november, 2017

30nov08:3019:00Transatlantic ICT Forum08:30 - 19:00


(Thursday) 08:30 - 19:00

Event Details

The Transatlantic ICT Forum (TIF) is a unique platform to benefit policy debate and provide expert opinions and recommendations to transatlantic dialogues for ICT R&I cooperation. TIF has been created by DISCOVERY, an H2020 project to support dialogues and ICT R&I cooperation between Europe and North America (US and Canada)

Under the umbrella of the TIF, three working groups on key thematic areas in ICT – policy and regulations, funding mechanisms and cybersecurity – bring the Forum high-level expertise and insights on subject matters. Currently, over 50 experts from Europe, the US and Canada are members of the Transatlantic ICT Forum, providing advice in the production of Input Papers and Policy Briefs for transatlantic collaboration in ICT R&I.

The Transatlantic ICT Forum 2017 event will bring together policy makers, funding agencies, thought leaders, prominent researchers and industry representatives from Europe, US and Canada to discuss and exchange views and experiences in transatlantic cooperation.

Four Panel sessions on Cybersecurity, Funding Mechanisms, Artificial Intelligence and Socia Inclusion as well as eHealth will showcase innovation and transatlantic collaboration in these areas. More than 30 influential speakers and panelists with highly-relevant credentials and expertise in the subject matter areas and global reputation through their work form the substantive content of TIF 2017.

The Transatlantic ICT Forum 2017 event also presents a unique networking opportunity, providing access to senior ICT private and public sector leadership from not only Europe but also the US and Canada and connections with international funding agency decision-makers.


Knowledge4Innovation Forum in cooperation with the DIscovery Project


Michal BoniMEP


09:00 – 11:00 | EP, PHS 5B1

Panel 1 – Cybersecurity: integrating solutions across EU, US, Canada

Panel Chair: Pilar del Castillo MEP & Lieve Wierinck MEP

Moderator: James Clarke,
Strategic EU Liaison Manager, Waterford Institute Of Technology – TSSG

Panel Discussion:

Alexey Kirichenko,
Research Collaboration Manager, F-Secure Corporation

Salvatore Francomacaro,
IT Security Specialist, NIST- National Institute of Standards and Technology

Paolo Balboni,
Founding Partner, ICT Legal Consulting

Nick Wallace,
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation

Nick Ferguson,

Evangelos Markatos,
Professor, FORTH and University of Crete

Fabio Martinelli,
Coordinator of Cyber Security Lab, National Research Council of Italy (CNR)

Dan Caprio,
Co-founder and Executive Chairman, The Providence Group

Alberto Leon-Garcia,
Professor, University of Toronto

Rebecca Wright,
Professor, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University, USA

11:15 – 13:15 | EP, PHS 5B1

Panel 2 – Funding Mechanisms for Transatlantic Cooperation in ICT Research and Innovation

Moderator: Jostein K. Sundet,
Ph.D., Special Adviser, NordForsk

Panel Discussion:

Wolfgang Wittke,
Policy Officer – Research & Innovation Relations with the USA and Canada, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation

Dr. Sonia Ortega,
Head of Europe Office, National Science Foundation

Rebecca L. Keiser (Via Video),
Head, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation – NSF

Jesse Szeto,
Director, Global, National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)

Michael Willmott,
First Secretary, Science and Technology, Mission of Canada to the European Union, Government of Canada

Marie-Josée Blais,
Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Innovation, Ministry of the Economy, Science and Innovation, Government of Québec

Georg Nagel,
Coordinator International Cooperations, AiF Projekt GmbH – Project Management of BMWi and ZIM cooperation projects

Nuno Miguel Moreira,
Science Officer, International Relations Departament, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Astrid Willener,
Governing board, ERA-Net ICT-AGRI 2, Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER)

Patricia Gruber,
Technical Director, Office of Naval Research Global

Camille Sailer,
President EACCNJ, Transatlantic ICT Forum

Yolanda Ursa,
Innovation Management Director, INMARK Europa

13:30 – 15:00 | 3 JAN

Lunch at the exhibition area and a visit to the 9th EIS exhibition space

15:00 – 17:00 | EP, JAN 6Q1
Panel 3 – Digital Health and Big Data

Panel Chair: Michal Boni, MEP

Moderator: Maria Fernanda Cabrera,
Innovation Director of Life Supporting Technologies (LifeSTech) research group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

Panel Discussion:

Dr. Guy Rouleau,
Director, McGill University Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

Line Linstad,
Senior Adviser at Norwegian Centre for e-Health Research

Sergio Guillen,
President of Board of Directors MySphera

Prof. Shuming Nie,
Grainger Distinguished Chair Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Francisco Lupiañez-Villanueva,
Partner and co-founder of Open Evidence

Bleddyn Rees,
Non-Executive Director, ECHAlliance

Prof. May Dongmei Wang,
Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University

17:00 – 19:00 | EP, JAN 6Q1
Panel 4 – Artificial Intelligence and Social Inclusion

Panel Chair: Angelika Mlinar

Moderator: Jutta Treviranus,
Professor and Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at OCAD University

Panel Discussion:

Abhishek Gupta,
AI Ethics Researcher, McGill University & District 3 Innovation Center, Concordia University

Jeanine Spence,
Experience Strategist, Current Associates

Shirley Ogolla,
Researcher, Humboldt Institute of Internet and Society (HIIG)

Ann Cavoukian (Via Video),
Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence, Ryerson University

19:00 | EP, 3 JAN Exhibition space

Closing reception