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to discuss the roadmap towards future
innovation, identifying the gaps that exist, and
proposing actions to fill these gaps. This is
attracting a lot of new players.”
In order to further developments here, the
association is working to reach out at a national
level, where there are a lot of companies
and institutions willing to contribute and to
inform potential users of the advantages of
new technologies.
Daembkes concluded: “Now we have to see
what the benefit of engagement is and whether
this translates into projects. But out of these
activities, through attracting people by road
mapping and strategy building, our association
has gained several new members who see that
by having the right to vote on, and to actively
contribute to, our work, they enjoy a benefit. By
being involved from an early phase, there is a
wider understanding of upcoming trends, which
aids organisations in increasing their
preparedness for the future.”
“Previously they were very much afraid that this short distance to an
application is distorting the market. Yet, as long as there are competing
actors, and as long as the work is really open and conducted in a
precompetitive approach, it is much easier to do that, and we are
establishing ways to do it. Nevertheless, there are a lot of hurdles to
overcome, which limits the power of our instruments in relation to
big projects.
“There is room for improvement: we want to see a deeper involvement
of the ARTEMIS-IA organisation and be informed about the achievements
of projects so that we can learn from them and apply these lessons to
our future activities.”
Moreover, now that it is apparent funding for future calls under ECSEL is
to be significantly reduced, and with the European Commission wishing
to fund the industrial participation of innovation actors in so-called
‘innovation action projects’ with only 15% of the direct cost, the industry’s
confidence has been shaken. Daembkes warned: “Under my
responsibility, as president of ARTEMIS-IA, I received several very strong
reactions from the members of the ARTEMIS community saying that
under the conditions as we see them now, as we understand them, this
approach might endanger the goals of the ECSEL programme as they
may no longer be interested in participating.”
He continued: “The additional efforts are too high for some potential
partners to justify the benefit of the co-operation. Many potential partners
are indicating that the co-operation itself is very welcome, and it justifies
the effort needed. Yet from the point of view of industry, if there is too
much of a burden on partners, then there may be a need to go and
consider a different instrument.”
The ARTEMIS-IA president stressed that through these approaches, the
benefits of combining national efforts with European efforts might not
be realised: “In a number of areas, activity continues to be split between
the different national efforts and European activities.”
Will to succeed
In the global context, this creates a challenge. Daembkes explained: “This
split activity just confirms the fragmentation of Europe. While some
leading nations might draw benefit out of the arrangement, I don’t know
if there is a long term pan-European benefit. While it could present an
advantage to conducting national projects, more widely there is a move
towards platforms and products that are aimed at larger sized markets.
These markets are at least on a European level. We need to have
developments that are valid for the whole of Europe or indeed the world.
If we do something just in one small region, the impact may be limited.”
Moving forward, efforts continue to be focused on communicating the
need for research in embedded and cyber-physical systems and on
creating a pan-European strategy with input from industry, to find a
win-win situation which is best for our members, the European industry
and, not to forget, end users.
Reflecting on the programme’s attractiveness, Daembkes said: “Based
on the results of our activities, and especially based on the road mapping
that we are doing, a lot of academic partners, as well as SMEs and large
industrial partners, are firstly attracted because we are offering a platform
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Professor Dr Heinrich Daembkes
ARTEMIS IndustryAssociation
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The Co-summit
proved an opportunity
to network and debate
key issues
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