Workshop | Boosting innovations and maximising societal impact. Role of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in I&M Robotics


Robots can overtake the most dangerous jobs in the sector of Inspection and Maintenance which are still largely done by humans: inspection and repair of oil pipelines, bridges, and other infrastructure. Despite its massive potential in increasing safety and productivity, the introduction of robots in I&M is still falling behind, with many opportunities unused. What are the Digital Innovation Hubs and how can they contribute to the widespread adoption of robotics in society? How can they enhance the implementation of robotics by SMEs and startups into their daily operations?

Together with experts Ebert von Vonderen and Christophe Leroux, in this workshop we talked about the role of DIHs and learned more on how they can help to close the knowledge gap of non-technological issues of robotics in I&M. Additionally, to discuss this topic from all angles, we brought representatives of the SMEs in this respected area.

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R4EU VR exhibition

The virtual reality exhibition is part of the Robotics4EU European project.

The vision of the exhibition was to make all innovations and robotics available to everyone in a virtual reality format, as it provides a great opportunity to bring together many companies on one platform and offer the most immersive experience. As we know, there are no similar exhibitions done before By participating in the project exhibition, companies will have the opportunity to market themselves and gain new business partners. The next step will be to showcase the exhibition at various innovation, technology and robotics events across Europe.

The R4EU virtual reality exhibition will also be available with or without 3D glasses in a two-dimensional format. Visitors can access websites, videos, presentations and 3D models of robots during the exhibition to explore. In addition, the exhibition aims to have partner companies from different disciplines so that different virtual exhibition spaces can be created by category. For example, categorise them as “Smart city”, “Education” and “Industry”.

The virtual exhibition has been created and developed in collaboration with specialists from the XR Centre at TalTech, a top Estonian university. During the development of the exhibition idea, a number of service providers were contacted in advance to develop the concepts. Different service providers had different visions and strategies, but the selected service provider had ideas that overlapped with our visions, which fit well with the project.

To get an idea of the potential of the exhibition and how visitors would view it, we created a rudimentary virtual version of the exhibition. After some changes, we started the project. As a first step, we contacted a number of European robotics and technology companies that had an actual physical product. Initially, only a few of them gave positive feedback and some of them agreed to participate in the future.

If you are interested in bringing your product or company to the exhibition, please get in touch with us!

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Workshop | Communicating innovation: What can we do better?

Have you ever seen a bridge collapse on TV? We only care about inspection and maintenance if it does not work. However, its implications and the new robotics applications are not always perceived with their due magnitude.

In this line, the adoption of robotics has become a vibrant topic not only in the technical realm but also in societal and political discussions and the subject matter of this workshop.

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Workshop | Agri-food robotics adoption and change (in Lithuanian)

The forth workshop organized by AgriFood Lithuania within the Robotics4EU project is an international workshop for everyone from robotics innovators, developers or policy makers to end users and society as a whole. The workshop aims to increase the awareness of stakeholders about non-technological challenges in robotics, such as potential ethical, legal, data security, privacy or socioeconomic issues. During the workshops, recognized experts shared their knowledge with the participants. In addition, competencies and experience are shared in working groups during the search for solutions to existing and potential non-technological challenges in the development and application of robotics.


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