revolutionary step toward standardisation by creating a generic embedded electronic architecture for the automotive industry. Technical results, including a middleware concept and an architecture description language were presented in detail. These results are guaranteed to be exploited, thanks to the creation of AUTOSAR, a privately-funded initiative established by a consortium of 40 partners from the automotive industry including all major European manufacturers and suppliers that will ensure the results of EAST-EEA become official standards and the rapid translation into commercial products.


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 of 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).


Notes to the editor:


For more information on the ITEA Achievement Award 2004, reference is made to a dedicated press release.


Full details of all current and completed ITEA projects, as well as the presentations, keynote addresses and pictures of speakers, are available from the ITEA website www.itea-office.org.


For more press information, please contact:


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