PICASSO will provide a forum and a collaborative platform for ICT communities and ongoing EU (H2020) and US-funded projects, cluster and other networks, focusing on key enabling technologies – 5G Networks, Big Data and IoT/CPS as related to pressing societal challenges.
Industrial drivers and societal needs will be analysed, policy gaps highlighted and ways forward proposed, trends and most important topics for the future will be proposed and discussed, involving the ICT industry in EU and US.
A tool named “CROSSROADS” will be prepared to support interested companies as well as other organizations – research institutes, business support organisations … – in exploiting collaboration opportunities. An Opportunity Report will be prepared, pointing out new avenues for EU-US research, innovation and policy collaboration, and a set of activities on both the strategic and the operational level will be implemented, oriented to the needs of ICT industry – e.g. proposing exclusive bilateral or open EU-US funding schemes, needs for standardization activities and interoperability issues, disseminating best practice examples, creating awareness of the policies and their differences between the EU and the US, providing information on collaboration and funding opportunities.
Specific ICT-related policy proposals will be developed and discussed with policy makers.
To achieve the project objectives, the PICASSO consortium mobilizes for the duration of the project and on a regular basis an outstanding community of ICT actors – representatives of the ICT industries from EU and US, domain experts, end-users and policy specialists, as well as representatives of the PPPs and research and innovation networks, both from the EU and the US. They are organized in four PICASSO EU-US Expert Groups that support the core consortium:
- Three EU-US thematic ICT Expert Groups focus on the strategic ICT technology areas 5G Networks, Big Data, and IoT/CPS, in relation to the societal challenges. Each group will include prominent experts from the EU and the US.
- The EU-US ICT Policy Expert Group includes highly experienced policy specialists from the EU and the US, with specific experience in Internet governance, cyber security, standards and interoperability, data privacy, and ethics.
The expert groups in the technology domains and the policy expert group will interact closely to identify policy gaps in the technology domains and to take measures to stimulate the policy dialogue in these areas. This will lead to a synergy between experts in ICT policies and in ICT technologies which is a unique feature of PICASSO.
The views of the groups will be integrated in joint working sessions in order to identify gaps and opportunities and to provide a map of challenges, open problems, and needs for future policies and strategic EU-US initiatives, both policy- and research-related. Cross-industry and cross-application findings will be captured thanks to the interactions within and between the groups.