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Estonian businesses can get advice on using artificial intelligence and robotics in industry from the autumn

The artificial intelligence and robotics hub AIRE (AI & RoboticsEstonia) is to start providing support for Estonian industry on how to use artificial intelligence and robotics to increase digitalisation in businesses. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is putting almost half a million euros into developing AIRE in 2021 and its work will be launched through Estonian universities and science parks.

The AIRE hub is designed to create synergies between the skills, knowledge and expertise of universities, and the needs of businesses that want more support in creating innovation. We work with universities and research centres to bring together their skills in IT, engineering, electronics and business model development, in order to find the strongest combinations that can support a single site for businesses for developing digitalisation and automation. We can also open the doors of research and development laboratories to businesses, including working with the High Performance Computing centres project in Estonia.

One driver behind establishing the AIRE hub was the desire to bring universities closer to industry by offering businesses new and unique solutions that cannot be found on the market, with testing for new technology and software, methods for data analysis, cloud-based solutions, preventative maintenance, or development of digital twins.

The AIRE hub can give you training and advice and we can help you:

  • digitalise business processes in artificial intelligence and robotics;
  • develop demonstration projects for robotics;
  • launch cooperative networks to find additional funding for innovation products.

Our consultation is based on the needs of businesses and it should have a clearly measurable impact on digitalisation.

It is also planned to bring together clients and service providers, such as creators of artificial intelligence solutions, developers and suppliers of robotics systems, and designers of digitalisation strategies.

The hub also helps businesses see how digitally ready they are and lets them present their own solutions, technology and software before seeking major investments.

The hub is led by Tallinn University of Technology, and its partners are the University of Tartu, the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tehnopol Science and Business Park, Tartu Science Park, and IMECC OÜ. Professional associations, clusters, chambers of commerce, telecommunications companies, developers of robotics systems, banks, importers of robotics and many more are also involved as partners.

The AIRE hub is the Estonian candidate to the network of European Digital Innovation Hubs(EDIH) that will be launched in 2022 on EU level. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has given support to the development and launch of the Estonian hub since 1 June this year. An important goal for the hub alongside consultation is to attract funding to support the innovative projects of businesses, from sources like the Horizon project of the European Regional Development Fund, and from investors. The preparation and launch of the hub will take 10 months, and it started testing services in October.

For further information:
Kirke Maar, AI & Robotics Estonia, kirke.maar@taltech.ee