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Focal point for exchange and émulation

The construction phase of UTC's Innovation Centre will be completed in 2013.The question now arises 'what will front-line innovation actors find there? The Centre's Director, Bruno RAMOND, describes the installations and some of the future possibilities.

Focal point for exchange and émulation

As we approach the inauguration of the 5 000 m², we can clearly see the overall scheme. The UTC Innovation Centre will definitely be project-intensive, evolving round 3 major poles: research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

How will the poles operate and what are their objectives? The Centre has been designed to attract students, student-engineers, enterprises, financiers, lecturers and research scientists, thereby building up a locus or focal point to exchange, to enhance creativity, to gain in efficiency ...

 

The Centre will be equipped with some interesting "structural" set-ups, e.g., the virtual reality (VR) room that enables visual immersion in a predefined world. "We shall be able to propose VR visits to new buildings or to analyse in slow motion, for example, how car components react in a crash situation", details the Director RAMOND. A railroad network simulator will also be available as well as a prototyping workshop.

The first few projects of the Centre are progressing well, while awaiting the delivery of the Centre facilities. "We are currently testing project typologies that will, when vetted, be admitted to the centre. Several start-ups are also in the pipeline", adds Bruno RAMOND, with obvious satisfaction.

 

As far as the economic actors are concerned, this operational mode will offer an opportunity to collaborate with pluridisciplinary teams in the work-conducive spaces of the Centre, designed as they are to enhance exchanges and mature projects, from blue-print design stages to product or service marketing. "What we do not aim to do is compete with existing industrial laboratories, but rather bring together various skills to help make innovation progress", stresses Bruno RAMOND.

The industrial group Dassault Aviation is a partner, as are the two French Regions of Picardie and Haute-Normandie, supporting the Glass Vallée project that started 2 years ago. Students will be able to propose innovative bottling solutions for the SMEs that work in this luxury market sector, based in the Bresle Valley and currently faced with stiff competition from Asian countries. When the Centre opens officially, more activities will be launched.

 

Each project will integrate course credit possibilities - in this way the UTC undergraduates can meet and exchange with the Centre residents", underscores Bruno RAMOND. "We shall also offer special rooms that guarantee confidentiality of private conversations, plus office-space that we feel will stimulate creativity and intellectual emulation!