You are nothing without your environment.
There is this famous quote from Isaac Newton who wrote, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” We are celebrating three years of ARTI these days, and we are looking back to those years with thankfulness and astonishment. Yes, there was a lot of work these years; there were insecurities and setbacks. But even more, there was a lot of positive team spirit, the joy of reaching milestones step by step, and the pride of experiencing successes.
The ARTI beginnings
The story of ARTI starts like a typical start-up tale. Four students of telematics/informatics at the Graz University of Technology are working together in the University’s Robocup student team TEDUSAR. There they discovered their shared passion for robotics and decided to give it a try and bring their interests and their know-how into a business. With this idea in mind, Konstantin, Alex, Stefan, and Clemens applied at the Graz High-Tech Incubator Science Park and were selected for a one-year incubation period. They consolidated their business idea and the cornerstones of the future company. In February 2019, ARTI was officially founded and soon followed the first own office spaces in Gössendorf.
Since then, the team has grown to 10 “ARTIsts” and works according to the motto “Make things move!” together with their customers to help ground-based vehicles of all types and dimensions achieve more “intelligence” and autonomy. The approach of the AI kits developed by ARTI is to make the control software as modular, flexible, and adaptable as possible so that the customer receives custom-fit and quickly deployable software solutions for all tasks of autonomous robot navigation. In addition, a proprietary robotics test platform was also developed, which was used for projects such as the fully functional prototype of an autonomous delivery robot (TRAI) or the mobile e-car charging robot CHARbO together with ALVERI.
The ARTI Environment
But all of that would never have been possible without the right environment. In Austria and especially in Graz, ARTI founders benefited from an exceptional network of universities and research institutions in the region as well as future-oriented, ambitious organizations that see and promote the potential of AI and robotics, and entrepreneurship. Moreover, there are all these innovation-driven companies and start-ups that are not afraid to invest and trust in new technologies and Artificial Intelligence.
So here we are, listed among some of these (can you spot our logo?), with thankfulness for the past years and with a lot of new ideas, projects, and developments in mind to keep us busy for the years to come! So up we go and make things moving!