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European research in Network Technologies: Horizon 2020 perspective

Dr Bernard Barani

From: ECOC 2013, 23rd September 2013, London

23 September 2013  Communications channel

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European research in Network Technologies: Horizon 2020 perspective

Research in network technologies has received significant support under the currently running ICT programme of the 7th Framework Programme of research sponsored by the European Union. About 600 M€ have been invested in these technologies, a significant part having been invested to support optical technologies and all optical networks.

With the upcoming Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme covering the 2014-2020 financial period, new approaches and topics are being contemplated to support the European network industry. The talk will hence focus on how it is envisaged to cover the sector at large under Horizon 2020, including the optical network technologies, and the retained priority themes for the first work programme.

About the speaker

Deputy Head of Unit European Commission, DG, Connect, Belgium

Bernard Barani graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications de Bretagne in 1982. He then served as communications engineer in industry on military infrared systems and then with the European Space Agency on advanced satcom programmes.

In 1994, he joined the European Commission Directorate General 'Information Society', and was responsible for implementation of research and policy issues of wireless communication, Internet, audio visual systems, Software and Services.

He has been Deputy head of the unit dealing with research and policy in the field of RFID, Internet of Things and networked enterprise systems and is currently Deputy head of the unit in charge of research and innovation on Network Technologies in the CONNECT Directorate General of the European Commission.

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