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Symposium in Washington of the PICASSO Project

The 2nd Annual Transatlantic Symposium on ICT and Policy “Leveraging People, Technology, and Information for a Smart and Connected Society” was held on June 18-19, 2018 at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, USA.


Hosts for the event were the Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program and the PICASSO project. The event was sponsored by the European Commission, US National Science Foundation, and Mississippi State University. The Symposium attracted 90 participants on site and 380 online viewers. It was also the final event of the PICASSO project in which our group was a partner. The event built on the success of the first Transatlantic Symposium on ICT Technology and Policy, held in Minneapolis, MN, USA on June 19th and 20th, 2017.


This 2nd Symposium explored several key ICT topics for EU-US cooperation, including current and future mutual strategic research priorities and orientations as well as cross-cutting policy issues. Speakers addressed key topic areas critical to global ICT innovation and collaboration: Cybersecurity, Big Data, Cyber-physical Systems and Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, 5G and Beyond, Autonomous Systems, along with Policy issues of global concern, such as privacy, security, standardization, and spectrum. In addition, cross-cutting topics, such as expanding support for citizen science initiatives, the future of ICT development and its impact on society were explored.


Keynote talks were delivered by Peter Fatelnig, Minister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America, and Dawn Tilbury, the head of the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation. The 20+ speakers and panelists included program directors from NSF, industry representatives such as the General Manager for Global Security Strategy at Microsoft, the Director of Strategic Partnership at Uber Technologies and many others; researchers from the University of Minnesota, MIT, Berkeley, and leading European Universities; the leaders of European initiatives such as Big Data Value Association, FIWARE, Cyberwatching.eu, AEGIS, and members of ICANN board of directors; and the leaders of PICASSO Expert Groups in 5G, IoT/CPS, Big Data and Policy.


Videos of the Symposium and its sessions are available on the Wilson Center website and YouTube.


The symposium covered a  quite diverse set of topics. I recommend the talks after mine in the IoT/CPS sessions (#3) and those in the Big Data session. Also the representative of the European Commission in the first session spoke very well.


The content of the videos is as follows:

#1 Opening speeches

#2 ICT Policy issues (mostly on privacy)

#3 Cyber-physical Systems and IoT

#4 Cybersecurity

#5 Big Data

#6 5G mobile Communications

#7 Autonomous Systems (airborne and road)