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21/09/2012 - 11:39

The ARAKNES project: the future gold standard for minimally invasive surgery

--- Posted by the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna team, coordinator of FP7 ARAKNES project ARAKNES is currently running the last months of the project, with the final aim to validate and demonstrate system capabilities and potentialities. In the spirit of Minimally Invasive Surgery, the ARAKNES project stems from the innovative idea to transfer the technologies of bimanual laparoscopic surgery to the endoluminal surgical approach, thus further reducing operative trauma and enhancing therapeutic outcome of minimally invasive procedures for most abdominal procedures. In this framework, the ultimate goal of ARAKNES is to integrate the advantages of traditional open surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and robotics surgery into a deeply innovative system for bi-manual, ambulatory, tethered, visible scar-less surgery, based on an array of smart

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13/09/2012 - 14:09

ICT Competitiveness Week: Crossing the chasm between Research and Innovation

--- Posted by Gérald Santucci, DG CONNECT, Knowledge Sharing

"The essence of competitiveness", said Jack Welch - former CEO of General Electric - once, "is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important - and then get out of their way while they do it." This is essentially the intention of the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology - DG CONNECT - as we are approaching the ICT Competitiveness Week - a series of workshops and consequential conversations among more than 300 invited experts who have been purposely invited


29/08/2012 - 14:29

Commercial exploitation of ICT research can make a difference in our lives

--- Posted by Willy Van Puymbroeck, DG CONNECT, Head of unit: Components

Sometimes it might be hard to grasp the real-life effects of the technical ICT research projects that the EU funds. This can especially be the case with projects in areas like micro-nanosystems and nanoelectronics. To get a better idea we asked 18 of our already finished projects that had created patent applications within the EU's Seventh Framework Programme - FP7 -, what they have done with the results of their project.

Many answers we got from the project partners were exhilarating, some were less so and some said that the results will still take time to be exploited. What we did learn was that there are many partners - mostly small and medium-sized enterprises -


16/07/2012 - 10:58

ICT PROPOSERS' DAY – Warsaw – 26/27 September 2012

- Posted by Alessandro Barbagli, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology,, Programme Coordination unit

Everything is ready for the ICT Proposers' Day 2012, which will take place in Warsaw on the 26th and 27th September. Following the great success of the ICT Proposers’ Day 2011 in Budapest, the European Commission has organized a new free of charge networking event specifically dedicated to networking and


12/07/2012 - 08:25

Making the internet a better place for kids

- Posted by Robert Madelin, Director General of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology

I have enjoyed chairing on 11.07.2012 a full day's discussion with a broad range of stakeholders. We have reviewed progress since Neelie launched with key CEOs a coalition to deliver urgent coordinated action on this point.

There were 5 key action points:

  1. Simple and robust reporting tools: easy-to-find and recognisable features on all devices to enable effective reporting and responses to content and contacts that seem harmful to kids;
  2. Age-appropriate privacy settings: settings which take account of the needs of different age groups

10/07/2012 - 16:05

A collective commitment to track waste? World "première" workshop on RFID and waste

- Posted by Gérald Santucci, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Head of Unit Knowledge Sharing

In 2011 the European Commission tasked RAND Europe, the Institut für Aufbereitung und Recycling RWTH Aachen University and P3 Ingenieurgesellschaft to study the role of RFID in waste management and to analyse the benefits RFID can offer to the end-of-life phase. In order to present the study and kick-off a community of interested people, a workshop with stakeholders and policy makers from the RFID and waste management communities is organised on July 11th 2012. It comprises the following agenda items:

  • The study team will present its key findings concerning the impacts of RFID on waste management processes and the potential benefits it could provide there. Also the main requirements and barriers for a successful RFID
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09/07/2012 - 14:59

How to accelerate the deployment of LED lighting in Europe? Results of the public consultation now available online

- Posted by Michael Ziegler, DG CONNECT,  Photonics unit*

Innovative lighting products for general in- and outdoor lighting applications based on light-emitting diode technology (LED and OLED) are relatively new in the marketplace but slowly gaining ground. In 2011 they represented close to 13% of the European general lighting market. While the lighting industry promises low electricity consumption and very long lifetimes as well as improved lighting quality and new opportunities for lighting design, European consumers and professional users...

... still hesitate to buy LED lighting products. They often lack reliable information on these new products or are concerned about their long-term quality, while purchasing costs are high compared to other well-established lighting products.

These are just some of the main findings from


20/06/2012 - 13:57

Promoting Europe's Digital Economy

- Posted by Anna Maria Darmanin, Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee

With the economic numbers around Europe getting worse and voters choosing against austerity, it is clear that there is both a very good reason and a groundswell of public support for measures that promote growth.

Where is growth likely to come from?

We often hear that somewhere is "booming". Right now Australia is such a place, but we cannot all just move to Australia in the hope of some economic good times. There is, however, an area of the economy, common to all European countries, that is booming. The internet and the amazing opportunities it brings, is booming. There are new business models springing up from nowhere creating jobs, spending, growth and tax receipts at an astonishing rate.

Clearly, some people, companies, cities and countries


06/06/2012 - 09:51

How to maximize the potential of a better connected Europe via high speed broadband?

--- Posted by Detlef Eckert, DG INFSO, Director for Policy coordination & Strategy

Economic growth, productivity, employment, competiveness: these words have been increasingly used in the past few years to point out some of the areas where action is urgently needed. While an all-encompassing solution is not at hand, we do believe that a better connected Europe via high speed broadband has the capacity to positively and simultaneously affect these areas, triggering a stimulus effect which will benefit European economy as a whole.

However, difficult financial and economic situation, the absence of an immediate competitive pressure among alternative providers, levelling-out ARPUs and the lack of a short term business case in particular for certain geographic areas are raising the stakes for traditional investors in broadband and next generation access


04/06/2012 - 08:57

Stimulating growth and business revenue through social media

At DG INFSO, we are impressed with the drive and enthusiasm of a project being managed from a variety of independent social media experts throughout Europe in the run-up to the Digital Agenda Assembly 2012.

We asked Axel Schultze, leader of the project to tell us what he is aiming to achieve:

The overarching objective of the project is to stimulate small and medium size businesses and innovative start-ups across the EU leveraging social media to create a sustainable growth, additional jobs and

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