Specific Programme for Research and Technological Development in the Field of Information Technologies (ESPRIT)

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Feb 1984, as European Strategic Programme for Research and Development in Information Technology, by Member States of the European Economic Community, initially as a 10-year programme. Extended under 4th Framework Programme for Community Research and Development (1994-1998). Organized through Directorate-General III of European Commission (EC). Ceased to exist under 5th Framework Programme, when united with Advanced Communications Technologies and Services Programme (ACTS) and TELEMATICS in Information Society Technologies Programme (IST Programme).


Focusing on needs of users and the market, and especially on firms in the European Union: develop recognized expertise in Europe in microprocessor technology, supercomputers and neural networks, new business organization methods and computer-assisted manufacturing; focus Europe's research and development effort by bringing together government representatives, industrialists and academics to concentrate on key areas of information technology and achieve a consensus on technological objectives; strengthen the technology base needed for commercial success through industrial research projects in key information technology (IT) areas at the precompetitive stage; transfer technology across national borders and from research laboratories and universities to industry.

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Annual working plan is drawn up by experts from industry and academies and takes account of technology development and national programmes in Europe and world-wide. Themes identify and focus on: IT for mobility; electronic commerce; information access and interfaces; learning and training in industry. The work programme is divided into 3 research topics and 8 domains:

1. (i) 'Long-term Research' - to ensure that potential for the next wave of industrial innovation is maintained and that expertise underpinning European information technology R and D is replenished in areas where it is most needed.

2. /Underpinning Technologies/ (ii) 'Software Technologies' - to maintain and enhance a strong base of high-quality, relevant skills and key technology that can be exploited in every sector of the European economy for which software development forms an important component of business activity; (iii) 'Technologies for Components and Subsystems' - furthers development and broad exploitation of a wide range of microelectronics solutions for electronic systems; (iv) 'Multimedia Systems' - supports development and uptake of multimedia tools and technology.

3. /Technology Integration/ (v) 'Open Microprocessor Systems Initiative (OMI)' - to provide Europe with a recognized capability in microprocessor and micro-controller system and promote their worldwide use; (vi) 'High-Performance Computing and Networking (HPCN)' - helps all sectors of industry exploit opportunities to add higher levels of intelligence, reach larger throughput or ensure shorter response times in products, processes or services; (vii) 'Technologies for Business Processes' - supports business change and transformation to take advantage of information technology, business process re-engineering and human resources; (viii) 'Integration in Manufacturing' - develops new IT solutions to accelerate and enhance the ability of European manufacturing industry to capitalize on the emergence of a powerful global information infrastructure.

Networks of Excellence (18) coordinated through Council of NoE Coordinators:

 • CaberNet - Esprit Network of Excellence in Distributed Computing Systems Architectures; originally referred to as Computing Architectures for Basic European Research; sub-title ESPRIT Basic Research Network of Excellence in Distributed Computing Systems Architecture;

 • CENET - concurrent engineering;

 • ERUDIT - uncertainty techniques, development for use in information technology;

 • European Computer Vision Network (ECVnet);

 • European Network of Excellence in Language and Speech (ELSNET), also referred to as European Network in Language and Speech;

 • European Network for Intelligent Information Interfaces (i3net);

 • EVONET - evolutionary computation;

 • HITEN - high temperature electronics;

 • HPCNET - high-performing computing;

 • ICIMS - intelligent control and integration of manufacturing systems;

 • MLNET - machine learning;

 • Model-Based and Qualitative Reasoning Systems Network (MONET);

 • Network of Excellence in Computational Logic (Compulog Net);

 • NEURONET - neural networks;

 • NEXUS - multifunctional microsystems;

 • PHANTOMS - mesoscopic systems;

 • RENOIR - requirements engineering;

 • SCENET - superconditioning.


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Subjects *

  • Industry
    • Manufacture
  • Research, Standards
    • Research
  • Informatics, Classification
    • Informatics
  • Technology
    • Technology
    • Electronics
  • Development
    • Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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12. Jan 2000
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