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Accenture and RoboValley, an innovation hub for robotics at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, today announced a five-year collaboration for the development of the next generation of robotic technology. The Dutch branche of worldwide consultancy firm pours €500,000 to facilitate R&D, as it is becoming RoboValley’s Crown Partner.
Joint robotics research with RoboValley
To support Accenture’s Artificial Intelligence business, Accenture and RoboValley will conduct joint robotics research that will incorporate robotics into large enterprises. Together they will host innovation workshops to use robotics “to augment their current workforce and create new opportunities to grow their businesses”.
“Developments in the area of robotics are moving ultra-fast,” Frank Rennings, managing director and technology lead at Accenture Netherlands, stated in a joint press release. “Organizations are recognizing its importance in driving us into the fourth industrial revolution. We strongly believe in the concept of RoboValley, with research, entrepreneurs and start-ups all in one place. Our collaboration will help us speed innovation and bring new applications to market faster. We can now take our clients to RoboValley, so that they can experience for themselves the latest developments and be inspired by them.”
New generation robots
“RoboValley […] helps robotics companies and start-ups create the new generation robots . Through Accenture’s international network, RoboValley will have direct access to a large number of companies with robotisation issues,” says Arthur de Crook, Business Development Manager at the robotics hub. “The collaboration also enables us to increase our visibility as an international knowledge center. Together with Accenture and our 170 robotics researchers, we will be publishing global reports on the latest developments in robotics.”
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