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Introduction

The 'all-communicating' world

In less than 20 years, the phenomenal progress in information technologies and telecommunications has immersed us in an all-communicating world. Computers, telephones, televisions, domestic appliances and cars are packed full of electronics for the exchange of data and information and providing 'intelligent' services designed for maximum efficiency and user comfort. Work, business, administration, health, culture, education… the 'e' prefix has been appended to just about every area of human activity. The information and knowledge society is changing our lifestyles and even our psychological and social behaviour.

The age of ambient intelligence

For maximum economic and social impact, research on information society technologies must concentrate on the future so-called convergence generation. This involves integrating network access and interfaces into the everyday environment by making available a multitude of services and applications through easy and 'natural' interactions. This vision of 'ambient intelligence' (interactive intelligent environment) places the user, i.e. the human being, at the centre of the future development of the knowledge-based society.

Objectives

  • To stimulate the development in Europe of hard-ware and software technologies and applications at the heart of the creation of the information society.
  • To increase the competitiveness of European industry and give European citizens in all EU regions the chance to benefit fully from the development of the knowledge-based society.

Support for Research

The action undertaken will therefore focus on four technological priorities: Reintegrating research into technological areas of priority interest for citizens and businesses

  • Research on technologies guaranteeing the security and confidentiality of computing systems and the privacy of citizens.
  • The development of 'ambient intelligence' systems offering improved access to the information society for all (notably, elderly and disabled people), as well as interactive and intelligent systems for health, mobility, security, leisure, tourism, culture and the environment.
  • The development of electronic and mobile commerce
    • in particular technologies for secure trans-actions and infrastructures
    • as well as new tools and new methods of working, technologies for learning and systems for knowledge capitalisation, integrated business management and on-line administration.
  • Development of large-scale distributed systems and platforms, including global resource information database (GRID) systems, in areas such as the environment, energy, health, transport and industrial design.

Communication and computing infrastructures

  • Research on the new generation of wireless and mobile communications systems and networks; satellite communications systems; all optical and broad-band technologies, in particular for audio-visual applications, as well as the integration, management and interoperability of communication networks. These developments will be of particular use in preparing the next Internet generation.
  • Development of software architecture technologies, distributed and embedded systems supporting the development of multifunctional and complex services involving many actors, engineering and the control of complex and large scale systems.

Components and microsystems

  • The design and production of nano-, micro- and optoelectronic and photonic components (including those for information storage), pushing back the limits of miniaturisation and minimising power consumption, costs and environmental impact.
  • Multidisciplinary research on nano-electronics, microtechnologies, displays, microsystems, new materials, computing models and concepts of information processing.

Communication and computing infrastructures

  • The development of knowledge representation and management systems based on context and semantics, including cognitive systems, as well as tools for creating, organising, navigating, retrieving, sharing, preserving and disseminating digital content.
  • The development of multisensorial interfaces based on voice, gestures, touch, virtual environments and multilinguistic and multicultural items.

Budget

€ 3 625 million

Untitled Document

Introduction

The 'all-communicating' world

In less than 20 years, the phenomenal progress in information technologies and telecommunications has immersed us in an all-communicating world. Computers, telephones, televisions, domestic appliances and cars are packed full of electronics for the exchange of data and information and providing 'intelligent' services designed for maximum efficiency and user comfort. Work, business, administration, health, culture, education… the 'e' prefix has been appended to just about every area of human activity. The information and knowledge society is changing our lifestyles and even our psychological and social behaviour.

The age of ambient intelligence

For maximum economic and social impact, research on information society technologies must concentrate on the future so-called convergence generation. This involves integrating network access and interfaces into the everyday environment by making available a multitude of services and applications through easy and 'natural' interactions. This vision of 'ambient intelligence' (interactive intelligent environment) places the user, i.e. the human being, at the centre of the future development of the knowledge-based society.

Objectives

  • To stimulate the development in Europe of hard-ware and software technologies and applications at the heart of the creation of the information society.
  • To increase the competitiveness of European industry and give European citizens in all EU regions the chance to benefit fully from the development of the knowledge-based society.

Support for Research

The action undertaken will therefore focus on four technological priorities: Reintegrating research into technological areas of priority interest for citizens and businesses

  • Research on technologies guaranteeing the security and confidentiality of computing systems and the privacy of citizens.
  • The development of 'ambient intelligence' systems offering improved access to the information society for all (notably, elderly and disabled people), as well as interactive and intelligent systems for health, mobility, security, leisure, tourism, culture and the environment.
  • The development of electronic and mobile commerce
    • in particular technologies for secure trans-actions and infrastructures
    • as well as new tools and new methods of working, technologies for learning and systems for knowledge capitalisation, integrated business management and on-line administration.
  • Development of large-scale distributed systems and platforms, including global resource information database (GRID) systems, in areas such as the environment, energy, health, transport and industrial design.

Communication and computing infrastructures

  • Research on the new generation of wireless and mobile communications systems and networks; satellite communications systems; all optical and broad-band technologies, in particular for audio-visual applications, as well as the integration, management and interoperability of communication networks. These developments will be of particular use in preparing the next Internet generation.
  • Development of software architecture technologies, distributed and embedded systems supporting the development of multifunctional and complex services involving many actors, engineering and the control of complex and large scale systems.

Components and microsystems

  • The design and production of nano-, micro- and optoelectronic and photonic components (including those for information storage), pushing back the limits of miniaturisation and minimising power consumption, costs and environmental impact.
  • Multidisciplinary research on nano-electronics, microtechnologies, displays, microsystems, new materials, computing models and concepts of information processing.

Communication and computing infrastructures

  • The development of knowledge representation and management systems based on context and semantics, including cognitive systems, as well as tools for creating, organising, navigating, retrieving, sharing, preserving and disseminating digital content.
  • The development of multisensorial interfaces based on voice, gestures, touch, virtual environments and multilinguistic and multicultural items.

Budget

€ 3 625 million

 

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