– This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824990
The area of inspection and maintenance (I&M) robotics is continuously getting more and more attention from both the industry and research. Over the last years numerous companies within I&M robotics have appeared, and the industry pull for new solutions is larger than ever. I&M robotics now spans across a range of industries including energy distribution and generation, transportation, water, oil and gas, nuclear, and more. To take the next step into the future of I&M robotics we need to learn between industry segments instead of operating in silos.
The objective of this workshop is to identify overlaps and similarities between the different application domains (rail, oil and gas, nuclear, energy distribution, and more) to see how we can learn from each other and make use of synergies to further increase deployment of I&M robotics solutions and to focus the R&D efforts on the right problems needed to be solved in the long term. During the workshop, the participants will therefore share and discuss key aspects on I&M robotics including business-to-business (B2B) end-user needs, best practices, lessons learned, success stories, challenges, new business models, technology gaps and need for research in connection with I&M robotics across a range of industries – e.g., rail, oil and gas, nuclear, and energy distribution. We will also provide an update from first open call from the RIMA network of digital innovation hubs. The workshop will encourage interaction between the participants through an open brainstorming session following a set of presentations from the industry and research community.
The expected outcome of the workshop is a common understanding of which aspects of I&M robotics are relevant across industries. This can help suppliers to identify potential new markets for their services and products, end users to identify potential collaborators in other industries, and R&D communities to identify research challenges which may give a large impact as they span across industries. We will make a summary of the workshop available online, and based on the level of detail in the findings during the workshop.
Aksel Transeth, SINTEF
Ekkehard Zwicker, GE Inspection Robotics Maarit Sandelin, SPRINT Robotics
Start date: 4 March 2020
Start time: 10:45
End date: 4 March 2020
End time: 12:15
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