innovation workshop


On the 31st of October I went together with some other people from my class in EIT Digital to an event held by ICES, The KTH Innovative Centre for Embedded Systems.

This was a day-long workshop focused on how to improve innovation within Cyber-Physical Systems and Industrial IoT domains. There were participants from both companies and academia present.

The workshop started with a short introduction of the agenda of the day. After this introduction, there was a so-called “world café” where the participants were split up into small groups tasked with discussing different topics regarding innovation. Later the groups switched topics with another group. One of the discussed topics that were:

“What are barriers and needs you perceive for CPS innovation”

The general opinion about this topic seemed to be that there was too little cooperation between academia and companies, due to the fact that they mostly have different goals. Academia strives to educate while companies aim at maximising profit. Another opinion that surfaced was that it seemed as if there was a need of establishing an international standard defining exactly what cyber-physical systems means. This due to the fact that different people with different backgrounds had different personal definition of what the term CPS means, which makes it difficult to efficiently innovate within CPS.

After this part of the programme there was a quick break for lunch, later followed by different entities such as EIT Digital, Vinnova, KTH Innovation, THINGS etc. presenting what their organization was doing within the field of Innovation.

I felt it was very interesting to listen to what the different entities presenting during this workshop had to say about innovation, and how they were working with it. Furthermore, it gave me a good overview of how I would do if I had an idea which I would like to make a reality. What I found a bit surprising was that there were so few students there, we were perhaps four or five out of ~30 participants. In my opinion, the future workers, aka the current students, should be more involved.

I found this event through an EIT Digital newsletter. Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures while at the event, however, if you want to read more about the event or if you are interested in future events at ICES, please follow the link below.

Happy Innovating 😀

// Leonardo Araneda Freccero

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19 Thoughts on “Innovation in the Cyber-Physical Systems and Industrial IOT domain

  1. Avatar Isabelle Wilhelm on November 24, 2017 at 12:53 am said:

    As Leonardo I have also attended the event Innovation in the Cyber-Physical Systems and Industrial IOT domain.

    Did you ever have an idea, but you did not know how to realize it? How to get further? Who can help you? Then this event would have been perfect you.

    In case you have missed it, I am going to summarize the key topics of the event and which organization and companies help you here in Stockholm with your innovation.

    The event was organized by the Innovative Centre for Embedded Systems.

    The event started with interesting discussions about following:
    1. What are possible barriers when it comes to innovation?
    The key barriers mentioned were problems of matchmaking (mingling) from all sides and a shortage of open innovation. Furthermore, different languages, cultures, and laws are barriers when a business starts spreading internationally.
    2. How can we achieve innovation?
    The main practices to achieve innovation are collecting good examples and having a team and a network of different people (regarding background, nationality,..). Furthermore, room for innovation is needed. When a company does not give the employee time to questioning processes and to work on ideas, there will never be any innovation. A good way to achieve innovation is through the customer’s or user’s experience. Where you start innovation is also very important: Are the competitors located where I am? Do the job seekers here provide the needed experience?

    You have an idea, and you do not know if your idea is good or where to start?
    This is your first address: KTH Innovation

    How can you find key partners and get feedback, once you have an idea?
    The KTH CPS Digital Innovation Hub, for instance, connects stakeholders such as companies, CPS (cyber-physical system) experts and students, provides access to competence in CPS technology and business, and support experiments.

    CEA-Leti helps you to bridge the gap between research and the final end product and to create your company.

    What if you need an investor to continue working on your idea?

    You need help to develop a prototype or to test it?

    Did you like my comment and would you like to find out what the dependencies are between trustworthiness concerns and for optimizing CPS trustworthiness?
    Join the upcoming event on 1/12.

    // Isabelle Wilhelm


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