Research and Innovation Centre on Advanced Industrial Production (RICAIP)

Research and Innovation Centre on Advanced Industrial Production (RICAIP)

The project RICAIP develops the fundamental for establishing the Research and Innovation Centre on Advanced Industrial Production by leading research organizations from the Czech Republic: Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics at Czech Technical University, and Central European Institute of Technology at Brno University of Technology; in strong partnership with prominent German research organizations: German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and Center for Mechatronics and Automation Technology.

The partnership will result in transferring knowledge and expertise from the German to Czech partners, as well as strategic long-term collaboration at all the levels of research, education and innovation. This will guarantee the unique position of the Center within the European Research Area as a leader in the research field of advanced industrial production.

The RICAIP Center will accommodate new areas of research and innovation in the field of Industry 4.0, namely multi-site production and production system development. The Centre will provide a distributed, but virtually integrated experimental testbed. It will be physically based on research facilities of the Czech partners, complemented by a corresponding remote site jointly operated by the German partners.

The project’s ambition is to establish an international hub for Industry 4.0 bringing new smart, safe and sophisticated solutions for industrial multi-site production of the future. This project, however, goes beyond the state-of-the-art reference models of Industry 4.0 as it introduces a brand new dimension of the initiative -multi-site industrial production and production development, both with strong impact on society-. The long-term vision is to transform the RICAIP testbed into a European Research Infrastructure in the field of Industry 4.0.



The Brno University of Technology (BUT) is the largest technical university in the Czech Republic. It is one of Europe’s elite technical and research universities. BUT has a vibrant tradition and was founded in 1899. The university consists of 8 faculties and three university institutes. It covers a broad range of technical science. It is one of the major research institutions in the Czech Republic with more than 2000 PhD students and 1000 academics staff.

Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC BUT) forms a key component of cutting-edge research infrastructure with unique facilities and conditions for both basic and applied research in research areas of Advanced Nanotechnology, Microtechnology, Advanced Materials, and Industrial Cybernetics, Instrumentation and Systems Integration.

The new Industry 4.0 testbed facility will deepen opportunities in the already established research focus on cybernetics and robotics, smart sensors, advanced control technologies, and their industry applications.

Brno testbed is located in an industrial hall within the Brno University of Technology campus.


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RICAIP Project Partners