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AI and Robotics Estonia (EDIH)


The artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics EDIH AIRE facilitates innovation in Estonian manufacturing by bringing together the core competencies of universities, science parks and research centres in the fields of AI and robotics, and the SMEs in Estonia and Europe, working in close collaboration with other AI-related centres and initiatives in Estonia and Europe.
The hub is run by a highly capable and experienced consortium led by the Tallinn University of Technology, and its partners are the University of Tartu, the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tehnopol Science and Business Park, Tartu Science Park, and competence centre IMECC, supported by other key stakeholders as associate partners.
AIRE’s objectives are (1) to increase the digital maturity of the manufacturing SMEs, (2) to increase investments into industrial digitalisation, (3) to create sustainable EDIH ecosystem in Estonia and involve relevant stakeholders from the EU, (4) to improve the target groups' skills and competences on AI and robotics, and (5) to increase market maturity and market creation potential of Estonian innovations.
To achieve this, the focus is on the ‘test before invest’ activities (WP2), incl. digital maturity assessment and related individual consulting and roadmapping for clients, and implementation of proof-of-concept AI and robotics demo projects and experiments with manufacturing companies. This is supported by AI and robotics related trainings (WP3), access to finance services (WP4) and ecosystem development (WP5).
AIRE will contribute to long-term policy objectives of Estonia and the EU. Based on the strategic view of the Estonian state, in 2022-2025 AIRE focuses on the manufacturing industry as the primary target group and up to 10% of the budget is allocated to cross-sectoral AI pilots in health technology and tourism to widen the impact and illustrate transferability. From 2025+, AIRE will more strongly address a wider range of sectors in the future from 2025+.

Coordinator information

Contractual contact information

Kirke Maar

Operational contact information

Kirke Maar

Coordinator address

Ehitajate tee 5
19086 Tallinn

Coordinator Business name

Tallinn University of Technology

Coordinator Legal name

Coordinator department

Innovation Centre Mektory


Contact Name Role Country Address Business Name Legal Name Participant Type Website
Annet Muru Partner Estonia Ulikooli 18, 50090 Tartu Tartu, Estonia UNIVERSITY OF TARTU HES
Margus Arak Partner Estonia Kreutzwaldi 1, 51014 Tartu Tartu, Estonia ESTONIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES EMU HES
Maarit Jalakas Partner Estonia Teadusparagi 6/1, 12618 Tallinn Tallinn, Estonia TEH- TALLINN SCIENCE PARK TEHNOPOL OTH
Ingrid Hunt Partner Estonia Riia 185, 51014 Tartu Tartu, Estonia TSP OTH
Kaia Loun Partner Estonia Teaduspargi tn 8, mustamae linnaosa, harju, 12618 Tallinn Tallinn, Estonia OU IMECC PRC
- Associated Estonia Hobujaama 4, 10151 Tallinn Tallinn, Estonia CREDIT AND EXPORT GUARANTEE FUND KREDEX OTH
- Associated Estonia Kadaka tee 72a, 12618 Tallinn Tallinn, Estonia MTU EESTI MASINATOOSTUSE LIIT OTH
- Associated Estonia Akademia tee 23, 12618 Tallin Tallin, Estonia EESTI ELEKTROONIKATOOSTUSE LIIT OTH
- Associated Estonia Toom kooli 17, 10130 Tallinn Tallinn, Estonia ESTONIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OTH
- Associated Estonia Lootsa 6, 11415 Tallinn Tallinn, Estonia ITL OTH
- Associated Estonia Narva road 25, 10120 Tallinn Tallinn, Estonia TALLINN UNIVERSITY HES
- Associated Estonia Vabaduse väljak 7, 15199 Tallinn Tallinn, Estonia Tallinna Ettevõtlusamet PRC
- Associated Estonia Raekoda, 50089 Tartu Tartu, Estonia TARTU CITY PUB

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