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  • AI & Cognition

    Understanding by building is at the heart of research in Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems. This area explores synergies between cognitive science and the neurosciences, but also the social sciences and humanities to create technologies for intelligent systems. Creativity, context awareness, associative reasoning, learning, adaptation, evolution, emotion and social intelligence are some of the topics addressed.

  • Bio- & Neuro-ICT

    The convergence of biology, nanotechnology, neuroscience and information technology is interfacing wet and dry technologies, creating tools to better study one or the other, to create hybrids between them or to use inspiration from neuroscience and biology to create better systems (sensors for instance). Neuroprosthetics is an important area of application for this.

  • Complexity

    When many simple systems start to interact, anything can happen. Understanding this kind of complexity is helping to build a better internet, but also to understand financial crises, global epidemics, the propagation of news, and even the growth and evolution of cities. Models and simulations based on techniques largely borrowed from statistical physics are at the heart of this.

  • Computer science

    Computers are everywhere; but Is computer science ready for it? This is the challenge in this area where projects are pushing information theory, algorithmics, signal processing, communication protocols, cryptography and other core areas of computer science to a new level of ambition where the high expectations that others have from it can really be met.

  • Computing architectures

    Von Neumann had it right – so far; but what's next? How will we progress to massively parallel systems, possibly using millions of cores? How to overcome the strict separation between memory and processing functions? How to deal with the changing balance between computing power and data intensity? How will we build computers so complex that component failures are a way of life?

  • Green Computing & Networking

    Energy consumption is one of the biggest hurdles towards achieving green computing and networking. A growing number of projects are attacking this problem head on.

  • Human-Computer Interaction

    The screen, the keyboard, the mouse: is that how we will interact with computers forever? Of course not! In the future computers may speak and understand natural language, engage all our senses (touch, smell, …), understand what we want ('Help me!') from the context, or adapt to our mood. Embedded in our living environment or' disguised' as robots, everyday objects, in our cloths or behind 3D interfaces, we will simply forget about them and enjoy the magic they create for us.

  • Information & Modeling

    Information, knowledge and models are three steps along the way to understanding the weather, the physiology of diseases, or the economy. As systems become more and more complex we need better tools to capture the information, to extract the knowledge, to construct and to validate the models. Projects in this area look at privacy preserving data collection, data mining, multi-level modelling, high-end simulation, visual analytics, among others.

  • Practices & Communities

    Interdisciplinary science and technology collaboration challenges the limits of current research and innovation practices. FET projects often have to bridge between very different research areas that use very different vocabularies, apply different methodologies, often have a different pace of progress, and have different habits of publication, industry collaboration, and so on. In this sense FET also explores new ways in which collaborative science and innovation can be done.

  • Quantum & Photonics

    Devices that exploit quantum phenomena such as superposition and entanglement have the potential to enable radically new technologies. Several promising directions are now well known, for instance in quantum computation and simulation, quantum communication, quantum metrology and sensing. FET projects in FP7 have kept on exploring these new mindboggling possibilities with world class results, while also pushing some, like quantum key distribution, metrology and sensing, to the level of practical use.

  • Robotics

    This area is pushing science and engineering of robots beyond fiction. Robots inspired by plants, the octopus or insects? Swarms of robots with emergent behaviours, evolving and shape changing robots? These are some of the topics explored in this area.

  • Unconventional devices

    Computers are tireless in shuffling ones and zeros around. Why ones and zeros? And why with currents, transistors and silicon chips as in any computer, laptop, mobile phone or tablet today? These projects show how to compute with, for instance, light, sound, molecules or bacteria. They show how to encode information in different ways, like analog or in electron spins. They question the meaning of computing, and push the limits of what is computable.

Last updated on 05/03/2015


Koen Bertels's picture
The intertwining of different disciplines is not only beneficial but often necessary for research to thrive.
Cecilia Laschi's picture
Cecilia LASCHI
The marvel of an octopus, the dream of robots made differently, soft and dexterous! OCTOPUS opens the way to a new research field.
Yasser Omar's picture
Yasser OMAR
Did you know that quantum effects play a role in photosynthesis? Find out how we can exploit this further, in the near future.
Kasper Hornbæk's picture
Elements of user interfaces for computers and mobile devices go 3D! Have a look at the videos showing new ways of interacting; it is like playing with physical objects.
Jens Kelm's picture
High pressure in the pharmaceutical industry to decrease development time and costs has led to significant advancements to improve pre-clinical drug assessment. The “Body on a Chip”(BoC) develops interconnected 3D microtissues in a format compatible with existing assays to improve the relevance and speed of pre-clinical drug safety assessment.
Thierry Van Der Pyl's picture
The Human Brain Project Flagship call for systems and cognitive neuroscience community to join the project's next phase, under Horizon 2020
Thierry Van Der Pyl's picture
The Commission held last January the first annual review meeting of the Graphene Flagship, assisted by 14 independent experts in Brussels. The aim of the review was to assess the work of the Flagship in its first year of activities, covering the scientific and technological progress of the project as well as health and safety aspects and the Consortium's coordination and management.
Athanasios Dimoulas's picture
Athanasios DIMOULAS
2D-NANOLATTICES is the European project investigating the properties and behaviors of silicene, the graphene’s “cousin”. This new material could make revolutionary progress in nanoelectronic devices and integrated circuits
Thierry Van Der Pyl's picture
Human Brain Project: first assessment, recommendations and challenges ahead.
John Gallagher's picture
The energy footprint of computers, from power-hungry server farms to billions of frequently charged smartphones, tablets and smart watches, is now an important part of the global energy consumption picture. The ENTRA project is building tools for the energy-aware programmer who needs to write energy-efficient code.
Silvestro Micera's picture
Silvestro MICERA
Continuous and intensive multi-disciplinary research is the secret of innovative solutions able to change our lives
Andrew Houghton's picture
Last week, the Future was in Portugal ! To be exact, in Lisbon, in the Centre for the Unknown, of the Champalimaud Foundation. The Centre was hosting the high-level conference: "The Future of Europe is Science", marking the completion of the term of office of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso.
Barbara Mazzolai's picture
Can we be inspired by plants for a new generation of technology? I believe so, and I'm putting all my effort into this new research line.
Robert Madelin's picture
Core ingredients for the Human Brain Project (HBP): openness, inclusive collaboration and good governance.
Jonathan Freeman's picture
Jonathan FREEMAN
Ethical guidelines for the CEEDs project, which is developing novel, integrated technologies to support human experience, analysis and understanding of very large datasets
Aymard De Touzalin's picture
Can the plants inspire future technologies? Sure! Plants are just incredibly smart: they adapt to the most adverse environmental conditions, they have unmatched drilling capabilities, they have a unique capacity to sense, they move and even communicate when facing threats… but the most fascinating is that they do it all without having a brain!
Jose Fernandez-villacanas's picture
The Human Brain Project (HBP) sailed off and is now currently underway. Scientists from 135 different groups from the whole world got together in Lausanne from 7th to 10th October 2013 to celebrate the official launch of the project.
Paul Hearn's picture
Alessandro Moschitti, Assistant Professor at the Information Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of Trento - Italy, speaks about his experiences on the Watson Jeopardy! Challenge, with Paul Hearn, Scientific Officer from the Future and Emerging Technologies Programme at the European Commission.
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