• Public Consultation on a Curriculum for training professionals in Universal Design
    News Article08/09/2009

    In order for ICT industry to adopt Universal Design (UD) principles, methods and solutions, the professionals involved will need to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. This is a crucial condition for an effective, as well as economic, change in management and production process in the ICT industry. The UD curriculum to be specified by this CEN workshop shall identify the knowledge and skills that are necessary to successfully implement the UD approach in an ICT development process. The training guidelines shall reflect the special training needs of ICT professionals, the conditions and context of training for professionals, and the different needs of different professional roles in the ICT industry.

  • New 2009 Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Biological Physics
    News Article08/09/2009

    Sponsored by the Division of Biological Physics of the American Physical Society, the Award is open to any student completing a PhD during the past 12 months in the area of Biological Physics, broadly construed is eligible. There is no nationality restriction on this award--students from any country and studying in any country are eligible. For more details, check the dedicated website.

  • 8th Conference on Unconventional Computation 2009 (UC09)
    Events
    07/09/2009 to 11/09/2009

    The series of International Conferences UNCONVENTIONAL COMPUTATION (UC) is devoted to all aspects of unconventional computation, theory as well as experiments and applications. Typical, but not exclusive, topics are: natural computing including quantum, cellular, molecular, neural and membrane computing, as well as evolutionary paradigms; chaos and dynamical systems based computing; proposals for computations going beyond the Turing model.

  • TNT2009 Conference: Trends in Nanotechnology
    Events
    07/09/2009 to 11/09/2009

    This high-level scientific meeting series aims to present a broad range of current research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology as well as related policies (European Commission, etc.) or other kind of initiatives (nanoGUNE, FinNano, GDR-I, etc.). TNT events have demonstrated that they are particularly effective in transmitting information and establishing contacts among workers in this field. TNT conferences provide an ideal venue for industrial, academic and governmental organizations to share common objectives and drive the commercialisation of nanotechnology discoveries.

  • Regional EHRs with speech recognition in Galicia, Spain
    News Article07/09/2009

    Spain is working on making electronic health records (EHR) available for all its citizens with 17 regional projects. In addition, the national government is running an interoperability project to create a nationwide infrastructure that can also be seen as a key part of the broader European efforts to create interoperability between the Member States. Spain is running an ambitious eHealth program that aims at making electronic health records (EHR) available for all its citizens. To this end, all 17 regions in Spain are working on the implementation of regional EHR solutions. Each region is responsible for the scope as well as the technical and organizational details of its EHR project.

  • Added Government Investment into Healthcare Drives Growth in European HIS Market
    News Article07/09/2009

    Although most hospitals in Europe have some kind of information system in place, very few have a fully integrated and functional hospital information systems (HIS) solutions installed. Increasing accountability pressures on the government and regulatory authorities to garner more investments into healthcare IT adoption is boosting the HIS market potential. (source: Frost & Sullivan)

  • Roadmap for Research on Ambient Assisted Living
    Policy and legislation07/09/2009

    The FP7 funded AALIANCE initiative – “The European Ambient Assisted Living Innovation Alliance” - aims to coordinate the European AAL R&D community and to develop a common strategic vision for short-, mid- and long-term R&D approaches in the AAL context. An important step towards this aim is the release of the Ambient Assisted Living Roadmap for research and innovation. This initiative is part of the EU action plan for Ageing Well in the Information Society which aims to provide new solutions to help Europe tackle the challenges of the ageing population. The full document of 120 pages (including a foreword from Florin Lupescu, Director of Directorate ICT addressing Societal Challenges in DG Information Society and Media of the European Commission) provides an in-depth look into the future of AAL application areas, concepts and technologies until 2025.

  • "It is time for Europe to turn over a new e-leaf on digital books and copyright". Joint Statement of EU Commissioners Reding and McCreevy on the occasion of this week's Google Books meetings in Brussels
    Press releases07/09/2009

    Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media, and Charlie McCreevy, Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services, today made a joint statement setting out the important cultural and economic stakes of book digitisation in Europe. To face the daunting task of digitising Europe's books, of which there are tens of millions in Europe's national libraries alone, the two Commissioners stressed the need for fully respecting copyright rules to ensure fair remuneration for authors, but also welcomed public-private partnerships as a means to boost digitisation of books. They highlighted the need to adapt Europe's still very fragmented copyright legislation to the digital age, in particular with regard to orphan and out-of-print works. The statement of the two Commissioners comes ahead of a series of workshops and meetings between the Commission, cultural institutions, right holders, IT companies and consumer organisations, which start today with an information hearing on the US class action settlement on Google Book Search. Under this settlement, agreed between Google, authors and publishers in the United States (which still requires validation by a US court), authors could receive 63% of the online revenue generated by Google with digitised books. As of today, no equivalent solution is available in the EU. This week's hearings and meetings at the Commission will help develop a European response to the challenges of books digitisation. Both Commissioners believe that the challenge for EU policymakers is to ensure a regulatory framework which paves the way for a rapid roll-out of services, similar to those made possible in the United Sates by the recent settlement, to European consumers and to the European library and research communities.

  • Telecoms: European Commission urges Slovakian telecoms regulator to take stronger action on mobile termination rates
    Press releases07/09/2009

    In a letter sent today, the European Commission has repeated its calls for the Slovakian telecoms regulator, Telekomunikačný úrad Slovenskej republiky (TÚSR), to bring mobile termination rates (MTRs) to more competitive levels in Slovakia. MTRs are the wholesale charges which mobile operators charge other operators for connecting calls on their networks. Already in a letter sent to the regulator earlier this year , the Commission highlighted the importance of moving to efficient MTRs as soon as possible and called on TÚSR to make sure that its transitional price control measures allow for important progress towards such an efficient cost level. This would in turn help a swift transition to the approach set out in the Commission's Recommendation on Termination Rates ( IP/09/710 ), which says that MTRs should be set at the level of the cost of an efficient operator in all Member States by 31 December 2012.

  • Europe's mobile phone industry will sign on 9 September the eCall Memorandum of Understanding
    News Article04/09/2009

    Good news for Europe's drivers, and for Europe's 230 million cars! Europe's mobile phone industry will sign the eCall Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), giving its full backing to eCall. Europe's in-car automatic emergency call system has life-saving potential as it automatically dials 112, Europe's single emergency number, when a car has a serious accident and sends its location to the nearest emergency service – even when the passengers do not know or cannot say where they are.

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