July 2, 2009
Radisson SAS Royal Hotel
This event has been organised under the aegis of the European Commission and of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan, with the support of the COJAK FP7 project (see the About us section of this web site or download the COJAK flyer here), a project funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General Information Society and Media and aiming at promoting and supporting the development of EU-Japan cooperation on ICT research, particularly under the European Union’s FP7 research funding programme.
The event was part of a series of EU-Japan cooperation events, a series including the 1st EU-Japan Cooperation Forum on ICT research held in Tokyo on March 4-5, 2008, the EU-Japan Seminar held in Tokyo on May 20, 2008 and the EU-Japan ICT Cooperation Event held in Tokyo on June 18, 2009.
This second Forum aimed (download event flyer here) at providing European and Japanese organisations with a new opportunity to get together, network, and identify or strengthen potential cooperation projects in the ICT area, particularly those to be presented at coming FP7 calls.
Over 100 representatives from government bodies, academia, and companies based in Europe and in Japan and active in the ICT area have participated in this event (access Attendee list here). The event programme (available here and allowing to access the presentations made during the event) was structured into plenary sessions and parallel thematic sessions.
During the opening session, welcome addresses from the European Commission and from MIC set the scene: EU-Japan cooperation in ICT research has already reached some significant achievements (on Intelligent transport systems, Future Internet, RFID and the Internet of things, etc.) and should be boosted by the awaited signature, before the end of 2009, of the EU-Japan cooperation agreement on Science and Technology.
Then, leading organisations (the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry - METI - and the EU-Japan Center for industrial cooperation) introduced, through keynote speeches, their activities (with a focus on Green IT for METI) and their determination to fully contribute to a strengthened EU-Japan cooperation on ICT research.
A plenary session was then devoted to “EU-Japan cooperation under FP7” and started with a keynote address from NICT, a leading Japanese research organisation. During the session, the European Commission provided attendees with a detailed update of the ICT theme of FP7, introducing in particular ICT Call 5, to be opened by the end of July 2009. The session ended with a panel discussion on “Lessons learnt from ongoing projects”, moderated by the COJAK project and with the participation of several FP7 projects involving Japanese organisations.
The afternoon was devoted to parallel sessions focusing on specific research themes:
• Networked electronic media
• RFID, Ubiquitous computing and Internet of things (2 sessions)
• Intelligent transport systems
• Networked monitoring and control systems
• New generation network
The last formal part of the event was a networking cocktail during which many participants expressed their satisfaction regarding the level of information exchange and discussions that had taken place in all thematic sessions, which should lead to the emergence of several joint research projects in the short term.
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