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What are enabling technologies?

Enabling technologies are knowledge-intensive technologies that have been identified as innovation-inducing, and that could potentially lead to major disruptions in the economy and society.

Enabling technologies are classified by:

1. High degree of knowledge integrated

2. Rapid adoption

3. High capital investment requirement capital

4. High impact

5. Combination of innovations

What are they and how are they classified?

Enabling technologies are presented in 7 broad groups, and in turn organised by technology descriptors, under which the various specific technologies are under which the different specific technologies are classified.

Artificial Intelligence and Computing

  • Data generation and handling technologies
  • Effective data processing infrastructures and platforms
  • Big data analytics technologies
  • Machine learning technologies

Advanced Industrial Technologies

  • Smart manufacturing and processes
  • High performance manufacturing and processes
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Smart logistics and distribution
  • Integrated bio-refineries
  • Green propulsion technologies
  • Robotics

Cyber Connectivity

  • Advanced human-machine interfaces
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Human-computer robot
  • Human-computer/Robot interaction
  • Next generation networks and communications
  • Outdoor & Indoor positioning technologies

Cyber Security

  • Data security and privacy technologies
  • Distributed identity and trust management technologies
  • ICT Infrastructure protection technologies
  • Quantum resistant cryptography
  • Security and privacy by design tools

Biotechnologies/Life Science Technologies

  • Biology automation technologies
  • Biosensors and biochips
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Neurotechnologies
  • Omics technologies
  • Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering
  • Synthetic biology

Micro-/Nano-Electronics and Photonics

  • AI Chips and neuromorphic computing
  • Laser-based technologies
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Photonics integrated circuits & biophotonics
  • Quantum technologies
  • Smart actuators
  • Smart sensors

Advanced materials and Nanotechnology

  • 2D Materials
  • Bio-based materials
  • Biomaterials/Medical materials
  • Synthetic biology
  • High-efficiency energy converters and accumulators
  • High performance materials
  • Nano technologies
  • Smart and multifunctional materials, devices and infrastructures