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Future Internet Assembly, Ghent

The undefinedFuture Internet Assembly (FIA) in Ghent will be part of the undefinedFuture Internet Conference Week, a series of events concerning different aspects of the Future Internet.

In order to develop a comprehensive approach to the digital society and economy not only governments, but also industries and research communities need to join forces and interact to ensure maximum cross-fertilization.  The “Future Internet Conference Week” will therefore offer a program of back-to-back conferences, meetings and workshops related to the different topics of interest to the organizations involved and their stakeholders. 2500 participants from all over Europe are expected to attend these activities, including keynote speakers such as Peter Hirshberg (Silicon Valley executive, entrepreneur and marketing specialist), Neelie Kroes (European Commissioner for Digital Agenda) and Ben Verwaayen (CEO Alcatel-Lucent).

The FIA Ghent is organised by communities of hundreds of European researchers of the 100+ projects in all areas of the Future Internet, reaching out to different but related audiences that share common goals. With these events back-to-back, the participants benefit from the ideas from the different parts. This series of events will create an unprecedented synergy between the 2500 professionals from all over Europe. The Future Internet Assembly Ghent will be held on December 16-17th. More information will be available through this site and at 


Wednesday December 15th, 2010

18:30 – 19:00 Introduction

19:00 – 21:00 undefinedJoint demonstration evening FIA, FIRE and ServiceWave & cocktail
Participation to the Joint Demostration evening is included in the fee of the FIA conference. But undefinedregistration is obligated for logistical reasons.

Thursday December 16th, 2010

9:00 – 10:30 Joint plenary session FIA conference & iMinds conference

  • Welcome, Mario Campolargo & Louis Rodríguez-Roselló (European Commission) – Wim De Waele (IBBT)
  • Keynote speech: The Internet of Things, Peter Hirshberg 
  • INCA award ceremony

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 13:00 FIA Sessions

iMinds plenary session (11:00-12:30)


13:00 – 14:30 Networking lunch & demo’s

14:30 – 16:30 FIA Sessions

iMinds plenary session (14:30-16:30)


16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 – 18:15 Joint plenary session FIA conference & iMinds conference

  • The business view: Ben Verwaayen, CEO Alcatel-Lucent
  • The government view: Neelie Kroes, European Commission

18:15 – 19:00 Reception & visit to the demonstration areas

19:00 Bus transport to undefinedFIA dinner 

19:30 – 22:00 FIA dinner @ Oude Vismijn

Participation to the FIA dinner is included in the fee of the FIA conference. But registration is obligated for logistical reasons.

Friday, December 17th, 2010

8:30 – 10:00 FIA Sessions

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00 FIA sessions

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch

13:00 – 15:00  FIA Plenary: closing session

13:00-14:30: undefinedBrief introduction: Fundamental issues of the Future Internet that took place in meetings supported by EIFFEL support action

  • Dirk Trossen University of Cambridge
  • Debates (10′ position each then floor open to audience for debate 20′):
  • undefinedDebate 1: Should Specific Values Be Embedded In The Internet Architecture - Leslie Daigle ISOC vs. Ian Brown Oxford Internet Institute
  • undefinedDebate 2: Privacy in Cyber-Society: Lost forever or a contextual interpretation aided by technology? – Karen Sollins MIT vs. Rui Aguiar Universidade de Aveiro

14:30-14:40 Wrap-up Paralell Sessions
14:40-14:50 Paralell FIA Actions (Arch Reference Model, Roadmapping,…)
14:50-14h55 Presentation of the next FIA in Budapest: Gyula Sallai
14:55-15:00 Closing: EC