On Monday, 25 October 2021, representatives of companies and business associations from Taiwan visited the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics, and Cybernetics of the Czech Technical University in Prague (CIIRC CTU). The aim of the meeting organized by the National Centre for Industry 4.0 (NCI4.0) was to establish cooperation especially in the fields of artificial intelligence, electronics, and development of advanced machines, both at the level of scientific research and industrial cooperation and at the level of cooperation with industrial associations.
The programme included an expert explanatory excursion to the Testbed for Industry 4.0, which is part of the RICAIP Industrial Testbed Core. Taiwanese representatives had the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in the field of production digitization, such as the Siemens Digital Enterprise solution. In addition, subsequent meetings with teams operating in the Testbed for Industry 4.0 provided valuable opportunities for identifying specific areas for future cooperation.
“CIIRC’s long-term strategy is to develop international cooperation. Our partners are not only European associations, research organizations or companies, but we also work with organizations from Japan and Korea, where technical research and development is at the top level. We are pleased that we managed to follow up on previous negotiations with companies from Taiwan, whose visit was forcibly cancelled in recent years due to the Covid situation,” says Ondřej Velek, Director of CIIRC CTU.
Among others, the Institute for Information Industry, the Precision Machinery Research & Development Center, the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association TEEMA, Taiwan AI Labs, Airoha Technology Corp., and CyCraft were represented in the delegation. In addition to sharing knowledge about the possibilities of digitizing the production, the main focus was on the transfer of experience regarding the tech transfer of research into practice and involvement in international projects.
“With its allocation of more than 3.5% of GDP to science and research and the clear support for technical disciplines, Taiwan serves as an inspiration. This fact is evident in the entire functioning of the ecosystem of scientific research institutes. For example, the Taiwanese ITRI Institute, which employs more than 6,000 people, has incubated more than 280 companies and is very active in participating in international projects. Such examples need to be constantly monitored, lessons learned where they make sense and used if there is an opportunity for relevant collaboration,” says Robert Keil, Business Development Manager of the National Centre for Industry 4.0.
Original article (in CZ)