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Spanning over the period between mid-February and the end of June, the series of L-DIH Talks has several objectives. “Firstly, we aim to provide industrial companies with a detailed overview of all the aspects of digital transformation and introduce various methodologies and technologies. The second step is to help companies get to know the public and private players that can support them on their digital journey by providing advice, technologies and training,” said Sasha Baillie, CEO of Luxinnovation, who opened the first event.

We aim to provide industrial companies with a detailed overview of all the aspects of digital transformation.

The Luxembourg Digital Innovation Hub has been put in place by a partnership comprising the Ministry of the Economy, FEDIL, Luxinnovation, the Chamber of Commerce, the University of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the National Research Fund (FNR). It is hosted and managed by Luxinnovation.

FEDIL was one of the driving forces behind its creation. “The L-DIH is part of the digital industry initiative that FEDIL launched in 2016,” explained Jean-Louis Schiltz, Vice President of FEDIL. “Bringing industry and academia closer together in this field is fundamental. Today’s initiative will definitely be a real game changer, and we will continue to be the biggest fan and a main supporter of the hub.”

Research partnerships for the benefit of industry

This first L-DIH Talk introduced two of Luxembourg’s main public technology providers: the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the University of Luxembourg.

“LIST is there to create social-economic benefits for Luxembourg, and we do this by working together with partners,” said Thomas Kallstenius, the research organisation’s CEO. LIST specialises in informatics, materials and the environment, and industry 4.0 is a key topic. “The factory of the future is connected, optimised and predictable, and sustainable,” he pointed out. “We work together with partner companies in all these fields.”

For example, LIST works together with tyre manufacturer Goodyear to analyse massive amounts of image data stemming from test drives in order to feed information back into the performance loop and influence the design of new tyres.

The institute is also specialising in the development of “digital twins”: digital models of physical factories that are used both to understand the functioning of the current environment and to predict the future.

We can provide you with an end-to-end proof of concept.

LIST works with several different formats for industry collaboration, ranging from short-term service contracts and larger collaborative projects to strategic partnerships and joint programmes bringing together several companies with shared interests.

The approach is very hands-on. “We can provide you with an end-to-end proof of concept. It is then up to you to make it more robust and commercialise it if that makes sense to you from a business point of view.”

Carlo Duprel, Head of Technology Transfer Office at the university’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), explained that the SnT focuses on high-risk, long-term research efforts in all areas of ICT. The centre is built around a partnership programme and works extensively with industry.

The joint research projects carried out with industry are collaborative efforts aiming to find new solutions to business challenges that partner companies are facing or will encounter in the future. Mr Duprel also pointed out that several research teams at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine work on topics that are highly relevant for Industry 4.0 and are open to industry cooperation. “Knowledge transfer to the wider economy is a priority for us,” he said.

Forthcoming L-DIH Talks on all aspects of Industry 4.0

The series of L-DIH Talks includes another nine sessions that will take place on average every second week for the coming five months. The talks will focus on three main areas related to digital transformation for industry 4.0: business aspects, such as focusing on the customer experience and defining new business models; technologies, including artificial intelligence, the internet of things and digital twins; and skills and talents.

“Three service providers – consultants, system integrators, software developers and so on – will speak about their skills, experience and offering at each session,” said Marina Guérin Jabbour, who heads the L-DIH. “Each session will also end with a testimony from an industrial company, based in Luxembourg or abroad, which will share its best practice in the field concerned.”

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