Robotics for Industry 4.0 project (R4I) aims at accelerating the fundamental research in robotics and cybernetics, which is a necessary condition for the success of the Industry 4.0 initiative, a priority of the Czech Government. The principal aim of R4I is to establish a new research team led by Prof. Robert Babuška, benefiting from his scientific expertise and experience with building the world-class Robotics Institute at TU Delft in the Netherlands.

R4I project provides funding from June 2017 until October 2022 (five years and five months). R4I covers full-time salaries for nine and a half postdoc/junior researchers and one technician. In addition, R4I pays part of the  salary for the principal investigator and five nominated senior researchers (see Teams for more details). R4I pays also some new laboratory equipment.

The scientific focus of the R4I project is for research in industrial and mobile robotics, machine learning, networked control systems and compliant mechanical design, which are the pillars of modern robotics. These topics have a strong growth potential. The desire is to connect R4I scientific results to industrial needs.

The R4I project is powered by a research team at the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) of the Czech Technical University in Prague (abbreviated ČVUT from the name of the university in the Czech language). Three existing CIIRC departments incubate the R4I team, that is (a) CYPHY – Cyber-physical systems; (b) RMP – Robotics and Machine Perception; (c) IPA – Industrial Production Automation.

R4I also fosters the Czech national partnership with the Central European Institute of Technology, Brno University of Technology (CEITEC BUT) and the Faculty of Applied Science (FAV), University of West Bohemia in Pilsen to share knowledge, research infrastructure and to create opportunities for young scientific talent in the Czech Republic. R4I project ambition is to work in a joint research team that will lay the foundation for a future national informatics, robotics, and cybernetics research platform, or Cyber Hub.

The Robotics for Industry 4.0 project is co-funded by the EU, project registration number CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000470, the call Excellent Research Teams within the Operational Programme Research, Development, and Education.