The European Commission promotes EU-India IT research

LONDON | The Open Group and the Interactive Technology Software and Media Association (ITSMA) have partnered with a consortium of leading European and Indian research and technology developers to identify future areas for coordination of government funded IT research.

Supported by the European Commission, the Fostering Cooperation in Computing Systems for EU and India (EU-INCOOP) project is investing over €460,000 to bring together leading researchers from India and Europe to identify priorities and develop a joint research roadmap that will increase cooperation and address future technology needs in each region.

Surbhi Sharma, Secretary General of ITSMA, said:

“With computing technologies being an important driver behind India’s fast growing economy, greater cooperation with the EU in coordinating advanced research in computing technologies is extremely important for our members.

“The EU-INCOOP project will provide an important opportunity to integrate the research and development priorities of India with the interests of the EU research community […] delivering technologies that will be needed by both regions.”

Led by the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), a leading centre for research and development with many years participation in EU-funded research, the EU-INCOOP consortium includes: The Open Group and KYOS, a Swiss consultancy specialising in advanced computing and networking technologies; and from India, ITSMA; the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), the premier R&D organization of the Indian Department of Information Technology and a leading centre for supercomputing in India; and the Indian Institute of Science.

The EU-INCOOP project will address key emerging technology areas where research advances are expected to improve both the way people work and live, as well as how businesses operate and innovate in increasingly global markets. Technology areas that are of shared interest to both Europe and India include: programmability through new or improved computer languages; greater efficiencies through the development of advanced virtualization technologies and new processor architectures; advances in parallelization that are expected to dramatically change the way computing systems are designed while providing important benefits in performance; and managing the complexity of future computing systems.

David Lounsbury, Chief Technical Officer at The Open Group, pointed out that

“We’re confident a collaborative approach will bring opportunities for new joint research initiatives between EU and India that will lead to systems developers in both regions being more productive.”

The EU-INCOOP project is financed in part by the 7th Framework Programme, an initiative of the European Community created to foster European research and development of new technologies, applications and industries. The EU-INCOOP project started in October 2011 and will run through autumn 2013.

* More information is available here.


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