Trans-Atlantic Symposium on ICT Technology and Policy (June 19-20, 2017)

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Goals of the Symposium

The “Trans-Atlantic Symposium on ICT Technology and Policy – 5G Networks, Big Data, Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems for a Smart Society”, organised by the European Commission-funded PICASSO project, hosted by the Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota, and co-sponsored by additional EU and US organisations, has covered the spectrum from research assessments via commercialisation opportunities to policy issues in information and communication technologies (ICT) such as 5G networks, Big Data, and the Internet of Things (IoT)/cyber-physical systems (CPS).

In addition to PICASSO, session organisers included BILAT USA 4.0, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, and Clean Energy Economy Minnesota.

Comprising a combination of plenary and parallel sessions, the symposium has set focus on impacts for a smart society and related industry sectors.

The event also presented “opportunity reports”, including prioritisation of R&D and application needs, and recommended areas for EU-US collaboration, that have recently been prepared by the PICASSO Expert Groups in IoT/CPS, 5G networks, Big Data and Policy.

Why attend?  

  • Learn the latest about:
    • Technology developments and research priorities in key ICT areas
    • Customer needs in smart-society sectors
    • Possibilities for harmonised approaches to ICT policy issues
    • New international collaboration and program opportunities
  • Meet high-level technical and policy experts, leaders from industry and academia, and policy makers from the EU and the US
  • Showcase your achievements, find new partners, enhance your network!

More detailed information:

How to attend

Online registration was mandatory and could be completed online.
Seats were limited and attributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration fee: The registration fee of USD 200.00 covered event participation, lunches and breaks on both days, and the networking reception on June 19th.
A discounted registration fee of USD 75.00 was available for students.

Travel grants for US graduate students were made available, thanks to the U.S. National Science Foundation.


The symposium was held at the McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak Street S.E., Minneapolis, USA.

Main Sponsors:

……PICASSO_EC for Symposium

PICASSO_NSF for symposium

News and Updates

Organizing Committee

Chair: Tariq Samad, University of Minnesota, USA
[email protected]

Co-chair: Svetlana Klessova, inno TSD, France
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Margot Bezzi, APRE, Italy
Eva Fadil, inno TSD, France
Nick Spase, Univ. of Minnesota, USA

Topic leads

5G Networks:

  • Gerhard Fettweis, Tech. Univ. Dresden, Germany
  • Amitava Ghosh, Nokia, USA

Big Data:

  • Nikos Sarris, Athens Technology Center, Greece
  • Andreas Metzger, Univ. of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Lea Shanley, South BD Hub, USA
  • Stanley Ahalt, South BD Hub, USA


  • Sebastian Engell, Tech. Univ. Dortmund, Germany
  • Tariq Samad, Univ. of Minnesota, USA


  • Maarten Botterman, GNKS Consult, The Netherlands
  • David Farber, Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA

Advisory Board

  • Massoud Amin, Univ. of Minnesota, USA
  • Christine I. Caly-Sanchez, Florida Int’l Univ., USA
  • Amit Kulkarni, Honeywell International, USA
  • Haydn Thompson, THHINK Wireless Technologies, United Kingdom
  • Dan Nagy, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, USA

Sponsors & Partners:

AIOTI  Bilat  CEE MN  College of S&E_USM  IEEE  CSS  IEEE 5G    IMS logo