UI LABS is a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative, bringing Universities + Industries together to define problems, design partnerships and deliver scalable solutions to tomorrow’s most important challenges.
UI LABS brings together Universities + Industries, along with National Labs, Civic and Government partners, to solve complex challenges no one sector or player could address on their own. We break down the barriers between stakeholders and provide a neutral platform for collaboration, curating unique and diverse partnerships.
The creation of UI LABS was driven by an understanding of the need to bring together multiple parties to research, develop and apply solutions to critical economic and industrial challenges, and to attract and retain the best and brightest, enhancing Chicago and the Midwest as a destination for talent and technology.
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UI LABS is creating a portfolio of Labs to accelerate the deployment of innovative technology to make lives better and enhance the competitiveness of our nation and region.
Our first Lab – the national Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute – brings together 40+ global manufacturing and technology companies with 30+ university, government and community partners to launch this $320M institute. DMDII has buy-in from more than 500 supporting organizations, and more than a dozen leading companies have invested over a million dollars.
DMDII is reinventing manufacturing for the 21st century. Through applied research and demonstration projects, training and workforce development, and education and outreach, it will infuse advanced digital technologies and big data into today’s manufacturing practices to ensure America will remain on the cutting edge – creating new jobs and strengthening the economy.
City Digital will be the global hub for urban infrastructure innovation, setting the standard for the future of cities everywhere.
The Lab will bring organizations together to facilitate cross-sector collaboration among companies and build on the expertise and advances from Illinois universities and national labs, with deep input and involvement from the City of Chicago.
It will enable experiments at scale to develop real solutions for the marketplace, so that, if successful, they can continue and be extended to have impact in other cities.
Stay tuned for the launch of our next Lab. We are also actively soliciting input on future programming ideas.
On the morning of May 11, 2015, UI LABS was joined by U.S. Senator Durbin, Governor Rauner, Mayor Emanuel and a host of other elected officials, partner companies, universities and civic VIPs to officially "cut the ribbon" on the new UI LABS facility. The 94,000 square foot facility on Goose Island (what many are now referring to as Innovation Island) is home to a state of the art demonstration manufacturing lab, a tiered lecture hall, a collaborative engineering room and much more.