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EIT ICT Labs opens new satellite for innovation in Milan

Press Release   •   May 08, 2014 13:07 GMT

Starting May 2014, the EIT ICT Labs ecosystem in Italy is enriched with an innovation centre in Milan that functions as a satellite of the Trento Co-Location Centre. Milan is one of the economic hubs in Italy, with a very high concentration of students in technical areas and fertile environment of start-up incubation. Milan will host the Universal EXPO 2015, thus becoming a showcase for innovation activities addressed by EIT ICT Labs in the fields of Urban Life and Mobility, Smart Spaces, and Future Cloud.

EIT ICT Labs has opened a new innovation centre in Italy in Milan, which works as a satellite of the Italian node based in Trento. Through the opening of the Satellite, EIT ICT Labs leverages on the Milan important role in innovation in Europe. Milan is in particular recognized for developing infrastructures and initiatives for smart cities. That is a theme addressed by the EIT ICT Labs in innovation projects in the fields of Urban Life and Mobility, Smart Spaces, and Future Cloud.

The location of the Satellite has been selected also considering that Milan is the venue of the 2015 Universal EXPO, which is attracting significant investment and is transforming the city into an ideal experimental and showcase arena for projects where ICT is a key innovation enabler. The activities and investments linked to EXPO 2015 will leave a footprint in the city that will outlive the event itself and will keep Milan at the forefront of urban life experimentation and innovation.

The Satellite of Milan will work closely together with the Co-Location Centre of Trento and its strong partner network consisting of Italian excellences in ICT higher education, research and industry (CEFRIEL, Engineering, Federazione trentina della cooperazione, FIAT Research Centre (CRF), Poste Italiane, Reply, STMicroelectronics and Telecom Italia). The academic partners are CNR-National Research Council, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Trento RISE (which is grouping FBK and the University of Trento) and the Università di Bologna).

Milan is an important centre of innovation and creativity - says Prof. Dr. Willem Jonker, CEO of EIT ICT Labs – I am very glad that by opening a satellite in Milan, EIT ICT Labs firmly connects this environment".

The Italian Node has successfully integrated in the EIT ICT Labs family over the last two years in terms of infrastructures, innovation activities and education programmes – says Dr. Roberto Saracco, President of EIT ICT Labs Italy – It has been able to create a strong local ecosystem in Trento. Now, through the setup of a Satellite in Milan, the Italian Node proudly brings to the EIT ICT Labs Community another very strong ecosystem”.

The Milan Satellite will be hosted on CEFRIEL premises (Centre of Excellence for Innovation, Research and Education in the field of Information and Communication), with close links to the nearby education campus of the Politecnico di Milano.

"The affiliation of the CEFRIEL to the EIT ICT Labs – adds Alfonso Fuggetta, CEO of CEFRIEL – represents not only an important growth opportunity for the centre, but also helps to enrich and promote innovation activities of the EIT ICT Labs in Italy and strengthen international collaborations. CEFRIEL will make available its expertise to be an active part of the EIT ICT Labs and to promote ICT driven innovations for economic growth and quality of life in Europe."

About EIT ICT Labs

EIT ICT Labs is a pan-European ecosystem that unites global companies, top ranked universities and leading research centres in the area of innovation driven by ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). EIT ICT Labs is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an initiative of the European Union.

The mission of EIT ICT Labs is to drive European leadership in ICT innovation for economic growth and quality of life. By linking education, research and business, EIT ICT Labs empowers ICT top talents for the future and brings ICT innovations to life.

Since 2010, EIT ICT Labs is consistently mobilising talents, ideas, technologies, investments as well as business across Europe and beyond. The EIT ICT Labs’ network comprises nodes in Berlin, Helsinki, London, Stockholm, Paris, Eindhoven and Trento and associated partners in Budapest and Madrid.

For more information, visit www.eitictlabs.eu

About CEFRIEL

Cefriel works since 1988 as a Centre of Excellence for Innovation, Research and Education in the field of Information and Communication Technology. The primary objective of CEFRIEL is to strengthen existing ties between academic and business worlds in the innovative ICT sector. 

It enriches and complements activities carried out by its shareholders: Universities (Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi di Milano, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria), Public Authorities (Lombardy Region), and 15 leading multinational Companies in ICT and Media sectors. CEFRIEL designs a wide range of innovative products and services based on customer requirements, and integrate the most recent scientific research results, the best technologies available on the market, the emerging standards and the reality of the industrial processes.

For more information, visit http://www.cefriel.com/en/