Objectives

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With the aim to contribute to achieve the goals defined at the European Digital Agenda , IRI assumes the strategy defined at the Europe 2020 plan, in the ICT field and within its capacities. Among those objectives we highlight to maximise the social and economic potential of ICT, most notably the internet, a vital medium of economic and societal activity: for doing business, working, playing, communicating and expressing ourselves freely. All of this will provide people with a better quality of life through, for example; better health care, safer and more efficient transport solutions, cleaner environment, new media opportunities and easier access to public services and cultural content.

ICTs have direct impact in productivity and innovation, by facilitating creativity and management; in modernisation of public services, such as health, education or transport; and in advances of science and technology, by supporting cooperation, access to information, and knowledge extraction from data. IRI aims to contribute in the advance of all these areas through the development of cutting edge ICT tools.

In order to align IRI’s efforts with others in the computer science community for addressing the most relevant targets identified at European and worldwide level and achieving challenging goals, IRI’s strategy adopts a set of objectives from the European Commission’s Work Programme in the area of ICT. IRI does not pretend to cover all the objectives from the Work Programme, but a selected set of them. Accordingly, every new Work Programme defines and updates the IRI’s objectives.

The selected set of objectives and targets chosen by IRI from the current EC Work Programme, include:

Health research 2013

Research in health needs strong support from ICT technologies and the following are some topics of interest at IRI for the next years, that will likely be part of the new HEALTH-2013 Work Programme.

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ICT for Health, Ageing Well, Inclusion and Governance Virtual Physiological Human (ICT-2011.5.2)

Advanced ICT research for sustainable high-quality healthcare, demographic ageing, social and economic inclusion, and the governance of our societies.

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Predictive models and simulation of major diseases

Patient-specific predictive computer-based models and simulation of major diseases integrating medical, biological and environmental data. Exploration of the interaction and integration of environmental factors with Medical and biological factors enabling the development of predictive models and simulation for understanding the evolution and progression of major diseases.

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