Belgium-based food retailer Ahold Delhaize has partnered with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) to expand its artificial intelligence for retail lab (AIRLab) in the Netherlands.

As part of the deal, AIRLab Delft will focus on driving innovations for daily business as well as gain knowledge into the integration among retail, AI and robotics.

The partnership will start a robotics research programme and establish a test site that focusses on advanced innovations in the retail industry.

TU Delft Robotics Institute director Martijn Wisse said: “At AIRLab Delft, scientists will study how employees can teach their robots to do repetitive tasks, or develop methods to optimise the motion and coordination of mobile robots and of delivery vehicles.

“The partnership will start a robotics research programme and establish a test site that focusses on advanced innovations in the retail industry.”

“This collaboration with Ahold Delhaize allows us to solve real-world challenges by focusing on fundamental issues in robotics, such as how to learn and safely execute tasks in the context of uncertainty, how to safely navigate and interact in environments shared with humans, and how to efficiently and effectively plan the routes of fleets of last-mile delivery.”

In addition, TU Delft Robotics Institute’s research centre RoboValley will house a team of international researchers who will focus on exploring the use of robotic solutions across the retail supply chain including warehouses and stores.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

Ahold Delhaize will unveil a new test site enabling researchers to work with partners, students and start-ups to build and test prototypes of robotic solutions, which will be supported by TU Delft’s technology incubator, YES!Delft.

The test facility will focus on exploring how to deploy robotics in a retail setting, how to handle delicate items such as fruits and vegetables using robotic grippers, or how to enhance image-recognition of products and packaging. It will be operational in early 2019.