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Open Innovation Network

One of the most unique features of the Australian Cobotics Centre is its open innovation practices.

 “Open innovation is a distributed innovation process based on purposively managed knowledge flows across organizational boundaries, using pecuniary and non-pecuniary mechanisms in line with each organisation’s business model”

Chesbrough, H., & Bogers, M. (2014). Explicating Open Innovation: Clarifying an Emerging Paradigm for Understanding Innovation. In H. Chesbrough & W. Vanhaverbeke (Eds.), Open Innovation: New Frontiers and Applications (pp. 3–28). J. West, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Our Open Innovation Network is key in supporting the Centre’s remit to increase the collaborative robotics capability and train researchers and industry, both within the Centre and beyond.

The group will:

  • broker peer-to-peer collaboration and business knowledge transfer between Partner Organisations arising from Centre programs and outcomes;
  • deliver industry-focused workshops for Centre students, researchers and Partner Investigators to explore wider industry application;
  • and offer demonstration events and workshops for Partner Organisations and manufacturing industry stakeholders to showcase Centre outcomes.

The OIN will support the Centre through its lifecycle with the following:

Define: Clarify research programs and synergies; clarify industry partners’ interest and expectations; map research and industry interests to derive transfer projects; build a collaboration culture

Identify: Research and innovation champions within organisations; identify barriers to adoption; identify innovation opportunities; identify external and internal sources of knowledge and skills; review IP structures Collaborate: Understand innovation roles; identify innovation ecosystem and value chain; map innovation processes; support collaboration Leverage: Understand innovation roles within ecosystem; re-evaluate value drivers; leverage sources of knowledge and innovation processes; Promote: Disseminate outcomes through publications and communication channels; commercialise outcomes and take to market

If you want to be involved in these events or hear about our latest research, we invite you to join our Affiliates Network.