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Press release January 14, 2019

Within the next few years, robotics to enable agile production will be developed in Tampere, Finland in two projects under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme with a combined budget of EUR 32 million. The projects are coordinated by the University of Tampere and VTT, respectively.

The TRINITY project coordinated by the University of Tampere and the DIH2 coordinated by VTT help SMEs in robotisation by providing them with new technical and standardised solutions, tailored training and access to Europe-wide competence networks. The projects enable digitisation of SMEs by means of cost-efficient robotics solutions for short production runs.

The electronics industry, automotive industry and other long-run production have been benefitting the most from robotics for a long time. In smaller companies, robotisation has not become as common at a similar pace. They often consider traditional industrial robotics too inflexible and difficult to apply to short-run production. Behind such thinking lie the outdated conceptions of the performance of robotics and its adaptability to changes in production. Recently, the willingness to make investments has also been affected by the lack of competent employees.

“The deployment cost and time of robots will reduce in half. It will give never before seen flexibility and agility to SMEs for production and will double their productivity”, says Ali Muhammad, who acts as coordinator of the DIH2 project at VTT.

“Flexible and efficiently used robotics is one of the methods by which Europe will be able to keep the manufacture and, consequently, the jobs on the continent,” emphasises Minna Lanz, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tampere and coordinator of the project.

Both projects last four years and offer R&D funding for application trials of individual companies. A total of EUR 16 million of funding will be channelled through projects based on open application.

TRINITY: human-robot collaboration in the manufacturing industry

In collaboration with the project consortium, the TRINITY project will present almost 20 advanced manufacturing applications for the needs of SMEs. The demonstrations take advantage of the latest technologies in robotics, industrial internet and data security. Public demonstrations will function as examples of the opportunities offered by modern robotics, and they can be developed further, adapting them to the needs of any interested companies.

In the project, the University of Tampere will focus on human-robot collaboration in the manufacturing industry. In the future, human-robot collaboration will be needed particularly in the manufacturing of short-run products of high quality.

The TRINITY project involves 16 partners around Europe. The partners comprise universities, research institutes, businesses and networks within the sector. In addition to the coordinator, In Finland the TRINITY consortium also includes Fastems from Tampere and CENTRIA University of Applied Sciences from Ylivieska.

Agile production network DIH2

The DIH2 project is a pan-European network of agile production and robotics. It represents 26 European digital innovation hubs and aims at reaching more than 300,000 manufacturing industry SMEs. For companies, the DIH2 consortium offers expertise and support for agile production challenges, including technologies, investments, standardisation, know-how and competences, as well as ethics, data and cyber security.

The DIH2 consortium comprises 37 partners, 28 countries, including 26 innovation centres, and 10 companies providing operative expertise. 10 global business sponsors have pledged their support for the project.

Further information

University of Tampere

Professor Minna Lanz, TRINITY project coordinator, tel. +358 40 8490278

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Principal Investigator Ali Muhammad, DIH2 project coordinator, tel. +358 400 560851

The South East European Software Testing Conference (SEETEST)’s 8th edition will take place in Bucharest, Romania on 26-27 September this year in JW Marriott Grand Hotel. Right now Full Conference Tickets for the 2-day event are 30% off for everyone who registers before February 28!

The SEETEST conference is organized annually by the South East European Testing Board (SEETB) and Quality House with the aim of popularizing software testing and quality assurance around the region, and contributing towards the number of meaningful events in the field around South East Europe. As is the tradition, its location rotates every year between the countries covered by SEETB – Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania. The 2018 event led more than 350 participants to the capital of Serbia – Belgrade. This year it’s Bucharest’s turn.

The organizers’ main aim every year when it comes to SEETEST is to offer participants a variety of quality topics and speakers. 2019’s edition of the conference will feature four tracks of lectures, instead of three, with even more current topics to choose from. Tutorial and keynote speakers are chosen from professionals known all around the world for their work – past speakers include Erik van Veenendaal, Vipul Kosher, Paul Gerard and many more. The program also includes many sessions on various topics from the field.

The conference features an exhibition area, where sponsors can showcase themselves and their ideas, and interact freely with participants. SEETEST also boasts a classy social event organized on the first evening of the conference, where everyone can sit back, relax and reflect with colleagues after a fulfilling day of learning, as well as take advantage of the various networking opportunities in an informal setting.

Don’t miss the experience of SEETEST and get your tickets at the best possible price. Register at before the end of February and get the Full Conference Tickets with 30% discount!

Software Testing Innovations and Know-how Exchange at SEETEST 2018

Another year, another successful edition of the SEETEST conference! For the first time the conference took place in Belgrade, Serbia. 350 participants from 24 countries had the opportunity to enjoy the insightful speakers and talks.

Hosted in the luxurious Crowne Plaza hotel, the conference also gave participants the opportunity to experience the warmth of Serbian hospitality and the beauty of its capital city. There was also the traditional Social Event the first evening of the conference, which took place in Top of the Hub Restaurant and offered a breathtaking birds-eye view of Belgrade!

Everything was organised with the biggest attention to detail thanks to the organizers – SEETB and Quality House. The unofficial start was on Wednesday, when there were organized full-day courses on some of the most interesting topics in the field currently, such as risk-based testing, mobile applications testing, test automation and team efficiency.

And the Program Committee did a pretty good job with choosing the speakers – feedback on the talks and chosen topics is overwhelmingly positive! Erik van Veenendaal gave both a keynote and a tutorial talk on the topics of Test Strategies, Analytical Testing and Beyond, and Requirements Engineering for Testers, respectively, as did Yaron Tsubery who told us more about the Practical Principles of Load & Performance and shared with us A way to grade your Project, Reduce your Backlog and a Predictive Hint. On the first day of the conference Olivier Denoo helped us understand more about users in ‘Whtvr srs wnt (whatever users want)’, while Vipul Kocher gave us the Basics of AI and AI in Testing. Mette Bruhn-Pedersen enlighten us on Typical Challenges when Scaling Agile, while Jan Jaap Cannetieger told us more about ‘Flexible Test Management’.

This was all washed down gracefully with a glass of nice wine on the top of Belgrade on our Social Event. Top of the Hub gave visitors the best cocktail atmosphere, along with the young Serbian band Profesori, who astonished everyone with their talent and how easy they had people dancing.

On the second day of the conference, there were 20 talented session speakers who gave presentations on varying topics such as test management, IoT, Agile, Regression testing and much more. The tradition of rewarding the Best Paper and Best Presentation at SEETEST continued again this year. Gerie Owen and Peter Varhol from QualiTest, USA won the Best Paper award for How Did I Miss That Bug: Managing Cognitive Bias in Testing, while Mirjana Kolarov won Best Presentation for Balancing your test automation with exploratory testing.

SEETEST 2018’s organizers would like to thank everyone involved in the conference for all the help and support during this year, which they couldn’t have made it without. They give their sincere gratitude to their sponsors Endava, Milestone, iSQI, Levi9, Zuhlke and Novomatic, as well as SEETEST’s supporting organizations and media partners, and hope to see you again next year in Bucharest!


Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub

Transilvania DIH strives to put communities and their needs at the heart of innovation, developing and experimenting with projects and services that involves smart approaches. The main key is to explore a project or an idea from as many angles and perspectives as possible and in order to do this, we involve in the designing phase the private and public sector, academia, users and other interested parties that will have a direct interaction with it.

In order to ensure the flow of innovation and the integration of all parts in the decision-making process, in the exploration phase of the project we get together with all the actors that will interact with it and involve them in the design phase so we will have a more complex overview upon the idea.

A relevant example in this scenario is the participatory budgeting platform, developed along with private companies, public authorities, representatives of Universities and also citizens. Due to the need of getting more involved into developing an innovative ecosystem using the Quadruple Helix model, we have addressed concerns for user experience and shared our findings, thus developing a user-friendly and adaptive platform where citizens and not only can upload projects that will help their community and vote the most innovative ones or the ones that answer to multiple challenges.

The initiative is built to support an efficient technological development and also to provide expertise and technology to industry, mainly to companies from different sectors of activity, clusters, academia and local public authorities. This is meant to increase the competitiveness of the regional economy.

Given the dynamic of the IT industry, Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub brings added value by the fact that we interlink the IT companies from region with other companies that activate in other fields of activity and non-IT companies. The creation of these synergies and links represent a step of a technological development oriented to existing products in various sectors of activity, from education and creative industries to health and agriculture. Digitization of industry is one of the future priorities in our region and this will be achieved through the existing close collaboration for more than four years between the clusters, members of the Transilvanian Clusters Consortium: energy efficiency, furniture, creative industries, agriculture, new materials, etc).

For more information regarding our digitalisation activity, do not hesitate to contact us at:

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On September 17th in Bucharest, Smart Everything Everywhere (SEE) is organizing the third edition of the Digital Romania International Forum, in the context of the Three Seas Initiative Summit. This high-level invitation-only event had President Iohannis, Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel as keynote speakers for the first two editions, and focused on Industry 4.0 (details here and here).

The Digital Romania International Forum is the highest-level annual meeting of decision-makers and industry leaders in Romania. We shape the conversation and drive change in fields related to digital progress — from smart manufacturing and industry to digital innovation and entrepreneurship. A digital Davos of Romania, the Forum is the place where top stakeholders set Romania’s digital agenda for the year to come, in consultation with European Commissioners, Heads of State, and Romania’s strategic partners.

The third edition of the Digital Romania International Forum, “Women leadershipin Industry 4.0” takes place in the context of the Three Seas Initiative Summit – a President-level forum of 12 states focused on digital, energy, and and transportation infrastructure development.

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