After 2 days of IndTech Conference in Grenoble, EMIRI organised a workshop as a side event on June 30th focused on “Re-inventing Materials Research: Towards accelerated development by closely orchestrating AI, data, robotics, and high-performance computing”
The topic raised immediately a strong interest among the invited speakers and the audience and consequently, we were starting the session at 8.30AM with a very busy programme ahead of us. With more than 30 attendees physically and 20 connected online, the participants were able to engage in meaningful discussions that we expect to be the starting point of a future coordinated action for the materials community. A white paper on this topic was suggested as the first step of this coordinated action.
The workshop started showing the digital revolution underway in industrial labs, where we had the opportunity to see industrial case studies from BASF, DOW, SOLVAY and UMICORE. We continued with case studies from research centres such as HELMHOLTZ-INSTITUTE and FRAUNHOFER INSTITUT. We also had the case of the DTU illustrating the BIG-MAP project, in which EMIRI and many other organisations of the materials community are involved.
After a short coffee break, we came back to portray solutions to accelerate materials research already available on the market by CITRINE INFORMATICS, DASSAULT SYSTEMES, ATINARY TECHNOLOGIES, SCM SOFTWARE FOR CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS and VSPARTICLE.
We believed that it was important to allocate some time also to review policy initiatives such as the Mission Innovation’s Collaborative Platform: Materials for Energy (M4E) and the French imitative DIADEM – DIscovery Acceleration for the Deployment of Emerging Materials.
At last, some of the speakers came back on stage to share their thoughts in a very engaging panel discussion.
The conclusions of the workshop were clear for our Chairman, Eric Peeters:
- We are on track: this is not the future, but the present
- Amazing levels of investment
- Need for collaboration between academia, small and big companies, government initiatives, etc
- Importance of data
- It is not about materials but about devices that can be used in our lives
- This is only the start of the digital revolution: we are going to have a digitally native workforce coming anytime now
Rewatch now the session!
- Part 1 – Digital revolution underway in industrial labs
- Part 2 – Digital revolution underway in research centers
- Part 3 – Solutions to accelerate materials research already available on the market
- Part 4 – Policy initiatives & Panel discussion
Find presentations used during the session below:
- The Dow Digital Material Sciences Journey
Rui VOGT ALVES DA CRUZ, Senior Regional R&D Director for EMEA, DOW
- Lab of the Future for battery materials research
Jérémie AUVERGNIOT, Open Innovation Manager, UMICORE
- The importance of FAIR data and Data Management Plans in Large Battery Initiatives
Ivano E. CASTELLI, Associate Professor, Head of Studies, MSc Sustainable Energy,
Autonomous Materials Discovery, Energy Conversion and Storage Dpt, Technical University of Denmark
- Towards Open Semantic Materials Research
Simon STIER, Head of Digital Transformation, Fraunhofer Institut für Silicatforschung ISC
- How AI is being used by materials companies today – characteristics of success
Marius-Dan POPA, CITRINE INFORMATICS
- Accelerating the process for battery development from electrons to electro vehicles
Johan M. CARLSSON, Senior Industry Process Scientist, DASSAULT SYSTEMES Deutschland
- Atinary SDLabs: ML software solutions and self-driving labs to accelerate R&D today
Loïc ROCH, Co-Founder & CTO, ATINARY TECHNOLOGIES
- Computational design of materials and processes – machine learning acceleration & multi-level modeling
Fedor GOUMANS, Chief Customer Office, SCM Software for Chemistry and Materials
- Enabling automated labs by next generation material synthesis
Tobias COPPEJANS, Chief Operations Officer, VSPARTICLE NV
- Catalyzing Clean Energy Solutions for All
Mark S KOZDRAS, Emeritus scientist, Natural Resources Canada
International Co-lead, Mission Innovation’s Collaborative Platform: Materials for Energy (M4E)
Canadian Co-PI, German-Canadian Materials Acceleration Centre (GC-MAC)
- DIADEM – DIscovery Acceleration for the Deployment of Emerging Materials – A French initiative
Mario MAGLIONE, Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux, ICMCB-CNRS, Univ Bordeaux
Thierry DEUTSCH, Modeling and Exploration of Materials Lab, Univ Grenoble Alpes, CEA Grenoble, IRIG