A new Robotics Innovation Centre at the University of Salford will become a hub for robotics and automation specialists to support SMEs with innovative solutions as they recover from COVID-19.
The £13 million North of England Robotics Innovation Centre will be part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will house robotics, manufacturing labs, teaching space and an automotive laboratory on the ground floor.
The centre will provide the facilities for academic specialists looking to help SMEs with solution development, design, testing and validation of digital innovation. Disciplines covered will include robotics for intelligent infrastructure; digital automation and supply chain improvement; and health, wellbeing and integrated care technologies.
In a statement, the University of Salford said the Robotics Innovation Centre would be “an integral part” of facilitating the recovery from COVID-19 as businesses look for new and innovative solutions at an accelerated pace.
Georgina Harris, Director of Engineering at the University of Salford, said:
“The ERDF funding is a huge achievement for those involved in this project, and a real endorsement of how important the project is, not only for the University, but for all the people whose lives it can impact through innovation in the future.
“We want to focus on the needs of small and medium-sized industries and work with them, providing the facilities, expertise and equipment, to help them introduce new technologies in innovative ways. The centre will look to develop solutions to problems that can be matured for everyday use - technologies that become ubiquitous, an essential part of how we all work and live."
Construction work on the Robotics Innovation Centre is due to start in September this year.