Brazil and European Commission discuss science and technology focused on innovation

- 23/11/2016

Brazilian and European representatives met on November 10 and 11 for the IX BR-EU Dialogue on Information Society, held in Brussels, Belgium. Annually organized in Brazil and Europe, the event is part of a bilateral strategic partnership in science and technology.

Among the topics of interest to the partnership are the construction of a submarine cable to connect Brazil and Europe, ICT regulation, government policies in cloud computing, digital strategies and the cooperation program in research and development. Representatives from governments, civil society and the private sector attended the discussions.

“Dialogue is a unique opportunity for cooperation between Brazil and the European Union. There, we have the opportunity to exchange experiences in public policy and regulation, and plan the next steps in collaboration with R&D. In this last point, it is important to note that the great presence of academics in our delegations was fundamental for the discussions on the subject to be guided by the experts of the area”, emphasized the Digital Ecosystems Director of Sepin, Otavio Caixeta.

IX BR-EU Dialogue on Information Society’ Brazilian delegation was attended by representatives of Computing Policies Office (Sepin) of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC), the directors José Gontijo and Otávio Caixeta; the directors of RNP, Lisandro Granville and Michael Stanton; the projects coordinator of RNP, Wanderson Paim; the entrepreneur Felipe Matos, of start-up Farm; the director of research center of Dell EMC in Rio de Janeiro, Karin Breitman; in addition of coordinating professors of projects selected in the 3rd Cooperation  Program.

Main discussions of BR-EU Dialogue

The first day was dedicated to technical-scientific discussions. The session on regulation, for instance, brought together experts from the European Commission and from Anatel, who were in Brasília and participated by videoconference, made possible by RNP. They spoke about the formatting of regulatory policies, competitiveness plans, the Civil Internet Framework and the spectrum analysis - frequency bands of radio waves, essential for the advancement of new technologies, as 5G.

In the board of Cloud Computing, the focus was open-source solutions, fog computing and safety features.

It has been discussed about the growing demand for cloud services by cyber-physical systems, which increases the demand for availability, security and adaptability. The importance of addressing Cloud Computing interoperability was also taken into account with other areas such as IoT, BigData and high performance processing.

A workshop was held in the first day about the Cooperation Program, which included the participation of the projects approved in the ongoing editions (2nd and 3rd). They were able to share lessons learned and results achieved. Then the project manager of the European Commission, Jorge Pereira, presented the general lines of the 4th Program, which is already open on the European side. The second part of the workshop had the purpose of capturing the interests of the research community and other parties of interest for the formulation of the 5th Program, which should be launched in 2018, with projects starting in 2020.

According to researcher Karin Breitman, from DELL, with the advancement of technologies, topics as HPC, BigData, IoT and Cloud are increasingly interconnected. “This shows that, in the future, the topics of studies should not be more specific and restrictive. There is, right now, a need for research and development that precisely exploits the convergences between these topics”, he emphasized.

On the second day of the BR-EU Dialogue, the results of each panel of the previous day are presented so that both sides have a chance to discuss the results and suggest cooperation actions to deepen the study of topics. This happens in a session with limited participation for members of the Brazilian government, the European Commission and guests.

In this meeting, the Research and Development director of RNP, Michael Stanton, and Alfonso Ggajate, from EllaLink, exposed the status of contracting and deployment of the submarine cable that will connect Brazil and Europe. The cable is in the contracting phase, but should begin its implementation in the first half of 2017.

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