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The “TRAIL Institute” which aims to promote the creation of AI talent and to carry out world-class cutting-edge AI research in Wallonia and Brussels. It brings together all researchers working on AI within the universities of the Walloon-Brussels Federation and the CRa and whose research activities are in line with the vision of the TRAIL ecosystem. This institute will ensure the attraction, training and retention of talents in the Walloon-Brussels Federation in order to allow the appropriation of AI by companies and public services.
The “TRAIL Factory” aims to be an AI innovation gas pedal for companies in key Walloon sectors. A physical and virtual space for exchanges, prototyping and digital transformation in AI, the TRAIL Factory is based on 4 major values :
- Facilitate the interaction Research / Enterprise for a better access to innovation whether in terms of connections with research actors or funding.
- To animate and accompany companies through totems mixing ideation, prototyping and demonstration, by relying on a network of partners and existing initiatives.
- To ensure consistency with the needs of companies, particularly through collective projects and applications that meet the technological challenges of today and tomorrow.
- Accelerate the digital transformation in AI through technology transfer and access to Walloon know-how, in a transparent and easy way (technology bricks, white papers, expertise, hardware and software resources …).
The “Company Services” pillar gathers the activities that the Parties wish to amplify in order to better capture the needs and ideas coming from the economic fabric (existing companies and entrepreneurs) and to facilitate the development of new products and services based on the building blocks developed in TRAIL. Companies and entrepreneurs will be able to benefit from the various actions of TRAIL and, if the envisaged solution requires a more sustained collaboration, a longer exploration and a leading-edge expertise, TRAIL will also be able to help them in the definition and the setting up of a larger-scale research project, potentially collaborative, which could be carried out by the TRAIL Institute. Several existing instruments (e.g. DigitalWallonia4.ai plan, company vouchers, EDIH, …) also revolve around this pillar and offer services directly to companies. The TRAIL4Ventures instrument supports the creation of innovative and technological startups that can respond to societal challenges in the fields of medicine, mobility or the economy of tomorrow using artificial intelligence. TRAIL4Ventures wants to leverage and accelerate the valorization of the applied research of excellence resulting from the TRAIL Institute and the TRAIL Factory in entrepreneurial initiatives whose valorization potential is strengthened by the open collaboration of the various stakeholders of the TRAIL consortium (industrial leaders, research centers, public and academic agencies).