Date: June 18-19, 2018
Venue: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, USA

The 2nd Transatlantic Symposium on ICT and Policy – Leveraging People, Technology, and Information for a Smart and Connected Society will be hosted on June 18th – 19th, 2018 by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, USA.  PICASSO is the co-organiser of this symposium – and it will be the final event of PICASSO.

This event will build on the success of the first Trans-Atlantic Symposium on ICT Technology and Policy – 5G Networks, Big Data, Internet of Things and Cyber Physical Systems for a smart society, held in Minneapolis, MN, USA on June 19th and 20th, 2017 and will convene leaders in government, academia, and industry, this time around the theme of leveraging people, technology, and information for a smart and connected society.

The symposium will explore key ICT topics for bilateral cooperation, as well as cross-cutting issues including policy aspects and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce issues. This two-day event will include keynotes, panel discussions, and interactive workshops to facilitate knowledge exchange.

Five key topics were selected, based on the outcomes of the first Trans-Atlantic Symposium on ICT and Technology and Policy as well as on the stated policy priorities of the US and EU.  Conference attendees will discuss cooperation with a focus on innovative early-stage research in the following areas:

  • Cybersecurity, including security and information assurance.
  • Big Data, including management, analytics, and visualization.
  • Cyber-physical Systems and Internet of Things (IoT), including IoT-enabled smart cities.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI), including autonomous systems, robotics, and machine learning.
  • 5G and Beyond, including network infrastructure.

Beyond these 5 topics, the symposium will explore cross-cutting opportunities and challenges relevant to both bilateral cooperation and individual competitiveness. These include:

  • Policy considerations to US-EU cooperation such as privacy, security, and standardization.
  • Expanding support for open science, including open data and citizen science initiatives.
  • Expanding the STEM workforce to support all citizens, including women and other underrepresented groups.

Underpinning assumption of this event is the fact that the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) are partners with a shared history and culture who face similar challenges in areas such as security, economic development, and innovation. Working together on key aspects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and policy can strengthen each partner individually while enhancing the relationship between allies.

Organizing Committee:

Dr. Anne Bowser (Wilson Center, USA) – Chair
Dr. Tariq Samad (Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota, USA) – Co-Chair
Svetlana Klessova (inno TSD, France) – Co-Chair

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Engell (TU Dortmund, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Fettweis (TU Dresden, Germany)
Dr. Haydn Thompson (THHINK, United Kingdom)
Dr. Nikos Sarris (Athens Technology Centre, Greece)
Maarten Botterman (GNKS, the Netherlands)
Christine Caly (Florida International University, USA)
Margot Bezzi (APRE, Italy)

The event will be supported by a number of organisations.
If you wish to become co-organiser, contact Svetlana Klessova, PICASSO project coordinator  ( s.klessova (at) )

More information is to come soon…