A national Centre of Competence of the National Technology Initiative program in the field of robotics and mechatronics will start working on the basis of Innopolis University. The new centre will focus on R&D in medicine, industry, aerial and ground-based unmanned vehicles.
The Russian IT university has won a tender competition on creation and development of a centre of competence for an open-ended technology in robotics and mechatronics. Supervised by Innopolis University, the consortium of the centre includes 16 leading Russian universities, 5 applied academic institutions, 7 foreign partners from France, China, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Norway, and 16 industrial partners. In particular, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, ITMO University, Higher School of Economics, Far Eastern Federal University, Institute for Information Transmission Problems and Institute of Machines Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Sberbank, Gazprom, Aeroflot, IMT Atlantique (France) and Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (China).
The centre will focus on the development of industrial and collaborative robotics, creation of new robotic solutions for medicine and rehabilitation, home, agriculture. Besides, it will contribute to the development of antropomorphic and walking robots, unmanned aerial and ground vehicles. In May 2018, the Centre of Competence at Innopolis University will start working on new projects, in particular: Innovative models of electric cars with modules of partial autonomy and intelligent driver assistance systems; autonomous modular hybrid vehicles with land-and-air travel modes; robotic solutions for construction of buildings and infrastructure; high-tech prostheses for the rehabilitation of upper and lower extremities; tactile sensing technology in medicine, industry and human-robot interaction, etc.
The national Centre of Competence will have 4 new laboratories: Industrial Robotics (opening in May 2018), Autonomous Vehicles (opening in September 2018), Mechatronics and Control Prototyping (opening in February 2019), Special Robotics covering different areas of robotics i.e. mobile, service, medical, aerospace, agricultural, cognitive and social robotics (opening in May 2019). The project also provides for opening a Сentre for Сontrol of R&D Results, release of a scientific journal focused on robotic issues and creation of an information resource that outlines competences, R&D and education activities of the consortium members.
In the field of education, the centre will introduce programmes in robotics and mechatronics on the basis of technologies of virtual, augmented and mixed reality, including educational programs for Bachelor, Master and PhD students, creating an online platform, youth conferences, schools of science, workshops, hackathons and competitions.
Iskander Bariev, Vice-Rector, Head of Project and Science and Research Activities of Innopolis University: "The competition was held by the Russian Venture Company, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. We have successfully passed the main and additional selections competing with opponents i.e. leading Russian universities and scientific institutions, including Kazan Federal University, Tomsk State University, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, MIET National Research University of Electronic Technology, Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics. When adopting decision in favour of Innopolis University, the tender commission marked a high demand for project results to be implemented by working groups and companies of the National Technology Initiative as part of the programme on creation and development of the centre of competencies".
According to results of the primary and secondary selection, it was chosen 14 centres of competencies in the following areas: transfer of electrical energy and distributed intelligent systems, machine learning and cognitive technology, quantum communication, wireless connectivity and the Internet of Things, components of robotics and mechatronics, big data storage and analysis, sensing and distributed registers.