Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

ICT Proposers' Day 2012

FET Proactive

Objective ICT-2013.9.6 FET Proactive: Evolving Living Technologies (EVLIT)

Computational and self-adapting properties of living organisms are superior to recent ICT technology in many ways. Being composed of physically and chemically embodied entities, where function is associated to physical structure, they show properties such as scalability, self-reproduction, self-construction, evolvability, self-organization, adaptability and robustness. Learning to build future ICT along these lines offers a promising way to address important issues such as design complexity of ICT systems, difficulty and specificity of manufacturing, energy management, etc.

The objective of this FET Proactive is to create living technologies using the principles of biological evolution that co-organize information and matter in systems of physical entities. This includes the full range of possible methodologies, such as using living technologies built up with nano-mechatronics, biological information encoding principles, bio-inspired artificial systems or bio-hybrid systems.

Objective ICT-2013.9.7 FET Proactive: Atomic and Molecular Scale Devices and Systems

This topic builds on very seminal and promising exploratory work initiated by FET-Proactive and FET-Open projects at the end of FP6 and developing into FP7. This collaborative and multidisciplinary research is unparalleled in Europe and constitutes a necessary step towards examining alternative routes to the anticipated physical limitations of today's semiconductor industry and the slowdown of "Moore's law".

The research targets the physical access and greater understanding of the behaviour of a single atom or molecule, or small ensembles thereof, as elementary functional resources for future ICT systems. Aspects such as new forms of atomic scale constructs and fabrication processes, control, sensing and picometer interconnection precision of components are addressed in this objective.

Objective ICT-2013.9.8 Coordinating communities, identifying new research topics for FET Proactive initiatives and fostering interdisciplinary dialogue

Target Outcome

a) Short duration actions (typically 6-12 Months) to organise consultations of multi-disciplinary communities to formulate novel FET research topics, focussing on new emerging research areas for H2020 related to ICT and beyond. The main objective should be to identify new research avenues from a global perspective, the associated fundamental challenges, and to analyse the expected impact on science, technology and society.

b) Actions supporting the coordination and cooperation of the targeted research communities, fostering the consolidation of research agendas, assessing the impact and proposing measures to increase the visibility of specific topics to the scientific community, to targeted industries and to the public at large.

c) Actions supporting and promoting cooperation with non-EU research teams in foundational research on FET topics, with a balanced participation from partners in the EU and from target countries.

d) Actions to organise conferences and workshops which should foster dialogue between science, policy and society on the role and challenges of interdisciplinary long-term research, increasing Europe's creativity and innovation base and bridging diverse European research communities and disciplines.

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Relevant challenge: Future and Emerging Technologies

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