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2nd Annual Transatlantic Symposium on ICT and Policy

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Leveraging People, Technology, and Information for a Smart and Connected Society


Overview. The United States (US) and European Union (EU) are partners with a shared history and culture who face similar challenges in areas such as security, economic development, and innovation. Working together on key aspects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and policy can strengthen each partner individually while enhancing the relationship between allies. This event builds on the success of the first Trans-Atlantic Symposium on ICT Technology and Policy, held in Minneapolis, MN, USA on June 19th and 20th, 2017. The first Trans-Atlantic Symposium was organized by the European Commission (EC)-funded PICASSO project with contributions from the EC-funded BILAT USA 4.0 project. It was supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS), IEEE Control System Society, and the University of Minnesota, and hosted by the Technological Leadership Institute of University of Minnesota. The 2nd Annual Transatlantic Symposium on ICT Technology and Policy will convene leaders in government, academia, and industry around the theme of leveraging people, technology, and information for a smart and connected society. The symposium will explore key ICT topics for bilateral cooperation, as well as cross-cutting issues including policy aspects and STEM workforce issues. This two-day event will include keynotes, panel discussions, and interactive workshops to facilitate knowledge exchange.

Key Topics. Five key topics were selected based on the outcomes of the first Trans-Atlantic Symposium as well as the stated policy priorities of the US and EU.  Conference attendees will discuss cooperation with a focus on innovative early-stage research in the following areas:

·        Cybersecurity, including security and information assurance.

·        Big Data, including management, analytics, and visualization.

·        Cyber-physical Systems and Internet of Things (IoT), including IoT-enabled smart cities.

·        Artificial Intelligence (AI), including autonomous systems, robotics, and machine learning.

·        5G and Beyond, including network infrastructure.

Cross-cutting Issues.  Beyond these topics, the symposium will explore cross-cutting opportunities and challenges relevant to both bilateral cooperation and individual competitiveness. These include:

·        Policy considerations to US-EU cooperation such as privacy, security, and standardization. 

·        Expanding support for open science, including open data and citizen science initiatives. 

Organizing Committee.

Dr. Anne Bowser (Wilson Center, USA), Co-Chair
Svetlana Klessova (inno TSD, France), Co-Chair
Dr. Tariq Samad (University of Minnesota, USA), Co-Chair
Margot Bezzi (APRE, Italy)
Maarten Botterman (GNKS, the Netherlands)
Christine Caly (Florida International University, USA)
Dr. Sebastian Engell (TU Dortmund, Germany)
Dr. Gerhard Fettweis (TU Dresden, Germany)
Dr. Nikos Sarris (Athens Technology Centre, Greece)
Dr. David Shaw (Mississippi State University)
Dr. Haydn Thompson (THHINK, UK)

Co-sponsors. This event is supported by the Wilson Center, the National Science Foundation, the EC-funded PICASSO project and Mississippi State University.

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Outcomes. Participants will gain greater awareness and education of the latest developments in each of the five key topics as well as cross-cutting issues such as policy considerations, open science, and expanding the STEM workforce. Networking will connect leaders from policy, academic, and business circles in the US and the EU.  A brief report will summarize the symposium outcomes, while a series of expert policy briefs published by the Wilson Center will explore key topics in greater depth.

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Working Agenda:



Monday, June 18th, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Coffee and registration


9 :30 a.m. – 9.50 a.m.



Wilson Center welcome (10 min)

PICASSO project welcome (10 min)

9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.


Welcome address: The European Digital Single Market - is it complete or quo vadis?, Peter Fatelnig, Minister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America


10.10 a.m. – 10.40 a.m.


Opening Keynote, Dr. Dawn Tilbury, Head, NSF Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation


10 :40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.



Coffee Break



11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Plenary Panel: Transatlantic issues in privacy policy: Laws (GDPR, the CLOUD Act) and implementation (optimising compliance, effectiveness and burdens)

New laws, technologies and levels of public attention have raised the stakes and uncertainties regarding privacy; this panel will bring together policy and industry experts to discuss constraints and opportunities for joint research, new challenges for joint research into 'compliance by design' and prospects for coordinated policy responses.

Moderator: Jonathan Cave, GNKS, University of Warwick, Alan Turing Institute and UK Regulatory Policy Committee


EU/Internet governance perspective: Mr. Maarten Botterman, GNKS and ICANN Board of Directors

Global/Civil society perspective: Dr. Avri Doria, Association for Progressive Communications (Researcher); ICANN Board of Directors

US/Policy and industry perspective: Glenn Ricart, Founder and CTO, US Ignite

US/Legal and policy perspective: Dr. Dan Caprio, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, and AEGIS project representative

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.



1 :30 p.m. – 3 :00 p.m.


Plenary Panel: Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT) with a focus on Smart Energy Systems. This panel will discuss State of the art and technology gaps in the transition to smart energy systems.

Dr. Tariq Samad, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota
Dr. Sebastian Engell, TU Dortmund University, Germany

Moderator:  Dr. Tariq Samad


Jose Gonzalez, FIWARE Mundus, Spain

Dr. Anuradha Annaswamy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Sebastian Engell, TU Dortmund, Germany


Jose Gonzales, InterInnov, FIWARE Mundus, Spain

Dr. Kishan Baheti, NSF, US

Dr. Chris Greer, NIST, US

Dr. Sebastian Engell, TU Dortmund, Germany

3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Coffee Break


3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Plenary Panel - What We Must Do to Strengthen Cyber Resiliency and IoT Security. Representatives from government, including NIST, and industry, including Microsoft, will discuss cyber security, cyber resilience, and critical infrastructure. 

Traditional interactions between people and technology are often managed in an environment that consists of known devices and known software. For a world of IoT devices spreading all over in both public and private spaces, this doesn’t scale from manageability and cybersecurity perspectives. Protection, detection and recovery of IoT systems must be automated.  Yet, not all device makers including small and medium businesses know how to accomplish this throughout IoT products life cycle. We need to consider how policies, standards and technical solutions can help address IoT security and resiliency challenges. This panel is designed to have experts from both private and public sectors to share their perspectives on how to help raise public awareness, invest in policy and standard development, support cross sector collaboration to address long term IoT security and cyber resiliency both at the regional and global levels.  

Jing de Jong-Chen, general manager of global cybersecurity strategy, Microsoft; vice president of Trusted Computing Group


Cyber Resiliency Considerations for the Engineering of Trustworthy Secure Systems: Ron Ross, Fellow and the Author of newly released NIST Special publication of SP 800-160

Securing Europe’s IoT Devices and Services: Claudio Caimi, Hewlett- Packard Entreprise (HPE), Italy, representative of AEGIS initiative

Enhancing Cyber Resilience Through Industry Collaboration and Trusted Computing: Jing de Jong-Chen, general manager of global cybersecurity strategy, Microsoft; vice president of Trusted Computing Group

European NIS Directive and Cyber Resiliency for CIP: Nicholas Ferguson, TRUST-IT, Italy, coordinator of CYBERWATCHING.EU initiative


4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Panel on partnerships on Big Data Research & Innovation and Workforce Development. This will focus on needs and collaboration opportunities on Smart Cities, Smart Health and Data Science Workforce and Data Literacy.

Dr. Lea Shanley, South Big Data Hub


Big Data Hub-BDVA-PICASSO Big Data PPP Workshop/Smart Health: Dr. Lea Shanley, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill/Co-Executive Director, South Big Data Innovation Hub

What Big Data will bring for Healthcare: Dr. Pantelis Aggelidis, President of the Board of Directors of Alexander Innovation Zone, Vidavo Technology

Smart Cities/Transportation: Dr. Meredith Lee, UC-Berkeley/Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub

Intelligent Transport and Digital Skills: Dr. Andreas Metzger, Paluno/BDVA

Data Literacy and Workforce: Catherine Cramer, Columbia University Data Science Institute/Northeast Big Data Hub 

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Evening reception sponsored by Mississippi State University


Tuesday, June 19th, 2018


9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Plenary panel: 5G and Beyond. This panel will focus on a dialogue between EU and US peers on research opportunities, challenges and perspective EU-US collaboration for 5G and beyond.

Chair and moderator:
Dr. Gerhard Fettweis, Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany


An Academia representative from EU side: Matti Latva-aho, University of Oulu, Finland

An Academia representative from US side: Ted Rappaport, NYU Wireless

An Industry representative from US side: Amitava Ghosh, Nokia Fellow and Head of Small Cell Research at Nokia Bell Labs, USA

NSF Program Director: David Corman

10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Coffee Break


10:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.


Plenary Panel on the Future of Autonomous Systems


Prof David Shaw, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Mississippi State University, US

Prof Haydn Thompson, CEO, THHINK Group (UK, NL, Aus, JP).

Autonomous transportation systems have the potential to change every aspect of human life, and have captured the imagination of academics, industry, and the general public like few other technological developments.  Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research ranges from package delivery to remote persistent observations.  Autonomous ground vehicles open up opportunities for more efficient public transportation, trucking, as well as safer transport for individuals.  Both systems have the potential to revolutionize transportation of goods and services; however, major technological and policy obstacles must be addressed if their potential is to be realized.  Two panels, one on each system, will focus on the research needs and collaborative opportunities 


Unmanned Aircraft:

Dr. Al Savvaris, Centre of Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems Cranfield University

Director Dallas Brooks, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory

Mississippi State University

Autonomous Ground Vehicles:

Haydn Thompson, CEO, THHINK Group

Malcom Glenn, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Uber Technologies

12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.



1:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

(breakout sessions)


Three Breakout Sessions: CPS/IoT, Big Data, and 5G. These sessions will allow experts to explore specific topics in greater technical depth, and/or discuss relevant policy aspects:

Breakout session 1 (CPS/IoT) will focus on Autonomous Cyber-physical Systems - research agenda and cooperation options

Moderators: Dr. Tariq Samad, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota, Dr. Sebastian Engell, Professor TU Dortmund, Germany

Breakout session 2 (Big Data) will focus on joint programs to identify “data ethics” as ground rules for the development and exploitation of big data

Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Cave, GNKS, University of Warwick, Alan Turing Institute and UK Regulatory Policy Committee

Breakout session 3 (5G and beyond) will focus on discussing future wireless communications at carrier frequencies beyond 100 GHz with respect to both enabling technology and spectrum policy aspects.

Moderator: Dr. Gerhard Fettweis, Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany

2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Report Back from breakouts and discussion with the audience


4:20 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.


Forward Looking Statement & Closing Remarks

Dr. Anne Bowser, the Wilson Center

Svetlana Klessova, inno TSD, France - PICASSO project coordinator

Dr. Tariq Samad, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota