The event "From excellent research to excellent innovation – are universities ready for the future?" fostered a promising discussion on the future of European research and innovation and the role of universities in addressing the EU’s innovation challenge. The event featured a panel discussion with Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, as well as with scientists and university management:
Several state-of-the art technologies with high innovation potential were showcased during the event:
TracInnovations, a spin off from DTU developed the next generation of a medical scanner, which is designed to support motion guided correction techniques and return feedback to the scan operator during scanning. It allows better diagnosis and treatments even if patients are moving during the procedure and results in fewer re-scans and shorter scan times.
TechUnited – Tech United is a multidisciplinary team of (old) students, PhD’s and employees of TU/e, which are involved in the development of robotics. They came to the EuroTech event with their soccer robots team that is based on technology allowing robots to communicate with each other and with elements from its constantly changing environment.
Medical robots build upon excellent research of TU/e. They developed a new surgical instrument helping surgeons to improve accuracy in installing electrodes for brain stimulation e.g. for Parkinson's patients.
FabliTec 3D Scanner was founded in March 2013 as a spin-off from the Computer Vision Group of the Technical University of Munich. During the EuroTech event, it demonstrated a 3D person scanner for creating 3D-printable digital models of people.