Invitation Press Meeting, December 8, 2004 - 1.00 p.m., BRUSSELS: The Internet of the Future - A European Challenge - Inauguration of the Autonomic Communication Forum

On 8 December 2004 in Brussels the inaugural meeting of Autonomic Communication Forum will take place in the presence of

- Dr. Ulf Dahlsten, Director Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures, DG Information Society of the European Commission

- Prof. Dr. Radu Popescu-Zeletin, Chair of ACForum and director of Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin

and other high-rank officials of the IT industry and leading European research organisations.

More than 45 industrial companies and research institutes from across the whole of Europe have come

together in this Forum in a common endeavour to define the future of communications - and of Internet,

the worldwide communication infrastructure. The Initiative is founded on the belief that a radical paradigm

shift towards a self-organising, self-managing and context-aware autonomous network, considered in a

technological, social and economic context, is the only adequate response to the increasingly high complexity

and demands now being placed on the Internet. Europe has the capacities and the expertise to meet this

challenge and to set new international standards.

The Forum is strictly related to the new research area "Situated and Autonomic Communications" launched

by the Future and Emerging Technologies unit of the IST (Information Society Technologies) research

programme of the European Commission.

Registration is free but, due to room limitations, absolutely necessary; please use


Press Contact:

Dr. Gudrun Quandel

Corporate Communications

Kaiserin-Aiugusta-Allee 31

10589 Berlin

Tel +49 30 3463 7212

Tel +49 30 3463 8000

Mail: quandel@fokus.fraunhofer.de