i2CAT Talks: Present and Future of Research in Digital Infrastructures


On October 2nd, the i2CAT Foundation organized the first session of the i2CAT Talks to share the state of the art and future vision for research in digital infrastructures to its stakeholders. The session took place at the Center of Telecommunications and Information Technologies (CTTI), an organism depending on the Government of Catalonia.

The attendees had the opportunity to learn from real examples of pioneering initiatives that are currently taking place at the United Kingdom and the United States of America from Professor PhD Dimitra Simeonidou and Mr. Inder Monga, both members of the Scientific Advisory Board at the i2CAT Foundation.

The Secretary for Digital Policy, Government of Catalonia, Mr. David Ferrer i Canosa, opened the conference stressing the importance of advanced digital infrastructures for Catalonia in order to enable a strong ecosystem of both public and private companies, as well as to improve and innovate in public services for the citizen.

The session started with a talk by Mr. Monga, Executive Director of ESnet, a high-capacity network that interconnects the U.S. National Laboratory System, who presented the FABRIC project, which was recently funded by the National Science Foundation and works to deploy an infrastructure to validate new Internet architectures.

Professor Simeonidou, a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, co-Director of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute (BDFI) and Director of the Smart Internet Lab, explained the 5G pilot tests lead by her team in Bristol, as well as the work of the recently created Bristol Digital Futures Institute, which will promote open innovation, co-creation and co-production across academic disciplines in partnerships with industry and communities.