PostedTuesday, January 11, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Brief interview given to RIE4EU, the robotics project umbrella for the industrial robotics invitiatives at EU level.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I was trained in AI and decision theory at the end of the 1980's, and received a PhD in AI applied to robotics. For more than 35 years, I have been working at the robotics Unit of CEA in applications of robotics for hazardous environments (nuclear, underwater) and in assistive robotics for the autonomy of quadriplegic people. I am a project manager and a member of euRobotics AISBL board of directors and I am also active in setting up the European co-programmed partnership ADRA on AI, Data and Robotics.
Well I think that the biggest impact will be by AI, HPC, sensors, 5G/6G and the cybersecurity to facilitate deployment and effectiveness of solutions.
The role of DIHs in the acceleration of robotics innovations of the EU is the offering of expertise, technology advice, support of Proof of Concept, testing, advice on business opportunities and connection to actors of the value chain.
I believe that the key elements to be used for the support of the digitalisation of the local systems are market analysis, alignment with public policies, interaction with policy makers, digital platforms crossing domains, technologies and ecosystem description.
In the coming years, the robotics DIHs should pay attention to policies related to financial support for research and innovation and technology renewal and the competition with US and Asia.
There are several future funding opportunities for the robotics DIHs, such as the Innovation and Investment funds and Industrial funds.
As an example,to raise funds to support innovation, the transfer of technologies, and offer of services. Moreover, an opportunity would be the offer of geographically and linguistically close access. Finally, for robotics DIHs to share and exchange information and experience among themselves.