COPRAS Open Meeting: ICT standardization and research - Towards FP7

ICT Standardization and Research - towards FP7

Date: Wednesday 17 January 2007, 10:00 – 17:00

Venue: Brussels, Bedford Hotel, 135 – 137 rue du Midi

Conference Programme

Presentations will be linked from the titles at the day of the conference.

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Start Title Speaker
9:00 Registration
10:00 Introduction Conference Chair: Prof. Keith Jeffery, President of ERCIM

1. RTD/standards interfacing in the FP7 Programme

10:15 The importance of research/standards interfacing in furthering Europe's competitive position in ICT
Expectations for FP7
Mrs. Susan Binns, Director Lisbon Strategy and Policies for the Information Society DG Information Society & and Media, European Commission (Replacing Peter Zangl)
10:40 Using ICT research to further standardization
Future trends and developments in standardization that could be driven by research
Dr. Walter Weigel, Director General ETSI
11:05 ETPs and standards development
The role of European technology Platforms in RTD/standards interfacing
Dr. Alexander Roth, Siemens Corporate Technology
11:30 Coffee break

2. Research/standards interfacing as a tool for industrial & societal progress

12:00 Benefiting from standardization as an SME company
Using research projects as a tool for accessing European standardization processes
Manon van Leeuwen, Director Information Society, Fundecyt
12:20 eGovernment, standardization and public procurement
Standards and research for interoperable eGovernment applications
Peter Brown, CEN eGovernment Focus Group
12:40 Standardization and innovation
How ICT standardization can help projects bringing their results to the market
Antonio Conte, Principal Administrator, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry
13:00 Lunch

3. Seizing the opportunities in standardization as a research project

14:15 The standardization challenge
Addressing the challenges in research/standards interfacing as a research project
Prof. David De Roure, University of Southampton
14:40 Boosting the exploitation of research project's results
Maximizing the benefits that standardization can bring to research projects
Prof. Josep Blat, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
15:05 Bridging the standardization gap
Optimizing the interface to standardization in a research project's work plan
Prof. Michael Lawo, University of Bremen
15:30 Tea break

4. The perspective for the near future: what can be done to help research projects benefiting from interfacing with standardization in FP7

16:00 The COPRAS Generic Guidelines interactive platform
How the standards community will facilitate its interfacing with research in FP7
Mr. Kiritkumar Lathia, ICT Standards Board
16:20 Panel discussion
What are the challenges to be addressed in RTD/standards interfacing in FP7
Moderator: Prof. Keith Jeffery
Dr. Andrew Houghton, Principal Scientific Officer,
European Commission, DG Information Society
Dr. Alexander Roth, Siemens Corporate Technology
John Ketchell, COPRAS Steering Group
Prof. Michael Lawo, University of Bremen
Manon van Leeuwen, Director Information Society, Fundecyt
17:00 Closing Remarks

About the speakers:

Josep Blat is professor of Computer Science at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) since 1998 where he is currently director of the Institut Universitari de l'Audiovisual, after being head of the Departament de Tecnologia and of the Escola Superior Politècnica. He was previously at Universitat de les Illes Balears where he was head of its Dpt of Maths & Computer Science from 1988 till 1994. He graduated from Universitat de València in 1979, got his Ph D (Mathematics) at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) in 1985 and has developed post-doctoral work at Université Paris-Dauphine where he has been visiting professor.

After his initial research work in Applied Nonlinear Analysis, he passed to modelling and mathematical analysis of images (collective prize Philip Morris France 1991). His current research interests include cooperative environments; intelligent web portals; educational telematics; multimedia and GIS; computational educational toys; advanced 3D graphics (human modelling and animation) , interactive games, digital cinema, ICT acessibility, human computer interaction, ambient intelligence, residential gateways. More…

Peter Brown is founder of, a consultancy, research and software development company based in Vienna, Austria. He is currently Chair of the CEN eGovernment Focus Group and until July 2006 was Senior Expert on eGovernment strategy in the Austrian Federal Chancellery where he promoted work on pan-European eGovernment services, electronic identity management and EU “Information Society” policies.

From 2000 to 2004, Peter led data standardisation and interoperability efforts in the European Parliament and introduced the EU institutions to XML standards, business-centred information modelling, information architecture, and most recently to Topic Maps. He is the author of “Information Architecture with XML – a Management Strategy” (John Wiley and Sons, 2003), works regularly in many European languages, lectures extensively in Europe and North America and has worked as an expert for projects in Africa and Latin America.

Antonio Conte graduated in Electronic Engineering from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome (1984).

Moving to DG Enterprise & Industry in 1999, he was in charge of the management of sectoral consensus-building initiatives and, successively, of the development of standardisation policy and activities in support of the e-Europe Action Plans. He currently advises on ICT standardisation policy matters with a particular focus on e-business, e-government and security issues. More…

Andrew Houghton is Principal Scientific Officer in the Directorate-General Information Society and Media (DG INFSO) of the European Commission, in Brussels, Belgium. He received a B.Sc. degree from the University of Sussex, UK, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, UK. After five years with BT Research Labs, he joined STC /Northern Telecom Optoelectronics, where he was involved in engineering and production of devices for optical communications systems. In 1992 he joined the European Commission, as a Project Officer. He is currently responsible for projects in the Unit D1 “Future Networks,” which is responsible for the Strategic Objectives “Broadband For All” and “Mobile and Wireless Beyond 3G” of the Information Society Technologies (IST) FP6 Research Programme.

Keith Jeffery is currently Director IT and International Strategy of CCLRC, based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in UK. Previously he was Director IT and Head of Business and Information Technology Department providing services to CLRC, national services to the UK academic community and undertaking research and development projects funded by the UK Research Councils, government departments, the European Commission and commerce and industry internationally.

Keith has extensive experience in consultancy, project management and product development both within the public sector and the commercial sector. He has been involved actively in EC-funded projects as reviewer, coordinator, system architect and in technical and exploitation roles. He was editor-in-chief and later chairman for the Next Generation GRIDs expert group of DG INFSO F2. More…

John Ketchell is the CEN Director of Pre-Standards, which includes in particular the Workshop and Focus Group operations of CEN's Information Society Standardization System (ISSS). This was created on 1 July 1997 as a focal point for standards-related activities in this area. Previously, he was responsible for external coordination activities within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), where he was also responsible for the secretariat of a High-Level Task Force and subsequent arrangements concerning the reorganization of the Institute's activities. He was the Secretary to the European Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Standards Board (ICTSB) from its inception.

An economist and linguist, John's previous career was in the United Kingdom public administration, with a marked bias towards European Union matters, including the regulatory and standards aspects of radiocommunications.

He currently chairs the COPRAS Steering Group of the five partner organizations, which manages this project.

Mr. Lathia is Chairman of ICTSB and has more than thirty years of management experience within telecommunications industry and has worked within all stages of life cycle from customer requirements and conceptual design through to field installation and hand-over of telecommunications systems to customers.

At ETSI, he has been member of the ETSI Board and has held chairmanship of various strategic committees, including the Finance Committee, and has been a key player in establishing 3GPP. More…

Prof. Dr. Michael Lawo is with TZI at the Universität Bremen since 2004 as the Technical Manager of the EC IP 2004-004216 wearIT@work. At the Universities of Bochum and Essen he studied structural engineering and specialized in applied computer sciences. His scientific career continued in robotics at the Nuclear Research Centre Karlsruhe. Later he was 15 years in management, IT management, and consulting positions in industry. He is author, co-author and co-publisher of six books and more than 120 papers on numerical methods and computer applications, optimization, robotics, virtual reality, IT-security, and wearable computing.

Drs. Manon van Leeuwen obtained her University Degree in Business Economics at the University of Tilburg (The Netherlands), specialising in organisational processes (focus on culture, structure and internal communication). She obtained a Master of the University Pontificia Commillas, ICADE Madrid, and is realising her Ph.D. in “New tendencies in Company Management” of the University of Valladolid (Spain).

She is currently Director of Information Society at Fundecyt and formerly has been Director of the Department for European Programmes of the Foundation University-Enterprise of Valladolid. As an expert on issues related to the Information Society, Knowledge Society and Knowledge Management she has been a professor and speaker on courses and seminars. More…

Dr. Alexander Roth holds a master degree in general physics from the Technical University of Munich and a PhD in the field of Biophysics. Previous to joining Siemens AG he has worked as a research fellow at the University of California Los Angeles in the field of soft condensed matter and at Technical University of Munich on polymeric materials.

Since April 2005 within Siemens AG, Dr. Alexander Roth is responsible for the market access through standardization and regulation of emerging technologies. More…

Dr. Walter Weigel graduated from the Technical University in Munich, Germany, with a Master Degree in electrical engineering in 1984 and with a Ph. D. degree in 1990. From 1984 to 1991 he was assistant professor at the Institute of Data Processing at the Technical University in Munich, where he managed a European ESPRIT research-project with the University of Nancy, France, on speech recognition.

Dr. Walter Weigel was until August 2006 the Head of “Standardization & Regulation” of Siemens AG, Munich, Germany, and worked for Siemens since 1991 in several positions including Head of the Research & Concepts-department of the Mobile Networks business unit as well as for the semiconductor business unit (today Infineon) as Head of the business segment Video Processing. More…

Peter Zangl has been associated with the European Commission since 1978 in various functions. Since 2001, he is Deputy Director General of DG INFSO, in which function he was, among other things, responsible for the Eurostat Task Force (2003). Before that, he was Director for Southern Mediterranean, Near and Middle East, and Director for European Social Fund and for Resources Management. An economist by training, he has also worked at the Directorate General for Budgetary Affairs and the Directorate General for Economic and Monetary Affairs. Before joining the EC, Peter Zangl studied Economics in France (University of Rouen) and in Germany (University of Cologne), where he also graduated, and held a post as research assistant at the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschafts-forschung in Essen (Germany).

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