Workshop 1

First FS4SMIH Workshop took place at Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (12th December, 2016). A Workshop was organized in order to evaluate the need for institutionalization of the support for innovations in SMEs, in the field of robotics applications.

Workshop represents part of the planned activities in the project “Feasibility Study for Serbian Manufacturing Innovation Hub” (FS4SMIH, http://robot.etf.rs/index.php/fs4smih-project), funded under ReconCell project (http://www.reconcell.eu) and I4MS initiative (http://i4ms.eu) of the Horizon2020 framework program. Consortium of this EU project is consisting out of the three partner institutions: School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade (coordinating institution); Institute “Mihajlo Pupin”, University of Belgrade; and company Servoteh d.o.o., Belgrade.

FS4SMIH team managed to gather more than 60 carefully chosen participants coming from companies, educational and research institutions, ministries, innovation fund, as well as other relevant governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Attendance of representatives coming from almost all levels of education and industry provided fruitful discussions and active exchange of opinions.

Besides welcome words of the organizational team members, participants of the Workshop could hear invited speeches of: professor Zoran Jovanović (Dean – School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade), Mihailo Vesović (Deputy General Manager – Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia), professor Viktor Nedović (Assistant Minister in charge of international S&T cooperation and EU integration – Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia), Ivan Rakonjac, PhD (Director –Innovation Fund), Dejan Šuvakov (Programme Manager for Private Sector Development, SMEs and Innovations – The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia), as well as professor Aleš Ude (Head of Department of Automatics, Biocybernetics and Robotics – Institute “Jožef Stefan”, Ljubljana, Slovenia), who is at the same time a supervisor of the FS4SMIH project.