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Wrap up to FIA Dublin 2013

By 7th June 2013 No Comments

 Now that the dust has settled on FIA Dublin 2013 we can reflect on an amazingly successful record breaking (http://www.future-internet.eu/news/view/article/record-breaking-fia-dublin.html) event.

TSSG organized and managed this year’s Future Internet Assembly (FIA) event that was held in Dublin, Ireland on 8th, 9th and 10th May in association with the Irish presidency of the Council of the EU.

Organisation of FIA Dublin, 2013.

In keeping with the rotation of the Presidency of the EU, it was Ireland’s turn to organise, manage and operate the FIA Dublin, 2013 conference. Dr. Willie Donnelly, Director of TSSG, Vice President of Research and Innovation, Waterford Institute of Technology and member of FIA Steering Committee, chaired the organizing committee.

Ms. Sinead Quealy, TSSG, who did a stellar job in ensuring the event was organized professionally, led the Project Management for the event. This included all logistics, organization of accommodation, speakers, venues, transport and numerous other items, which took a gargantuan effort.

Perhaps the greatest testament to the organising committee was the record attendance/registration for a FIA event with over 650 delegates registered.

Background to FIA.

Since 2008, the European Commission, in collaboration with EU Presidencies has hosted regular Future Internet Assembly events (FIA, http://www.future-internet.eu).

FIA is a research community driven initiative, supported by more than 150 research projects that have recognised the need to strengthen European activities on the Future Internet (FI) to maintain European competitiveness in the global marketplace.

In particular, these projects have identified the urgent need to redesign significant parts of the Internet, taking a broad multidisciplinary approach, to meet European societal, business and technology ambitions.

FIA is open to all researchers engaged in FI research (including non EU-funded researchers) to contribute and participate. It allows for open interactions and cross-fertilisation across technical domains, reaching out to our expert European FI community. It is a platform for exchanges on research challenges, scenarios and roadmaps. Participants are members of the FI community, who include the national and EU project coordinators and partners of FP7 funded projects, both academic and industry researchers.

FIA Dublin, 2013.

The theme for FIA, Dublin was “Future Internet accelerates Innovation”, with the event focusing on how European Future Internet research and innovation could support EU’s competitiveness and enable a new wave of technologies at the eve of Horizon 2020.

The organization of the event was framed around two major thematic research areas:

European competitiveness: towards a strong, diversified and competitive EU Future Internet industrial base, with high innovation performance in global markets

European research & innovation: towards a more effective exploitation of EU Future Internet research results from industry, academia and research

TSSG participation at FIA:

TSSG was involved in many of the workshops and plenary sessions and also showcased current projects throughout the three-day event:

 Tuesday 07th May, Pre-FIA workshops.

Wednesday 08th May

The opening plenary session commenced with a breakfast meeting, hosted by Intel.

Attending the Pre-FIA breakfast from L-R: Mario ComparlargoDG Research, Mr. Martin Curley, Intel Labs, Minister Sean Sherlock, TD, Mr. Zoran Stancic, EU Commission, Mr. Kevin Doolin, TSSG.

Opening Plenary Session

To kick off proceedings Kevin Doolin, Director of European Research and TSSG Chief Operating Officer delivered the opening address to FIA. In his opening remarks Kevin thanked the team from the European Commission and TSSG that made the event such a success with over 650 delegates registered to join attend the event in Dublin for the 10th Future Internet Assembly – making it the largest FIA to date.

Kevin Doolin (TSSG)addressing FIA

Official Launch:

FIA Dublin was officially launched by Mr. Sean Sherlock T.D., Minister of Minister of State for Research and Innovation.

Minister of State, Sean Sherlock TD who offically launched FIA.

The Minister in his speech commended the work of TSSG Director and Founder Dr. Willie Donnelly and also acknowledged the critical role played by TSSG in organizing FIA Dublin.                                                 

Following the Minister, Mr. Zoran Stancic, Deputy Director General, EU Commission addressed FIA, Dublin.

Mr. Zoran Stancic - Deputy Director General, EU Commission.

View Mr. Stancic’s speech here: View

The final speaker of the opening session was delivered by Ms. Joan Mulvihill, CEO, Irish Internet Association.

View Ms. Mulvihill’s speech here: View

Wednesday 08th May –  Mid-Morning Plenary sessions: ‘Technology Stream’.

Chair: Luis Rodríguez Roselló, Head of Unit of Network Technologies, DG CONNECT, European Commission opening comments: view.

Click on the name of each of the speakers to view their presentations:

Martin Curley, INTEL, Director Europe R&D Lab.

Yrjo Neuvo, University of Aalto, Director, former Nokia CTO & Artemis President.

Thierry van Landegem, Alcatel Lucent, Vice-President of Global Operations for Bell Labs.

Hendrik Berndt, DOCOMO Communications Labs Europe, Chief Science Officer & Vice-President.

Walter Waterfeld, Software A.G, Deputy Head of Research.

Future Internet Technology Stream – End of Session Q&A.

Afternoon Plenary Sessions – Innovation streams.

Chair: Peter Fatelnig – Deputy Head of Unit for ‘Net Innovation’ at the European Commission opening comments: view.

Click on the name of each of the speakers to view their presentations:

Stefan Ferber, Bosch Software Innovations GmbH, Director Communities & Partner Networks (IoT).

Reinhard Posch, CTO Austria.

Jan Nesvadba, Cordian-Care, Technical Director.

Franck Lamouroux, Technicolor, Senior VP Research and Innovation.

Mischa Dohler, WorldSensing, CTO.

Future Innovations stream – End of Session Q&A.

Late afternoon Plenary sessions – Transfer of technology stream.

Chair: Ken Ducatel, European Commission, Head of Unit opening comment: view.

Click on the name of each of the speakers to view their presentations:

Frank Gielen, iMinds Director Incubation & Entrepreneurship.

Bernino Lind, CloudSigma, COO.

Piyush Unalkat, European Investment Fund, Principal, Equity Fund Investments.

Gearoid Mooney, Enterprise Ireland, Director of ICT.

Wolfgang Wahlster, German Centre for artificial Intelligence, CEO and Director.

Conclusions and Wrap Up of opening day plenary session: Mario Campolargo, European Commission DG CONNECT, Director Net.Futures.

Thursday 09th May, FIA Sessions.

TSSG Research Group: Data Mining & Social Computing – OPENi Project and SOCIETIES –‘Boosting the App Economy’  Read more..                                                                                                                                         

Pictured John McGovern (TSSG) presenting on OpenI


Pictured above -Mícheál Ó Foghlú (CTO) Feedhenry presenting at the OpenI session at FIA.

Pictured above Howard Williams (Herriot-Watt) presenting at the OpenI session at FIA.

Friday 10th May

TSSG Research Group: Data Mining & Social Computing –‘Open Data in Future Internet’ Read more…

TSSG Research Group – Security and Trust – How far do we have to go to make the Future Internet Secure? Research challenges and perspectives for the Future Internet’ Read more…

TSSG also hosted a number of demonstration booths to showcase current projects such as:

Kevin Doolin demonstrating the Societies project.

Overall this was a hughely successful event with excellent feedback form conference delegates.

Looking forward to FIA Athens in 2014.