ICT main priorities and topics in “Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT)” at Horizon 2020

This part of Horizon 2020 covers  following main ICT technological areas:

  1. New Generation of Components and Systems
  2. Advanced Computing
  3. Future Internet
  4. Content technologies and information management
  5. Robotics
  6. Micro and nano electronic technologies, photonics
  1. New Generation of Components and Systems

Electronics, microsystems and embedded systems underpin innovation and value creation across the economy.

The objective is to reinforce Europe’s stronghold positions in these areas and to capture opportunities arising in new growth markets driven by advances in relevant

This area addresses the broad range of systemic integration from smart integrated components to cyber – physical systems. It covers technology – driven R&D which is mostly application – independent, complemented by more application – driven R&I, where components and systems are demonstrated, instantiated, integrated and validated. Work is complementary to the activities addressed by the Electronic Components and Systems Joint Undertaking (ECSEL), notably focussed on large scale federating projects and integrated demonstrations and pilots.

In that context topics under this area contribute also to the implementation of parts of the Strategic Research Agendas of Artemis and EPoSS.
The first specific challenge addressed it to reinforce and expand Europe’s leading industrial position in embedded systems and cyber – physical systems. The other two are driven by the vision that the heterogeneous integration of micro / nanotechnologies and materials into smart microsystems will deliver affordable high performance functionalities for a broad spectrum of use. Research and innovation in the various topics will also contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Research Agenda of the Public Private Partnership on Energy Efficient Buildings.

2. Advanced Computing

Covers wider diffusion of embedded ICT and cyber – physical systems and the advent of the Internet of things, customised heterogeneous low – power computing systems delivering high – performance functionality under real – time constraints will drive a large part of computing development in the next decade. Combined with the need for more energy efficient cloud computing systems and data centres, the same key low – power technologies will underpin progress across the whole computing spectrum.

The strategic focus is to reinforce and expand Europe’s industrial and technology strengths in low – power ICT. Different market segments should be addressed through an integrated cross – layer (hardware, system, programming, algorithms) and cross – application/cross – market approach. Work under this area is complementary to, and will be coordinated with work undertaken in the Future Internet area under Cloud Computing and in the Excellent Science pillar under Research Infrastructures and FET (actions on High Performance Computing).

While this area focuses on the integration of advanced components on all levels in computing systems, the development of next generation CPUs is addressed under the Joint Technology Initiative on Electronic Components and Systems (ECSEL).

This work of topic ICT 4 – 2015 is also complementary to the work on cyber – physical systems under A new genera tion of components and systems and under the JTI.

ICT 4-2015: Customised and low power computing


3. Future Internet

The aim is to address the most critical technical and use aspects for the Internet to be apt to  support the huge future expectations of society at large.

The Future Internet topics will therefore i) address the limitations of an Internet not designed to support the very large set of requirements imposed by an ever more diversified usage) support the advent of more efficient computational and data management models responding to the challenges posed by increased device / object connectivity and data – intensive applications) leverage the Internet to foster innovative usages of social and economic value also benefiting from the geospatial capabilities of the Future Internet.

The area strategy is based on a complementary set of technology push – usage pull actions. The technology perspective primarily addresses the limitations of communication networks and cloud computing infrastructures and services when moving towards a hyper connected world with hundreds of billions of devices fuelled by ambient and pervasive services.

The usage perspective is supported by the early availability of testbeds for experiments and research validation (FIRE+) and by innovative social and business collaborative usages with users in control and taking advantage of advanced technologies. This is compleme nted with actions towards web entrepreneurs to leverage downstream business opportunities.


4. Content Technologies and Information Management

The topics in this area address in particular four key aspects of digital content and information management:

  • Big Data, with two main problems to be solved: improving the ability of European companies to build innovative multilingual data products and services and solving fundamental and applied, market driven research problems related to the scalability and responsiveness of analytics capabilities;
  • machine translation, to overcome barriers to multilingual online communication which is still hampering a wider penetration of cross;
  • border commerce, social communication and exchange of cultural content enabling the full deployment of the Single Digital market
  • tools for creative, media, knowledge and learning industries, mobilizing the innovation potential of the tens of SMEs active in the area;
  • multimodal and natural computer interaction based upon multimodal, multilingual verbal and nonverbal communication.

5. Robotics

6. Micro and nano electronic technologies, photonics

The micro and nanoelectronics part will be implemented by the Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) on ‘Electronic Components and Systems’25 and through this Work Programme.
– Implementation through the JTI on ‘Electronic Components and Systems’: The JTI will facilitate multidisciplinary industry driven research and innovation along the full innovation and value chain, covering Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 2 to 8.
Focus is on large federating projects including manufacturing pilot lines, technology platforms and application experiments. These are areas in which resources must be pulled from Member States and regions. The Annual Work Programme will be develope d within the JTI. It will be based on the multiannual Strategic Research Agenda elaborated by industry.
– Implementation through this Work Programme: Generic Technology Development on micro and nanoelectronics focused on advanced research and TRLs 2 to 4;
Activities should be of direct industrial relevance and have a medium time to market. The photonics topics cover research and innovation activities under the photonics public private partnership (PPP). The activities will address the whole research and innovation value chain – from materials through equipment and devices, to manufacturing and to products and services, and from advanced RTD to pilot lines.


Author: S. Petkova