4th European Summit on the Future Internet

Opening panelThe 4th European Summit on Future Internet took place in Aveiro, Portugal on 13-14 June 2013. Jointly organised by TICE.PT and SND, the event is a highlight in the plethora of workshops and conferences in the Future Internet area in Europe. Despite the strike of air traffic controllers in France that had a profound impact on travels to Portugal, around 80 high profile experts made it to Aveiro and were awarded by  5 very interesting sessions and an extraordinary opening session.

In the opening session, Antonio Murta, Digital Champion Europe for Portugal and Joao Barros from Univ. of Porto gave exciting insights into the potential opportunities of new technologies, without hesitating to point to the big socio-economic challenges that are inherent part of these new technologies.

In the first session, chaired by Joao da Silva, examined the approaches currently being adopted by smart cities and discussed the visions and perspectives of smart cities in the Future Internet context. In the same session also usage areas of the Future Internet were discussed, among others as for the health sector with the presentation of Anastasius Gavras from Eurescom, project coordinator of FI-STAR.

Gavras XIFIThe second session, chaired by Prof. Rui Aguiar, provided the opportunity for Anastasius Gavras from Eurescom, to present the role of XIFI in the FI-PPP and the expectations that have been put onto the project. The session further discussed the current developments of new architectural designs for the Internet and questioned the extent to which such developments enable sustained innovation.Furthermore it discussed the robustness of the Internet in light of the increasing number of wireless connected devices.

The third session examined the important role of governments, legislators and regulatory agencies in view of the rapidly changing Internet technologies and their use. Data privacy and data protection emerged as the most prominent issues during the interaction with the audience.

The fourth and fifth sessions, chaired by Latif Ladid and Thomas Michael Bohnert respectively discussed the emerging opportunities in the area of the Internet of Things, Machine-to-Machine communications, big data challenges and the widespread adoption of cloud computing approaches and principles. The sessions examined among others the societal challenges arising from the widespread adoption of these technologies in a variety of environments such as transport, health, robotics, environment etc.

All presentations are available on the web site of the 4th European Summit on Future Internet.

The summit closed with the announcement of the 5th European Summit on Future Internet, which will by held in Winterthur, Switzerland, on 5-6 June 2014, hosted by the Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT) of Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

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