Published: 12/03/2018

There is lots of activity among robot technology providers in the care service field in different countries. Piloting of care robots in different use environments is underway. Companies recognize the business potential, but also face many challenges. For instance, they need research data to support their solutions and sales: wider-scale impact studies to justify technology solutions. The business field is also quite fragmented and companies are often small, especially for international markets. Many still pursue their own advantage only, and there is not much maturity for collaboration. A new, larger perspective for considering care technologies and renewal of care practices and operational models would be needed. Companies should be seen as part of an ‘ecosystem’, where companies cooperate, compete and co-create capabilities around a new innovation. The ecosystem also needs to cover various relevant actors from different sectors, in addition to companies, and focus essentially on users.
The European Robotics Forum will take place just next week (13-15 March) in Tampere, Finland. As part of the program, we are arranging a workshop session Building care robotics business and innovation ecosystems to support creating the ‘ecosystem mindset’ among stakeholders - developers, business people, researchers, policy makers, end users, service providers… - in the field of care robotics in Europe. The workshop will utilize interactive, participatory methods to contribute to building care robotics business and innovation ecosystems from various points of view, and seeks answers to questions such as: - How can robotic care technologies, related services and service users be connected in an increasingly skilled manner? - How can business and innovation ecosystems be cultivated on the three essential levels; users, organizations and the society? - How could challenges in obtaining a systemic view of the use of care robots be overcome in collaboration between various stakeholders? - What could be the role of international collaboration in cultivating ecosystems?
The workshop will result in a visual roadmap that highlights essential steps in building pan-European ecosystems on care robotics.
Session organisers
Marketta Niemelä, VTT & Helinä Melkas, LUT
The Robots and the Future of Welfare Services (ROSE) project
"Robotics in Care Services: A Finnish Roadmap"


Konsortion johtaja

Ville Kyrki


Timo Brander