Challenge Addressed

Industrial Informatics and Embedded Systems represent two sectors of high importance for SEE. It should be noted that the manufacturing sector contributes around 22% of EU GDP while 50% of top European industries perform research in the Embedded Systems Sector.

Both sectors contribute largely to EU competitive advantage in the global market. SEE has significant critical mass with reference to research in the above sectors both from academia and industry.

Yet, a first challenge is to align this research potential towards a common research agenda that could increase the overall research visibility of the area.

On the other hand there appears to be a missing link towards innovation and entrepreneurship, attributing to research not being transformed into innovative products and services.

I3E will address both challenges through a transnational approach networking research stakeholders as well as existing facilitators of innovation, thus boosting the overall area competitiveness.