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Innovation Forum on Future Internet Technologies and Services (NET-FIT)

Innovation Forum on Future Internet Technologies and Services (NET-FIT)
Forum Telecom, Lisbon, February 23, 2010

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Objectives of the Forum:

The goal of the Thematic Network “Innovation Network for Future Internet Technologies and Services (NET-FIT)” is to gather the expertise of Portuguese research centers, private companies and government agencies in order to place Portugal at the forefront of innovation in key technologies and services for the Future Internet.

The relevance of the Internet for our economy, employment and day-to-day affairs of our citizens is now undisputed. In the future, the global network shall integrate not only a fiber optical backbone, wireless access points and large information systems, but also social networks, intelligent objects, sensor-based cyber-physical systems and communication-enabled vehicles.

To maximize the benefits of these new generation networks, NET-FIT shall promote an inter-disciplinary approach, in which engineers, scientists, economists or psychologists can collaborate actively towards the development of new equipment, software architectures and practical applications. Sensitive to the risks of info-exclusion, these technologies should generate new products, services and business opportunities for all kinds of users.

For this purpose, NET-FIT relies on the ongoing research projects and graduate education courses supported since 2006 by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia under the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program. More than 100 researchers and about 150 graduate students are currently involved in the activities sponsored by this public-private partnership. It is our goal to continue attracting talented students and researchers from all over the world, thus gathering the necessary critical mass and ensuring high-impact contributions to science, technology and economic development.

Thematic events shall be organized on a yearly basis at participating institutions to exchange information about research outcomes and technology transfer activities. The thematic network shall also publish new materials for researcher, decision makers and the general public.
09:00-09:30 Check-in, Morning Coffee and Networking

09:30-09:40 Opening Session

Alfredo Baptista, CTO, Portugal Telecom

Manuel Heitor, State Secretary of Science, Technology and Higher Education

09:40-10:00 Guest Presentation

Franco Accordino, Direction “Emerging Technologies & Infrastructures”,
DGINSO, European Commission

10:00-11:00 Roundtable Discussion I – Future Internet Technologies


João Barros (moderator), National Director, Carnegie Mellon | Portugal program

Luis Caires, CITI, FCTUNL

António Vidigal, CEO, EDP Inovação

João Marques, Nokia Siemens Networks, Portugal

Pedro Veiga, Director, FCCN

Rui L. Aguiar, IT, Universidade de Aveiro

11:00-11:40 Coffee Break with Poster and Demo Session

Collaborative Research Projects of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program and Portuguese participation in the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission

11:40-12:40 Roundtable Discussion II – Future Internet Services


Luis Magalhães (moderator), President, UMIC

Alcino Lavrador, CEO, PT Inovação

J. Basílio Simões, CEO, ISA

Pedro Veiga, Director, FCCN

Pradeep Khosla, Carnegie Mellon

Pedro Ferreira, IST/UTL

12:40-13:00 Closing Remarks

Jared Cohon, President of Carnegie Mellon University

Carlos Alves Duarte, Board Member of Portugal Telecom

José Mariano Gago, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education (*)

(*) To be confirmed.

To register for the event please fill out the form.
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