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MASTERCARD AND DUBLIN CITY TEAM TO TRACK SPENDING PATTERNS

November 16, 2017

Mastercard and Dublin City Council have entered a partnership to support the city’s planning and future development efforts as part of its Smart Dublin program. Mastercard also announced that it recently joined forces with City Digital, and other partners, to test what kind of incentives would make commuters change their travel patterns.

Read more in Smart Cities World.

CHICAGO FOUND A SIMPLE WAY TO MAKE THE RED LINE LESS AWFUL DURING CUBS GAMES

November 15, 2017

For downtown workers trying to get to their Northside homes at peak rush hour times, usually between 5 and 6 p.m., taking the Red Line can be annoyingly crowded.

Read more in ChicagoInno.

BEAT THE RUSH: HOW A SIMPLE TEXT MESSAGE CAN MAKE FOR A BETTER COMMUTE

November 14, 2017

As major cities around the world attract an increasing number of people for work or leisure, public transport systems are often challenged to serve more passengers with the same capacity.

Read more from Mastercard.

REBATE OFFER HELPED CTA RED LINE COMMUTERS AVOID WRIGLEY CROWDS

November 14, 2017

How much would it take to convince you to take a later or earlier train home to avoid rush-hour trains on the CTA Red Line jammed with Cubs fans headed to a night game at Wrigley Field?

Read more in the Chicago Sun Times.

HERE AND CITY DIGITAL HAVE OPTIMIZED TRANSIT IN MIND FOR CHICAGO

November 6, 2017

The Windy City can offer some turbulent travel, especially when 40,000 people flock to to catch a Cubs game. City Digital and HERE are teaming up to create intelligent solutions that will provide smoother experiences on the tracks and on the roadways for residents of Chicago.

Read more in HERE 360.

HERE COLLABORATES WITH CITY DIGITAL ON URBAN MOBILITY

October 30, 2017

Here Technologies has announced a new collaboration with City Digital that is focused on creating innovative solutions to optimize urban transportation and mobility networks for the benefit of individuals, cities and businesses.

Read more in ITS International.

DMDII TO HOST EVENT ON DIGITAL DISRUPTION IN THE FACTORY

October 20, 2017

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute is gearing up for its event, “Digital Disruption: The Factory Floor Transformation” on November 14 at the UI Labs Innovation Center on 1415 N. Cherry Avenue in Chicago.

Read more in Digital Engineering.

ILLINOIS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY'S FOURTH REVOLUTION AWARDS

October 19, 2017

mHUB, IMEC and UI LABS celebrated the inaugural Fourth Revolution Awards this week to recognize regional manufacturing for its leadership and innovation as the industry stands on the brink of a new technological revolution.

Read more in Smart Industry.

CHICAGO'S UI LABS OFFERS INSPIRATION FOR ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE MANUFACTURING CENTER

October 13, 2017

A sprawling former window and door factory on Goose Island has become a beehive of digital manufacturing innovation in a little more than three years, and it’s providing ideas for Rockford leaders who want to make a similar transformation at Colman Village.

Read more in the Rockford Register Star.

SMALLER MANUFACTURERS CAN USE AR TO KEEP EYES ON PRIZE

October 12, 2017

As manufacturing becomes ever more complex, tools that assist workers with difficult or unfamiliar tasks are becoming critical to process efficiency and product quality.

Read more in Advanced Manufacturing.

BUILDING THE FACTORY OF THE FUTURE

October 8, 2017

Hyla Soft has been working together with Siemens on an exciting and challenging project for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago.

Read more from Hyla Soft.

AMPLIFYING UB'S "INDUSTRY 4.0" EXPERTISE WORLDWIDE

October 4, 2017

The University at Buffalo Engineering school marks completion of nation’s first comprehensive ‘specialization’ on digital manufacturing for Coursera online learning platform.

Read more from the University at Buffalo.

NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS NEXT-GEN MANUFACTURING ROLES IN THE U.S.

October 3, 2017

The numbers are staggering: Over 3.4 million jobs will become available in manufacturing over the next decade, of which 2 million may go unfilled because of a skills gap, according to a Deloitte study.

Read more in TechTarget.

WHY SMART CITY INFRASTRUCTURE IS GOING GREEN

September 29, 2017

Chicago is working with UI LABS’ City Digital to pilot technology incorporating sensors and cloud-based analytics to evaluate the performance of green infrastructure for storm-water management.

Read more in Smart Cities World.

CONGRESS MUST KEEP FUNDING THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING

September 27, 2017

Congress is now focused on funding the government for the next fiscal year. While there are many big ticket items to address, important federal programs that bolster U.S. manufacturing competitiveness should not get lost in the shuffle.

Read more from Autodesk.

UI LABS GETS $500K GOVERNMENT GRANT TO MAKE CHICAGO A SMARTER CITY

September 22, 2017

UI Labs, an innovation hub on Goose Island focused on digital manufacturing, announced that it has been awarded a $500,000 grant for its City Digital program.

Read more in ChicagoInno.

ANNOUNCING THE FINALISTS FOR CHICAGOINNO'S 50 ON FIRE 2017

September 13, 2017

Brenna Berman is a finalist for ChicagoInno's 2017 "50 on Fire" awards. Brenna took the helm of City Digital in May of this year after serving as CIO for the City of Chicago. She has helped increase civic engagement in technology in Chicago by forging partnerships with entities like Smart Chicago Collaborative.

Read more in ChicagoInno.

SIEMENS WORKS WITH DMDII TO INCORPORATE IIOT

August 29, 2017

Siemens has become DMDII’s largest partner, and the two companies are going full steam ahead on developing newer and bolder IIoT technology.

Read more in Power Transmission Engineering.

BIG SHOULDERS: KATIE OLSON, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM AND DESIGN AT CITY DIGITAL

August 25, 2017

It has been a while since we visited the work going on at City Digital. As a refresher, City Digital is a consortium in the UI LABS family of consortia. It is a collaborative partnership among leading corporations, research institutions, and the public sector.

Read more in Microsoft Chicago.

5 FUTURE JOBS THAT COULD SOLVE THE MANUFACTURING SKILLS GAP

August 22, 2017

Smart factories are a key aspect of the fourth industrial revolution, but a factory can’t evolve into a smart factory unless its workers evolve, too. The skills gap has a lot of manufacturers wondering about what the future holds. Should employers offer more pay to entice existing talent?

Read more at Engineering.com.

DEFINING ROLES IN A DIGITAL AGE

August 21, 2017

In the 1967 film “The Graduate,” family friend Mr. McGuire has one word of advice for young college grad Benjamin Braddock: “plastics.” That was then; 50 years on, the one word of advice today might be “data.”

Read more in Automation World.

CTA TESTS OUT NIGHT GAME ALERTS TO MAKE COMMUTING EASIER DURING GAMES

August 18, 2017

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced news it is testing out a new notification program. Red Line customers commuting from downtown stations can sign up to receive text alerts about Chicago Cubs night games and the potential for more crowded trains during the evening rush.

Read more in PYMNTS.

HIGH-TECH JOBS ARE THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING — BUT WHERE ARE THE WORKERS?

August 16, 2017

UI LABS and ManpowerGroup have released a skills analysis identifying165 tech-based jobs that will shape the manufacturing industry in the U.S.

Read more in HR Dive.

CHICAGO INTRODUCING SMART CITY TECHNOLOGY

August 16, 2017

Chicago faces a huge problem when any new construction involves digging within the city. Chicago was incorporated in 1837 and many records of the network of underground pipes is hopelessly outdated.

Read more in the Digital Journal.

WANNA BE A DIGITAL TWIN ARCHITECT?

August 15, 2017

Manufacturing jobs today include machinist, welder and assembler. In the future, the list might add cybersecurity strategist, digital twin architect and collaborative robotics specialist.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.

CHICAGO IS DIGGING DEEP TO TURN ITSELF INTO A SMART CITY

August 11, 2017

America's third-largest city is creating a digital blueprint of its underground pipes, installing smart streetlights, and using sensors to help prevent flooding.

See more in CNET.

HERE'S WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A SMART CITY

August 11, 2017

The city of the future is going to be cool, with smart tech that helps you live your life. But no one knows exactly what the fantastical city we've been dreaming about looks like, how it'll work and what it'll do.

Read more in CNET.

CHICAGO MAPS ITS UNDERGROUND MAZE

August 11, 2017

James Jackson has a problem: He doesn't know what he's getting into. Every time a construction crew begins digging in Chicago, there's a chance they'll hit something they didn't know was there.

Read more in CNET.

THE MOST HIGH-TECH CITIES IN THE WORLD

August 10, 2017

You might not think of the Midwest as a startup magnet, but Chicago is quickly proving that assumption false. A recent report found Illinois was among the top five in high-tech jobs in the US, with the Windy City making up a big chunk of those spots.

Read more in Business Insider.

SIEMENS' STRATEGY FOR CAPTIVATING INTEREST IN MACHINES

August 9, 2017

Siemens recently showcased revamped facilities at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in Chicago and its Technical Application Center in Elk Grove, Illinois.

Read more in MRO Network.

FINALISTS REVEALED FOR PRESTIGIOUS 18TH ANNUAL ITA CITYLIGHTS AWARDS

August 7, 2017

​Today the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced the 38 industry fast trackers being recognized as finalists at the 18th annual CityLIGHTS Awards. The ITA CityLIGHTS Awards, presented by Deloitte, is the premier annual event that elevates and honors achievements from the local tech community.

Read more at ITA.

CHICAGO'S INFRASTRUCTURE-MAPPING SYSTEM AIMS TO CUT CONSTRUCTION TIME IN HALF

August 3, 2017

Chicago is trialling a 3D underground infrastructure-mapping platform that could slash the time spent on construction projects by half.

Read more in Apolitical.

R&D INDEX: ILLINOIS R&D LANDSCAPE AND PATH FORWARD

July 31, 2017

UI LABS is another organization helping to grow innovation in Illinois. Launched in 2014, UI LABS provides advanced R&D resources in the manufacturing space through its Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). UI LABS also launched City Digital in 2015, which uses Chicago as a testbed for new urban infrastructure technologies.

Read more in Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.

MAYOR EMANUEL AND WORLD BUSINESS CHICAGO ANNOUNCE NEW COWORKING AND INNOVATION HUB REFERRAL PROGRAM

July 31, 2017

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and World Business Chicago today announced a new Coworking and Innovation Hub Referral Program, which offers companies and entrepreneurs new or relocating to Chicago discounted access to the city’s network of collaboration spaces.

Read more from the City of Chicago.

ANNOUNCING THE 2017 COOLEST COMPANIES NOMINEES

July 19, 2017

Over the past month, Chicago Inno has been accepting nominations for its third annual Coolest Companies Competition, a friendly challenge to find, spotlight, and celebrate the local startups and tech companies with the best culture.

Read more in Chicago Inno.

REAL SOLUTIONS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF CITIES

July 19, 2017

It is more important than ever before to provide real perspective of existing problems that cities face when considering future development and how technology and new design approaches can solve them.

Read more in BuiltWorlds.

RAHM WANTS TO LURE STARTUPS TO CHICAGO WITH DISCOUNTED CO-WORKING SPACES

July 18, 2017

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a new plan to entice companies to start up in Chicago: cheap co-working space.

Read more in Chicago Inno.

INSIDE PROMOTION: CHICAGO NAMES CTO DANIELLE DUMERER AS CIO REPLACEMENT

July 10, 2017

After the exit of former Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman in May, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has appointed DuMurer to continue Chicago's smart city and civic tech efforts.

Read more in State Scoop.

Q&A: CHICAGO'S NEW CIO, DANIELLE DUMERER

July 5, 2017

Brenna Berman stepped down in May from her role as Chicago’s CIO, after serving in the position for more than six years. Last week Chicago’s City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s appointment of Danielle DuMerer as CIO.

Read more in 21st Century.

FRAGMENTED BUT NOT BROKEN: AMERICA'S SMART CITIES BIND TOGETHER

July 5, 2017

Though no longer working for city government, Brenna Berman, executive director of the City Digital initiative at the Chicago-based UI LABS, said she found the market fragmentation "frustrating" during the course of her six years as Chicago's chief information officer.

Read more in State Scoop.

'WHO RUN THE WORLD?': 7 WOMEN SHAPING THE FUTURE OF SMART CITIES

July 5, 2017

Public-private partnerships (P3s) play a huge role in cities rolling out smart projects. Berman has experience working in the public sector – her former CIO position in Chicago – and private sector – her decade at IBM – across the smart city landscape.

Read more in Smart Cities Dive.

ON CHICAGO'S GOOSE ISLAND, CITY DIGITAL ACCELERATES SMART CITY INNOVATION

June 28, 2017

Say “Goose Island,” and most people will think of craft beer. But on Chicago’s North Side, there indeed is an actual island—a small 1.5 mile stretch of land embedded within the north branch of the Chicago River. For locals, it simply blends in with the urban fabric that surrounds it.

8 CHICAGO GROUPS LAND $1 MILLION IN GRANTS TO SPUR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

June 9, 2017

Alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and World Business Chicago announced the winners of the first-ever Blackstone Challenge Friday at BLUE1647 in Pilsen.

Read more in DNAinfo.

THE 11 BIGGEST TECH HIRES IN MAY

June 5, 2017

UI LABS announced that it has hired Brenna Berman as the executive director of City Digital, UI LABS’ urban innovation program. Berman was previously the chief information officer for the City of Chicago, where she helped launch the Array of Things project, among other initiatives.

Read more in ChicagoInno.

WOMEN, VETERAN AND MINORITY ENTREPRENEURS TO GET BOOST FROM $1M GRANT

June 5, 2017

A $1 million grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to support entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds in Chicago will go to major players 1871 and UI LABS as well as specialty groups Blue1647, Bunker Labs and i.c. stars.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

CATERPILLAR TURNS TO STUDENTS FOR FRESH IDEAS

June 5, 2017

Karan Patel's parents were puzzled at first when he told them he was working for Caterpillar.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.

THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL R(EVOLUTION)

June 5, 2017

In 1981, as an employee for Graco Robotics, Al Hufstetler often visited manufacturing sites to program and service robotic systems. Inside the dark, poorly ventilated facilities, Hufstetler wore earplugs to block out the sounds of welding automation and die machines stamping sheet metal. In these buildings, machines ran around the clock, and emissions poured unchecked from smokestacks.

Read more in I-Connect007.

MANUFACTURERS COLLABORATE ON AUGMENTED REALITY

May 12, 2017

The use of augmented reality technology in manufacturing is often described as revolutionary, and transformational. Now, two organizations have released the first hardware and software guidelines to help AR technology companies develop products for industrial users.

Read more in PE Magazine.

SMART CITIES: CIVIC TECH INNOVATION AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS

May 10, 2017

Government technology practitioners, including City Digital's Brenna Berman, from various cities and countries gathered last week to discuss the future of “smart cities” and the “Internet of Things” at the Smart Cities NYC conference that took place at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Read more in the Gotham Gazette.

GLOBAL ECONOMIC SHIFTS BRING UNCERTAINTY IN AUTOMATION

May 8, 2017

Brexit. Trump. Cybersecurity. Skills gap. Customer demands. These and other factors loom large as influencers on manufacturers and their automation decisions, and there remains a lot of uncertainty tied up with much of it. Trends already underway will help shape decisions, but how exactly everything will play out is still unknown.

Read more in Automation World.

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM SMART CITIES NYC '17

May 8, 2017

The inaugural edition of Smart Cities NYC began with a question: Will our cities remain anchored to the past or will they sail into the future?

Read more in Smart & Resilient Cities.

WHY CHICAGO'S CIO LEFT GOVERNMENT FOR IOT INITIATIVE

May 3, 2017

Though no longer working in city government, former Chicago chief information officer Brenna Berman said her work will continue on a parallel path from a new position at urban innovation nonprofit UI LABS.

Read more in State Scoop.

BERMAN LEAVES CITY HALL FOR UI LABS

May 1, 2017

After six years at City Hall, Brenna Berman is moving on to UI Labs. Berman, a former IBM'er who was the city's chief information officer, takes over for Steve Fifita as executive director of the City Digital project at UI Labs.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.

UI LABS NABS CHICAGO'S TOP TECH OFFICIAL TO RUN SMART CITIES WORK

May 1, 2017

The city of Chicago's chief information officer, Brenna Berman, has left her government post after four years — but she's not going far. Berman is now heading up the City Digital initiative at UI Labs in Goose Island, the group announced Monday.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

CHICAGO CIO BRENNA BERMAN DEPARTS FOR URBAN INNOVATION NONPROFIT

May 1, 2017

After six years as Chicago's chief information officer, Brenna Berman has left city government. Berman announced her new role Monday as executive director of City Digital.

Read more in State Scoop.

CHICAGO'S BRENNA BERMAN LEAVES CITY HALL, CONTINUES TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO HELP GOVERNMENT

May 1, 2017

Brenna Berman may have left her role as CIO of Chicago, but that doesn't mean she's finished helping the city through technology modernization and facilitating public-private partnerships (P3s).

Read more in Government Technology.

MANUFACTURERS SHAPE AUGMENTED REALITY'S FUTURE

April 28, 2017

Much of the industrial manufacturing industry is abuzz these days over reports that augmented reality (AR) capabilities will dramatically change how these companies develop, manufacture and service products.

Read more in Digital Engineering.

MANUFACTURERS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF AUGMENTED REALITY

April 27, 2017

The first global functional requirements guidelines document created to introduce and rollout augmented reality (AR) on the manufacturing floor was released this month by the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) and UI LABS.

Read more in Alice Bonasio Tech Trends.

WINTRUST BUSINESS LUNCH 4/27/17: WORK SPOUSES, PRE-K EDUCATION, & UI LABS

April 27, 2017

Suzanne Muchin spoke with Caralynn Collens (CEO of UI Labs) about the real possibilities of smart cities and how Chicago is leading the pack.

Listen on WGN Radio.

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING'S DIGITAL CLASSROOM

April 24, 2017

Early this year, UI Labs launched an educational series focused on harnessing data to make American factories more efficient and competitive.

Read more in Smart Industry.

THINK ‘SMART’ WHEN DESIGNING TRUMP’S MASSIVE PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT

April 21, 2017

Early this year, more than 180,000 Californians were evacuated when the Oroville Dam’s cement buckled. Here’s why the dam’s life-threatening flaws were not caught earlier: The most recent inspection involved only a visual check from a distance.

Read more in the Chicago Sun Times.

IS AUGMENTED REALITY FOR INDUSTRIAL WORKERS ABOUT TO TAKE OFF?

April 20, 2017

Augmented reality isn’t just for PokĂ©mon Go. As AR technology matures, it’s increasingly being targeted at the energy and utilities market, as well as manufacturing and other industrial use cases.

Read more in BizTech Magazine.

HARVESTING THE VALUE OF WATER: STORMWATER, GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE, AND REAL ESTATE

April 20, 2017

Harvesting the Value of Water explores the real estate sector’s increased participation in stormwater management through the incorporation of green infrastructure and other water management mechanisms.

Read more at Urban Land Institute.

FACTORY ARCHITECTURE IN THE AGE OF INDUSTRY 4.0

April 19, 2017

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. This new paradigm, known simply as Industry 4.0, reimagines how we make things by changing our relationship to production through digital and advanced fabrication technologies, artificial intelligence, and smart and green machines.

Read more in Metropolis.

USE MACHINE LEARNING TO ADVANCE OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

April 19, 2017

Applying any new technology to business has its challenges. Early adopters must wrestle with nascent and untested methodologies, overcome a lack of understanding and resources, and suffer risks to existing operations.

Read more in Smart Industry.

MANUFACTURERS SHAPE THE FUTURE OF AUGMENTED REALITY

April 18, 2017

Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that is set to radically transform the way OEMs and manufacturers perform maintenance and repair operations. Several large manufacturing companies have already begun using AR in their facilities and in the field to service equipment.

Read more in Automation World.

MANUFACTURERS SPELL OUT AR NEEDS

April 17, 2017

Some of the biggest names in manufacturing are collaborating to ensure the industry fully capitalizes on the potential of augmented reality (AR) technologies. To help AR providers develop products which meet the needs of manufacturers, a set of practical guidelines has been released.

Read more in Innovators Magazine.

UB ADVANCED MANUFACTURING MOOC'S PULL IN 180 STUDENTS FROM 26 COUNTRIES

April 12, 2017

A total of 180 people from 26 countries enrolled in the first three University at Buffalo massive open online courses (MOOC) aimed at using data to support manufacturing operations.

Read more in Buffalo Business First.

DUCKWORTH VISITS UI LABS, HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF ILLINOIS'S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CAPACITY

April 12, 2017

Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) visited UI Labs and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) with Million Women Mentors Illinois State Chair Jenny Kopach to discuss DMDII’s critical work to support advanced manufacturing in Illinois.

Read more in River Bender.

MANUFACTURERS UNITE TO DEVELOP AR GUIDELINES FOR SMART FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE

April 12, 2017

Chicago’s manufacturing innovation accelerator UI LABS and the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance headquartered in Wakefield, MA, have released the world’s first augmented reality (AR) guidelines for industrial use.

Read more in 3D Printing Industry.

HERE'S WHY P&G CREATED GUIDELINES FOR "AUGMENTED REALITY" EQUIPMENT

April 11, 2017

Procter & Gamble Co. played a lead role in the development of the world’s first guidelines on functional requirements for augmented reality hardware and software, which were revealed today.

Read more in the Cincinnati Business Courier.

FUNCTIONAL GUIDELINES FOR MANUFACTURERS WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF AR TECHNOLOGY

April 11, 2017

The first augmented reality hardware and software functional requirements guidelines have been released today by UI LABS and the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA).

Read more in Next Reality.

NEW GUIDELINES POINT TO AN AUGMENTED FUTURE

April 11, 2017

Lockheed Martin, Proctor & Gamble and Caterpillar have joined with 62 other organizations to create hardware and software guidelines for using augmented reality (AR) on the manufacturing floor. The guidelines are designed to guide AR technology vendors in developing future products for industrial businesses, both large and small. UI Labs and the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) announced the guidelines in a document released on Tuesday.

Read more in Network World.

THESE TWO PROJECTS ARE HELPING CHICAGO RIDE THE WAVE OF WATER INNOVATION

April 10, 2017

Living on the shores of the world’s largest reserves of freshwater, many Chicagoans tend to take Lake Michigan and access to freshwater, for granted. But one does not have to venture out too much further west to see communities increasingly dependent on groundwater rather than freshwater, as this research from the Illinois state water survey shows.

Read more in ChicagoInno.

DISTRICT 211 STUDENTS SEE BRIGHT FUTURE IN MANUFACTURING

April 7, 2017

"Augmented reality," the increasing use of Internet-connected equipment and a peek into a life of financial security were among the aspects of a career in advanced manufacturing students from Palatine and Schaumburg high schools sampled Friday.

Read more in the Daily Herald.

WHO'S THAT SITTING IN THIS PENNY? IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU

April 6, 2017

Did you know there are two Abe Lincolns on many pennies?

A super-high-tech machine showcased during a recent tour of UI Labs revealed a little-known fact about the back of a U.S. penny: an extremely tiny President Abraham Lincoln sitting in his chair in the middle of the Lincoln Memorial.

Read more in DNAinfo.

WHAT’S THE SECRET TO MANUFACTURING 4.0?

April 1, 2017

The U.S. Manufacturing Sector has had an incredible run over the past few decades. Fueled by technological progress and automation, our factories today produce more than twice as much as they did in 1984 and their value-added output is at an all-time high. But there are signs that all is not well. Since the so-called Great Recession of 2007-2009, the decades-long, meteoric rise in industrial output per worker has plateaued and productivity growth has stalled. It is a challenge that can’t be solved with better technology alone. Fundamentally, it is about people and skills.

Read more in the Manufacturing Leadership Journal.

WHAT'S THE BIG ORANGE BOX ON ARGYLE? SCIENCE.

March 15, 2017

UPTOWN — When walking the new "shared street" Argyle streetscape, it's hard not to wonder about the big orange box perched at the corner of Broadway and Argyle. The box, which popped up several weeks ago, is a complement to the streetscape and monitors the subtle science behind its design, according to UI Labs, which works with cities to solve large-scale problems through digital innovation.

Read more at DNAinfo Chicago.

BIGLY ISN'T ENOUGH; INFRASTRUCTURE MUST BE BUILT SMARTLY, TOO

February 14, 2017

I could point out the sorry state of U.S. infrastructure by citing the grade the American Society of Civil Engineers gives it (a D+) or by the level of public investment today versus the 1960s (it's half), but I don't need to. Americans are experiencing it personally as they go about their daily lives on roads, over bridges and through tunnels that are in obvious disrepair.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING GETS ITS FIRST OPEN ONLINE COURSE

January 27, 2017

Engineers and scientists can do all the research and development in the world on digital connectivity in the factory, but it won’t have much impact if manufacturing executives don’t understand its reach and how to apply it to their own shop floors. “Part of the process is to make sure we build an awareness of what do we mean by digital manufacturing,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, CEO of UI Labs, a public-private innovation accelerator. “What does it mean to have a connected supply chain, connected factory?”

Read more in Industry Week.

TECH IS CHANGING MANUFACTURING. THESE CLASSES COULD HELP PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES ADAPT.

January 23, 2017

Experts agree that automation is coming to American manufacturing, but many employers and workers still have to learn how to adapt.
An upcoming online course on digital manufacturing and design aims to address questions about the future of manufacturing.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

SENSORS MEASURE RAINWATER ON CHICAGO STREETS

January 4, 2017

Sean Thornton reports: "By combining sensors and cloud computing, a new pilot project in Chicago provides an innovative solution for what can be an everyday urban problem: rainwater."...

Read More at Planetizen

THE FUTURE LOOKS SMALLER

January 3, 2017

As with many other cities that have combined sanitary and storm sewer systems, Chicago has a combined sewer overflow problem, with an average of more than 60 overflows a year.

Read more in Forester Daily News.

HOW A SMART CITY TACKLES RAINFALL

January 3, 2017

Sensors are increasingly-valuable tools for better understanding, managing, and planning urban environments. In Chicago, for example, the city’s recently launched Array of Things urban sensor initiative has enabled simultaneous collection of data on a wide range of environmental factors such as air quality, weather conditions, noise, and traffic.

Read More at Data-Smart City Solutions

IN A CITY OF BIG WATER PROJECTS, IS CHICAGO'S LITTLE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE WORKING?

December 27, 2016

Chicago’s wastewater management infrastructure represents some of the most ambitious engineering in the history of civilization.

Read more in Chicago Magazine.

IT’S RAINING. IT’S POURING. WE’RE FLOODING

December 16, 2016

Flooding. There is something about water coming into your house that is so
invasive. And when it comes in as bacteria carrying storm water from a sewer system, it is that much more upsetting and expensive. Now multiply that equation by 181,000 (the number claims of property damage from flooding in the Chicagoland area over the last 5 years)...

Read More at Microsoft Chicago

START-UPS IN CHICAGO FIND THAT FOCUS ON B2B CLIENTS PAYS OFF

December 15, 2016

When Jim Boccarossa met Stephanie Murphy, he did not know anything about the aviation industry. She had spent 10 years in the business, however, brokering spare parts.

Read more in the Financial Times.

CHICAGO USES SENSORS TO JUDGE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

December 15, 2016

Bioswales, rain gardens, permeable pavers. There's a panoply of green stormwater infrastructure solutions - but not a lot of data about which types work best in which situations. A new pilot project by City Digital, a consortium of public, private and higher education entitites in Chicago, aims to test the effectiveness of different green stormwater projects using sensors and cloud computing...

Read More at Next City

BUILDING A SMART CITY: IT TAKES A VILLAGE

December 12, 2016

Over a five-year period, the city of Chicago received 182,000 claims against it due to flooding, totaling an estimated $735 million in property damages. The city implemented several different solutions, including permeable pavers, bioswales and planters with native water-absorbing plants, and wanted to measure their effectiveness. It turned to IoT for the answer...

Read More at IoT Agenda

VIDEO: HOW CITY DIGITAL IS BRINGING TOGETHER CITIES, STARTUPS, AND ACADEMICS FOR SMART CITY WINS

December 9, 2016

At the 2016 Smart Cities Summit, TechRepublic spoke with Chicago CIO and City Digital board member Brenna Berman about how the new accelerator is threading the needle on smart city initiatives...

Read More at Tech Republic

CHICAGO'S HANDS-ON APPROACH TO INNOVATION ACCELERATORS

December 8, 2016

UI LABS is unique among innovation accelerators because of the degree to which a municipal government—in this case Chicago’s—is involved with developing, deploying and testing its urban solutions. Established in 2014, the accelerator brings together more than 300 university and industry partners—hence the “UI”—under two labs: the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute, focused on improving American competitiveness, and City Digital, centered around smart technology...

Read More at Route Fifty

MAPPING UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE: ONE DIG AT A TIME

November 15, 2016

A rather gloomy statistic is that, on average, every minute of every day somebody, somewhere in the US digging up the ground strikes an underground pipe or cable. Some of these incidents are the result of people not calling their local One Call service — the US equivalent of Australia’s Dial Before You Dig service — but an awful lot result from inaccurate information about the location of the buried infrastructure...

Read More at WhaTech

NEW INITIATIVE SEEKS TO MAP CHICAGO'S UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE

October 17, 2016

Chicago-based consortium City Digital is working on a project to map the subterranean infrastructure of the Windy City. Their underground infrastructure mapping (UIM) platform will “generate, organize, visualize, and store 3D underground infrastructure data,” such as the location and depth of gas lines, water pipes, and fiber optic...

Read More at The Architects Newspaper

3D TECHNIQUE OFFERS A WHOLE NEW PICTURE OF UNDERGROUND CHICAGO

October 14, 2016

Digging in the public right-of-way in Chicago — or in any city — can be a risky proposition. According to the American Public Works Association, an underground utility line is hit every 60 seconds in the U.S., in part because many renditions of underground assets don’t record depth. When planning a dig, utility companies and city departments have had to accept a degree of the unknown...

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THE UNDERGROUND MOVEMENT TO MAP SUBTERRANEAN CHICAGO

October 12, 2016

Every 60 seconds, Americans strike an underground pipe, according to estimates. Careless homeowners and lazy utility workers are partly to blame, but so are outdated, inaccurate, or simply nonexistent records.

Read more in City Lab.

CHICAGO’S NEXT GREAT MAP COULD BE OF ITS UNDERGROUND

October 10, 2016

When it comes to maps and geography, Chicago is a tremendously satisfying city: a well-organized grid, easily navigable with minimum coordinates.

Read More at Chicago Magazine

CITY DIGITAL ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF TECH FOR UNDERGROUND MAP OF CHICAGO

October 6, 2016

One year after it announced its plans to create an underground infrastructure map of Chicago, City Digital — a collaboration of companies focused on cross-sector innovation in transportation, physical infrastructure, water and sanitation, and energy management — announced it has developed the technology to create a new underground infrastructure mapping program...

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TAKING A LOOK BELOW A SMART CITY WITH UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE MAPPING

October 3, 2016

It’s five minutes into your morning commute, and whether you’re driving, biking, or walking, you can see them in the distance: orange cones, cordoning off large sections of a busy city street.

Read more in Government Technology.

Digital Manufacturing Creates New Roles

October 3, 2016

A CNC operator working with a  collaborative robot needs a different skillset than an operator working alone. The same is true for someone working in an assembly cell.

Read more in the Milwaukee Business Times.

MAYORS EXPLORE DATA-DRIVEN SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS

October 3, 2016

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are interested in Smarter Cities, and are putting time and effort into learning more...

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BENEATH THE SMART CITY

October 3, 2016

It’s five minutes into your morning commute, and whether you’re driving, biking, or walking, you can see them in the distance: orange cones, cordoning off large sections of a busy city street. Within their perimeter are jackhammer-wielding construction crews tearing up the roadway’s surface, snarling traffic...

Read More at Data-Smart City Solutions

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN INNOVATION INSTITUTE 'VIRTUAL TOUR'

July 14, 2016

Take a look inside the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)'s facilities on Chicago’s Goose Island.

Read more on the White House blog.

UI LABS OPENS DIGITAL MANUFACTURING CENTER ON GOOSE ISLAND

June 24, 2016

UI Labs, the center for digital manufacturing on Goose Island, could bring jobs back to America from offshore because its projects will enable companies to produce goods more efficiently, officials said Monday as the center officially opened.

Read more in the Chicago Sun Times.

ROSTER AT DIGITAL MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE GROWS

June 14, 2016

The institute now has approximately 230 members, according to Elizabeth Stuck, senior manager of consortium development for the group. That's up from 65 as of April 2015, right before the institute opened its doors.

Read more at Crain's Chicago Business.

UI LABS TO OPEN DMDII BRANCH IN ROCKFORD

February 19, 2016

UI LABS said Monday it will expand beyond Chicago’s Goose Island, putting a regional chapter of its Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Rockford, an aerospace manufacturing hub.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

MANUFACTURING DAY GIVES STUDENTS HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

February 19, 2016

Some Chicago Public Schools students got to learn a few things outside the classroom last week, and their study materials were a lot bigger than a stack of textbooks.

Read more at chicago.suntimes.com.

NEW CITY DIGITAL PROGRAMS TARGET STORMWATER, UNDERGROUND MAPPING

February 19, 2016

City Digital, a consortium of companies based at UI LABS announced Monday new pilot projects focused on green infrastructure monitoring and underground mapping.

Read more at www.ChicagoTribune.com.

GROWTH SPIKE AT UI LABS BRINGS FAST SET OF LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES

November 3, 2015

The digital manufacturing institute on Goose Island is in fast-growth mode, putting UI LABS CEO Caralynn Nowinski Collens and her staff on an accelerated path to change.

Read more at ChicagoTribune.com.