RTSI 2016

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2nd International Forum on Research and Technologies for Society and Industry
Bologna, Italy, 07/09/2016–09/09/2016

Research and innovation are the key enablers for structural and profitable changes towards a more sustainable economy able to create new job opportunities, as well as to fuel productivity and growth. Countries investing in research and innovation are more resilient to economic crisis, can better and more promptly react to the great societal challenges of our time, and perform better in the strong global competition that continuously and with unprecedented speed shapes economies and societies. Grounded on these evidences, the core purpose of this forum is to foster technological innovation and excellence in all the fields of primary interest for IEEE, including power systems, electronics, informatics, automation, and computer engineering, in order to promote the transition towards a vibrant innovation-based society. More specifically, the primary purposes of the RTSI series of events are:

  • to promote and to strengthen partnerships and cooperation between academia and industry;
  • to increase the public understanding and awareness of how engineering and technology can positively affect people quality of life;
  • to promote discussion between the research community and related government bodies about effective and successful research policies;
  • to disseminate recent advancements, research/technology solutions, and novel applications;
  • to discuss inter-disciplinary ideas and to promote cross-fertilizing cooperation between researchers working in different research areas.

In order to achieve these goals and after the technical and audience success of the first edition, the technical program of this flagship event includes panels, technical sessions, tutorials, and exhibitions. 

Panels are a fundamental feature of RTSI 2016. They are expected to bring together leading representatives from politics, industry, and academia for an interactive discussion about strategic issues. Specifically, the theme of the RTSI 2016 event "Technologies for smarter societies" is focused on how technology research and innovation can positively affect society, in terms of quality of life for individuals, better sustainability and quality of community living, and effectiveness and efficiency in managing smart society resources. Probable topics of panels for this edition will be: big data for smarter societies, IoT challenges and solutions, scalable and sustainable, ICT integration platforms, smart manufacturing, smart energy systems and buildings, ICT for green and green ICT, and innovative transportation solutions.

In tutorials, experts present challenging or emerging topics to young researchers or to the wide public.