Trans-Atlantic Symposium on Technology and Policy for a Smart Society

Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
June 19-20, 2017

New developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) are global game-changers. At the vanguard of the revolution are innovations such as the 5G networks, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) / cyber-physical systems (CPS).

Within the framework of the EU-funded project PICASSO,  and hosted by the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) at the University of Minnesota, this symposium will cover the spectrum from research assessments to commercialization opportunities to policy issues in these technologies, with particular focus on impacts for a smart society and related industry sectors.

In particular, the scope of the symposium includes the following topics:

  • The landscape of relevant ICT projects and programs in the US and EU
  • Project and activity highlights and recommended avenues for collaboration in 5G networks, big data, and IoT/CPS
  • Applications to “smart societies,” especially smart cities, smart energy, smart manufacturing, smart transportation, and other highly automated/autonomous systems
  • Facilitating academia-industry collaboration, technology transfer, commercialization, and global impact across industries and society
  • Policy aspects of ICT – including privacy, security, standardization, and spectrum – facilitating better collaboration across the Atlantic.

Over 100 attendees are expected, among ICT R&D leaders in industry and academia, entrepreneurs and managers, policy makers and government representatives, engineers and scientists, and all those interested in enhancing their international networks for future collaborations!


Call for Sessions

The symposium will comprise a combination of plenary sessions and parallel tracks and sessions. We invite groups and individuals to organize sessions and tracks related to the scope of the symposium.  These can be used, for example, to showcase achievements of the participating groups, to further scientific, policy, and business priorities, and to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

  • Symposium sessions can consist of presentations and/or panel discussions and can be one or two hours in duration.
  • Symposium tracks can be organized for half-day or longer durations and can include multiple (sequential) sessions.

The symposium organizers are available to discuss ideas and encourage interested groups to contact the symposium chair and co-chair directly. To know more, read in detail our Call for Sessions.

Discover more on PICASSO website’s dedicated page

PICASSO has been financed with support from the European Commission. PICASSO brings together prominent specialists willing to contribute to enhancement of EU-US ICT collaboration. PICASSO does not represent EU or US policy makers, and the views put forward do not necessarily represent the official view of the European Commission or US Government on the subject. PICASSO cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of information granted.