Exploring Digital Innovation Hub ecosystems in robotics for inspection and maintenance

Päivi Petänen (Corresponding author), Minna Salo (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

There is currently a lot of unused potential in using robots for inspection and maintenance tasks, as the capabilities and benefits robots can provide for the businesses are significant and versatile. This study explores how Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) act as enablers in the uptake of robotics for inspection and maintenance. DIHs are regional networks that help companies become more competitive with regard to their business or production processes, and products or services. We explore the role and activities of DIHs both from the perspectives of a single regional DIH and an ecosystem of multiple DIHs. The study builds on the experiences and qualitative ecosystem data collected at the RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance) project, consisting of 13 DIHs in various European countries. The results of the study show that DIHs can play a significant role in accelerating the uptake of robotics in inspection and maintenance, as they connect and support actors across the value chain in the robotics for inspection and maintenance field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademic Mindtrek 2022
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 25th International Academic Mindtrek Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery ACM
Pages364-367
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9955-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event25th International Academic Mindtrek Conference, Academic Mindtrek 2022 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 16 Nov 202218 Nov 2022

Conference

Conference25th International Academic Mindtrek Conference, Academic Mindtrek 2022
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityTampere
Period16/11/2218/11/22

Funding

This study builds on our experiences and data collected at the RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance) project, funded by the EU. The aim of RIMA projects is to support the uptake of robotics in Europe by building an ecosystem of multiple DIHs around the topic. The RIMA network is composed of 13 Digital innovation hubs in various European countries. The results section of this paper is based on an ecosystem mapping task conducted for the RIMA network members. Furthermore, we build the results on the generated understanding of the topic, which is based on experiences, discussions, workshops, and meetings with the RIMA network members during the project.

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