EU-China thematic workshop on IoT – London – June 19, 2014

This 1st CHOICE workshop, focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) topic, was organised under the aegis of the European Commission, with the support of the EU-China ICT FIRE FP7 project.

The EU-China FIRE project aims at strengthening cooperation in the Future Internet Research and Experiment (FIRE) and IoT is one important area of cooperation.

The EU-China Thematic Workshop on the Internet of Things took place on June 19, 2014 as part of the IoT Week organised on June 16-20, 2014 at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in the centre of London.

The objectives of this workshop was to:

  • Generate policy dialogues by facilitating the interaction between European and Chinese Officials
  • Promote European research excellence in IoT while focusing on European research of relevance to China in order to support policy dialogues
  • Discuss cooperation in FIRE (Experimental Platforms) between EU and China for IoT
  • Propose self-sustaining mechanisms for strengthening EU-China ICT research collaboration in the Internet of Things area

Download the event flyer here.

Agenda & proceedings

10:00 – EU-China IoT research cooperation

Moderated by Camille Torrenti, Project Director, Sigma Orionis

Keynote speeches from the European Commission and MIIT

  • Peter Friess, Project Officer, Internet of Things, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Shengduo Yu, Vice Director, Chinese Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) of MIIT

Keynote speeches from the EU-China IoT Advisory Group

  • Xueli Zhang, Director, IoT Department and EU-China IoT Advisory Group, CATR/MIIT
  • Philippe Cousin, EU-China FIRE Project Leader, EU-China IoT Advisory Group

EU-China FP7 projects on ICT research – Focus on IoT

11:00 – Coffee break    

11:30 – EU-China research excellence in the area of Internet of Things

Moderated by Thomas Owens, CHOICE Project Coordinator, Brunel University 

On-going EU projects specialized in IoT

  • Ovidiu Vermesan, European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things (IERC) Coordinator, SINTEF
  • Pedro Malo, EAR-IT Project Coordinator, Uninova
  • Christoph Thuemmler, FI-STAR Medical Director, Edinburgh Napier University

Chinese excellence in IoT R&D

  • Markus Dillinger, R&D expert on IoT, Huawei
  • Jianning Zhang, Secretary-General, IoT Industry alliance in ZhongGuanCun
  • Lan Chen, Director of the 7th Research Lab of Institute of MicroElectronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Xia Wenhuan, Business Development Director, Transpacific IP Group

13:00 – Lunch break                                                                                                                       

14:00 – Panel Discussions on EU-China IoT R&D collaboration mechanisms 

Moderated by Philippe Cousin and Xueli Zhang 

The panel discussions was structured around the following three main topics. Participants were invited to join on to discuss the potential for collaboration on the following areas:

    1. Research cooperation: Research topics such as ID, ARM
    2. Twinning operational cooperations: Test beds cooperation, twinning project, large Scale projects, Smart cities
    3. Application focus cooperation: Discussion on eHealth

This session aimed at identifying concrete funding mechanisms to support the emergence of possible short-term projects on EU-China research cooperation in IoT.

15:00 – Wrap-up & Recommendations

Working groups conclusions

by Philippe Cousin and Xueli Zhang, EU-China IoT Advisory Group

Roadmap, opportunities & closing remarks

  • Thomas Owens, CHOICE Project Coordinator, Brunel University

Post Workshop Report

Click here to access the CHOICE EU-China Thematic Workshop on the Internet of Things Post Report.

Photo Gallery

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The audience of the EU-China Thematic Workshop on Internet of Things was composed of:

  • Policy stakeholders: European Commission and Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) officials, EU-China IoT Advisory Group
  • Main research stakeholders from Europe and China specialized in the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • CHOICE project Advisory Board and CHOICE/ECIAO project partners

Click here to download the CHOICE EU-China Thematic Workshop on the Internet of Things attendee list.

IoT Week 2014

The IoT Week originated in European IoT Research Cluster to become the pre-eminent event attracting industry and academia from around the world.

The 2014 edition hosted in London on June 16-20,2014, continued the journey: 
(i) bringing focus to the emerging opportunities; 
(ii) connecting the global business and research communities innovating at the boundaries of IoT; (iii) promoting international collaboration and addressing societal and market issues.

Useful links: presentation / programme / registration / venue and accommodation

Venue & Accommodation

The EU-China Thematic Workshop on the Internet of Things took place in London:

The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel 
45 Prescot Street, London, E1 8GP

The Grange Tower Bridge is a brand new 5-star hotel, situated close to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in London’s historic core. 

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