Applied Research and Innovation

The Applied Research and Innovation Affinity Group is an established international community of practice. Members share the results and outcomes of applied research projects undertaken by their institutions, as well as exemplary practices related to applied research and innovation. The group has collaborated on international projects. In 2015, Northeast Community College in Nebraska collaborated with Fleming College in Ontario on CROP-IT (Conserving Resources: Optimizing Practices using Innovative Technologies), a project to demonstrate the effectiveness of using moisture monitoring probes to influence irrigation methods.

In the past the group has focussed projects on mechatronics, drone technology, additive manufacturing, 3D printing applications, composites, in addition to sustainable water management. For the 2018 World Congress, the Applied Research and Innovation group is organizing around some broad themes: the internet of things; application of 3D printing; use of big data by SMEs; sustainable food and water; and, helping SMEs meet the challenges of Industry 4.0.

The Applied Research and Innovation group is led by Tknika of Basque Country.

To join the group, please fill out the Affinity Group application form.