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RIMA - Robotics for Infrastructure Inspection and MAintenance

RIMA - Robotics for Infrastructure Inspection and MAintenance

Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) represents a huge economic activity (450 Bn Euro market) spanning across sectors such as energy, transport, civil engineering. EU hosts over 50% of I&M robotics offer but there is a bottleneck connecting it to the market and high potential applications. RIMA is a 4-year project aiming to establish a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) on robotics sharing best practices and providing services to facilitate uptake of I&M technologies. Our challenge is to reinforce this connection and to provide education and training on robotics I&M and to connect the value chain - research, technology companies, service providers, end users and investors- for accelerating economic growth in the field: - RIMA is building upon the network pioneered by SPRINT Robotics extending it to all relevant sectors across the value chain. - The RIMA network encompasses: o leading research organizations supporting one DIH per region aligned with regional policies and industry sectors. o Sectorial associations who will make a bridge with end users and industries. - RIMA will offer services including support to testing and technology transfer, coaching and training on robotics for I&M, process optimization and communication. 50.5% of RIMA’s budget will be distributed to SMEs to run experiments using FSTP - RIMA will advise on funding opportunities relying on the S3 Thematic Platform on robotics for I&M federating the common ambition of 13 EU regions. - Network sustainability will be ensured by adapting the SPRINT business model Expected results are (i) increased competitiveness of EU I&M Robotics, (ii) economic added value by increased productivity and availability of the critical infrastructure (iii) social and environmental impact through improved safety and less emission of hazardous substances (iv) the constitution of a sustainable and scalable (open to new members) DIH network aligned with the industrial and European policies and ambitions


  1. Commissariat A L Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives (Cea), France
  2. C.R.E.A.T.E. Consorzio Di Ricerca Per L'energia L Automazione E Le Tecnologie Dell'elettromagnetismo (Create), Italy
  3. Sintef As (Sintef), Norway
  4. Fundingbox Accelerator Sp Zoo (Fba), Poland
  5. Deutsches Forschungszentrum Fur Kunstliche Intelligenz Gmbh (Dfki), Germany
  6. Panepistimio Patron (Lms), Greece
  7. Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt Oy (Vtt), Finland
  8. Teknologisk Institut (Dti), Denmark
  9. Universiteit Twente (Ut), Netherlands
  10. Stichting Sprint Robotics Collaborative (Sprint), Netherlands
  11. Universidad De Sevilla (Use), Spain
  12. Technologiko Panepistimio Kyprou (Cut), Cyprus
  13. Technicka Univerzita V Kosiciach (Tuke), Slovakia
  14. Przemyslowy Instytut Automatyki I Pomiarow Piap (Piap), Poland
  15. University Of York (Uy), United Kingdom
  16. Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek Tno (Tno), Netherlands
  17. Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft -Und Raumfahrt Ev (Dlr), Germany
  18. Forum Atomique Europeen (Foratom), Belgium
  19. European Federation Of Non Destructive Testing (Efndt), Belgium
  20. Forum Des Laboratoires Nationaux Europeens De Recherche Routiere (Fehrl), Belgium
  21. European Water Supply And Sanitation Technology Platform (Wsstp), Belgium
  22. Fundacion Andaluza Para El Desarrollo Aeroespacial (Fada-Catec), Spain
  23. System@Tic Paris Region (Systematic), France


EU - European Union

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824990

Horizon 2020

EU - European Union

Publications about the project

Shivesh Kumar; Andreas Mueller; Patrick Wensing; Frank Kirchner

In: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2023 Workshop on Geometric Representations The Roles of Modern Screw Theory, Lie algebra, and Geometric Algebra in Robotics. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA-2023), May 29 - June 2, London, United Kingdom, IEEE, 6/2023.

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