1st CHOICE event “Fostering EU-China Collaborative Innovation in ICT” – Chengdu – October 22-23, 2014

The 1st CHOICE Event “Fostering EU-China Collaborative Innovation in ICT” was organised on October 22-23, 2014 in Chengdu, China, in conjunction with the 9th EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair to identify opportunities to begin processes leading to innovation in ICT through EU-China collaboration.

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Event concept and objectives

To highlight excellence we need to know what it is characterised by. In China, the International S&T Cooperation Programme of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) funds projects with foreign research institutions universities and enterprises to carry out cooperation in R&D:

Attracting outstanding overseas talents and teams to work in China, promoting China’s international scientific and technological cooperation base construction;
Strengthening China’s capacity of indigenous innovation.

European ICT Poles of World-Class Excellence are geographical agglomerations of best performing ICT production, R&D and innovation activities, located in the European Union, which play a central role in global international networks. Excellence in ICT in European terms is built up of high and balanced performance in all activities. So from both the Chinese and European perspectives ICT R&D excellence cannot exist in isolation from excellence in innovation, which in this context means innovation in design, processes and organisational models in manufacturing and services.

The market issue for innovation in ICT in China is a lack of clarity on business models. In terms of the international trade around ICT between the EU and China the issue is a lack of common business models. To clarify the business models we have to look at the entire application delivery chain.

This CHOICE event was the opportunity to identify opportunities to begin processes leading to innovation in ICT through EU-China collaboration. The event promoted the identification of such opportunities by highlighting through presentations examples of what potentially could be done leaving subsequent discussion on what cutting edge ICT can be exploited through EU-China collaboration to industry and the wider commercial sector in sessions promoting matchmaking leading to concrete cooperative actions (in the perspectives of the new Horizon 2020 funding programmes for Research and Innovation) to be now undertaken.

 

Final agenda and proceedings

OCTOBER 22, 2014

09:30 – 09:55  Open Ceremony of the 9th EU-China Business &Technology Cooperation Fair

10:00 – 12:30  Current Policy Developments in EU-China collaboration in ICT R&D&I.

Moderator: : Camille TORRENTI, Executive Director, Sigma Orionis

:: Opening Session

• 10:00-10:10   Philipp BARTH, Head of CONNECT Section – Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Delegation of the European Union to China
• 10:10-10:20   Xiaoping XIU, Deputy Director General (Director General Level), TORCH High Technology Industry Development Centre, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
• 10:20-10:30   Xiaohui YU, Chief Engineer of China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)

:: Keynote Speeches 

• 10:30-10:40 EU research and innovation in ICT an international cooperation perspective (PDF), Philipp BARTH, Head of CONNECT Section – Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Delegation of the European Union to China

• 10:40-10:50 Fostering the development of Smart Process of Chengdu (PDF), Jun ZHENG,  Director,  Section of Internet Management and Informatization

• 10:50-11:05   Introduction of the CHOICE Project (PDF), Thomas OWENS, CHOICE Project Coordinator, Brunel University London

11:05 – 11:20  Coffee Break

:: Panel of initiatives to foster EU-China collaboration in ICT R&D&I
Moderator: Sara MEDINA, Member of the Board, SPI

• 11:20-11:30  The Dragon-Star project (PDF)Epaminondas CHRISTOFILOPOULOS, DRAGON-STAR Project Coordinator, PRAXIS, Greece
• 11:30-11:40   The EU-China FIRE project (PDF), Yu FENG, EU-China FIRE Project, Sigma Orionis, France
• 11:40-11:50  China-Finland ICT Alliance (PDF) Jani KAARLEJARVI, Director, International Coordination, China-Finland ICT Alliance, DIGILE, Finland
• 11:50-12:00  EIT ICT Labs (PDF), Bruno LE DANTEC, Chief Operating Officer, EIT ICT Labs, France
• 12:00-12:10  EURAXESS Links China (PDF), Jacques DE SOYRES, Manager, EURAXESS Links China
• 12:10-12:20  The ORIENT Plus project (PDF), Jie AN, ORIENTplus Project, CERNET, Tsinghua Univ, China
• 12:20-12:30 The CHAIN-REDS project (PDF), Yaodong CHENG, CHAIN-REDS Project, IHEP, China

14:00 – 17:10 EU-China ICT R&D&I research cooperation: thematic sessions on research priorities 

Each session started with a short presentation from key experts in the field (one from EU and one from China) followed by a group discussion on research priorities.

:: Part 1 – Smart Cities & Future Internet/Internet of Things  
Rapporteur/Facilitator: Thomas OWENS, Brunel & Yuming GE, CATR/MIIT

• 14:00-14:10   Key Findings Comparative Study of Smart Cities in Europe and China (PDF), Jeanette WHYTE, Smart City Lead Researcher, EU-China Green Smart City Cooperation Technical Expert Group, Jenesis Consulting
• 14:10-14:20   The Smart City of China Overview (PDF), Jianning ZHANG, Secretary-General, IoT Industry Alliance, ZhongGuanCun Science Park, Beijing, China
• 14:20-14:30   Practical Implications from the Model of “Demonstration-driven Market and Market-generated Services” (PDF), Wei XIONG, General Manager, Chengdu Action Electronics Joint-Stock Co., Ltd. China

• 14:30-14:40   Current Status and Opportunities of Sichuan’s IoT Industry (PDF), Junhua LI, Secretary-General, IOT Industry Development Alliance, Chengdu, China

• 14:40-15:10   Open Discussion – Q&A Session

15:10 – 15:30  Coffee Break

 :: Part 2 – Other topics: 5G, Broadband (ICT Governance /Network Security /Cloud Computing)
Rapporteur/Facilitator: Richard DENG, SPI & Takebumi ITAGAKI, Brunel

• 15:30-15:40  EU-China 5G cooperation (PDF), Antonio GRAZIANO, Vice President of EU public affairs, Huawei European Research Center, Brussels, Belgium

• 15:40-15:50   Wearable ICT: Collaboration and Innovation in EU-China Cooperation (PDF), Shiji XIAHOU, Associate Prof., University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

• 15:50-16:00   Leveraging open source for collaborative software innovation (PDF), Cedric THOMAS, CEO, OW2 Consortium, France

• 16:00-16:10   Exploration of Big O2O Real-time Data Exchange: Technique and Applications (PDF), Fumin SHEN, Senior Researcher, JIT Lab, University of Electronic Science and Technology, China

• 16:10-16:40   Open Discussion – Q&A Session 

:: Part 3 – Wrap-up & Conclusions 

Thematic session conclusions

• Thomas OWENS, CHOICE Project Coordinator, Brunel University London
• Takebumi ITAGAKI,Brunel University London 

Concluding address

•Thomas OWENS, CHOICE Project Coordinator, Brunel University London

•Philipp BARTH, Head of CONNECT section, Delegation of EU to China

 

OCTOBER 23, 2014

9.30-12.00 B2B Matchmaking Session 

14.00-17.00 Escorted visits to the Chengdu High-Tech zone

:: Visit 1: New Generation of Information Technology Experience Center, Chengdu High-Tech Zone

:: Visit 2: Chengdu Action Electronics Joint-Stock Co., Ltd. China

Event report

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Audience

The CHOICE Event brought together 152 participant, including main stakeholders from Europe and China involved in strengthened cooperation in ICT innovation between the two regions:

Industrial companies
Consultancies specialised in service design and deployment
Representatives of national, regional and municipal government in China with responsibility for eco-friendly smart city initiatives, 5G, broadband and Future Internet/IoT
Policy makers from Europe and China
Researchers in the ICT field from universities and research institutes.

Download the attendees list here.

Videos

1st CHOICE Event “Fostering EU-China Collaborative Innovation in ICT”
October 22-23, 2014 – Chengdu, China

• Moderator: Camille TORRENTI, Executive Director, Sigma Orionis
• Philippe BARTH, Head of CONNECT Section – Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Delegation of the European Union to China
• Xiaoping XIU, Deputy Director General (Director General Level), TORCH High Technology Industry Development Centre, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
• Xiaohui YU, Chief Engineer of China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)


 

• Thomas OWENS, CHOICE Project Coordinator, Brunel University London
• Takebumi ITAGAKI, Brunel University London


 

• Thomas OWENS, CHOICE Project Coordinator, Brunel University London
• Philipp BARTH, Head of CONNECT section, Delegation of EU to China

Photos

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In conjunction with the 9th EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair

The EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair has been held for 8 editions, becoming a prominent investment, trade and technology cooperation platform between EU and China.

The 9th Editions of the EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair gave participants the opportunity to learn about market trends and innovations, showcase their projects, plants and products, and initiate cross-border contacts and co-operations with business partners.