Future Internet Assembly
The European Future Internet Assembly (FIA), is a collaboration between projects that have recognised the need to strengthen European activities on the Future Internet to maintain European competitiveness in the global marketplace. FIA events are organised twice a year as a conference where people from the different research domains meet each other and discuss cross cutting research results and trends in an interactive manner.

Currently FIA brings together around 150 research projects that are part of Challenge 1 of the ICT programme of 7th Framework Programme. These projects are advancing the state of the art in: The network of the future, Cloud Computing, Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering, Internet-connected objects, Trustworthy ICT, Networked Media and Search Systems, Socio-economic considerations for the Future Internet, Application domains for the Future Internet, Future Internet Research and Experimentation.

FIA is open to all researchers engaged in Future Internet research to contribute and participate towards FIA's goals.

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Session 3.3 - When infrastructure meets the user
When infrastructure meets the user pdf

Poznan, October 26th 2011, 09:00 -11:00

Title of the workshop:

When infrastructure meets the user

Format of the workshop:

Interactive and moderated panel discussion with some preliminary presentations introducing the main objectives of the workshop. The interactive panel comprises some short presentations, followed by an interactive discussion with the audience based on a list of questions.

Problem Statement and Objectives of the workshop

This session will address the need for broad based participation into the requirement specification and co-creation of the technology platform to support multiple use cases and add value for regional and European users, while advancing the implementation of the Digital Agenda in Europe.

Future Internet Public-Private Partnership Programme (FI-PPP), The European Network of Living Labs as well as the European e-health community have a shared agenda of addressing the wicked problems of our time with innovative application of technology in multi-stakeholder networks.

The communities bring together the major industrial stakeholders, public sector, research institutes and SMEs into a new type of innovation ecosystem. This is realised through tight collaboration and user involvement in the creation of sustainable and scalable platforms, concepts and business models that can be shared, reused, and made interoperable for current and future developers and users across Europe and beyond. Open innovation and user engagement demonstrates a key potential to bridge the gap between research and development of Internet technologies and actually using Internet-based applications for societal and economic benefits.

FI PPP accommodates for dialogue between the demand and supply side users in development of the open technology platform. Living Labs are real-life test and experimentation environments where users and producers co-create innovations, and where exploration of emerging usages, behaviours and market opportunities are continuously tackled. Furthermore, health care technology development is by definition user driven, with special emphasis on user experience.

Target Outcome

-  Identification of alternative avenues for FI PPP, Living Labs, e-health community and other FI WG and communities to work together for maximal societal and economic impact
-  Identification of common assets and priorities of the different communities
-  Sharing best practices on how to support the research and development projects to grow into sustainable business integrating the demand side (user and citizen centric approach) in the whole innovation process.
-  Identify the technological and non-technological challenges to face in the preparation and implementation of the Future Internet PPP large scale trials (phase 2).


1.    How existing Living Labs can support the way we build the Future Internet and how they have to evolve to be aligned with FI roadmap and architecture?
2.    How FI PPP can ensure that it will support emerging (e-health) needs in the future?
3.    What are the common assets and priorities that we share across the programmes and communities?
4.    How can the active participation of users and SMEs support to speed up the process for turning RDI results into sustainable businesses aligned with Europe 2020 main pillars (Smart growth, sustainable growth, Inclusive Growth)? What are the best practices for turning RDI results into sustainable business?
5.    What are the technological and methodological tools that can help us to integrate the demand side (users and SMEs) in the design of the FI services of the Future?
6.    What are the instruments/technologies/driving forces, which can substantially move up any application domain (e.g eHealth) towards overcoming barriers in RDI through large-scale trials with social participation
7.    What supporting mechanisms do you have in place to foster entrepreneurship and SME support

The results of this session will be reflected in a whitepaper.

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Session organisers:

  • CONCORD, , Aalto University, Tel. +358 40 3538 369
  • CONCORD and ENoLL, , ENoLL, tel. +32 470 193 118
  • eHealth, , Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, tel. +48 61 858 20 30

Target audience:

  • The European Future Internet development community and interest groups by large.
  • FIPPP Community
  • Living Lab community
  • Smart Cities community
  • eHealth community

Build on previous FIA sessions:

FI PPP Session in Budapest. The session introduced the newly launched Programme. This session will elaborate on the programme objectives and progress, and will focus on the challenges for the preparation of phase 2 and 3 large-scale trials.

Draft Agenda

Keynote speakers (15-20 min)
Setting the scene: Introducing the three different communities and objectives of the session

Introductory presentations:

  • FI PPP as a platform for co-creating future internet applications and services. Dr. Petra Turkama (CONCORD project coordinator)
  • Living Labs: turning Future Internet into sustainable businesses bringing technological, societal and economical transformation. Mr Jarmo Eskelinen, Forum Virium Helsinki, ENoLL Vice-President
  • Innovative ICT platform for emerging eHealth services. Towards overcoming technical and social barriers and solving grand challenges in medicine Dr. Cezary Mazurek (Technical Coordinator of Wielkopolska Center for Telemedicine project)
2-PANEL: When infrastructure meets the user (1 h 40 min)

3-4-minute position (40 minutes), followed by discussion (50 min)


  • Prof Dr Pieter Ballon (Apollon project coordinator. Secretary of ENoLL)
  • Dr Federico Alvarez (Infinity Project Coordinator)
  • Annika Sallstrom (TEFIS and FIREBALL projects view)
  • Prof. Alvaro Oliveira (ENoLL President)
  • Nick Wainwright (Future Internet Roadmap group)
  • Mike Boniface (Future Internet Socio Economics group)
  • Dr. Denis Havlik (ENVIROFI Technical Coordinator)
  • Mr. Joe Gorman (SINTEF and representative of Universaal Project)
  • Juliusz Pukacki (PSNC and representative of pMedicine Project)
  • Mr. Murat Kalender (ATOS Research and representative of PISCES Project) (TBC)

Wrap-up and Conclusions (10 min)

Invitation to participate as contributors of the whitepaper and follow-up actions.




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