About

Research Centre

RICAIP is an international distributed research centre of excellence (CoE) that focuses on research in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). RICAIP is based on the strategic partnership of leading Czech and German research institutions. With a maximum degree of autonomy, it is hosted at CIIRC CTU.


Industry 4.0

RICAIP aims to strengthen research in industrial production with the results of artificial intelligence research. To develop strong cooperation at an international level. The concept of Industry 4.0 must address current needs, gaps, and demands of the industrial sector and society. To simulate and practically verify the concept of distributed production, RICAIP creates a virtually interconnected state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure in the form of the Industrial Testbed Core.


Testbeds

The centre will connect testbeds in Prague, Brno and Saarbruecken and enable remote industrial production control or rapid adaptation according to the customer’s current needs or available means of production.


Vision

Our vision is to establish RICAIP as a key entity in major European research infrastructures for artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning and computer science for advanced industry and production.

  • Building an AI ecosystem for industrial manufacturing
  • Research infrastructure for various projects and funding
  • Latest technology usable by large corporates and SMEs
  • Networking across the European AI community
  • Synergic activities with major European
  • AI and manufacturing initiatives

Mission

  • to create a collaborative ecosystem for academia, industry, national and regional authorities
  • to produce high-impact and application-oriented research results for producing and manufacturing companies
  • to build a distributed research and experimental workplace, the first testbed core of its kind in Europe
  • to become a major contributor to the international standardization efforts and cybersecurity
  • to facilitate technology and knowledge transfer from academia to industry through the development of technical solutions tested in the relevant industrial environment

Objectives

  • Focus on the research field of advanced manufacturing with scientific impact 
  • Boosting the scientific excellence and innovation  
  • Addressing highly ranked challenges of the EU economy and society
  • Enhancing Industry 4.0 and industrial competitiveness through collaboration, scientific, innovation and business strategies
  • Benefiting from governmental support, and strong social and economic ties between the Czech Republic and Germany 
  • Promoting research and collaboration with non-technical fields to tackle the societal challenges

Unique Selling Points

  • Research expertise and specialized know-how in system integration and customer driven flexible production system development
  • Ecosystem oriented on automotive and aircraft industry, their parts and machine suppliers, service providers and integrators
  • Unique industrial platform based on Production as a Service (PaaS)
  • Nurturing of human resources – tenure track policy
  • Making connections with new networks of contacts
  • Distributed and application-oriented testbed – allowing research on various aspects of real-life production and supply chains

Phase I project

The goal of the RICAIP Phase I project (Grant agreement ID: 763559) from Sep. 2017 to Aug. 2018 was to develop the fundamentals for establishing the Research and Innovation Centre on Advanced Industrial Production as the Centre of Excellence for Industry 4.0. Especially for multi-site industrial production and multi-site production system development, which aims to change industrial research in a more interdisciplinary way, bringing excellence and new solutions to the sector. The entire work performed in Phase I led up to the preparation of a proposal for ESIF/OP RDE national complementary funding for the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Final Business Plan, which were necessary in order to apply to the RICAIP Phase II call. At the same time, optimal organizational and legal frameworks were explored to set the Centre as an autonomous entity hosted by CIIRC CTU.