Pan European Networks - Horizon 2020 - page 63

On the sidelines of Co-Summit 2015,
Portal
sat down with
Rudolf Haggenmüller,
chairman of ITEA, to discuss accomplishments, international co-operation,
Horizon 2020 and the cluster’s relationship with the European Commission
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ITEA’s mission is therefore to be the recognised
partner for European industry, optimising
support for companies and R&D actors active
in projects in the area of SiSS. The EUREKA
Cluster also aims to make the best use of
funding made available by countries supporting
ITEA projects. Consequently, following the
EUREKA structure, each ITEA project partner
can apply for national funding in their own
country, allowing a venture to attract financing
from all participating countries.
European partnerships
The organisation has also built strong ties with
other EUREKA clusters, for example CATRENE
(Cluster for Application and Technology
Research in Europe on NanoElectronics), Celtic-
Plus (which focuses on the future of
telecommunications and developing a smart,
connected world), and EURIPIDES² (European
Smart Electronic Systems). Furthermore, there
is a deep level of co-operation with the
ARTEMIS Industry Association on embedded
and cyber-physical systems.
I
TEA 3 is the EUREKA Cluster supporting innovative, industry-
driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of
software-intensive systems and services. SiSS are a key driver
of innovation in Europe’s most competitive industries, such as
automotive, communications, healthcare and aerospace. ITEA
supports disruptive projects involving influential industrial players
from across the world, notably private firms, SMEs, universities,
research institutes and user organisations.
ITEA ultimately seeks to harness the benefits of digital technology to
tackle the major challenges facing society, both at home and in the
workplace. The platform, now in its third form, builds upon its proven
track record established in ITEA 1 and ITEA 2 and offers a “more dynamic
approach” to SiSS innovation.
There is a wide consensus that from now until 2030, change and
disruption will be permanent features of society, with the way of living
and doing business becoming fundamentally different. Digital technology
is expected to play a major role in mastering such changes, and it is
within this domain that ITEA is addressing innovation in software, IT
services, internal IT and embedded software. According to ITEA, for
Europe, an industry strong in software innovation is a prerequisite for
maintaining global competitiveness and securing high-value jobs in digital
technology, as well as supporting traditional industries.
ITEA’s digital outlook
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