Newsletter – June to August 2017

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June-August 2017


EUACM-IE new White Paper

During the month of June, the EUACM Council agreed to start drafting a White Paper in collaboration with Informatics Europe on “Computer based decision systems and their potential impact on society and ethics”.

It was decided to create a small editorial board with (from ACM) the same people who participated in the Cybersecurity White Paper (Fabrizio Gagliardi, Judith Gal-Ezer, Chris Hankin, Andrew McGettrick and the new Policy Research Assistant Mireya García), while be open to new volunteers. Amalia Hafner (former EUACM Research Assistant), Oliver Grau (from EUACM) and Bran Knowles (Lecturer in Data Science at University of Lancaster, UK) expressed their interest to participate. The initial participants from IE are Jim Larus and Damian Tamburri.

The first face-to-face meeting took place in Geneva on July 17th, when IE and EUACM members discussed the scope of the target audience, a tentative Table of Contents and assigned responsibilities. The participants produced an outline which is going to be developed in the next few months. They agreed to meet and present their progress on September 7th at the EUACM internal meeting, as part of the ACM Europe Conference.

Net Futures 2017

On 28th and 29th June, the EUACM Chair, Fabrizio Gagliardi, attended “Net Futures 2017”. This event was a call for policy makers and technologist alike, for civil society and the young. The conference sessions launched debates and reflected about the industrial internet, the need of a free flow of data within Europe, the legal ethical and social issues that emerge within a software-defined world, the requirements of a Next Generation Internet, data protection issues in a world with huge amounts of data and mobile connectivity.

The Press information can be accessed here.

Science|Business annual event

On 27th June, the EUACM Chair, Fabrizio Gagliardi, and the EUACM Policy Research Assistant, Mireya García de Murcia, attended the annual Science|Business event, named “New world order: Science, Technology and Trade”.  Between the panellists, there were some representatives from European Commission –as Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, and Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation-. Fabrizio and Mireya also attended the Cybersecurity panel “After Wanna Cry can we ever feel safe online again?” and the Cloud workshop. A complete report on the event has been sent to EUACM members.

For more information, please access here and here.

Update on the ACM Europe Conference 2017

The ACM Europe Council will hold an international event on 7th and on the 8th of September 2017 in Barcelona. The event is hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

It will be a truly international event, bringing together computer scientists and practitioners from around the world. The two main themes of the conference are Cybersecurity and High Performance Computing.

Keynote Address: 2012 Turing Laureate Silvio Micali is a visionary whose work has contributed to the mathematical foundations of cryptography and has advanced the theory of computation. His keynote address for the ACM Europe Conference is titled “ALGORAND: A New Distributed Ledger.”

Cybersecurity Panel: A roster of leading researchers and practitioners from Europe and around the world will examine the latest opportunities and challenges in the cybersecurity field. Panelists include Chris Hankin, Imperial College London (UK), Judith Gal-Ezer, Open University (Israel), Jeremy Epstein, National Science Foundation (US), Manel Medina, Politecnic University of Catalunya (Spain), and Gerhard Schimpf, Chair of the Committee of European Chapter Leaders. This panel will be followed by a reception to celebrate ACM fellows in Europe. Several ACM Fellows have already confirmed their presence. 

High Performance Computing Track: The track will include a keynote address by Katherine Yelick of the University of California at Berkeley titled “Breakthrough Science at the Exascale.” The keynote address will be followed by a panel, composed of top world experts in HPC. The panel will review progress and current plans for the worldwide roadmap towards exascale computing. Panelists include Mateo Valero, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain), Paul Messina, Argonne National Laboratory (US), Satoshi Matsuoka, Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (Japan), Alison Kennedy, High Performance Computing Center (UK), Per Stenström, Chalmers University (Sweden), and Qian Depei, Sun Yat-sen University (China). The panel will be moderated by Thomas Skordas, Director for Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure at the European Commission.

In addition, a selected group of other influential European organizations will co-locate their events with this ACM Europe Conference including ACM Europe Celebration of Women in Computing, Eurolab-4-HPC, HiPEAC and EXDCI Final Conference 2017.

For more information about the ACM Europe Conference please visit the Conference web site Registration is free, but early registration is encouraged due to limited seating.



The Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU: priorities

On June 1st, Estonia took the Presidency of the Council of the EU. During the next 6 months, the Presidency will focus on four key areas: an open and innovative European economy, a safe and secure Europe, digital Europe and free movement of data as well as an inclusive and sustainable Europe.

In addition, the Estonian Presidency will issue other topics as cross-border electronic exchange of criminal records, cybersecurity and offshore data backup.

The webpage of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU can be accessed here.

PRIMA Program: Tackling water and food shortages in the Mediterranean

On June 13th, the proposal to set up PRIMA was adopted in a vote in the European Parliament Plenary meeting in Strasbourg. As soon as the proposal has been formally endorsed by the Council, the Commission will start the implementation of the partnership by finalising technical details. PRIMA, the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area between 19 countries (both EU and non-EU), supports the sustainable management of water and agro-food systems in the Mediterranean Area. It is the first R&I partnership of its kind in the Mediterranean Area to develop much needed novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production.

The text adopted by the EP is available here. The Q&A document can be accessed here.

Vice-President Ansip in London to discuss cybersecurity and data economy

On June 26th, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip delivered a keynote speech at the 5th annual Chatham House Cyber conference on the theme “Evolving norms, improving harmonization and building resilience”. The speech was concentrated on the review of the cybersecurity strategy, certification and labelling questions, fighting cybercrime and ways to strengthen international cooperation on cybersecurity.

The Vice-President’s full speech can be accessed here.

Commission accelerates measures to prevent the cyber threat

On June 29th, the European Commission presented the eight report on progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union, calling for an acceleration of the ongoing work to enhance the security of EU citizens. The following short-term and operational actions has been proposed to strengthen our response to the increased cyber threat as a part of wider review of the 2013 Cybersecurity Strategy: boosting systems and networks and looking into possible legislative action to improve cross border access to electronic evidence. The Commission is also examining the challenges posed by the use of encryption by criminals and will report on its findings by October 2017.

The eighth progress report towards an effective and genuine Security Union is available here.

Recommendations on maximizing the impact of EU Research & Innovation

On July 3rd, the independent high-level group on maximising the impact of EU Research and Innovation Programmes presented its report to the European Commission. The report, entitled LAB – FAB – APP: Investing in the European future we want, highlights that in the last twenty years, two thirds of economic growth in industrialised countries is attributed to research and innovation. Its recommendations are focused on maximising the impact of EU investments in research and innovation in order to increase prosperity and solve our biggest societal challenges. The Commission will respond to recommendations of the High-Level Group in a Communication to be published later this year.

The Report is available here. For more information, please access here.

Digital Single Market conference on data

On July 17th, Digital Single Market conference on data took place. It was dedicated to the free movement of data and the speakers discussed the key framework conditions that are necessary to enable the free data flows across borders and sectors in Europe. Then, Slovenian representative signed the EuroHPC declaration on high-performance computing. Slovenia became the ninth Member State signing the EuroHPC declaration, aimed at coordinating efforts with regards to high-performance computing.

More information about this Conference is available here.



September and October events

PRACE Summer of HPC 2017: The PRACE Summer of HPC is a PRACE outreach and training programme that offers summer placements at top HPC centres across Europe to late-stage undergraduates and early-stage postgraduate students. Participants will spend two months working on projects related to PRACE technical or industrial work and produce a report and a visualisation or video of their results. 02 July-31 August, Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Innovation matters. Debating priorities for a competitive Europe: This conference is intended to pick up the debate again at the very start of the autumn political season in Brussels. It will hear arguments on budget priorities from various quarters, and flesh out some ideas on how the research budget might get spent – and what’s needed to make a true single market in innovation across Europe. 06 September, Brussels, Belgium.

Open Science FAIR 2017: Experts from around the world will come together to explore e-infrastructures and services, offer expertise about policies as guidance for good practices, identify research flows and ways of improvement. Projects, initiatives and researchers will have the opportunity to showcase their work, through open calls for workshops, hands-on training and posters. The Fair will bring experts together from around the world, offering unique insights on the changing culture towards a more open science. 6-8 September, Athens, Greece.

2017-3 CEF Telecom call Virtual Info Day: The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) will organise a Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom virtual Info Day for the third 2017 CEF Telecom call. It will cover four priorities: eInvoicing, eTranslation, Europeana and Public Open Data. 12 September, Online.

ACM Europe Conference: The ACM Europe Conference will be a truly international event, bringing together computer scientists and practitioners from around the world. Registration is free, but early registration is encouraged due to limited seating. The two main themes of the conference are Cybersecurity and High-Performance Computing. 7-8 September, Barcelona, Spain.

EXDCI Final Event 2017: The idea is to organize a final conference jointly with the ACM Europe community that will gather HPC specialists, students and ACM members worldwide. On Thursday all attendees will be invited to attend  the Turing Lecture and the Reception and ACM Fellow celebration, as well as the HPC track on Friday. On Friday morning, the EXDCI conference will include joint sessions with Eurolab4HPC and HiPEAC. 7-8 September, Barcelona, Spain.

5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum: The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) annually organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world. The Forum is organized by the HLFF in cooperation with KTS and HITS as well as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Mathematical Union (IMU), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA). 24-29 September, Heidelberg, Germany.

Global Forum – Shaping the Future 2017: The Global Forum is an independent, high profile, international, non-for-profit event dedicated to business and policy issues affecting the successful evolution of the Digital Society. The Global Forum brings each year in a different city around the world more than 300 key policy-makers and public/private stakeholders from more than 30 countries from all continents, it is often considered as the Davos for ICT. 2-3 October, Winnipeg, Canada.

Updating the European Cyber Security Strategy. Partnerships for Prevention and Preparedness: In line with the upcoming review of the European Cyber-security strategy, this symposium will provide businesses, local actors, industry regulators, intelligence agencies, police, technology specialists, academics and other key stakeholders with a timely and invaluable opportunity to engage with European cybersecurtity policies, collectively enhance our defences to malicious actors and address the root causes of vulnerability to cyber threats. 3 October, Brussels, Belgium.

CyberSecurity4Rail Conference: This conference will bring together experts in cybercrime and digital security, plus leaders in ICT and representatives from transport and railway companies. They will discuss the threats and set out a vision for safer, more secure digital communications and data networks in the transport industry. 4 October, Brussels, Belgium.

European Computer Science Summit 2017: The annual Summit is the only place, where leaders and decision makers in Informatics research and education in Europe gather to debate strategic themes and trends related to research, education and policies in Informatics. 23-25 October, Lisbon, Portugal.



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