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Towards a Future Internet Public Private Partnership


Venue: Hotel Husa President Park, Brussels, Belgium, 21 - 22 June 2010

Co-organised by the EX-FI Support Action and the European Commission


This workshop will build on the conclusions of the 1st FI-PPP Usage Area Workshop, held in March 2010  and will enable a broader discussion on the needs of the Usage areas and their requirements on the Future Internet. The workshop addresses the need to achieve an appropriate balance in the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership between provider "technology push" and user "application pull".

Terms of reference

During the Presidential conference "The European RTD Framework Programmes: from economic recovery to sustainability" in October 2009, a new Public- Private Partnership on the Future Internet (FI-PPP) was launched, following a Commission Communication calling for its set-up.
The Commission Communication proposes to leverage the high European research investments and momentum on Future Internet technologies through comprehensive network and service platforms, which will enable the advent of Internet enabled innovative applications of high societal and economic relevance. A multi sector approach will be adopted, that will cover important economic and policy usage sectors, including health, energy, transport and the environment. An EU budget of 300 M€ has been earmarked over the period 2011-2013 to support this PPP, which should be implemented under the existing legal framework of the ICT Theme of the 7th Framework Programme, with a first Call for Proposals foreseen to open in summer 2010.

More information about the FI-PPP initiative is available on the Europa website of the undefinedEuropean Commission and on the European undefinedFuture Internet Portal.

The FI-PPP initiative is innovation driven with emphasis on the pragmatic implementation of new services and consequently a leading role is expected to be played by industrial ICT actors. While such a proactive move by the ICT industry is welcomed, it is still regarded as extremely important to achieve a good balance between technology push and application pull. This balance will ensure that the Future Internet developments under the FI-PPP will be driven by real user application needs. The ICT industry view must be complemented by the views of the economic and policy sector usage areas, and their stakeholders, who are expected to have a significant presence in the FI-PPP initiative.

The issues and open questions to be addressed during the Workshop include:

(1)    What use case and scenario in your area would you consider the most appropriate and representative one for large-scale experimentation with the Future Internet platform to be built starting from 2013 (undefinedplease refer to the documents referred to on the above websites for inspiration)?
(2)    What innovative Internet functionality and technologies would you consider important for your suggested use case and scenario (e.g. context awareness, sensor networks, advanced real time processing capabilities handling huge volume of data, ad hoc service composition and mash-up, managed broadband connectivity and services, embedded media support for interfaces easing the interpretation of processed contextual data, etc.)?   
(3)    Which of the identified functionalities would you expect the Future Internet core technology platform to deliver to support your and other usage area scenarios?
(4)    What kind of experimentation environment would you consider necessary for broad large scale testing of the platform to be developed in your use area? What would be needed to experiment new services and applications cutting across use areas (services and application mash-up) and building a new services and application ecosystem around the prototype implementations of the platform?
(5)    How do you see the potential role of your organisation in the FI-PPP, in the context of Usage areas taking a prominent role in the Initiative, to ensure an appropriate application driven approach?


In addition to plenary presentations and discussions, it is planned to have two blocks of three parallel sessions of 4 hours, each addressing particular usage areas for the Future Internet (including smart energy grids, utilities and environment, transport, mobility and logistics, health, content). In addition, a session is planned on infrastructures for experimentation, such as smart city environments, research infrastructures, or the FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) infrastructure.

Please Note: Due to limited capacity (200 participants), it may not be possible to accept all requests for registration. Prospective participants are therefore required to submit a "Position paper" with their registration application, which provides a first set of answers to the five open questions listed above, in order to confirm their interest. These "Position papers" will be made publically available and will provide a starting point for building consensus on future directions.

Logistics Contacts:

EX-FI: undefinedDavid Kennedy, Eurescom
European Commission: undefinedAndrew Houghton, undefinedMax Lemke
Workshop secretariat: undefinedMs Luitgard Hauer, Eurescom

Location:  Brussels, undefinedHusa President Park Hotel, Timing:  21 June 2010 10:00 – 22 June 17:00

Registration is closed.