On 28 May 2014, at the Rectorate of the University of Banja Luka, the first meeting of the working team of the international project in the field of robotics called BANOROB was held. This project presents Bosnian-Norwegian research based innovation for development of new, environmental friendly, competitive robot technology for selected target groups. It is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, and activities take place at the Faculty of the Mechanical Engineering of the University of Banja Luka.
The progress in conducting project activities and the following tasks for the coming period, especially those regarding financial and program reporting, were discussed.
During their three-day visit to Banja Luka, the guests from Norway were informed on project activities that were being implemented at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Banja Luka. They visited the virtual laboratory for the realization of project activities, and then they had a meeting with the representatives of the Innovation Centre in Banja Luka, which is also one of the partners in the BANOROB project.
Guests from Norway were also present at the opening ceremony of the laboratory at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, equipment for which had been provided through an Austrian loan. The representatives of the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Srpska as well as those from producing companies in the Republic of Srpska were present at the ceremony. On this occasion, the ‘Adria Hub Platform’ project was presented, which is being implemented at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, of the University of Banja Luka, and is funded by IPA funds.
The delegation of the University College of Narvik consisted of Prof. Bjørn Solvang, the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Gabor Sziebig, PhD, Project officer and Mr. Helge Lagaard, financial auditor for this Project.
At the second meeting of the project team, held on 30 May 2014 at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, it was concluded that the speed of the activities conducted is satisfactory and that within the next six months, the Project would be successfully finalized. The possibilities for continuing the cooperation after the BANOROB project were also discussed.
The first thing that guests from Norway did after arriving in Banja Luka was to express their condolences for all the victims and material damage in the Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina caused by recent floods.