Lead Proponent: University of British Columbia
Location: Vancouver, BC
EIP Contribution: $ 8,000,000
Project Total: $ 11,810,465
Strategic Area: Advanced Materials Innovation
This project will create an open source modular robotic discovery platform capable of making new materials, testing their properties and, using machine learning, accelerate the development of new materials for energy applications.
This project will be a Canadian-based international collaboration, supporting Canada’s commitments to Mission Innovation, and its co-leadership with Mexico under Innovation Challenge # 6, Advanced Materials, to deliver a first-of-its-kind robotic toolkit, customized to utilize cutting edge artificial intelligence and machine learning to accelerate the research and discovery process. It is expected that this project will create a flexible, open-source robotic platform, which can be rapidly duplicated and adapted generally to material and chemical research.
This project will engage Canadian business in the robotic fabrication – ensuring the technology development will foster the growth of jobs for Canadian Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP). Going forward, this platform will allow other stakeholders (private industry and academic collaborators) to adopt the standardized architecture, as well as promote Canada as a global leader in this rapidly growing technology.