The Networked European Software and Services Initiative

> Software and the Next Generation Internet

NESSI has published a short paper on Software and the Next Generation Internet, setting out how research in software technologies can best meet the needs of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, which is about to re-engineer today’s Internet so that it “enables human potential, mobility and creativity of the largest possible scale.”

Software is a key element of this development, and places huge demands on the processes for software design, implementation, integration, operation and assurance of the intended outcomes. NGI will raise the bar in terms of system complexity, automation and intelligent adaptation. To deliver on the potential of NGI requires research and innovation to address challenges in:
  • management of complexity in highly distributed, heterogeneous infrastructure and applications by using AI, and supported by standards designed for automated compliance checking;
  • counteracting significant threats to trust from the erosion of authenticity and truthfulness and the potential abuse of personal data in online services;
  • maintaining dependable service in the face of increasing threats from cyber-attacks, including managing risks and containing intrusions, and addressing threats from new technologies; and
  • re-engineering software engineering processes for design, implementation and operation of systems composed dynamically from self-adapting components, assuring outcomes that comply with regulations and ethical requirement.
To meet these challenges will require innovative application and integration of digital enablers: ubiquitous connectivity, hyper-scalability, human centricity and artificial intelligence.


> Software and AI

NESSI has published a short paper on Software and AI. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a domain currently receiving a lot of attention. Availability of technology, successes in some use cases, foreseen impacts on society and economy, and global investments promise a new era of AI applications. There is a lot of focus on data and AI, because the latest AI algorithms and applications are typically data hungry. However, without software there is no AI. It is important to identify both the specificities of AI software and what AI can bring to software engineering. This paper presents the challenges identified by NESSI to successfully integrate AI in the smart software systems required to advance the digital transformation of Europe.

We identify four primary research challenges: governance of self-adapting software; explainable AI; appropriate data; and legal, ethical and societal challenges. We identify the need to re-engineer software technologies, and to address: software composability; software and data lifecycles; quality assurance; socio-technical challenges; and dedicated hardware.Europe’s ambition and investment in AI software research and innovation should be on par with the transformative potential of the technology.



> NESSI Thematic Networking Sessions at ICT 2018

 
During ICT 2018, which took place in the Austria Centre Vienna on 4-6 December 2018, NESSI organized two thematic networking sessions. The event centred on EU priorities in the digital transformation of society and industry. It presented an opportunity for those involved in this transformation to share their experience and vision of Europe in the digital age.
 
  • The Art of Trustworthy Software, Services and Data Empowering Everyone; 16:30-17:15 Wednesday 5 December in room L5 

    Led by Bjørn Skjellaug (SINTEF, NESSI Partner) this session considered one of our greatest challenges in a future digital society, which is to ensure Trustworthiness of Software, Services and Data empowering everyone everywhere. Software technology and the data economy are key to the disrupted change into an on-line servitization of all commercial and public offerings, society becoming more distributed and decentralized.
    A future trustworthy digital society was explored by an inter-disciplinary approach; panellists with different backgrounds gave their views on the changes ahead. The outputs of this session will complement NESSI's initial FP9 / Horizon Europe inputs. Read more at the following link.
  • Software Beyond Horizon 2020; 17:30-18:15 Wednesday 5 December in room L8

    Led by Josef Urban (NOKIA, NESSI Board Chair) this session explored the software challenges facing us. In the era of digitalisation, enterprises, administrations and professionals are applying software beyond automation of simple workflows, to promote better customer understanding and individualized experiences, to accelerate innovations for competitive advantages, and to develop new business models for increasing revenue such as the servitization of products. The economic and social impact of software is welcome and encouraging. However, digitalisation will demand further advancements in software technologies into the future to meet emerging needs of the digitalisation and the Next Generation Internet, such as the implementation of adaptive and cognitive services, better emphasis on human centricity, and the integration of systems into even more complex systems. The session provided input for the identification of the main pillars of a focus area on advanced software in the upcoming European Research Programme FP9. It is envisioned to complement the initial input prepared by NESSI. Read more at the following link.

> NESSI: Next Generation Software Technologies Empowering the Digital Transformation of Europe

The paper identifies important research challenges in software technologies to be addressed in Horizon Europe in order to feed and sustain the innovation and solution deployment pipeline for digital products, services and business models and thus to secure and strengthen the European innovation capabilities in a digital world. In particular, research is required to deliver the next generation of software technologies. Please read more here.

About NESSI

NESSI is the European Technology Platform (ETP) dedicated to Software, Services and Data. NESSI provides input to EU Institutions on research actions and technology matters of particular importance to the software domain, and the overall aim is to enable the software and services sector help vitalize the great potential of the European economy and society. NESSI gathers Partners and Members from all over Europe, from industry, research centres and academia, and engages in close dialogue with the European Commission and other stakeholders on topics of relevance to NESSI, including cloud computing, cyber physical systems, and everything-as-a-service.
 
NESSI takes an active role in addressing future challenges of Europe, by working to ensure that sufficient resources are invested in leading-edge research and innovation for technologies in the software and service domain. Europe has to turn its outstanding R&I potential, its infrastructure and its technological environment into successful product development and marketable products in order to maintain its competitive edge.

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