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Robotics for better competitiveness

Published: 16 February 2020

Robotics, intelligent automation and simulation can help companies to improve their competitiveness and productivity. In the project RoboSol, researchers from Luleå University of Technology will provide companies with the necessary know-how, demonstrations and information on actual solutions.

– By using robotics, intelligent automation and simulation, we have the capability to execute very difficult and dangerous tasks while placing humans in safer working conditions, says George Nikolakopoulos, Professor of Robotics and Automation.

– New technology can put workers in safer working conditions, operating machines and hence we can enable the vision of more equality in the labour market.

Common challenges

RoboSol is an Interreg Nord project and many companies in this targeted region, northern parts of Sweden and Finland, are struggling with long distances from the market, a shortage of skilled labor, and a low level of technology and productivity. In manufacturing companies for example, the obstacles for growth include a shortage of labor and skill gaps related to the exploitation of practical applications of digitalisation. The low utilisation rate of digitalisation is mainly due to inadequate knowledge of technological solutions, their benefits, lack of application skills, and low investment willingness.

– The new generation of robotics can make a big difference when it comes to modernising craftsmanship processes. In this project we will try to find a new ways for companies to enable and enhance robots, automation, and people work together and in that way generate more value to companies' value chains, says George Nikolakopoulos.

Field robotics

In the RoboSol project, the researchers at Luleå University of Technology will focus on the application of AI enabled autonomous robotized inspection of industrial infrastructure, such as power lines and boiler chambers.

– Our Robotics team already has a significant experience in field robotics, to have robots operating in realistic environments outside laboratories. The result of the demonstrations is expected not only to have an impact in the region, but also multiple spin-offs in the area of Robotics and AI and strengthening the cooperation between Sweden and Finland.


George Nikolakopoulos

George Nikolakopoulos, Professor and Head of Subject

Phone: +46 (0)920 491298
Organisation: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Signals and Systems, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering