On the 7th of July 2021 PROFACTOR in cooperation with GMAR invited to the TIN Tech & Trend Dialogue on Artificial Intelligence at the lake Constance in Germany. The “Lake Constance Talks” have been a great opportunity to gather policy actors, researchers & industry representatives together and to discuss hot topics of artificial intelligence in connection with automation & robotics, sustainability, energy and robotics.

The “Lake Constance Talks” where organized in three main parts. In the thirst phase of the day several speeches and presentation on “Disruption in the Construction Industry”, “Robotics in Construction & EU Project CONCERT” and “With Artificial Intelligence to an efficient 6 sustainable Human-Robot Collaboration in production” were held. The morning session was rounded and finalized by Nico Riemann form the Bavarian Research Alliance and his presentation on “Digitalization and Sustainability: European Funding of Automation, AI & Robotics”.

After the highly comprehensive and intensive morning session, which gave numerous inputs of status quo technology and all the potential to shape the future industries & economy of central Europe, the second part was organised in two round table discussions moderated by PROFACTOR and JOANNEUM RESEARCH ROBOTICS on “Sustainable Production” and “The Democratization of Artificial Intelligence”. This gave the chance to figure out new trends but also big question marks, which allows us to continue researching and to develop the future.

Lastly, the last session’s highlights have been the penal discussion lead by Österreichischer Verband für Elektrotechnik on the topic of “The Role of Networks for Sustainable Production” and the Outdoor-Performance by Mattro GmbH.



Further information on the CEUP 2030 project can be found on the project’s homepage: CEUP 2030 – Interreg (interreg-central.eu)

Furthermore, the presentations used during the Lake Constance Talks can be downloaded by using the following link: https://files.profactor.at/public/382b482fe654

Following the successful conclusion of the first open call, 10 projects worth (just over) €1 million were awarded in June 2021.

Now the second open call launches this week with €2.2million of funding available (call closes on 1st October 2021 @ 17:00 CET).

More details: ZDMP Newsletter_Open Calls / ZDMP Promo Pack Call 2



The offer for successful project applicants:

  • Funding of between €50-€150k for each project
  • The freedom to exploit project outputs across your business (with some restrictions). ZDMP does not take equity
  • Between 15-20 SME/startups will be chosen to share in the €2.2 million total grant pool for Call 2
  • The opportunity to develop new, working relationships with businesses in the Industry4.0 domain
  • Access to a new sales channel through the ZDMP Marketplace
  • Support throughout the application process.

Projects can be run virtually so companies can join from anywhere within the EU, UK, and associated countries and applications are welcomed from technology SMEs and manufacturers and can either be individual bids or consortiums of two (although always led by an SME).


Applicants are asked to bid for sub-projects in the following 3 areas:

  • Development
    • Sub-projects for the development of: Design-time / Run-time digital manufacturing applications, components and services; new AI/Machine Learning solutions and new algorithms; developing/extending ZDMP applications and services into new domains.
  • Integration
    • Sub-projects to improve the ZDMP ecosystem by integrating existing 3rd Party applications, components and/or platforms, or integrating ZDMP applications or components with 3rd Party processes in new domains.
  • Validation

Sub-projects for functional, scenario and technical validation and/or performance or usability testing of ZDMP applications (zApps) and components in ‘real-world’ manufacturing contexts.

On the 10th of June and 11th of June 2021 PROFACTOR in cooperation with GMAR organized the TIN Tech & Trend Dialogue Meeting on Robotics & Automation in the “House of Engineers” in Vienna at the Austrian Robotics Workshop 2021.

This year’s event focused on sensor technology in robotic systems. Wilfried Kubinger from the FH Technikum Wien emphasized the importance of this technology and the future trends in robotics and automatization. Sebastian Schlund from the TU Wien started the day with a speech about “Democratization of Industrial Cobot Technology” followed by several presentations on mobile robotics.

Stephan Weiss from the AAU Klagenfurt introduced the second part of the first day about sensor technology with a presentation on “Multi-Sensor Fusion for Resilient State Estimation”. He was followed by several other speeches on dynamic sensors for robotic systems.

The first day ended with poster presentations of student papers in the field of robotics systems and an open discussion round called “Meeting High Potentials” which gave the opportunity to all participants to have an information exchange with researchers, developer and representatives of the industry.

The highlights of the second day were the speech given by Christina Olaverri-Monreal form the JKU Linz on “Robots in Intelligent Transportation Systems” and the “Best Paper Awards” which were granted to the best student papers.

Further information about the CEUP 2030 Project can be found here: CEUP 2030 – Interreg (interreg-central.eu)

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The aim of the event is to present current trends and challenges and to build long-term relationships with relevant stakeholders from research, development and business in Upper Austria and the South of the Czech Republic in the fields of polymer electronics and medical technology, with a focus on the topics of biosensors, nanotechnology and additive manufacturing (3D printing). Although the main focus is on these two regions, participants from all countries are welcome and invited to join the event.
You can find more details about the event and registration here.

Austrian-Czech cooperation network in the field of Nanotechnologies – Biosensors – Additive Manufacturing (NABIAM) is launching series of webinars presenting results of competence mapping in the cross-border regions of Austria and the Czech Republic.
The aim of these activities is to improve transnational collaboration due to notice about existing skills and infrastructures. Presenters from both industry and research area will present their R&D activities, available infrastructure, research needs and possible cooperation topics in the abovementioned areas.

The second NABIAM webinar on Biosensing Technologies in R&D and production in Austrian – Czech connected regions will take place 27.5.2021, 15:00 – 17:00,
online using TEAMS, register to this event using this link;

Keynote Speakers
Jaromir Hubalek (CEITEC)
Bodnár Michal (Tesla Blatná)
Magdalena Schimke (Stratec Consumables GmbH)
Karl Fritscher (LINET)
Hana Lísalová (Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences)
Leo Schranzhofer (PROFACTOR)

Follow us on our webpages (www.nabiam.eu) and social media channels (Linkedin, Facebook), for more information and detailed agenda. Companies are welcomed to participate also in NABIAM survey on available competencies or to present in the following webinars on Biosensors and Additive Manufacturing.


Bone replacement for oral surgery, meniscus replacement or tissue to close cleft palate – all of this could be 3D printed in future. PROFACTOR is coordinating a six-million-euro EU project dealing with the fusion of different advanced biomaterials and 3D printing technologies to find new solutions for the fabrication of resorbable implants. The goal of the project: reducing the number of highly invasive surgeries, shorter rehabilitation times and implants that conform to each patient like a tailor-made suit.





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Der Einsatz von kollaborativen Robotern wird auch zukünftig einen großen Stellenwert in der Industrie und im sozialen Umfeld der Menschen einnehmen.

Was bringt die Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion für die produzierende Industrie und welche Herausforderung stellt sie für den Menschen da?
Wo wird die Technologie eingesetzt?

Beim WIFI-Technologiegespräch „Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion in der Praxis“ am 29. April 2021 im WIFI St. Pölten werden diese Fragen beantwortet, Trends aufgezeigt sowie Einblicke in die aktuelle Forschung & Entwicklung der kollaborativen Robotik gegeben.

Nähere Infos über Inhalt und Anmeldung finden Sie hier

Unter dem Motto “Industry meets Science” wird das Forum Maschinenbau 2021 am 28. Jänner 2021 als Hybridveranstaltung durchgeführt. Im Rahmen von Vorträgen und Workshops mit Laborführung werden aktuelle Entwicklungen im Bereich Industrielle Assistenzsysteme vorgestellt.

Aufgrund der COVID-19-Schutzvorschriften kann nur eine begrenzte Anzahl Interessierter physisch präsent sein.

Nähere Infos zur Veranstaltung und Anmeldung finden Sie hier.

Our proposal INKplant is one of the projects selected by the EC within the call NMBP-21-20-Biological scaffolds for tissue regeneration and repair.

19 partners coordinated by PROFACTOR ready to change the future of regenerative medicine by 3D printed implants. Looking forward to start this exciting adventure together!

INKplant’s concept: from medical imaging to optimized patient-specific biological scaffolds