The Blog was lucky enough to catch up with a couple of attendees at the recent ICT InfoDay ‘ICT 2013’: Dr Bamidele Adebisi from the School of Engineering and Daphne Lai, project manager of the TRUCE* project (led by Prof. Martyn Amos). Both were happy to share a few observations:
There is a big focus on ‘disruptive’ technologies and the Commission are encouraging those involved in ICT related research to ‘go on challenging’.
There’s a strong push towards de-siloing (Ed – no, we’re not sure if it’s a word or not, but it’s being used!), which is reflected in the way in which ICT is spread throughout Horizon 2020 and the way in which the Commission are trying to use ICT to solve challenges in other areas (e.g. priorities around Smart Cities).
ICT features in most areas of Horizon 2020. It has a key role to play in enabling new advances in a range of areas including rethinking energy (e.g. storage, renewables and advanced exploration), machines working for us (e.g. robotics, autonomous vehicles and 3D printing) and game changing technologies (e.g. new generations of genomics and advanced material).
The Commission are thinking of ICT across four clusters: Mobile Internet; Cloud Technology; Internet of things and Automation of Knowledge/Work.
Impact will be important, and the ICT community is being encouraged to ‘get into the world and tell people what’s going on’. There is much more emphasis on people and society and the new focus on the ‘Human-Centric Digital Age’ reflects this.
It’s no longer about innovation push, it’s all about innovation pull.
As opportunities for ICT are spread across Horizon 2020, the Commission have published a ‘Guide to the presence of ICT in Horizon 2020’, which will help you to navigate the opportunities more easily.
You can also catch up on the presentations from ICT2013 at the conference website.
*The TRUCE project is a Framework 7 Project that is bringing together research in the field of Unconventional Computation (UCOMP). The project is running a number of activities and events over its lifetime and is currently inviting submissions to participate its Speculative Fiction Collection, which will bring together short story writers and scientists to provide their thoughts on UCOMP in 2070.