Digital Innovation Hub

Are you an SME or Midcap interested in digital transformation and robotic solutions?

Are you a DIH interested in
collaboration between industry and artists?

Leveraging the latest offerings from Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), VOJEXT is dedicated to fostering the generation and integration of innovative concepts in the market, in alignment with producers and adopters of collaborative robotics.

DIHs, crucial players within innovation ecosystems and technology enablers, play a significant role in promoting the adoption of digital technologies – particular the seamless integration of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and collaborative robots (cobots) within the manufacturing and construction sectors. 

By disseminating technical expertise widely, facilitating experimentation, fostering cross-sectoral collaboration, and facilitating investments, DIHs create a unique opportunity for SMEs and mid-cap enterprises to enhance their competitiveness and become trendsetters in this field.

The consortium has united four DIHs and seven additional DIH representatives who bring their expertise to the table. They collaborate with manufacturing companies and IT developers from academic and industrial backgrounds to engage in cooperative learning and design aimed at real-world experimental pilot scenarios.

VOJEXT focuses on cutting edge technologies developed on four main topics:

Services provided by DIHs ​

Toward AI proof of concept

This service aims to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies. It encompasses POC research conducted by IMT Atlantique (at TRL levels 4-6) and POC for AI/Robotics by Capacités (at TRL levels 7-8), facilitating the validation of ideas in advance of full-scale industrial implementation.

DIH DIVA Pays de la Loire, Pôle EMC2

Josselyn.touzeau@pole-emc2.fr

Workshop Design AI

Interdisciplinary Innovation Workshop by Nantes Université.

Interested in harnessing AI but unsure where to begin? Join our Design AI Workshop at EDIH DIVA. Spend a day mapping out possibilities to address your specific needs.

DIH DIVA Pays de la Loire, Pôle EMC2

Josselyn.touzeau@pole-emc2.fr

Semantic data integration and interpretation

We demonstrate the strategic utilization of synergy effects through semantic data integration and interpretation of heterogeneous data sources and information streams.

FORTISS

kuemmel@fortiss.org

Knowledge-based Systems Engineering

The Robotics Labs showcase the practical applications of a knowledge-based engineering approach, aiding in the design and configuration of robot systems while enhancing the autonomy of robot-based automation solutions.

FORTISS

kuemmel@fortiss.org

Software engineering

Part of our engineering services, related to:

C, C++, Python, JavaScript coding
Dedicated operating systems
Web technologies-based systems
Hardware optimisation

Łukasiewicz-PIAP

creative@piap.pl

Control systems

Part of our R&D services, related to:

Development of command and control units
Development of control network involving various communication standards
Development and optimisation of control algorithms
Autonomy of operation
Distributed control networks

Łukasiewicz-PIAP

creative@piap.pl

Access to finance

Many DIHs offer support for initiating collaborative R&D projects and can aid in identifying funding opportunities. Our dedicated project managers are here to guide you in developing your project and accessing funding from regional, national, or European sources.

Germany

FORTISS

Poland

Łukasiewicz-PIAP

Spain

UPM

tbc

Maturity assessment, Skills & trainings

DIHs can assist you in identifying your specific requirements and evaluating your company’s digital maturity in the context of AI and digitalisation.

Germany

FORTISS

Poland

Łukasiewicz-PIAP

Spain

UPM

tbc

Networking

DIHs assist industries in exploring, comprehending, and experimenting with technologies to enable SMEs to maintain their competitiveness in the global market. Various activities, including networking events like technical workshops, academic meetings, business conventions, and other networking gatherings, are implemented to foster the emergence of project ideas within the DIH ecosystems.

Germany

FORTISS

Poland

Łukasiewicz-PIAP

Spain

UPM

tbc

VOJEXT project brings together Digital Innovation Hubs interested in AI, robotic solutions and artistic dimension to support innovation.

Our focus on Artistic dimension!

An increasing number of high-tech companies worldwide emphasize the role of creativity in innovation. In addition to scientific and technological skills, creativity is considered a critical factor for innovation, delivering value to society. More and more (high-tech) companies throughout the world assert that, in addition to scientific and technological skills, one of the critical skills needed for innovation to happen, and to be of value for society, is creativity. Since creativity is rooted in artistic practices, the expertise and practice of artists can directly drive and influence innovation in technology.

They provide fresh perspectives, inspire innovative directions, and serve as catalysts for responsible transformations of technology into products and new models for society, the environment, and the economy. Recognizing this synergy, the European Commission introduced the STARTS Initiative – Innovation at the Intersection of Science, Technology, and the Arts – in 2015. The primary objective of the STARTS initiative is to involve artists in innovation projects.

Our approach is grounded in the recognition of the added value and unforeseen outcomes that arise from interdisciplinary collaborations, benefiting both artists and technical collaborators involved.

Drawing from the project’s experience and the expertise of our partners, VOJEXT will facilitate knowledge exchange among DIHs, fostering a collective reflection on how the artistic dimension can enhance their services and engage their members.

In the framework of the Digital Innovation Hub (DIHs) initiatives and long-term sustainability, the project aims to create a network gathering European DIHs interested in AI and robotic solutions. The 4 DIH core partners in VOJEXT (FORTISS, PIAP, EMC2 and UPM) – together with External Expert Advisory Board members will work on building a community aiming to:

Promote European cooperation and innovation
among DIHs and their members

Assess and exchange experiences
for close collaboration

Encourage collaboration and serve as intermediary
to connect technology suppliers and end users,
matching capabilities and demands in Europe

Share knowledge about the funding opportunities
to foster innovation in respective ecosystems, in particular
regarding regional S3 strategies

Identify and exchange knowledge on AI,
robotics and manufacturing

Investigate the applicability of the VOJEXT project
results to the widest possible industrial community

VOJEXT consortium is in the process of defining and structuring the activities of the network and will involve interested DIHs to contribute.