Becoming Member of ITEA Board Support Group

A couple of days ago I got a member in the name of Software AG of the ITEA Board Support Group with among others the objectives to support the ITEA Board and Steering Group, setting priorities and ranking projects for public support and approving projects propels and making recommendations for labeling. ITEA ( is the Eureka RD&I Cluster on software innovation, enabling a large international community of large industries, SMEs, start-ups, academia, and customer organizations, to collaborate in funded projects that turn innovative ideas into new businesses, jobs, economic growth, and benefits for society. It is industry-driven and covers a wide range of business opportunities facilitated by digitization like smart mobility, healthcare, smart cities and energy, manufacturing, engineering, and safety & security. ITEA pushes important technology fields like artificial intelligence, big data, simulation, and high-performance computing into concrete business applications.
It was a pleasure to learn some of the professionals of ITEA at the attendance of my first BSG meeting at Software AG in Darmstadt, especially the heads of ITEA Zeynep Sarilar, Jean-Francois Lavignon, and Jan Jonker. While the agenda holds several highly interesting topics but also challenges for the upcoming future. It also gave a solid insight into the benefits of the ITEA organization and program structure. A great advantage of the program is the focus on real industrial challenges that require research to advance and strengthen the European industry. I look forward to bringing in my knowledge and expertise to assist ITEA in continuing its success story.