The EIT ICT Labs partners in Rennes welcomed Willem Jonker on February 28th for a full-day session.
This was a day of intense discussions:
The morning session started with a visit of Mr Laurent Wauquiez - French Minister of Higher-Education and Research - at the IRISA (University Rennes 1) and Inria research labs in ICT. This was the occasion for an exchange between Willem Jonker and the Minister. The session continued with decision makers from the EIT ICT Labs partners in Rennes, as well as other key players, institutionals and politics including Mr Daniel Delaveau, mayor of Rennes. They shared on the Rennes and EIT ICT Labs strategies and synergies.
The afternoon session was opened to a larger audience of the EIT ICT Labs partners’ representatives. It was the occasion for an update on the EIT ICT Labs operations and business plan. Several presentations from researchers and entrepreneurs then illustrated the innovation potential in Rennes in a couple of areas of excellence: media & contents, 4G mobile networks, interaction and VR, cloud computing.
This visit takes place at a time where the position of Rennes as a capital-city in ICT was confirmed by the recent labeling by the French government of the B-Com Institute of Research and Technology (IRT) under the national program ‘Investissements d’Avenir’ (‘Invest for the Future’). Gathering industrials, SMEs and research labs, B-Com will be one of the only 2 IRTs in ICT in France. It will focus on the networks, media and contents of the future.
The EIT ICT Labs partners present in Rennes are: Orange, Alcatel-Lucent, Inria, Institut Telecom, University Rennes 1 and the competitiveness cluster ‘Images & Networks’.