By 2030, Europe will lead the worldwide competition for an ethical and sustainable adoption of AI in Manufacturing, by integrating regional Digital Innovation Hubs and pan-EU open Digital Manufacturing Platforms via a cross-border network of SME-driven Industrial Experiments and Didactic Experimental Facilities. General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Sovereignty will drive the European AI strategy for personal and non-personal Data Sharing Spaces.
The AI REGIO innovation action aims to consolidate the collaboration in the pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) by enhancing the offering of regional DIHs to manufacturing SMEs on three levels:
1. POLICY IMPACT
Better coordination of regional smart specialisation strategies:
AI REGIO will foster closer cooperation across European regions, EU and non-EU countries to make sure innovations can scale to European and global marketplaces, building up on the Four Motors for Europe movement and the I4MS Community and Innovation Collaboration platform.
2. TECHNOLOGICAL IMPACT
Enhancing knowledge transfer across the network of DIHs:
AI REGIO will build on Digital Manufacturing Platforms from previous EU-funded projects such as BEinCPPS, MIDIH, L4MS and AI4EU and help to integrate these into Digital Innovation Hubs offerings. These Digital Manufacturing Platforms will in turn benefit from present Digital Innovation Hubs services regarding their business and social impact challenges. Present AI-enabled technological assets will further be extended.
3. BUSINESS IMPACT
Upgrade the offering of DIHs by AI-driven applications:
DIHs and SMEs participating in AI REGIO will jointly conduct 30 AI-driven regional application experiments focused on the adoption of AI technologies by SMEs, considering skills development, as well as privacy and sovereignty preservation.
AI REGIO is part of the European Commission’s I4MS initiative
(ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs),
which fosters the integration of digital innovations by manufacturing SMEs in Europe in order to boost their competitiveness. I4MS is currently operating in its fourth phase.
Organically grow the I4MS Ecosystem
EU added value
Consolidating the collaboration in the pan-European Network of DIHs