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Report on the 5th EU-Japan Symposium in ICT Research and Innovation

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The 5th EU-Japan Symposium in ICT Research and Innovation was held in Brussels on the 16th and 17th of October 2014. This event was co-organised by the Japan's Ministry of Internal affairs and Communications (IC) the Japan's National Institute for Information and Communication Technology (NICT) and the European Commission (EC).

In the last weeks before the event, a huge interest to participate was shown, leading to a closure of the on-line registration some days before the event. The attendance during the two days has exceeded expectations from the organising bodies, reaching a balanced participation from Japan and European Union.

The symposium was opened by high level representatives from the organising bodies: Mr. Toshiyuki Takei, Director General of MIC, Mr. Masao Sakauchi, President of NICT and Mr. Zoran Stančič, Deputy Director General of DG CONNECT.

Jun Inoue, Director for International R&D Collaboration at MIC, and Mário Campolargo, Director Net Futures at EC, then presented the policies and priorities for International collaboration and Future Internet Research and Innovation in both regions.

This was followed by a launch ceremony for the four newly selected R&I collaborative projects out of the second coordinated ICT call between Japan and EU.  The nominated projects were announced and coordinators from Japan and the EU briefly introduced them to the audience. Press release

Projects from the first coordinated call made a mid-term presentation of the outcomes describing progress and main achievements in the first phase of the projects.

The two remaining half days were then articulated around the presentations of the current state of play in the R&I topics identified for the symposium, namely 5G, Testbed, Big data driven by IoT and Cloud, Social ICT Pilots and Speech-to-Speech translation; followed by working sessions on future collaboration opportunities and interests.

Very fruitful discussions and exchanges took place during these parallel sessions and, despite the sometimes very different environments and approaches in both regions, clear common challenges and mutual gains of collaboration during the R&I steps have been highlighted.

We would like, once more, to thank all the attendees for their active participation and for  having shared their views and ideas on the EU-Japan future collaboration in ICT Research & Innovation.