Flanders Make expands its expertise and adds 3 new core labs
As of 1 January, we are expanding our expertise thanks to the addition of 3 new core labs. Together, all our researchers work full time on innovation with and for companies. We would like to briefly introduce our 3 new core labs:
- Declarative languages and Artificial Intelligence @ KULeuven (DTAI-FET).
This core lab is part of our Decision & Control competence cluster and has a unique AI background, which complements the activities of our other core labs. Moreover, the lab has extensive experience in implementing AI in industrial applications. This extra expertise ensures that we can combine AI with our domain knowledge on manufacturing and products in motion.
- Value, Cost & Circularity in Manufacturing @ UAntwerpen, UHasselt en KULeuven.
This core lab unites specialists from 3 Flemish universities and is part of our Design & Optimisation competence cluster. It combines their expertise and focuses on:
- The economic aspect of a product (cost and value) through the supply chain and the full life cycle.
- Evaluation and optimisation of circularity and sustainability of a product.
- Modelling and optimisation algorithms for multi-criteria decision support.
- Cost and Value Analytics, Models & Optimisation @ UGent.
This core lab is part of our Design & Optimisation competence cluster. It has extensive expertise in Total-Cost-of-Ownership modelling and optimisation. From the manufacturer's perspective, we focus here on the production phase. This includes business process modelling and data analysis in a production context. In this way, we form a bridge between management, business processes and technology.
Thanks to this new step in our development, Flanders Make continues to grow as a research centre for the industry. This way, we can serve companies even better and arm them to face the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Dirk Torfs, CEO Flanders Make: "In order to execute our strategy and follow important technological trends that impact our strategy, it is important to identify and seek missing competences with our academic partners. The addition of these three core labs will allow us to create even more impact for the industry. On the one hand, by strengthening us in the field of AI for smart and connected products and production systems and, on the other hand, through the additional expertise to better address the cost-related aspect in industry relevant research."