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Boosting European research and innovation: the Flagships of the future

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--- Posted by Wolfgang Boch, DG INFSO, Head of unit: Future and Emerging Technologies - Proactive

A chance to look into the future?

How you can analyse vast amounts of data and complex situations to predict natural disasters, or manage and respond to man-made disasters that cross national borders or continents.

Choosing a material that has led to a Nobel-prize in physics?

Graphene is a new material developed by atomic and molecular scale manipulation that could replace silicon as the wonder material of the 21st century.

Recognise environmental threats and dangerous situations with zero power?

Tiny devices without batteries that act like autonomous personal assistants, which can sense, compute and communicate - even while travelling through your bloodstream.

Simulate the complete human brain or let’s just say „neurorobotics”?

Understanding the way in which the human brain works can bring the benefits of brain-related or brain-inspired developments to computing architectures, neuroscience and medicine.

Revolutionise health care?

Digital technology has the power to deliver individualised medicine, where molecular, physiological and anatomical data collected from individual patients is analysed with the help of global medical knowledge.

New class of intelligent & emotional artifacts: sentient robots?

Soft skinned and intelligent robots have highly developed perceptive, cognitive and emotional skills which can help people, radically changing the way humans interact with machines.

Six research projects were selected by the European Commission to compete for the two top spots for research into future and emerging technologies (FET). The aim of these flagship initiatives will be to deliver major breakthroughs in information and communication technologies (ICT), with the potential to provide solutions to some of society's biggest challenges. The two initiatives selected for long-term funding may run for 10 years, each with a total budget of up to €100 million per year.

Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced the finalists in Budapest in May 2011: FuturICT, Graphene, Guardian Angels, The Human Brain Project, ITFoM and Robocom.

But what has happened since then? We are finding out in Warsaw, where the FET Flagship Pilots Mid-term Conference takes place on 24-25 November 2011. This is an excellent opportunity to foster interaction between pilots, national funding agencies, the European Commission (EC) and key stakeholders.

The event will host around 250 participants, including Polish governmental and academic representatives, leading scientists from the 6 Flagship Pilots, the FLEET horizontal coordination action, Member States, External Advisory Group of high-level scientists, international experts and civil society representatives.

The conference is co-organised by the European Commission, the University of Warsaw and the Warsaw University of Technology under the auspices of the Polish Presidency of the EU.

For updates stay tuned via twitter @FETFlagships using #FETF, facebook.com/FETFlagships , or Cordis.