CHOICE Final Event – Lisbon – October 19/ 20-22, 2015

CHOICE successfully organised its final event “Providing continuous progress in strengthening China collaboration on ICT RDI with Europe”, which took place in Lisbon (Portugal).

The project final event was two-fold:

Concept & Objectives

On October 19th, the main conference provided all attendees with an opportunity to discuss and exchange on best practices related to EU-China cooperation in the field of ICT RDI. The event, held at the AIP-CCI Headquarters the day prior to the opening of ICT 2015 (i) provided access to the latest information on future opportunities for EU-China collaboration in ICT RDI within the framework of Horizon 2020, (ii) showcased success cases and (iii) discussed priority topics in the field. Participants also had the opportunity to further interact with the speakers and network with other attendees to initiate joint projects.

Target audience

  • Policy-makers & funding agencies
  • ICT R&D communities:

– Research institutes

– Independent researchers

– Students and universities involved in ICT R&D

– Industry stakeholders belonging to ETPs, JTIs, ICT clusters, associations and alliances, etc,

  • Similar projects and initiatives supported by the EC and EU MS or AC.

Agenda & proceedings

09:30-10:00  Registration & Welcome coffee

10:00-10:15  Welcome address, Sara Medina, Member of the Board, SPI (Portugal)

Moderated by Sérgio Martins Alves, Executive Director, Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry

10:15-10:45  CHOICE – Support and strengthen China Collaboration on ICT research with Europe, Thomas Owens, CHOICE Project Coordinator, Brunel University (UK)

10:45-11:00  Keynote speech: Future Opportunities for EU-China Collaboration in ICT RDI in Horizon 2020, Morten Moller, Head of the Programme Coordination Unit, DG Connect, European Commission

11:00-11:15  Keynote speech: China’s Policy on ICT development, Ricardo Gao, Director, Science & Technology Section, China Embassy of Portugal

11:15-11:30   Keynote speech: EU-China ICT Cooperation status and perspectives: opportunities for EU partnersZhiqin Wang, Secretary General, CAICTIMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Association (China)

11:30-12:45   Experience sharing of EU-China collaboration in ICT RDI (Part 1)

Moderated by Marion Le Claireq, Deputy Project Manager, Sigma Orionis 

12:45 -13:45   Networking Lunch

13:45-15:30    Experience sharing of EU-China collaboration in ICT RDI (Part 2)

Moderated by Xueli Zhang, Director, CATR/MIIT

15:30-15:45   Coffee break

15:45-17:00  Experience sharing of EU-China collaboration in ICT RDI (Part 3)

Moderated by Francisco Rocha, International Consultant, SPI

17:00-17:15    Concluding Remarks & Way forward, Sara Medina, Member of the Board, SPI (Portugal)

17:15-17:45    Networking




Thomas Owens
Brunel University LondonDirector of Teaching and Learning, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering


Thomas Owens is the Director of Teaching and Learning, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London.

In his current role, his responsibilities include: development of the Departmental strategies relating to teaching and holding executive responsibility for the implementation of the Departmental Education Plan; fostering innovation together with income and impact generating activities; ensuring the enhancement over time of the quality and standards of the educational opportunities and student experience provided by the Department.

Thomas joined Brunel in 1987 and is a Senior Lecturer in Communications. He was the Project Coordinator of the IST FP5 STREP Project CONFLUENT, the IST FP6 Integrated Project INSTINCT, and the SSA Project PARTAKE: Assisting Chinese Participation in Converging Systems. He was Project Manager of the IST PSP DTV4All. He is Project Coordinator of the FP7 Support Action CHOICE Strengthening Chinese Collaboration on ICT R&D with Europe. He is the author of more than one hundred refereed articles including 49 journals papers and has supervised 11 doctorates. He was President of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Studies Brazil Europe (IBE), a jointly funded Brazilian EC initiative. In 2012 he taught at Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, as visiting Professor. He is the co-editor of 2012 text: Situational Awareness in Computer Network Defence.

Thomas Owens obtained his PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Strathclyde University in 1986 and obtained a Diploma in Teaching and Course Development in Higher Education from the Institute of Education, University College London, in 1991. 



Sara Medina
Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI)Member of the Board, SPI and SPI Ventures


Dr. Sara Medina is a Member of the Board of Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI), an international consulting Group with offices located in Europe (Portugal and Spain), North America (USA) and Asia (Beijing, Macao and Singapore) and SPI Ventures.

In addition to contributing to the overall management of the SPI Group, Dr. Medina has been responsible for SPI’s activities and services in China and in Southeast Asia since 2004.

Dr. Medina has coordinated projects for public and private sector clients in Europe and around the world, including Asia and Brazil, with a focus on innovation management, regional development, R&D, internationalization, sector studies, establishment of partnerships and policy development. Many of these projects include a focus on Smart City development and ICT and their role in regional development. Dr. Medina is also an invited member of the Access to Risk Finance Advisory Group appointed by the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation. In addition, Dr. Medina is an expert evaluator for Horizon 2020´s SME Instrument.

Dr. Medina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Engineering from the College of Biotechnology in Portugal, a European Master’s Degree in Food Studies from 5 major European Universities and a Ph.D. degree in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida, USA. Dr. Medina has concluded courses on Innovation and Leadership at the Universities of Wharton and Harvard and successfully completed the INSEAD Asia International Executive Programme in Singapore. 



Ricardo Gao
Chinese Embassy of PortugalDirector of Section of Science and Technology 


Ricardo Gao is the director in Section of Science and Technology of the Chinese Embassy of Portugal in Lisbon. He is in charge of the scientific cooperation between China and Portugal.

From 2012 to 2014, he also served as the third secretary in Section of Science and Technology of the Chinese Embassy of Brazil in Brasilia.

From 2007 to 2012, Ricardo Gao worked in the Torch Center of Ministry of Science and Technology of China.

Ricardo Gao has a Bachelor and Master Degree in Agricultural Economy in China Agricultural University. He also did government-sponsored overseas study in Macao Polytechnic Institute and Coimbra University for Portuguese Language and Culture in 2010-2011.



Wang Zhiqin
China Academy of Information and Communications TechnologyDirector of institute of Communication Standards Research


Ms. Wang Zhiqin is the director of Institute of Communication Standards Research of CAICT. She has been dedicated to the pioneering research and practice in the field of mobile communications, and she is specialized in the mobile communications technical research and standards. She manages and takes charge of many mobile communications standardization projects. She is the vice chair of IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Association, TD-LTE expert team. She also is the chair of CCSA wireless technical committee.



Nikolaos Kontinakis
EUROCITIES, Project coordinator


Nikolaos Kontinakis works as a project coordinator for the knowledge society and smart cities projects of EUROCITIES, Brussels. He coordinates the Green Digital Charter initiative and EUROCITIES work for the development of a performance measurement framework for smart cities under the CITYkeys project.

For the last 15 years, he has worked as a project coordinator and researcher in the areas of ICT as well as energy policy and the sustainable development of local authorities.


Martin Potts
Martel Consulting, General Director and Founder


Martin Potts is the Founder and General Director of Martel Consulting. He has a degree in Electronic Engineering and has worked previously for British Telecom (in the UK) and Ascom (in Switzerland). He has been involved with the European Framework Programmes since their original definition in 1985.

He has coordinated many EU projects; mainly in the areas of broadband telecommunications and the Internet.

He was the coordinator of the EU-China FIRE project “ECIAO”, which ran from 2013 – 2015 and had the objective to align Future Internet activities between Europe and China, and encourage technical collaboration. Martin is currently the coordinator of the H2020 project RIFE (architectuRe for an Internet For Everybody), which is concerned with the provision of Internet access in poorly-served regions via satellite.



Xiaohong Huang
Beijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsAssociate Professor


Dr. Xiaohong Huang is currently an associate professor of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) and director of Network and Information Center of Institute of Network Technology, BUPT.

She received her BE degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China, in 2000 and Ph.D degree from the school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2005.

She is now an active research staff in BUPT, mainly working in the area of next generation Internet. She has involved in several research projects, including National 973 project, NSFC, EU FP6-GO4IT, EU FP7-Probe-IT, CNGI projects, and so on. Dr. Huang and her team have participated the Grid Plugtests contest, which is organized by ETSI, for 3 years, and won several prizes. She is also actively involving in the organization of International Plugtest event, for example 6LoWPAN and CoAP plugtest.

Dr. Huang has more than 100 papers to different conferences and journals dedicated to key technologies in next generation Internet, performance analysis and network management. She is the reviewer for various journals and the TPC member and reviewer for several international conferences.

She is currently one of the steering group members in ASIA FI, and member of CCF (China Computer Federation) and CAAI (Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence).



Álvaro Oliveira


Álvaro de Oliveira holds a M.Sc. in electronic engineering and a Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the University of London. He is a visiting Professor at Aalto University, Helsinki at Department of Architecture. He has published more than 160 papers, books and other publications. He spent 10 years as an academic at the Universities of London, Lisbon and Maputo.

He worked 10 years in the industry namely managing a large American ICT engineering and manufacturing operation. Consultant to the Board of IT International companies (IBM, Ericsson, Nokia, Vodafone, Timex and Marconi). For 8 years he was an adviser to the Portuguese Minister of Industry and Energy, having been involved in National and Regional Innovation Policies, strategies and projects for the modernization of the Portuguese industry. Furthermore he has been working closely with the World Bank as a Senior Advisor, under the umbrella of a Partnership Agreement he has established for the domains of: Innovation, Living Labs, TICs and Human Smart Cities.

He has been a founding member of the European Network of Living Labs, and has served as President for two mandates being currently President Emeritus, responsible for the International Chair of ENoLL. He created and leads the Human Smart Cities movement and is a board Member of the Connected Smart Cities Network.

He coordinates several partnerships and projects to develop and implement Human Smart Cities in 27 European cities located in 17 countries. He is very actively involved in extending the Human Smart Cities initiative to Brazil and Latin America. . He is the CEO of Alfamicro, a company operating in the Innovation domain at research, engineering and implementation levels and Smart City Services a start-up recently created focused on Human Smart Cities: policies, technologies, methodologies for full scale implementation.



Manuel Nery Nina
AlfamicroProject Manager & H2020 Expert


Manuel Nina has a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico of Lisbon, specializing in Industrial Production.

Manuel was a technical assistant in the European Parliament and at the Portuguese Parliament on matters of energy policy, electric mobility, innovation and web based social networking.

He later worked as an energy auditor in the residential and healthcare sectors in Portugal.

Manuel is a certified Project Manager Associate by the International Project Management Association and member of its Portuguese Charter, APOGEP.

Since 2011 he has been involved in the project management of several European Commission project such as SAVE ENERGY, PreCo, APOLLON, SMART CAMPUS, TELL ME, STORM CLOUDS, CITY SDK and CITADEL (CIP and FP7) focusing on user-centric open innovation methodologies (Living Labs), user behaviour transformation through ICT towards energy efficiency and Intelligent Lighting for the future Smart City.

He is an expert in Horizon 2020 and provides consultancy for the SME Instrument and Fast Track for Innovation programmes as a representative of ATEKNEA Solutions.



Rafael Mayo Garcia
CIEMATSenior Researcher


Dr. Rafael Mayo García (male) is Senior Researcher at CIEMAT and earned his PhD in Physics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2004). From 2006 he has also been Adjunct Faculty and Honorary Fellow at the same University in the Physics of Materials Department. He has been involved in many experiments in Bulgaria, Sweden and Ireland (funded, among others, by the European Commission with a Marie Curie fellowship). He has also obtained a postdoctoral fellowship in the Spanish Juan de la Cierva Programme.

He is author of 29 scientific articles published in international JCR referenced journals (being cited 180 times) and more than 70 proceedings (being cited 308 times in Google Scholar). He is project coordinator of 2 Spanish R&D IT initiatives and has been involved in several European and National projects working on ICT scientific developments (EGEE-III, EUFORIA, EFDA-ITM, Spanish e-Science Network) and even on managerial activities as Work Package Manager and/or member of Executive Boards (EELA, EELA-2, EPIKH, GISELA, CHAIN, CHAIN-REDS, BETTY). He also has served to several institutions as evaluator for their competitive calls, European Commission included.



Tony Graziano
Huawei TechnologyVice-President, Public Affairs and Communication


Tony Graziano is Huawei’s Brussels office VP of Public affairs and Communications.

In his current role, Tony’s responsibilities include leading the company’s EU representation office in Brussels. His mission is to work with policy makers, regulatory authorities and other institutions to create a favourable political, financial, legal and regulatory environment to foster public and private investment in the digital and broadband industries with a focus on innovation and competitiveness.

Tony joined Huawei from Digitaleurope where he was Director of Public Affairs with specific focus on Technical and Environmental policy/regulation. Tony joined Digitaleurope in 2001 from EACEM (the European Association of the Consumer Electronic Manufacturer) where he was Technical Officer, charged specifically to organise, co-ordinate and administer EACEM’s Technical Committee liaisons with the standardisation institutes and EU legislators, as well as to provide expert information and advice on regulatory issues.

Before joining EACEM in 1998, he spent nine years at Matsushita Electric (Panasonic) Television Division, where he held senior European and international positions. Prior to joining Panasonic, he was a project engineer with AB Electronics Newport, UK, working on communication and IT products. He began his career in 1987 as a graduate Engineer for AB Electronics.

Tony holds a B.Sc. Honours in Electrical Electronic Engineering and a Master’s certificate in Business administration from the University College of Cardiff, UK.

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Concept & Objectives

The CHOICE booth @ the INCO village during the ICT 2015 event  from October 20 to 22, provided the CHOICE team with the opportunity to showcase project expertise, present latest outcomes to date, and explore opportunities with the visitors willing to engage in EU-China ICT R&D cooperation.

Tools to initiate collaborative ventures in ICT R&D in China were exposed, as well as up-to-date documentation on EU & Chinese research environments and major ICT research topics and priorities. The CHOICE project shed light on important EU-China ICT RDI activities and provided live support and networking opportunities for European organisations willing to develop joint research projects.


On October 20 to 22, the CHOICE booth (#IV.3a) was located at the INCO village of the ICT 2015 event, which took place at the Lisbon Congress Center:


Centro de Congressos de Lisboa (CCL)
Praça Indústrias,
PT-1300-307 Lisboa


ICT 2015 venue

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Thanks to all of you who joined us during CHOICE Final Event! We hope you had the chance to network, follow interesting debates, discover best practices in the field and hear the latest news on the EU-China cooperation in ICT RDI and Horizon 2020’s upcoming calls!