AI for Retail Lab Delft
The AI for Retail (AIR) Lab Delft is a joint TU Delft-Ahold Delhaize industry lab. Its robotics research program and test site work on developing state-of-the-art innovations in the retail industry. By expanding its focus to robotics, AIRLab Delft will further drive innovations for daily business, while building more knowledge of the intersection between retail, AI, and robotics.
A team of international researchers is based in RoboValley, a robotics research centre developed by TU Delft Robotics Institute. They will explore robotic solutions that can be applied throughout the retail supply chain, from warehouses and stores to customers. To ensure tangible solutions, Ahold Delhaize will open a test site where researchers can work with partners, students, and start-ups, supported by the technology incubator of TU Delft, YES!Delft, to build and test robotic solution prototypes. This test site will be operational in early 2019, and will explore how robotics can be deployed in a retail setting – how robotic grippers can handle delicate items such as fruits and vegetables or improve image recognition of products and packaging. This project is funded by Ahold Delhaize, 2019-2022.