Smart Networks and Services Partnership, Stakeholder Workshop, 4 July 2019, Brussels

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The next Research and Innovation programme proposed by the Commission beyond 2020, Horizon Europe, has now entered into its preparatory phase. In that context, the area of Smart Networks and Services has been identified by the Commission as a potential research area for a partnership implementation. The current ideas for such a partnership focus on the future connectivity and service infrastructure supporting the digital society and the digital transformation of our economic sectors. A value chain approach could reinforce and leverage European strongholds in connectivity and create opportunities in multiple related domains, notably the device domain, taking into account the myriad of innovative IoT devices that will be connected, and the cloud computing domain enabling big data and AI based applications. In this regard, there are also new opportunities offered by edge computing and the emerging requirement to provide services close to the user. In addition, cybersecurity emerges as a very important research issue in the context of European strategic autonomy, cutting across the various building blocks of such a device-network-service infrastructure, with blurring boundaries between these constituting elements.  In terms of operational implementation, it is envisaged that this partnership will build on the successful structures of the 5G PPP with an extended scope and strategic reinforcement.

Against this background, the workshop will contribute to:

  • Identify the needed technological elements of the future network and services infrastructure;
  • identify how the various domains of research work (next-generation IoT, networks beyond 5G, next-generation cloud computing) and infrastructure elements complement each other within a comprehensive system perspective;
  • assess how new service paradigms (e.g. industrial applications and ultra-low latency, local user data control, automation..) and related technological implementation (edge computing, AI assisted applications..) impact on the architecture of the future and discuss the research and scientific implications;
  • identify the strategic industrial opportunities for the various domains, i.e. how research activities can be leveraged towards industrial know how and products in Europe;
  • assess the core technological roadblocks and the constituents of an upcoming roadmap leading to eventual delivery of such converged platform by 2030;
  • identify the main security challenges and associated technological approaches/R&I challenges for such a roadmap.

Other core technologies (radio, virtualisation, AI, etc.) may be addressed ad hoc but will be subject of a more in depth follow up event before the end of the year in view of progressing the target SRIA.

The main deliverable of this event should consist in a comprehensive overview of the scope of activities leading to technologies of future Smart Network and Services infrastructure with the associated constitutive building blocks and related technological R&I and scientific challenges to be addressed with a 2030 perspective.

Confirmed speakers include:
Peter Stuckmann (EC), Bernard Barani (EC), Benny Koren (Mellanox), Emmanuel Dottaro (Thales), Fabio Martinelli (CNR), Ghassan Karame (NEC), Josef Urban (Nokia), Joseph Eichinger (Huawei), Luis Barriga (Ericsson), Nicola Ciulli (Nextworks), Ovidiu Vermesan (Sintef), Rui Aguiar (Instituto de Telecomunicações & Networld2020), Werner Mohr (Nokia & Networld2020).

Agenda: link to the agenda here

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Brussel, Belgium

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