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Workshop: Towards European Clusters of Design Centres for Embedded ICT


This Community is a place where participants to the brainstorming workshop "Towards European Clusters of Design Centres for Embedded ICT" (26/9/2013 – Graz, Austria) can upload their position statements, can share ideas and can further brainstorm on the open questions to be addressed during the session.

Workshop Objectives:

Organised by the European Commission, DG CONNECT in collaboration with ENIAC Austria and ARTEMIS Austria, the objective of the workshop is to discuss with stakeholders the establishment of European networks of embedded systems design centres, which help companies in any sector to embed new electronic components in their products or services. This is done in the context of the preparation of Work Programme 2014/15 (LEIT-ICT) under Horizon 2020.  Due to space limitations, participation is by invitation only. Further discussions are foreseen with a broader public at the CPS strategy event end of October in Brussels, at ICT 2013 in Vilnius and at the ARTEMIS-ITEA Co-summit In December 2013.


As ICT become increasingly integrated into our everyday environment the design of embedded ICT from components to cyber-physical systems (CPS) become more important than ever, not only for ICT supply industry but also for all major mainstream sectors of the economy. This represents a great opportunity for innovators and industry in Europe. In fact, one of Europe's main strengths is the capacity to build safe, secure, reliable, small size, low power, real time responsive embedded ICT systems.

Open questions for brainstorming:

Innovation and actors:

  • What is the role of the network of competence centres? What competences are needed across networks, e.g. nano-electronics and microsystems design and manufacturing, embedded systems design, application expertise?
  • Innovation: Where is the major innovation in individual experiments to be seen? Adoption of innovative enabling technologies? On which level(s)? Novel use? Demand-side versus supply-side drive?
  • Actors and structure of experiments: Who are the actors along vertical chains and what is their role?

Synergies and focus:

  • Software-level: Software development today constitutes a significant share of the costs of products and services. To what extend can synergies be exploited across experiments with similar requirements? What role could the ARTEMIS AIPPs play?
  • Hardware-level: In order to exploit newest advances in nano-electronics and microsystems, expensive prototypes may need to be built. To what extend can experiments share development and production costs, e.g. shared wafers. How can the ENIAC pilot lines help?
  • Focus: How should large scale projects focus? Could they for example focus on the adoption of emerging platforms?  To what extend could they support platform building?

 European, national and regional dimensions

  • Are there any national or regional initiatives with similar or complementary objectives? Could we learn from them? To what extend could they become integrated in the European efforts?
  • European dimensions: What is the added value of the pan-European networks?  What is the role of the regional hubs in a European context?
  • After these pilot activities, what could be the next steps in terms of reinforced roles of ECSEL and the regions?


Workshop Report and Position Statements

"Towards European Clusters of Design Centres for Embedded ICT" workshop report and position statements presented by participants of the brainstorming which took place on 26 September 2013 in Graz, Austria.
Group managers
Jerome DETHIER European Commission Scientific Project Officer - Complex Systems and Advanced Computing
Marta Anna BULIK A3 Complex Systems & Advanced Computing
Group Participants