Shaping Our Digital Future: Vision and Implementation

December 7, 2021 all-day Europe/Brussels Timezone
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NTNU Brussels office

​​​​​6th NTNU European Conference

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology would like to invite you to their annual Brussels conference the 7th of December 2021 with the title “Shaping Our Digital Future: Vision and Implementation”.

The NTNU European Conference is an event that was introduced in the Brussels Arena in 2016 with an aim to foster debate on European Strategies and Initiatives of relevance for the Research, Innovation and Education sector.

The current health and economic crisis has contributed to accelerating the digital transformation process. On the one hand this is good news as it led to a quantum leap in effectiveness and efficiency as well, when developing “smart solutions”. On the other hand, is there a price we pay for these benefits?

​​​​The NTNU European Conference will explore this double edge of digitalization around various issues:

  • Which future are we creating according to the designed strategies and priorities?
  • How will enhanced digitalisation impact people’s daily lives, products, and services? ​​​​​​
  • What will be the role and contribution that Education and Research can provide to develop the needed amount of Innovation to fulfil the targeted objectives?

These and other questions will be addressed during the conference starting with a peek into the future and covering specific case studies. A final panel will discuss the role of the involved stakeholders and the tools that will contribute to achieving the digital transformation objectives.


Panel Debate (09:45 – 10:45)

  • Roberto Viola
    Director General, EC DG CNECT
  • Ingrid Schjølberg
    Dean IV Faculty, NTNU
  • Ana Garcia Robles
    Secretary General, BDVA/DAIRO
  • Odej Kao
    Chairman, Einstein Center Digital Future

Parallel Session 4 – Next Generation Internet (11:15 – 12:45)
Chair: Torbjørn Karl Svendsen – NTNU

Faster and more reliable, secure and robust: EU’s Next Generation Internet initiative aims to shape the future internet to support societal development, including the fundamental needs for trust, security, and inclusion. It encompasses a large diversity of digital technologies, such as extended reality, natural language processing, connectivity and data privacy technologies, and brings with it a wide range of new possibilities, linking research, policy and society.

In this session we will look at how the Next Generation Internet develops and provides new opportunities for the industry, public sector and the individual.

Speakers and panelists:

  • Gemma Carolillo
    Deputy Head of Next Generation Internet Unit, EC DG CNECT
  • Patrick Waldemar
    Vice President, Head of Technology, Telenor
  • Martin Gaedke
    Dean and Director of University Computer Center, Chemnitz University of Technology
  • Andrew Perkis
    Professor, NTNU
  • Monique Calisti
    CEO, Martel Innovate