European Research in Micro-Nano-Technology and Systems: Opportunities in Framework Programe 7

Conference: Smart Systems Integration 2008 - 2nd European Conference & Exhibition on Integration Issues of Miniaturized Systems - MOMS, MOEMS, ICS and Electronic Components
04/09/2008 - 04/10/2008 at Barcelona, Spain

Proceedings: Smart Systems Integration 2008

Pages: 7Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Albuquerque, Augusto de (European Commission, 1049 Brussels, Belgium)

The European Research Programmes in the area of Microsystems started in the early 90's with a focus on Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems. Since then, the interest has grown into more complex systems combining sensing, processing and actuating, involving different disciplines and integrating different technologies, and making Microsystems technology expand to the field of 'Smart Integrated Systems'. Today the attention is focused on the increasing complexity and miniaturization of the systems, networking capabilities and autonomy. The recently launched 7th Framework Programme and the coordination of national and regional research initiatives will help to realize the research agenda for this strategic field for Europe. This paper will give some results of ongoing initiatives, some visions and an outlook for the future with an emphasisfocus on Micro and nanosystems.