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stable relationship with these countries and the public authorities
regarding ITEA 3.
What can other associations and platforms learn from
ITEA in regards to greater international co-operation?
It is important to help make the platforms successful – a relationship
must be working in both directions. We have found that it has always
been good to be in contact with a national research agency – after all,
they provide the funding – but it is equally important to establish trust
with local companies. We have also found it is useful to have visits and
hold workshops to explain how successful projects developed. It is
important to give advice, even in the project generation phase, and
encourage possible participants to enter one of the project consortia; we
hope that consortia will be stable and have successful outcomes.
To give a concrete example, one of Canada’s first participations in an
ITEA project is in the project known as ‘Medolution’ (medical care
evolution), which focuses on building upon the success story of medical
imaging and receiving Big Data from consumers. This project really is
an evolution in medical treatment, and we are assured by the participants
that this project will be a success. We have recommended this project,
and others, to Canada and have encouraged their participation. The
project is yet to start, but it gives me a very good feeling.
In June, we will again travel to Canada and we will be pulling together a
small group of companies to participate in our Project Outline Preparation
Days in Brussels in September. During these events I will draw attention
to Medolution, and the Canadian partner, Norima Consulting Inc. of
Winnipeg, Manitoba, will be able to inform its colleagues on how the
venture works and about the various practicalities.
How important is it to engage the European
Commission in ITEA?
According to the Commission, ITEA 3 is very important to the EU institution.
Khalil Rouhana, director of Components and Systems, DG CONNECT,
informed me that he is pushing for a balanced software and electronics
innovation and therefore it is important to partner with ITEA 3.
Whilst we welcome a closer relationship, ITEA, as a fully industry-driven
EUREKA Cluster, is not part of the Commission. The Commission has
been a good friend, and we should take care to maintain the flexibility
and complementarity that we currently have in the relationship.
To what extent is there a need for an industry-led
approach to collaboration, rather than one that is
driven by the EU?
There is no need for any one particular approach, but rather flexibility.
EUREKA can be a frontrunner to experiments and it would be damaging
to lose this flexibility. Furthermore, EUREKA has proven that it has a
successful bottom-up approach to innovation and research, despite
having a relatively small level of funding available. However, this funding
can be used in the most flexible way possible, wherever industrial
partners feel it is important to invest money; with EUREKA, this goal can
be achieved.
One example of this industrial-led approach to research collaboration is
the ‘Massive Online Open Course Tablet’ (MOOC TAB) project. This
Co-summit 2015 took
place in the German
capital Berlin
The seventh Co-summit took place in the
German capital Berlin in March, focusing on
‘Smart industry: impact of software innovation’,
otherwise known as ‘Industrie 4.0’. The two-
day conference, attended by Portal, saw a
diversity of projects, presentations and
discussions demonstrating the central and
crucial role played by ITEA and ARTEMIS
projects in the creation of new, smart
manufacturing and processing.
During the conference, Portal sat down with
ITEA chairman Rudolf Haggenmüller, who
discussed developing ties with the European
Commission, balancing the benefits of private
companies and closer industrial collaboration,
and creating a digital ITEA.
What have been the main successes
of ITEA 3 during the last year?
Last year we began ITEA 3, which has so far
been very successful. We have held
promotional campaigns on the new form across
Europe, particularly in Germany but also in
Sweden, Finland, Turkey and Austria.
Furthermore, we have also actively taken part
in events happening in the Republic of Korea
and France, and consequently have built a very
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