At ICT2013 you'll have the opportunity to become familiar with the FET-supported research work, and to discover how and why this work is important to achieve future industrial leadership, to tackle grand societal challenges, to improve life for all of us. There will be a broad variety of FET activities in which you can participate, and share your ideas and opinions.

The conference has three parts focusing on different themes of ICT research and reflecting three pillars of Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: ICT for Excellent Science, ICT for Industrial Leadership and ICT for Societal Challenges.

The programme which is linked to the Excellent Science part where FET belongs is divided into three sessions:

  • "Nano-scale: Future Materials and Devices" (Thursday 7 Nov) where four leading scientists, Andrea Ferrari, Ross Rinaldi, Artur Ekert and André Gourdon, will share with the audience their experience and talk about atomic and molecular scale devices, namely the importance of graphene, quantum computers and bio-inspired computing for the ICT of tomorrow.
  • "Exa-scale: challenges and benefits" (Thursday 7 Nov) will focus on the strategic nature of the high-performance computing (HPC). Jean-Yves Berthou, Catherine Riviere, Michael Resch, Thomas Lippert and Maryline Lengert will aim to demonstrate that although the path from the present petaflop to the future exaflop era involves numerous complex challenges, the expected benefits far outweigh the costs and the efforts.
  • "Human-scale: accessing, sharing and using data for the common good" (Friday 8 Nov) will be conducted by the speeches of Jacqueline Mcglade, Muki Haklay, Judith Simon and Heather Joseph, with the aim of raising awareness on the EU's policy regarding Open Access, Open Data and Digital Science, and to explore the human scale dimension.

The conference sessions are complemented by a presentation of FET workprogramme for 2014-2015, exhibition and networking events.


Work programme sessions (Thursday 7 Nov) will present the current draft work programme for 2014-2015. Final work programme is expected to be approved by beginning of December and first calls officially announced by mid-December. Focusing on future FET calls, 3 sessions will present:


The exhibition will take place during the whole conference in the halls of LITEXPO, and more than 180 booths will offer highly interactive demos! 16 FET projects are present, illustrating the diversity of research themes funded by FET:

  • ASCENS will show you how robots working collaboratively with humans can help to solve problems and perform undesirable or repetitive tasks 
  • CEEDs will invite you to explore the connectivity of the brain using different interaction techniques, such as navigating through a visualisation of brain regions in a projected virtual environment
  • "The Machine and I", presented by CSNII and EFAA projects, focuses on the interaction between human and robots, using songs as an example for studying robots social compatibility
  • GHOST will present prototypes of shape-changing objects, which could be the future of interactive devices 
  • Graphene Flagship project: " a single layer of carbon atoms – graphene– may be the most amazing and versatile substance available to mankind"
  • Human Brain Project Flagship: Unravelling the future of neuroscience, computing and medicine
  • ICT&ART project connects the European ICT and Art communities. The project organises various activities such as a '7 on 7' event which will bring 7 artists together with 7 scientists/IT experts, a networking session and live artistic performances. An art exhibit will be part of the exhibition
  • ILHAIRE will offer you short interaction scenarios and games with laughter-enabled agents
  • LOCOMORPH will allow you to build your own legged robot, thanks to a robotic toolkit, and to interact with it, showing how robots can be used in other research domains than just robotics 
  • PLANTOID will present new robots for tasks of soil exploration and monitoring, designed by taking inspiration from the smart, effective, and efficient strategies of plant roots 
  • PLEASED will illustrate how we can use plants as sensing devices, collecting for example electrical signals generated in reaction to environmental stimuli. The recorded signals will be also visualised and mapped into music
  • REWIND will use an interactive application to exemplify how simple and powerful can be the tampering of digital content today
  • SAPERE will showcase the "spontaneous and adaptive" interaction between displays and smartphones for example, using SAPERE application
  • SIEMPRE will exhibit how to measure nonverbal social signals using sensors in smartphones and thermo cameras
  • UrbanIxD will present "Critical Designs" of smart cities, encouraging the audience to speculate over possible future technological scenarios 
  • At VERE's booth you will be able to experience what is like to have a different body that responds to your own movements by entering a virtual reality world 


Networking events will cover more than 150 sessions, grouped into 13 topics, which will serve as a forum for discussion among the attendees. Two sessions are organised by FET projects:

  • UrbanIxD debate on "Identifying challenges for the human-centred networked city" will focus on the human experience, in order to address questions like how we will connect with, interpret and adapt the increasing dataflow residing in our cities. (Thursday 7 Nov)
  • FoCAS proposes a session "FoCAS on multi-disciplinary approaches for smart, green and integrated transport" that will specifically consider how multi-disciplinary approaches can best be used to address societal challenges. (Thursday 7 Nov)

We hope to see you there!