Over recent years, information and communication technology (ICT) has had a huge impact and brought many changes to all our lives and there is currently no indication that further changes to come in the future will be any slower or less disruptive. ICT permeates just about all areas of everyday life, be it work, leisure time or our interaction with the world around us.
Having started out as a niche discipline, ICT has become a fundamental and integral part of our lives and is now essential in linking the most diverse fields of science and business. This leads to the emergence of new application areas and disciplines at the relevant interfaces such as, for example, links between products or energy supply and informatics (Industry 4.0, smart grids), demographic challenges and informatics (AAL), automotive engineering and informatics (autonomous driving) or medicine, biology and informatics (bioinformatics) to name but a few examples.
Indeed, it is the increasing links between information (usually in the form of data) and communication in particular that are creating new challenges, opportunities and areas of application.
Effective applied research funding monitors and influences such developments and thus provides Austria’s enterprises and research institutions with targeted support in their ICT research efforts.
The funding initiative "ICT of the Future" was launched by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) in 2012 and offers a range of different programmes:
This brochure highlights the wide range of topics related to "ICT of the Future" by showcasing specific funded projects with a focus on the national funding programme of the same name.