DMDII Awards, City Digital Pilots, a sneak peak of 2016 and more!
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Welcome to the UI LABS fourth quarterly newsletter! In addition to sharing regular updates from the last three months, we also realize this is a great opportunity to look back at the entire year and reflect on some of our organization’s most important moments.
The year started off with the announcement of our second Lab, City Digital, which focuses on smart cities and the physical-digital convergence. In May, we moved into our new state-of-the-art home on Goose Island — what we like to call Innovation Island — and the facility has been buzzing ever since.
The DMDII team worked hard all year long which led to some really exciting announcements toward the end of the year. The team opened two regional chapters to spread manufacturing technologies across the nation, awarded $7 Million in R&D projects, and to top it all off they signed their 150th member in October (and as of publication DMDII now has 167 members).
I am so thankful for all of the time and dedication of the UI LABS team and all of our many partners who helped make this year possible. I can’t wait to see what new possibilities 2016 brings!
Caralynn Nowinski Collens
CEO, UI LABS
October 15 was a truly momentous day for UI LABS. Our first Lab, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), announced its first set of research projects awarded to partners across the country. Much more information is available here on our website, including a great video showcasing the power of collaboration in DMDII and two infographics below.
NATIONAL MAP INFOGRAPHIC
DMDII leadership joined Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and representatives from Rockford, IL, and the Quad Cities (in Illinois and Iowa) to debut two pilot chapters of DMDII.
“These first chapters are a big win for the local communities and for manufacturers across the country,” said Dr. Dean L. Bartles. “As we work to revolutionize American manufacturing, DMDII is expanding our physical reach beyond our Chicago base and bringing the power of our national institute to other regional areas.”
Read more about the Rockford chapter and the Quad Cities chapter.
City Digital has three current pilots in progress: Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring, Underground Infrastructure Mapping, and Smart Building Data Service. These pilots represent our core Impact Areas of Water, Physical Infrastructure, Energy Management, and Transportation. Across these areas, the pilots will expand, improve, and apply the use of sensing technologies, real-time data collection, geographical systems, analytics and insight, and prediction algorithms and capabilities.
Smart Green Infrastructure Monitoring (SGIM)
The SGIM pilot will develop a full Internet of Things (IoT) sensing ecosystem, linking sensors to cloud based analytics, insights, and decision making to drive future green infrastructure design, investment, and management. These tools will be used by cities to effectively prioritize green infrastructure spending that will reduce resident basement flooding and combined sewer overflows into lakes and rivers.
Underground Infrastructure Mapping (UIM)
The UIM pilot aims at developing an engineering grade, common, secure data platform with open standards that can create, consume, consolidate, organize, and store 3D infrastructure data. Consolidated and improved data will help utilities better design and coordinate construction in city streets, resulting in fewer accidental damages and reduced construction impacts for city residents.
Smart Building Data Service (SBDS)
The SBDS pilot aims at creating a platform that will improve data insights to buildings and related services including preventative maintenance, improved energy efficiency, and prioritized/automated inspections. This pilot will enable better management of diverse building portfolios at lower cost, and open new municipal markets for smart building data.
STATE OF THE ART FACILITY BRINGS HOME MULTIPLE AWARDS
It’s not just UI LABS’ staff and our multiple partners who love our brand new 94,000 square foot facility. Over the past few months two real estate organizations have crowned our home “Winner!”
“Project of the Year” – Core Net Chicago
“Design of the Year” – AIA Awards
UI LABS is thrilled to be ending the year with over 175 partners across our two Labs.
EVENTS AT UI LABS: A SMALL SAMPLE
Whether it’s bringing our partners together for workshops, inviting members of the community to host events, or hosting groups of students to teach the importance of digital technologies, a large place to bring people together under the same roof is core to our mission.
See below for a small sample of some events hosted on Innovation Island, in addition to videos of external events we have participated in.
March 26, 2015
CEO Caralynn Nowinski Collens sat on an Economist Innovation Forum panel titled “The Outlook for Disruption” to discuss technologies that are poised to have the greatest impact on the way businesses innovate.
May 11, 2015
Multiple elected officials, senior government leaders, partners and members of the community attended the official ‘Ribbon Cutting’ at our new state-of-the-art facility.
June 25, 2015
CEO Caralynn Nowinski Collens joined partners, including Siemens, the City of Chicago and Microsoft, at the City Club of Chicago to discuss ways Chicago is leading in the smart cities space.
July 21, 2015
Steve Koch, Chicago Deputy Mayor, and Dan’l Lewin, Corporate VP at Microsoft, joined our CEO on a panel at The New York Times’ Cities for Tomorrow Conference to discuss ways Chicago and City Digital are leading the nation in innovation.
August 28, 2015
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined UI LABS and select partners for a roundtable on the future of manufacturing.
September 30, 2015
UI LABS hosted an international press conference to announce that Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, chose the United States as the official partner country for the year 2016.
October 2, 2015
DMDII co-hosted over 50 Chicago Public School students for National Manufacturing Day with World Business Chicago.
October 16, 2015
Caterpillar, a DMDII member, hosted a Chicago Ideas Week Lab at UI LABS. Caterpillar CTO Gwenne Henricks kicked off the showcase of the company’s cutting edge digital technologies.
November 4, 2015
Representatives from all 7 National Network for Manufacturing Innovation Institutes gathered at DMDII to share best practices.
November 17, 2015
In partnership with the City of Chicago, DMDII invited over 150 small-to-medium sized manufacturers to “Dymystifying DMDII”, an event to share how to get involved with DMDII.
Interested in hosting an event at UI LABS?
Contact Amie Sipp, Communication and Special Events Coordinator, for details at email@example.com.
AND THE AWARD GOES TO…
See below for a recap of some of the big awards won over the year by our team members.
A sneak peak of what’s to come in Q1 2016:
Beta Launch of the Digital Manufacturing Commons
DMDII Workforce Development Project Call Workshop
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UI LABS solves large-scale societal challenges by forming industry-driven consortia to close the gap between innovation and commercialization. UI LABS is developing a portfolio of applied research and commercialization Labs that lead to a return on investment for its partners, improve local, regional and national competitiveness, and transform entire industries.
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is UI LABS’ first Lab. DMDII is revitalizing American manufacturing, by helping U.S. manufacturers to harness data to make their products better, faster, and more cost competitive.
City Digital at UI LABS in Chicago innovates at the physical-digital convergence to create smart cities present and future. City Digital will impact four major areas within the built environment: Energy Management, Physical Infrastructure, Transportation, and Water and Sanitation.
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