BDVA and euRobotics sign a MoU to boost AI progress in Europe


At the ICT conference in Vienna on 5 December 2018,  the Big Data Value Association and the euRobotics Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the goal of increasing collaboration to boost AI progress in Europe. Europe has a strong an...

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At the ICT conference in Vienna on 5 December 2018,  the Big Data Value Association and the euRobotics Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the goal of increasing collaboration to boost AI progress in Europe.

Europe has a strong and growing economy in the areas of robotics and big data. Integrated value chains and the combination of technologies have the power to transform the economy as well as the society. To preserve European values while taking advantage of the technological developments, the responsible use of AI is crucial. In industrial environments, the integration of actual production steps or material handing with data driving the processes or being a result of it will increase the productivity, flexibility and quality.

Both associations identified common strategic goals, among them the use of AI in their respective areas. Therefore, the associations agreed to jointly work on several activities:  developing new strategic roadmaps and position papers, work towards maximizing benefit of the relevant AI technologies in industrial and service sectors, where the associations jointly operate, work together in pilots, demonstrators, and projects. Another relevant area of activity is the facilitation of standardization, as standards can act as enablers to the creation of novel business models and ecosystems.

Both associations represent the private side of a Public-Private Partnership with the European Commission, and provide input to and cooperate with the EC.

With the signature of this MoU BDVA and euRobotics are ready to take a step forward to strengthen collaboration towards a European AI partnership, leveraging on the community and outcomes from both the Big Data Value PPP and the SPARC PPP.

Picture of the Signing Ceremony, December 5th 2018, Vienna (from left to right):

  • Ana García Robles, Secretary General BDVA
  • Thomas Hahn, President BDVA,Chief Expert Software at Siemens AG 
  • Gail Kent, Director for Data, DG CNECT, European Commission 
  • Lucilla Sioli, Director for Digital Industry, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Reinhard Lafrenz, Secretary General euRobotics
  • Francesco Ferro, Board member euRobotics, CEO PAL Robotics

Link to the press release in the EC website…

About BDVA:

The Big Data Value Association (BDVA) is an industry-driven international not–for-profit organisation with 200 members all over Europe and a well-balanced composition of large, small, and medium-sized industries as well as research and user organizations. BDVA is the private counterpart to the European Commission to implement the Big Data Value PPP program.  BDVA and the Big Data Value PPP pursue a common shared vision of positioning Europe as the world leader in the creation of Big Data Value.

The mission of the BDVA is to develop the Innovation Ecosystem that will enable the data-driven digital transformation in Europe delivering maximum economic and societal benefit, and, achieving and sustaining Europe’s leadership on Big Data Value creation and Artificial Intelligence.

BDVA enables existing regional multi-partner cooperation, to collaborate at European level through the provision of tools and know-how to support the co-creation, development and experimentation of pan-European data-driven applications and services, and know-how exchange.


About euRobotics

euRobotics is a Brussels-based international non-profit association that works to boost European robotics research, development and innovation and to foster a positive perception of robotics. The 250-plus members are research organisations, including universities, and commercial companies. euRobotics aims to strengthen the competitiveness of, and collaboration between, manufacturers, providers and users of robotics systems and services, and to ensure that robotics is adopted widely for professional and private use.

euRobotics represents the private side of SPARC, the public-private partnership with the European Union to maintain and extend Europe’s leadership in civilian robotics. Its aim is to strategically position European robotics in the world, thereby securing major benefits for Europe’s economy and society at large. SPARC leads the driving strategy behind the largest civilian robotics research and innovation programme in the world, with €700 million in funding from the European Commission from 2014 to 2020 and triple that from European industry, to yield a total investment of €2.8 billion.