Consortium member

Dutch node

The Dutch node is located in the Brainport region in the south of the Netherlands and has 3 members. It builds upon already existing facilities and infrastructure (physical and digital).

The main location is Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) in Eindhoven and complementary facilities and set-ups can be found at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and various TNO locations.

The node is specializes in high mix, low volume, high complexity manufacturing industry and targets
technologies such as:

  • Human robot interaction
  • Production automation simulation
  • Vision technology

Node members


Brainport Industries

A unique high tech ecosystem of tier one, tier two and tier three high tech suppliers for high-mix, high-complexity, low-volume manufacturing industry. Together with its member, Brainport Industries is active in projects in human capital, technology and market, to increase the innovative strength of the supply chain in the Netherlands and the Brainport region in particular.


An independent not-for-profit reasearch organization that stimulates innovation on topics that are relevant to a company and to society; focusses on topics that contribute to a digital, healthy, safe and sustainable society.


Research university specializing in engineering science & technology. AI research at TU/e focuses on the use of data and algorithms in machines, such as robots, autonomous cars and medical equipment and on the interaction between humans and systems.

Node members

Fraunhofer IPA

  • Leading the German node
  • Part of Fraunhofer organisation
  • Fraunhofer is biggest applied research organisation in Germany
  • Fraunhofer IPA focusses on manufacturing and automation

Lead contact
Dr. Björn Kahl

Institute of Electrical Energy Conversion (IEW)

  • Part of University of Stuttgart
  • Research focus on electrical machines and contactless energy transfer
  • Applications in the areas mobility, medical technology and industrial applications

Lead contact
Urs Pecha

Research Campus ARENA2036

  • Research campus with over 50 partners from industry and science on one platform
  • Focused on research in production and mobility
  • Establishing services with robotic infrastructure for AI applications

Lead contact
Frederik Wulle

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

  • National metrology institute
  • Founded 1887
  • Today: 3 sites, staff: ≈ 2000
  • Agency of Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
  • Division Precision Engineering focus: manufacturing metrology
  • Virtual instruments (dig. twin), Testing of algorithms for CMM


Lead contact
Dr. Harald Bosse

Node highlight

AI Matters movie @ the AI Brainport Summit
in Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Ability to build on already existing facilities and infrastructure (physical and digital)

  • The main physical facility is Brainport Industries Campus (BIC), including TNO setup
  • The second facility at TU/e, focusing on building physical emulator where real-world factory floors and situations can be simulated on a smaller scale, including obstacles and production settings
  • Complementary setups at various TNO locations, including mobile setups for on-site service provisioning

Node services

Human-Robot interaction

For example:

  • AI-powered robots
  • Cobots
  • Intelligent grasping & object manipulation
  • Task sharing

Factory-level optimization

For example:

  • (Semi-)Automatic Assembly
  • Logistics Management
  • Process Planning
  • Risk Management (AI Regulatory Sandbox)
  • AI Reinforcement Learning for Production Planning

Examples of AI technologies shown

  1. Human-robot interaction: cobot-assisted assembly
  2. Semi-automatically generated Work Instructions based on CAD or video/speech, projected onto assembly station, tailored to operator experience level
  3. Dual robot assembly station
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