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Robot Immune System

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Building up robot immunity to cyberattacks

Robots are playing an increasing role in daily life, in both the domestic and industrial sectors. The role of robots in the transition of the industry to automation is instrumental. However, robots are vulnerable to cyberattacks, which means companies are exposed to financial losses, industrial espionage and limited safety. The reason is that cybersecurity issues have been largely ignored in this area. Coordinated by ALIAS ROBOTICS, the EU-funded RIS project considers a shield against cyberthreats indispensable for robots. The Robot Immune System (RIS) refers to the hardware created by the company. By emulating the human immune system, it prevents cyberattacks that try to exploit the robot’s vulnerabilities.


The new era of robotics is invading our factories, homes, hospitals and productive companies. Although the consumer sector is gaining importance with the introduction of domestic robots such as drones or home appliances, the industrial sector is the largest robotics market and has the highest market share. Industrial robots are helping the migration of the industry to automatization of difficult and repetitive tasks and connected robots are improving productive ratios in a more globalized world. However, the remarckable growth has brought other problems related to security as no solutions are caring about robot vulnerabilities. Cybercrime in robotics could cause a company lose hundreds of thousands of euros, industrial expionage or even worst, can affect into robots operation. Robots cyberattacks may cause physical damage to near operators, compromising safety.

Robot manufacturers or traditional cybersecurity companies are neglecting cybersecurity leaving security issues up to end users, which are the most vulnerable in the value chain of robotics.

ALIAS ROBOTICS is a young firm, founded by a group of experienced entrepreuners with the firm idea that robot cybersecurity is a must. Following this commitment, ALIAS developed the Robot Immune System (RIS), a bioinspired hardware solution which mimics the defensive principle of the human immune system to protect and prevent attackers exploit vulnerabilities in robots. RIS system is oriented to robot end-users and integrates a Artificial Immune framework which empowers Artificial Intelligence to create the next generation robot security. RIS cognitive model has a filed European patent (EP18382834) in all EU countries which will guarantee its protection and its commercial activity in the targeted markets, ensuring its commercialization. ALIAS ROBOTICS' impact is expected to grow 30 M€ in turnover and creating around 180 direct jobs and more than 200 indirect jobs in supplying companies.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
01009 Vitoria

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Noreste País Vasco Araba/Álava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 71 429,00