ICT 2018: Imagine Digital – Connect Europe

ICT 2018 took place in Vienna on 4-6 December 2018. This research and innovation event focused on the European Union’s priorities in the digital transformation of society and industry. It presented an opportunity for the people involved in this transformation to share their experience and vision of Europe in the digital age.


Three project team members (prof. Mariana Mocanu,PhD, lecture Silvia Anton, PhD and eng. Silvia Bădulescu) and two doctoral students that are involved in researches related to smart data and services for water management (Alexandru Predescu and Ciprian Nuţescu), all from UPB, participated at the event.

The conference programme of the 2018 edition featured 6 plenary sessions on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Next Generation Internet, Digital Skills and High-Performance Computing. Speakers from policy circles, academia, civil society and industry highlighted their perspectives and priorities, and discussed how each can contribute to the successful digital transformation of Europe.

Conference – plenary and parallel sessions

  • Artificial Intelligence – the European way
  • Realising the potential of data for the economy and open science
  • Digital Innovation Hubs now and in the future
  • IMAGINE18 – Responsible AI of the Future
  • IMAGINE18 – 3 in 1 – Smart Living, Trustworthy IoT and Datamarket
  • Realising the potential of data for the economy and open science
  • Blockchain: Will Europe lead the future of trusted distributed ledger technology?

Networking sessions

  • Driving Digital Transformation – The need for Governing Data Value
  • Artificial Intelligence in Horizon 2020 & Horizon Europe
  • Impact of the Data-driven AI in business sectors
  • Data Science Skills for Society: From Big Data to AI, robotics and beyond
  • Smart water services: The Digital Water Action Plan
  • Data-Smart cities: Moving from analog to analytics-driven decision-making
  • EU funded projects towards a Smart Water Task Force

Work programme sessions

  • ICT-24-2018-2019 – Next Generation Internet – An Open Internet Initiative
  • DT-GOVERNANCE-12-2019-2020 – Pilot on using the European cloud infrastructure for public administrations
  • DT-ICT-01-2019 – Smart Anything Everywhere


The most important sessions to which we participated was:

Smart water services: The Digital Water Action Plan


EU funded projects towards a Smart Water Task Force


ICT 2018 Exhibition