The Networked European Software and Services Initiative

> NESSI Sessions at ICT 2015

NESSI organised two Networking Sessions at ICT 2015, the biggest event in the EU ICT calendar, which took place in Lisbon, 20-22 October.

ICT 2015 networking sessions were informal discussion groups organised by stakeholders participating in the ICT 2015 event. Their goal was to enable a broad and multi-disciplinary dialogue, help participants find partners for a collaborative relationship enlarge and enhance stakeholder communities and better connect research to innovation for a Digital Europe.

Cyber Physical Big Data Systems: Coming Together of Game-Changing Trends
attracted over 100 participants. The session was jointly organized with the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and ARTEMIS-IA. It featured position presentations from each of the involved organizations and a lively panel discussion, during which panellists responded to stimulating questions from the audience. Presentations were given by ARTEMIS-IA Vice President Laila Gide from THALES, BDVA Vice President Ed Curry from INSIGHT, and NESSI Steering Committee Chair Colin Upstill from the IT Innovation Centre, University of Southampton. Panel members were Sonja Zillner from SIEMENS, Jan Lohstroh from ARTEMIS-IA, and Bjorn Skjellaug from SINTEF. Discussions clearly showed the opportunities and challenges at the intersection between cyber physical systems and data-intensive software systems and services, such as preserving privacy, handling system complexity, and addressing velocity / real-time data processing. Participants that attended the session were from all three main communities, with an equal split between CPS, Big Data and Software/Services. The networking session was organized and moderated by Deputy Secretary General of BDVA and NESSI Steering Committee Vice-Chair Andreas Metzger from, University of Duisburg-Essen. Further information about the session can be found here.

Software Encapsulates the World: Everything as a Service (XaaS) by 2025
explored software advances which will enable and drive the transformation of almost all sectors of society into the next generation of a service economy. Further information can be found here.

NESSI participated in the Networking Session ETPs - EECA countries Communities networking, which showcased the community building  already achieved by the Cluster and to find common ground for further and more active involvement of the EECA counties in the European Technology Platforms. The discussions focused on how to enhance collaboration among EU and EECA R&I teams and support the integration of competent EECA ICT actors. Two key areas of common interest were considered: Big Data, Software & Services (NESSI) and Interactive Content Media & Creative Industries (NEM; the New European Media ETP). More information can be found on the EECA website and on the ICT 2015 website.

> NESSI White Paper on Cyber Physical Systems

The NESSI White Paper on Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) identifies relevant challenges and opportunities for CPS, focussing on the impact of CPS on the main areas of NESSI and vice versa. In particular the paper assesses the impact of having more and more software-intensive elements in CPS. The White Paper is organized along four main themes:

Software engineering for CPS: The intelligence, dynamics and flexibility of future CPS lies in the ability to be context-aware and to produce software that is both dependable and adapts to real time change, which goes beyond today's software engineering state of the art and practices.
Cloud for CPS: Cloud computing is a key element to obtain ubiquitous system deployment, execution and interaction, and provides key principles (such as adaptation and multi-tenancy) that may be leveraged for all kinds of devices.
CPS and Big Data: CPS with its computational power on the devices (including edge computing) will be a major source, collector, processor and distributer of data, not only in volume, but also in velocity, variety and veracity.
Software-based services on top of CPS: Software-based services constitute a key enabler for leveraging, packaging and delivering the core capabilities of a CPS infrastructure, realizing the potential that lies in creating value to business applications.

The NESSI CPS White Paper is available at NESSI > Publications > Position Papers

> NESSI Software Engineering White Paper
Through the Software Engineering White Paper, NESSI seeks to raise awareness for the continued and even increased need for EU software engineering research and innovation programmes, in order for Europe to remain competitive and innovative. To this end, this white paper reflects NESSI’s input to the forthcoming Horizon 2020 work programme (ICT/LEIT WP2016-2017). Moreover, it identifies relevant software engineering research challenges in three major technology areas:
  • Software Engineering in and for the Cloud
  • Software Engineering for Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Software Engineering for and with Big Data

This white paper also provides recommendations on how the specifics software should be addressed during product and service innovation. In addition, the paper provides recommendations on skill and competency building needed for a well-trained industry workforce. Finally, it delivers recommendations for maximizing the impact of software engineering research and innovation projects based on lessons learned from past FP7 projects. The NESSI Software Engineering White Paper is available under "publications - positions papers".

NESSI is the European Technology Platform (ETP) dedicated to Software, Services and Data. NESSI provides input to the EU Institutions on research actions and technology matters of particular importance to the software domain, and the overall aim is to enable the software and services sector help vitalize the great potential of the European economy and society. NESSI gathers partners and members from all over Europe, both from industry and academia, and engages in close dialogue with the European Commission and other stakeholders on several topics of specific relevance to NESSI - such as Big Data Value, Cloud Computing and Software Engineering.
NESSI takes an active role in addressing future challenges of Europe, by working for ensuring that enough resources are invested in leading-edge industrial and academic research for innovative technologies in the software and service domain. Europe has to turn its outstanding R&D potential, its infrastructure and its technological environment into successful product development and marketable products in order to maintain its competitive edge.

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