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Delegates carry torch of European promise from first ITEA Symposium

Toulouse, 27 September 2000

ITEA Symposium Toulouse 2000 press release 27-09-2000 word-document - 51 kB


Toulouse symposium marks important milestone for European software development


Information technology for European advancement (ITEA), the pan-European strategic research program dedicated to strengthening software and associated engineering competencies throughout Europe, staged its first ever symposium in Toulouse earlier this month. Attended by 120 delegates from 11 member countries, the symposium formally recognized ITEA's foundation, its work and achievements to date. Delegates were welcomed to the Toulouse event by Mr. Paul Mehring, Chairman of the ITEA Board and strategist at DaimlerChrysler.


In an opening address given by Nokia's Ilkka Lakaniemi delegates were told that the mobile information society will soon become a reality, and that ITEA has an important role to play in facilitating its development. Mr. Lakaniemi pointed to the ‘symbiotic’ co-operation in the US, between hardware and software developers, stating that such partnerships had been crucial to the birth of a 'new economy'.


Dr. Gilles Kahn, Vice-President for Science of INRIA, spoke on the challenge of new business creation with European Software and stated that there was a huge reservoir of unexplored software technologies available in Europe. Effective transfer, however, requires professional software engineering expertise in both industry and the research sector.


Prof. Dr. Manfred Broy of the Technical University of Munich introduced strategies for strengthening European software competencies. These include integration of research, sector independent approaches of modeling, standards, architectures, management of large software systems and quality.


Rob Schuyt, Vice President with Booz·Allen & Hamilton presented a critical view of the competitiveness of Europe's information and communication technology (ICT) industries and markets. From a global perspective, Europe is lagging at the macro level in ICT. When advising governments on how to deal with this "crisis amidst the growth", Mr. Schuyt called for benchmarking of research policies and the creation of effective multilateral R&D funding arrangements for EUREKA, the European research organization.


Confidence that Europe is able to innovate in embedded and distributed software independently is underpinned by an observed double-digit average annual growth rate (AGR) in Europe. The volume of the activities within the European software and systems industry, and its impact on products and services, is a reflection of this.


Delegates attending the symposium heard reports from five of ITEA's projects. Together, these projects address issues of engineering software architectures, Digital Headend design, set top box reference architecture, real time internet platform architectures, and user centered software design methodology. Fact sheets on each are available from ITEA.


The symposium was of significant importance to ITEA. " Sharing our work, and communicating our objectives is crucial to our success and at the very heart of our program," said ITEA-Office Director, Vincent Evers. "The symposium was an important milestone in ITEA's history and in the history of European software development", he continued.