Impact Program

The Tilburg University Impact Program brings together researchers and stakeholders in complex societal issues in order to advance society with the help of knowledge and innovation.

Brabant Robot Challenge

Robotics should not be left to the techies: it is crucial to bring together various disciplines to make sure that this technical revolution works for the benefit of all those involved. This idea gave rise to the Brabant Robot Challenge. Bringing businesses, care institutions, and students from various Brabant educational institutions together has resulted in fruitful collaboration.                

Winnaars Brabant Robot Challenge 2016

Winnaars Brabant Robot Challenge 2016

Objective

Four institutions for higher education in the province of Noord-Brabant - Tilburg University, Fontys, Eindhoven University of Technology and Avans - see it as their mission to prepare themselves and their students for the future. In the smart manufacturing region of Noord-Brabant the effects of robotization will probably be felt sooner and on a bigger scale than in the rest of the Netherlands. The reason is the fact that industry, healthcare, technical education and government have very close relations. This provides opportunities for the province to take on new challenges and try and prevent negative consequences.

Robbert Coenmans

Approach

As part of the Brabant Robot Challenge, the four institutions for higher education offer students a unique program on various aspects of robotization. Technical and medical knowledge is not enough in the robot society: equally important are social, economic, legal, and ethical insights. For instance, why are care robots welcome at some healthcare units but not at others?

  • Students attend five meetings in which top lectures from the participating institutions highlight various aspects of robotics.
  • Businesses and institutions present practical cases to be solved by the students in multi-disciplinary groups.
  • In a final event, students pitch their solutions and the best solutions are awarded prizes.
  • The participating institutions benefit from the knowledge obtained.
Eleftherios Chelioudakis

IMPACT

  • 19 motivated students worked on practical robotics;
  • valuable input for cases at care institutions RSZk, GGZe, HiT, Preceyes, and Vughterstede;
  • network of Brabant created of educational and care institutions around robotics;
  • next edition of Brabant Robot Challenge: Fall 2017

Partners

  • Tilburg University
  • Avans
  • Fontys
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
Ineke van Kruining

Sponsors

  • Brabant Kennis
  • Beagle Innovation Program of the Province of Brabant