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Sibiu Smart Systems

Hub Information

Hub Name
Sibiu Smart Systems
Local Name
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope
Regional

Description

Sibiu Smart Systems (SmaS) is a non-profit hub integrating theoretical and application-driven research, infrastructure and services of Connected Intelligence Research Center (INCON) and Hasso Plattner Institute for Knowledge Transfer (HPI). Both INCON and HPI are hosted within the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu in Romania and provide access to a vast network of international industrial partners and scientific institutions.

SmaS integrates Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cyber-physical social systems (CPSS) research with support activities for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs, to accelerate the adoption of innovative solutions by industry in the field of engineering cyber-physical systems and advanced human-machine systems (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, motion and biometric sensors).

SmaS provides the following services to regional SMEs to support their digital transformation:

  • Knowledge services, comprising activities for training, education and skills development, as well as raising awareness among local and regional companies about capabilities and benefits of AI and CPSS;
  • Technology services, enabling hands-on experience in the development and deployment of CPSS within the existing research infrastructure (e.g. production prototypes, open-source CPSS-development software);
  • Networking services, enabling connection to all relevant local and regional stakeholders to match needs and demands with offers and opportunities. Even more, considering previous and ongoing projects (ESI-founded, public-private, Horizon 2020), SmaS provides access to a European network for digitalization solutions.

Contact Data

Coordinator (University)
Connected Intelligence Research Center
http://centers.ulbsibiu.ro/incon/
Year Established
2015
Location
Strada Emil Cioran 4, Sibiu, 550025, Sibiu (Romania)
Website
http://centers.ulbsibiu.ro/incon/dih
Contact information
Pîrvu Bogdan-Constantin
bogdan.pirvu@ulbsibiu.ro
+40269436442

Organisation

Organizational form
(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)
Turnover
0-250.000
Number of employees
10-25

Technologies

  • Cyber physical systems
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Additive manufacturing

SmaS activities are fully correlated with Romania’s Digital Agenda 2020 strategy approved by the government in 2015, especially considering public investment in ICT to advance digitalization of society and industry (see below project DiFiCIL, founded in a framework programme of this Agenda). Moreover, SmaS’ activities are aligned with the Romanian Smart Specialization Strategy and RIS3 activities.

National projects:

  • DiFiCIL, ESI-funded research project, contract nr. 69/08.09.2016. The main goal of DiFiCIL is to create a sustainable team of experts that can analyse, design and implement complex cyber-physical social systems (CPSS). It includes fundamental and applicable research in the field of emergent technologies for Factories of the Future, the development of a technological infrastructure for the research in the field of cyber-physical social systems, and the identification of research themes that best reflect the regional industry requirements. Link:http://dificil.grants.ulbsibiu.ro/en/

 

International projects:

  • iPP4CPPS, open-call part of the H2020 CPSE Labs project, grand agreement no. 644400. The project aims to contribute for the optimization of the complete product-production cycle by having real-time information about machines, production process, product and perturbations into a platform that allows coping with uncertainties for the automatic scheduling and control. To achieve this optimization, an integrated multi-paradigm modelling and simulation platform has been used to evaluate key parts of the product-production cycle. On this basis, a realistic small-scale prototype system was constructed and coupled with the co-simulation to assess the inner complexity to engineer CPS-based production systems. Link: http://www.cpse-labs.eu/experiment.php?id=c3_uk_gs_ipp4cpps
  • DiGiFoF, Erasmus+ project. DiGiFoF proposes a network of innovation hubs where higher education institutions, enterprises, and training institutions come together to develop the basic skill profiles, trainings and teaching concepts as well as materials for design aspects of the Factory of the Future (FoF). This will provide modelling, simulation and analysis tools targeting smart manufacturing and product design, product-service systems, new organizational models for FoF, etc. Disciplines addressed by the network are: engineering (product design and engineering, automation, embedded systems etc.), computer science, information systems management, industrial management, service science, etc. Link: https://www.omilab.org/digifof.html
  • EUCogIII, FP7. EUCogIII is an European Commission funded network of excellence that targets to advance the understanding of artificial cognitive systems through a series of community outreach, scientific outlook, and education actions. Link: http://www.eucognition.org/  
  • COST IC1404 - Multi-Paradigm Modelling for Cyber-Physical Systems, European Science Foundation. COST IC1404 aims to promote the sharing of foundations, techniques, and tools and to provide educational resources, to both academia and industry by bringing together and disseminating knowledge and experiments on CPS problems and multi-paradigm modelling solutions. Link: www.cost.eu/domains_actions/ict/Actions/IC1404

Market and Services

Sectors

  • Agriculture and food
  • Education
  • Life sciences & healthcare
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Education and skills development
  • Other

Service Examples

Data mining for unexpected circumstances behaviour of dissimilar embedded systems

Client profile: Automotive supplier, Software and Hardware vendor.

Client needs: Identify regular and outliner patterns on data from dissimilar embedded systems.

Provided solution to meet the needs: Application of data mining algorithms to increase the quality of services provided by the client.

Status: ongoing.

Automatic Motorcycle Transmission Prototype

Client profile: Automotive supplier, Software and Hardware vendor.

Client needs: Prototype for an automatic gear change based on rpm/driving speed.

Provided solution to meet the needs: Prototype transmission designed (CAD), tested (FEA) and deployed as a functional system for the client.

Status: finalized

Training for the development on integrated hardware-software applications for automotive infotainment systems

Client profile: Automotive supplier, Software and Hardware vendor, SME (S.C. ProIT S.R.L Sibiu).

Client needs: Augmentation of employee knowledge to develop integrated hardware-software infotainment applications.

Provided solution to meet the needs: Professional training and technical consultancy for developing, testing and deployment of integrated hardware-software applications.

The solution included the engineering of embedded systems for automotive industry. Engineering means requirements specification and modelling, simulation, implementation and testing on automotive infotainment systems. The service included also the development and automated testing of SWYPE Keyboard type which emulates human behavior.

Status: finalized

Multi-paradigm approach for co-simulation and deployment of production systems

Client profile: Automotive supplier, Software and Hardware vendor, S.C. Continental S.R.L. Sibiu.
 

Client needs: Industrial use-case for testing the benefits and the maturity level of CPS-based technologies on a small-scale production system to reflect, as realistic and accurate as possible, the company’s real manufacturing and testing processes.
Provided solution to meet the needs: An integrated product-production co-simulation for CPS-based industrial control solution was designed and build by the University Lucian Blaga of Sibiu (ULBS). Moreover, a CPS-based production system prototype was also constructed by employing the combined INTO-CPS and 4DIAC platforms along-side 20-Sim as a proof-of-concept for a feasible and promising approach to engineer the factory of the future.

Status: finalized

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • European Social Fund
  • COSME
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources

Customers

Number of customers annually
0-5
Type of customers
  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations
  • Partners

    H2020 Projects

    • CPSELabs
      CPS Engineering Labs - expediting and accelerating the realization of cyber-physical systems

      CPS Engineering Labs - expediting and accelerating the realization of cyber-physical systems


      Smart cyber-physical systems (CPS) are considered to be the next revolution in ICT with lots of game-changing business potential for integrated services and products.

      Mastering the engineering of complex and trustworthy CPS is key to implementing CPS-based business models. Current CPS, however, are often engineered and maintained at very high cost and sometimes with unknown risks, and recent technological progress from R&D projects is not readily available to most innovators.

      The CPS Engineering Labs (CPSE Labs) therefore equips innovators - businesses, researchers, and students - with CPS engineering infrastructure, knowledge, and tools for realizing novel CPS-based products and services, with the explicit goal of expediting and accelerating the realization of smart CPS.  

      The CPSE Labs build upon existing R&D centres - in Madrid, Munich, Oldenburg, Newcastle, Stockholm, and Toulouse - and turn these already excellent regional clusters into world-class hotspots for CPS engineering.

      The design centers develop and maintain a common strategic innovation agenda for building up novel and complete CPS value chains.  Based on this strategy the CPSE Labs build up and maintain a portfolio of added-value experiments.

      Experiments are focused and fast-track and they have a clear innovation objective; they build upon results and achievements from large-scale national and European projects on the rigorous design of embedded systems and CPS.  Experience gained from experiments, validation results, and best practices, cross-cutting engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements of CPS are continuously integrated and disseminated by the CPSE Labs.  

      The CPSE Labs' marketplace provides an open forum for sharing platforms, architectures, and software tools for the engineering of dependable and trustworthy CPS. The ultimate goal is to establish a CPS engineering framework which sets a world-wide standard.

    • BEinCPPS
      Business Experiments in Cyber Physical Production Systems

      Business Experiments in Cyber Physical Production Systems


      BEinCPPS Innovation Action aims to integrate and experiment a CPS-oriented Future Internet-based machine-factory-cloud service platform firstly intensively in five selected Smart Specialization Strategy Vanguard regions (Lombardia in Italy, Euskadi in Spain, Baden Wuertemberg in Germany, Norte in Portugal, Rhone Alpes in France), afterwards extensively in all European regions, by involving local competence centers and manufacturing SMEs. The final aim of this Innovation Action is to dramatically improve the adoption of CPPSs all over Europe by means of the creation, nurturing and flourishing of CPS-driven regional innovation ecosystems, made of competence centers, manufacturing enterprises and IT SMEs.The BE in CPPS project stems upon three distinct pillars:• A FI-based three-layered (machine-factory-cloud) open source platforms federation, integrated from state-of-the-art R&I advances in the fields of Internet of Things, Future Internet and CPS / Smart Systems and able to bi-directionally interoperate data pertaining to the machine, the factory and the cloud levels.• A pan-European SME-oriented experimentation ecosystem. In a first phase of the project, the five Champions will provide requirements to the platforms integrators. In a second phase, an Open Call for IT SMEs developers (applications experiments) will award 10 third parties. In a final third phase, the extended platform will be instantiated and deployed in additional 10 third parties equipment experiment SMEs.• A well-founded method and toolbox for Innovation management, where an existing TRL-based methodology for KETs technology transfer will be enriched by a CPPS certification, education and training programme for young talents and experienced blue collar workers and by a well-founded three-fold (objectives-variables-indicators) method for results assessment and evaluation.

    • HORSE
      Smart integrated Robotics system for SMEs controlled by Internet of Things based on dynamic manufacturing processes

      Smart integrated Robotics system for SMEs controlled by Internet of Things based on dynamic manufacturing processes


      HORSE aims to bring a leap forward in the manufacturing industry proposing a new flexible model of smart factory involving collaboration of humans, robots, AGV’s (Autonomous Guided Vehicles) and machinery to realize industrial tasks in an efficient manner. HORSE proposes to foster technology deployment towards SMEs by developing a methodological and technical framework for easy adaptation of robotic solutions and by setting up infrastructures and environments that will act as clustering points for selected application areas in manufacturing and for product life cycle management (production and/or maintenance and/or product end of life). The main strategy builds on existing technology and research results in robotics and smart factories and integrates them in a coherent framework. The suitability of the resulting framework is not only driven by but will be validated with end-users - manufacturing companies- in two steps: In the first, the joint iterative development of the framework together with selected end-users will take place (Pilot Experiments). In the second, its suitability and transferability to further applications will be validated with new end users, which are recruited by an Open Call mechanism. The novel approaches of HORSE are the integration of concepts such as (physical) human-robot interaction, intuitive human-machine interfaces, and interaction between different robots and machines into an integrated environment with pre-existing machines and workflows. Safety of the human worker as well as reduction of health risks through physical support by the robotized equipment will contribute to better overall manufacturing processes. In these, pre-defined workflows to be customized are the basis for servitisation, for the entire value chain that allow rapid reconfiguration of the robots based collaborative production processes. HORSE aims to foster advanced manufacturing technology deployment by industries and especially SMEs.

    • RobMoSys
      Composable Models and Software for Robotics Systems

      Composable Models and Software for Robotics Systems


      RobMoSys will coordinate the whole community’s best and consorted effort to build an open and sustainable, agile and multi-domain European robotics software ecosystem.
      RobMoSys envisions an integration approach built on-top-of, or rather around, the current code-centric robotic platforms, by means of the systematic application of model-driven methods and tools that explicitly focus on (system-of-) system integration. As proven in many other engineering domains, model-driven approaches are the most suitable approach to manage integration that is intended to be “all-inclusive” with respect to technologies and stakeholder groups.
      RobMoSys will enable the management of the interfaces between different roles (robotics expert, domain expert, component supplier, system integrator, installation and deployment, operation) and separated concerns in an efficient and systematic way by making the step change to a set of fully model-driven methods and tools for engineering robotics systems.
      RobMoSys will drive the non-competitive part of building the eco-system aiming at turning community involvement into active support for an ecosystem of professional quality and scope. It will provide, based on broad involvement via two Open Calls, important concretizations for many of the common robot functionalities (sensing, planning, control in the broad sense). It will fulfill two complementary missions: (1) establish a common methodology enabling a composition-oriented approach to address complexity in robotics and face the integration burden caused by type diversity, target diversity and platform diversity; (2) stimulate and boost an ecosystem of methodology-based toolchains that supports the interaction of separated roles.
      RobMoSys is designed for widest inclusion - from the very beginning and throughout the overall course of the project - of the expertise and body of knowledge of the robotics community and of related relevant technology and application domains (Tier-1 concept).

    • TETRAMAX
      TEchnology TRAnsfer via Multinational Application eXperiments

      TEchnology TRAnsfer via Multinational Application eXperiments


      The major objective of TETRAMAX is to provide an implementation of the European “Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE)” initiative in the domain of customized low energy computing (CLEC) for CPS and the IoT. The project builds on three major activity lines: (1) Stimulating, organizing, co-funding, and evaluating different types of cross-border Application Experiments, providing “EU added value” via innovative CLEC technologies to first-time users and broad markets in European ICT-related industries, (2) Building and leveraging a new European CLEC competence center network, offering technology brokerage, one-stop shop assistance and CLEC training to SMEs and mid-caps, and with a clear evolution path towards new regional digital innovation hubs where needed, and (3) Paving the way towards self-sustainability based on pragmatic and customized long-term business plans. The project impact will be measured based on well-defined, goal-oriented performance indicators. The immediate ambition of TETRAMAX within its duration is to support 50+ industry clients and 3rd parties in the entire EU with innovative technologies, leading to an estimated revenue increase of 25 Mio. € based on 50+ new or improved CLEC-based products, 10+ entirely new businesses/SMEs initiated, as well as 30+ new permanent jobs and significant cost and energy savings in product manufacturing. Moreover, in the long term, TETRAMAX will be the trailblazer towards a reinforced, profitable, and sustainable ecosystem infrastructure, providing CLEC competence, services and a continuous innovation stream at European scale, yet with strong regional presence as preferred by SMEs.

    • Smart4Europe
      Catalysing Digitisation throughout Europe

      Catalysing Digitisation throughout Europe


      The project Smart4Europe responds to ICT-04-2017, Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) Initiative, scope b), Coordination and Support Actions. In recent years innovation in products and services is to an increasing extent based on digitisation. Prominent examples are consumer products like smart phones, autonomous driving, Industrie 4.0 etc. Digitisation enables enhanced or new functionalities in most products and services. A key question is “How to optimise the transformation of this potential?” Especially SMEs need an easy access to digitisation technologies. Here SAE will help by pooling different offers in a one-stop-shop.
      The concept of Smart4Europe is to serve SAE at three levels:
      • the Commission
      • projects aligned to SAE and
      • all parties interested in SAE, with a focus on SMEs and mid-caps.

      The ultimate goals of Smart4Europe are to provide support in:
      • reinforcing the collaboration between projects supported under SAE
      • increasing their outreach and impact
      • providing wide coverage of stakeholders in technological, application, innovation, and geographic terms.
      In order to achieve this, Smart4Europe will expand an existing website to create an Innovation Portal, provide a service centre; facilitate brokerage; coordinate communication and dissemination activities; help in sharing best practices and experiences; create a Technology Radar to identify technologies SAE can benefit from; and last but not least, establish links to regional/national initiatives to leverage investments and stimulate growth.
      Smart4Europe is driven by a strong consortium of partners that have already demonstrated their commitment and engaged for several years in shaping the SAE Initiative. Under the SAE umbrella there will be a growing number of projects, focusing on different technology domains and positions in the innovation cycle – Smart4Europe will include all of them, bringing together the community, helping it to grow organically and catalysing digitisation throughout Europe.

    • FED4SAE
      Federated CPS Digital Innovation Hubs for the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative

      Federated CPS Digital Innovation Hubs for the Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative


      The overall ambition of the FED4SAE innovation action (IA) is to boost and sustain the digitization of the European industry by strengthening competitiveness in Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and embedded system markets. In alignment with the "Smart Anything Everywhere" initiative goals, FED4SAE will:
      - Create a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) by leveraging existing regional ecosystems across full value chains and a range of competencies. DIHs will enable both tech and non-tech innovative Third parties (Startups SMEs, Midcaps) from any sector to build new products and services with “digital inside”.
      - Act as a European added-value one-stop-shop to facilitate innovators-suppliers cross-border partnerships which will accelerate innovation in products and processes of European Third parties by providing technical, industrial and innovation management expertise. This will lead to quantifiable increases in market shares, productivity, industrial capacities of the Third parties, and a broader adoption of CPS and embedded systems solutions.
      - Link innovators to investors associated to DIHs to reach out to further funding opportunities and enable the next steps of the Third parties’ developments after completing their application experiments (AEs).
      - Ensure the self-sustainability of the DIHs pan-European network by developing cooperation with regional organizations and key stakeholders engaging public and or private investment to fund FED4SAE network activities.
      FED4SAE is built upon the key learnings obtained in the EuroCPS, Gateone-project, CPSE Labs IAs. FED4SAE will leverage the best practices related to Third party engagement, submission, evaluation and selection of AEs. FED4SAE will give birth to a competitive ecosystem where European Startups, SMEs and Midcaps will thrive as they access to leading technology sources, competencies and industrial platforms and also to well-connected business infrastructures and existing regional innovation hubs.

    • MIDIH
      Manufacturing Industry Digital Innovation Hubs

      Manufacturing Industry Digital Innovation Hubs


      VISION: By 2023, Europe will set the reference for the Industry 4.0 market: European CPS/IOT Open Digital Platforms providers will be able to flexibly and dynamically connect the Real World with digital Enterprise Systems through common open standards; European ICT SMEs will be growing fast through leadership in data-driven smart Industry 4.0 services; European Manufacturing SMEs will successfully compete globally with innovative products and services, digitised Industry 4.0 processes and innovative business models, involving their workforce at all levels in this Digital Transformation innovations.
      MISSION. The MIDIH 4.0 project aims at implementing the fast, dynamic, borderless, disruptive side of the I4MS innovation coin: technological services (interactive try-on demos, webinars, challenges, hackathons and awards) will be driven by young and dynamic ICT talents virtually meeting older and experienced manufacturing engineers in a one-stop-shop global marketplace; business services (ideas incubation, business acceleration, demand-offer matchmaking and brokerage, access to finance) will support SMEs, startups, web entrepreneurs as well as corporates in the delivery of innovative products and services, in accessing new markets, in fund-raising; skills building services (serious and role games, participative lessons and webinars, virtual experiments in physical teaching factories, professional courses for existing technicians as well as for executives) will not only help SMEs and corporates understand the new technologies, but also take full advantage of them, providing an operational framework that will stimulate trust, confidence and investments.
      The MIDIH project is an inclusive Innovation Action of 21 beneficiaries coming from 12 EU Countries, including, Competence  Centers, Digital Innovation Hubs, CPS/IOT Technology Providers as well as Lighthouse Manufacturing Industries. A two-iteration Open Call will help achieve a critical mass of cross-border experiments.

    • ESMERA
      European SMEs Robotics Applications

      European SMEs Robotics Applications


      The objective of ESMERA is to support EU SMEs in materializing, testing and promoting robotic technologies through:
      - Providing industrial challenges defined by key EU companies, stimulating SMEs to compete by developing and promoting new technologies that address real life problems and thus already have a market
      - Engaging a number of Competence Centres (CCs) that can provide an easily accessible environment for developing, evaluating, testing, and demonstrating novel robotic technologies.
      - Offering direct financial support through a cascade funding mechanism to supplement the technical excellence offered by the CCs, allowing prototype/product creation and promotion
      - Offering mentoring and support in developing business cases and managing the complete chain from “idea to market product” by EU champions in robotics that have successfully undergone the process
      To achieve these objectives ESMERA involves 4 renowned robotics CCs (LMS, CEA, TUM, TEKNIKER) and 3 industrial partners/ facilitators (R U Robots, Blue Ocean Robotics, COMAU) who are at the forefront of EU robotics technology development. The project aspires to realize research experiments in two phases:
      - Phase 1 – Proof of concept: Carrying out 32 experiments organized in 2 Groups competing under 8 different challenges from 4 industrial sectors (energy, manufacturing, agri-food, construction). CCs will be supporting development activities with technical expertise and access to their state of the art facilities and equipment.
      - Phase 2 - Industrial Leadership and Business Support: Selecting 16 Challenge winners and providing further means for industrialization and commercialization of their solutions. Further RTD support by the centres and mentoring on business models and market outreach by the project facilitators.

      Taking lessons from challenges ran all over the world, we expect this approach will have a major impact on economy in EU regions on employment, market, businesses, skills and competitiveness.

    • HUBCAP
      DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS

      DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS


      HUBCAP will provide a one-stop-shop for European SMEs wanting to join the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) revolution. It builds on seven established Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in seven European countries, each embedded in its regional innovation ecosystem, offering complementary technical expertise, experimental capabilities, and specialist knowledge in CPS application domains. From this base, HUBCAP will create a growing and sustainable European network offering SMEs opportunities to undertake experiments, seek investment, access expertise and training, and form new business links. This is enabled by a cloud-based open collaboration platform with a ‘sandbox’ capability to help users trial new technology.
      HUBCAP will lower barriers for SMEs to realise the potential of growing autonomy in CPSs by accessing advanced Model-Based Design (MBD) technology, providing training and guidance, and acting as a gateway to the full network of all registered DIHs specialising in CPS. Half the project funding will go to supporting SMEs, including open call funding for SMEs join the ecosystem and experiment with MBD technology. HUBCAP will extend an existing open collaboration platform to enable SMEs to co-create, analyse and validate new CPS products in a virtual setting, by accessing CPS assets (models, tools, services) and experimenting with new solutions, de-risking investments in skills or resources.
      The consortium’s DIHs have been chosen to cover complementary MBD capabilities. They represent a wide area of Europe and offer considerable experience in Innovation Actions, managing open calls, and outreach to businesses. Technology providers will help populate and validate the initial collaboration platform and carefully selected seed SMEs will assist in kickstarting the ecosystem and reaching out to entirely new users of MBD technologies. HUBCAP will ensure sustainability through a not-for-profit association to extend and maintain the network and platform after the project.

    • DIH-World
      DIH-World - Accelerating deployment and matureness of DIHs for the benefit of Digitisation of European SMEs

      DIH-World - Accelerating deployment and matureness of DIHs for the benefit of Digitisation of European SMEs


      DIH-World aims to accelerate the uptake of advanced digital technologies by European manufacturing SMEs in all sectors and support them in building sustainable competitive advantages and reaching global markets strengthening the capacities of regional DIHs, particularly in underrepresented regions across Europe. As intermediaries of successful local SME digital transformation, DIH World, aims at providing DIHs, access to harmonised tools, well proven technologies, effective methodologies, sound knowledge, smart investment sources, rich training assets and overall a vibrant innovation environment. The final aim is to accelerate the matureness of DIHs and the development of their collaboration capabilities, and avoid a DIH divide due to lack of access to technologies, skills, networks, investment and infrastructures with special emphasis in underrepresented regions; so they can capitalise and leverage on the European DIHs Networks their resources and facilities for the benefit of their local SMEs. This will be achieved thanks to the: DIH-World platform, that will provide a full coverage of the services needed by the DIHs and the SMEs willing to identify the right DIH for them, the DIH-Academy that will provide the tools to train DIHs and bring them to the next level, Open calls for experiments, that will provide sufficient technological support to SMEs and midcaps. As well as with a broad geographical coverage, with more than 26 countries to be covered in Europe including specific activities to involve regional and national actors in the DIH network.

    • VOJEXT
      Value Of Joint EXperimentation in digital Technologies for manufacturing and construction

      Value Of Joint EXperimentation in digital Technologies for manufacturing and construction


      The VOJEXT project aims at providing a favourable business and technological framework to enable matchmaking and encourage producers and adopters (mainly SMEs including small crafters) of Cognitive autonomous systems for human-robot interaction, specially “cobots”, dynamizing science-driven industry approaches for the European industry.  For this purpose VOJEXT will design, develop, validate and demonstrate affordable, market-oriented, agile, multipurpose and easy-to-repurpose, autonomous, mobile and dexterous robotic systems as the main component of a smart, agile and scalable cognitive CPS for industry; under the vision of providing Value Of Joint EXperimenttion (VOJEXT) in digital technologies to manufacturing and construction industry; while having DIHs as drivers of innovation based economic development in Europe. t
      VOJEXT will demonstrate its value by deploying the solution through a 42-months work plan scaling the project to at least 5 additional different markets; starting with 5 experimental pilots (and 9 SMEs) in the plastic textile, electronics, automotive, construction and creative architecture for urban regeneration, VOJEXT cover traditional and non-traditional areas for AI-robotics and cognitive ICT developments; aiming to extend to 15 experimental pilots, integrating 20 more SMEs through open calls. The open calls will foster scientific and business driven innovation together Digital Innovation Hubs led by UPM-AIR4S (Spain), together with other 3 DIHs – Fortiss (Germany), PIAP (Poland) and EMC2 (France). These Open Calls will gather the most innovative SMEs, that will bring new challenges into project’s pilots and propose alternative scenarios. Moreover, the project will carry out with 2 S+T+ARTS residencies, that will allow artists stimulate the creation of new product in different contexts and support creative craft experimental pilots in Italy. DIHs will create a new niched oriented offering based on VOJEXT technical areas and for crafting sector.

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