Digital Innovation Hub

Smart, Safe and Sustainable Society

We focus on AI and Robotics to support smarter, safer, and more sustainable organizations, communities, cities, and territories

DIH4S is approved as "fully operational" Digital Innovation Hub in the network of Smart Specialization Platform of European Commission

The context for establishing DIH4S initiative

The Digital Innovation Hub called DIH4S was established in 2019 by Cluj IT Cluster under the CRONOS project, financed under a national scheme of the Ministry of Research and Innovation, which supported innovative clusters to foster the structural transformation of national industry. In this framework, Cluj IT cluster set up a Digital Innovation Center that acts as an umbrella to bring together competences of IT companies and research groups focused on digital technologies, AI, data science and industry 4.0 and prepare specialized services for non-IT private and public organizations on digitization, digitalization, digital innovation and digital transformation.

To the foundation of this initiative soon joined other organizations, such as the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bistrita-Nasaud, with the support of the North-West Regional Development Agency. All these four organizations have experienced together a close collaboration since 2017 to set up a DIH initiative in the North-West Region of Romania, initiative that has been assisted by PwC under an European project.

The partnership of these four organizations at the moment of year 2019 was the result of several piloting phases run in 2018 in order to identify the right formula of cooperation. University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine from Cluj-Napoca and other 17 IT companies joined the initiative at the mid of 2019. New members have adhered to the partnership afterwards; thus, expanding the "family" of DIH4S initiative. DIH4S is open to embrace new partners that are committed to contribute to the digital transformation of industrial and public sectors of the N-W region of Romania and of the country as a whole.

People from DIH4S believe that digital technologies can strongly contribute to the foundation of a smart, safe and sustainable society. This belief is articulated in its vision that is centered on better life for citizens through a smart and ethical use of the most advanced digital technologies in various aspects that influence social and economic ecosystems.

Reasons to work with DIH4S

There are many moments and situations in the journey of digital transformation which are not covered by the mainstream solution providers, either because of too high risks, low predictability of demand, ambiguity, volatility, occasionality of demand, unattractive market size or several other similar reasons. These gaps are covered by DIH4S using a proven open innovation business model, enabled by a pool of critical mass of hireable talents, services and infrastructure, as well as customizable digital solutions from a network of specialized organizations, in order to rapidly setup, calibrate and activate customzied solutions for every specific or unique request. The value-to-market of DIH4S comes from:

Optimal expertise

Complete solutions

Transparent services

Customized solutions

Latest innovations

Life-cycle approach

Proven good practices

Success stories


Professional services for digitalization

Mainsteam services for digitalization and digital transformation of organizations

  • Diagnosis

  • Strategy for digitalization

  • Roll-out high-end technical solutions

  • Education on digital technologies

  • Finding technology provider and intermediation

  • Project management and supervision

  • Application portfolio optimization

  • Access to labs for training and testing

  • Technical assistance and guidance

  • Consulting and mentoring for digital transformation

Specialized digital innovation services [artificial intelligence and smart robotics]

  • Big data cleaning and analytics

  • ML and DL-driven AI for applications in various generic fields (recognition, navigation, clustering, forecasting, prevention, monitoring, personalization, automation, profiling, etc.)

  • ML and DL-driven AI for applications in creative problem solving, conflict solving, quality control

  • ML and DL-driven AI for autonomous decision systems

  • ML and DL-driven AI in cybersecurity

  • Problem optimization with DL and evolutionary algorithms

  • Fine tuning of process and system control with DL algorithms

  • Cybersecurity audits

  • Design and development of blockchain technologies in the structure of various digital solutions for cybersecurity enhancement

  • Programming of social robotics platforms for education, PR, therapy

  • Access to infrastructure for cloud computing and hyper-computing

  • Access to infrastructure for industrial robotics, cobotics, cloud robotics and social robotics

  • Access to AI platforms for experimental research and testing

  • Training on robot and cobot programming, machine learning and neuronal networks for dedicated application domains

  • Training on digitally creative engineering (AR/VR, 3D gaming, 3D printing)

  • Training on smart buildings, industry 4.0 and I-IoT

  • Training on autonomous robotic system design

  • Training on cybersecurity

  • Training on NN setup, calibration, training and learning

  • Design optimization with generative algorithms and expert systems for modelling and simulation

Initiators of DIH4S

Organizations and companies partners of DIH4S

Full members (partners)
National strategic supporters
International strategic supporters