25 years of ITEA:
PO Days through time
Celebrating 25 years of international collaboration
The ITEA Project Outline Preparation Days (PO Days) 2023 in Berlin marked not only another successful edition but also provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate ITEA’s 25th anniversary: 25 years of international collaboration. Over this period, the ITEA Community has grown to over 2000 unique project partners, creating huge impact and changing businesses and lives - but also leading to new long-lasting partnerships and friendships along the way. On 12 and 13 September, nearly 300 representatives from organisations from 18 different countries gathered to prepare new RD&I proposals for ITEA Call 2023 and to work together towards the next innovative solutions.
The ITEA PO Days continued the legacy of success that has defined ITEA throughout its 25 years of history, bringing together a good mix of ‘seasoned veterans’ and newcomers experiencing the spirit and impact of the PO Days for the first time. This journey and what makes the PO Days special are best envisioned through their eyes.
A quarter of a century of innovation through the eyes of the ITEA Community
Experienced ITEA members share their stories, giving us a glimpse into ITEA's past. Having attended numerous PO Days throughout the years, Frans-Jozef Stewing from MATERNA shares his perspective:
Andy De Mets of Barco echoes this sentiment:
It is also insightful to hear directly from PO Days veterans about the evolution, structure, setup, and historical perspective of the event. Stefan van Baelen, a committed participant in ITEA's PO Days since 2009, representing IMEC, offers his historical perspective:
Erik Rodenbach, ITEA Programme Coordinator since 2000, who has been part of ITEA almost since its establishment, provides comprehensive insights into the origins and early development of ITEA and the early PO Days.
Welcoming newcomers to the ITEA family
Having attended the ITEA PO Days for the first time, Manzoor Ahmed, CEO of HIGOE, is pleased with the outcome of his debut participation at the ITEA PO Days and looks forward to future engagements.
Furthermore, Katelyn Petersen, COO at RUNWITHIT Synthetics, another first-time participant, shared her positive impressions of the 2023 ITEA PO Days in Berlin:
In this year's ITEA PO Days, Public Authorities (PAs) showed remarkable dedication once again. PAs from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Türkiye and the United Kingdom attended the event, underscoring their unwavering commitment to the ITEA PO Days. Estonia's first presence added a fresh perspective. Tiiu Treier, head of international cooperation and funding office at Enterprise Estonia, shared her experience:
Exploring and celebrating 25 years of impact
These PO Days were an excellent opportunity for the ITEA Community to celebrate ITEA’s 25 years of ground-breaking innovation, which only has been possible through the strong international collaboration within the ITEA Community. As ITEA would not have existed without its valuable Community and its strong projects, we invited our Community members to share consortia pictures, quotes and stories. A collage with photos demonstrating international collaboration and friendship was shown at the end of ITEA Chairwoman Zeynep Sarilar’s ‘25 years of ITEA’ speech at the end of day one. After that, we celebrated this unique international collaboration with the ITEA PO Days participants during a social gathering.
Highlights of ITEA's impact
For many years, ITEA projects have resulted in cutting-edge innovations that have impact on society and the economy. In addition to sparking new innovative ideas, the ITEA PO Days 2023 also offered a glimpse into the remarkable accomplishments of running and recently finished ITEA projects at the exhibition ‘Highlights of the ITEA impact’ taking place on 13 September. Guided tours were organised to let people explore the projects during the exhibition.
ITEA Chairwoman, Zeynep Sarılar, comments:
The PO Days 2023 also provided the opportunity to have a look at the great achievements of ITEA projects that were recently completed.
On Wednesday 13 September, during the ITEA Awards of Excellence ceremony, we celebrated the exceptional outcomes of ITEA’s three most outstanding software innovation projects that finished between mid-2022 and mid-2023.
This year's award winners are:
Industrial-grade Verification and Validation of Evolving Systems
- Project leader
- Philips Medical Systems Nederland B.V. (NLD)
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly increasing and, in many domains, we are experiencing the strong benefits of AI, including reduction in human error, 24/7 availability, unbiased decisions and faster decision-making. On the other side, more and more questions are being raised concerning the use of AI and how to make sure it is safe and correct. This is especially the case for fields like transportation, finance, healthcare, industrial automation, and cyber security, which are strictly regulated domains as a mistake can have huge consequences. The ITEA project IVVES has developed new verification and validation methods, ensuring the trustworthiness and reliability of AI and ML in these environments. IVVES received the ITEA Award of Excellence 2023 for Innovation.
An intelligent platform for additive manufacturing
- Project leader
- 3DSemantix (CAN)
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing in industrial production, is a rapidly progressing technology through which digital designs are directly transformed into physical objects. AM opens the door to customised products, rapid prototyping and innovative production solutions. As demand for 3D printed parts grows, it is a challenge to balance certified manufacturing with cost reduction. Many actors in the field lack awareness of new advancements, whilst reconciling data collection and reuse with intellectual property protection is difficult. The ITEA project SAMUEL has created innovative solutions to help additive manufacturing users learn more and improve their work, thereby making the whole process more consistent, reliable and trustworthy. SAMUEL is also a winner of the ITEA Award of Excellence 2023 for Innovation.
Bringing the value of IoT to the
world of ports
- Project leader
- Materna Information & Communications SE (DEU)
Ports around the world face numerous challenges, from managing increased cargo demand to ensuring efficiency and sustainability in the face of urbanisation and labour management issues. The ITEA project I²PANEMA, comprising 17 partners from Germany, Spain and Türkiye, has integrated IoT solutions and new services for data handling in ports to enhance efficiency, sustainability and supply chain resilience in various port business cases. With a focus on data management and analysis, the project has achieved remarkable outcomes, including noise reduction, container localisation and logbook digitalisation. By leveraging IoT, I²PANEMA is revolutionising port operations. I²PANEMA is the winner of the ITEA Award 2023 for Exceptional Excellence as they excelled in innovation, business impact and in standardisation.
ITEA congratulates the ITEA Awards of Excellence winners for their remarkable contributions to a better society!
A bright future for ITEA
Witnessing the ITEA Community come together once again was truly inspiring, reaffirming the continious relevance and influence of the ITEA PO Days 25 years after its establishment.
ITEA looks forward to yet another successful chapter in its history. Good luck to all consortia with the submission of their proposals!
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