Press Releases

FORMER CHICAGO CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER BRENNA BERMAN JOINS UI LABS

May 1, 2017

UI LABS announced that Brenna Berman has been named Executive Director of City Digital, the organization’s urban innovation program.

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MANUFACTURERS UNITE TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF AUGMENTED REALITY

April 11, 2017

UI LABS and The Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) announced today the release of the world’s first augmented reality (AR) hardware and software functional requirements guidelines.

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‘ASPIRE TO MANUFACTURING’ EVENT INTRODUCES STUDENTS TO CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN MANUFACTURING

April 7, 2017

Approximately 50 students from Palatine and Schaumburg High Schools received a hands-on introduction to the real-world opportunities available to them through pursuing a career in the field of manufacturing during a unique public-private partnership hosted by Sandvik Coromant in Schaumburg.

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WATER INNOVATORS CONVENE FOR SYMPOSIUM TO ADDRESS THE REGION’S CRITICAL WATER CHALLENGES

March 13, 2017

In partnership with the Urban Waterways Forum hosted by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Current and City Digital are convening a Water Innovation Symposium to explore how Chicago is tackling regional water challenges through technology and collaboration.

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MASTERCARD JOINS UI LABS' CITY DIGITAL, ADDING NEW DATA ANALYTICS CAPABILITIES

February 23, 2017

UI LABS and Mastercard today announced a new partnership aimed at improving access to and use of urban services, such as transportation. Under this collaboration, City Digital, UI LABS’ urban infrastructure innovation platform, will test a series of hypotheses, maximizing Mastercard technology and insights.

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DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY OPEN ONLINE COURSES READY FOR ENROLLMENT

January 18, 2017

Enrollment has opened for the first three online courses of a 10-course “101” series focused on harnessing data to make American factories more efficient and competitive.

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NEW CLOUD-BASED PLATFORM ADDRESSES URBAN FLOODING THROUGH GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PERFORMANCE MONITORING

December 6, 2016

City Digital today announced the successful deployment of a new solution that combines sensors and cloud-based analytics to evaluate the performance of sustainable stormwater management techniques. Using data collected from green infrastructure sites in Chicago, the platform helps to reduce urban flooding and prevent millions of dollars in property damage.

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CITY DIGITAL ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE NEW UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE MAPPING PLATFORM

September 27, 2016

City Digital, a Chicago-based UI LABS collaboration, announced it has developed the underlying technology components to create a new underground infrastructure mapping (UIM) platform. The platform will generate, organize, visualize, and store 3-D underground infrastructure data, saving cities and utilities millions of dollars in construction and planning processes.

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IMEC, DMDII AWARDED $1.2 MILLION TO FUND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE INITIATIVE

September 22, 2016

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Purdue MEP), and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) were named recipients of a $1.2 million award by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

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DMDII ANNOUNCES SECOND 2016 PROJECT CALL FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING R&D PROJECTS

July 27, 2016

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, announced the release of its second 2016 Project Call, which requests proposals for four topics across three DMDII Technology Thrusts: Intelligent Machines (IM), Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (AME), and Advanced Analysis (AA).

A September 8 Project Call Workshop at the UI LABS Innovation Center will provide additional information and enable team formation.

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NEW PARTNERSHIP TO DEFINE AND MAP THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL MANUFACTURING JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES

July 20, 2016

A new partnership to define and map the roles and skills required by organizations on the forefront of advanced digital manufacturing was announced today between ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN) and the Chicago-based Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS Collaboration. The work is part of a broader national initiative overseen by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies to fuel the development of next generation production capabilities and bring jobs back to the United States.

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DMDII ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION IN APPLIED R&D AWARDS, INCLUDING FIRST PROJECTS IN AUGMENTED REALITY FOR INDUSTRY

May 10, 2016

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced that it has issued six national contract research awards, including funding to test and aid compliance with the nation’s cybersecurity standards for digital manufacturing. The projects span several digital manufacturing disciplines, but each reflects the core mission of DMDII: propelling the field of American digital manufacturing and design forward.

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UI LABS EXPANDS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, WELCOMING ADDITIONAL LEADERS FROM INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA, AND NON-PROFIT SECTORS

March 31, 2016

New Directors join esteemed multi-sector Board; strengthen operational experience, diversity, and global reach to continue to guide first-of-its-kind innovation accelerator

UI LABS, a Chicago-based public-private applied research and commercialization collaborative, today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors to include preeminent executives from the corporate, academic, and non-profit sectors.

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DMDII ANNOUNCES FIRST 2016 PROJECT CALL FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING R&D PROJECTS

March 16, 2016

March 29th Project Call Workshop at UI LABS Innovation Center Will Provide Additional Information and Enable Team Formation

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced the release of its first 2016 Project Call addressing two of the three DMDII Technology Thrusts: Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (AME) and Intelligent Machines (IM).

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ILLINOIS MANUFACTURING LAB ANNOUNCES THE NEXT ROUND OF PROJECTS, PUBLISHES RESULTS FROM CASE STUDIES

March 3, 2016

The Illinois Manufacturing Lab (IML), a partnership between UI LABS and the University of Illinois with support from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), today announced a second round of advanced manufacturing research projects targeted toward small and medium manufacturers (SMMs).

“At UI LABS, we understand how digital technologies are transforming industries like manufacturing,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS. “The Illinois Manufacturing Lab empowers small and medium manufacturers across the state by taking advances in digital manufacturing and getting them into the hands of these business owners.”

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DMDII ANNOUNCES NEW RESEARCH AWARDS, HELPS ENABLE WIDESPREAD COMPLIANCE WITH MANUFACTURING CYBERSECURITY STANDARDS

February 10, 2016

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced that it has issued six national contract research awards, including funding to test and aid compliance with the nation’s cybersecurity standards for digital manufacturing. The projects span several digital manufacturing disciplines, but each reflects the core mission of DMDII: propelling the field of American digital manufacturing and design forward.

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DMDII TO ESTABLISH ONLINE DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN CLASSES

December 10, 2015

Today, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, announced the availability of up to $500,000 in project funding to solicit proposals for the creation of a Digital Manufacturing and Design “Specialization,” a suite of open online, on-demand courses leading to a certificate upon completion. DMDII is issuing a project call for courses that will be offered on Coursera, the largest provider of open online courses with over 16 million registered learners worldwide.

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DMDII OPENS QUAD CITIES CHAPTER

November 12, 2015

Today, representatives from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, along with Senator Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and representatives from the Quad Cities Chamber announced a new chapter in the Quad Cities which will be housed at the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab.

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DMDII OPENS FIRST CHAPTER IN ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS

November 9, 2015

Today, representatives from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, along with Senator Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) President Dr. Douglas Baker, announced a new DMDII pilot chapter in Rockford.

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DMDII GRANTS $7 MILLION IN RESEARCH AWARDS IN NEW CONTRACTS TO 14 PARTNERS ACROSS U.S.

October 15, 2015

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration established in 2014, announced today that it has issued its first five national contract research awards. The contracts are valued at more than $7 million, include 14 DMDII partners from across the United States, and will fund research aimed at advancing the field of digital manufacturing and design. Over the next three years, DMDII anticipates having a portfolio of sponsored research projects, spread out over dozens of project call topics and hundreds of institute members.

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CITY DIGITAL ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF INAUGURAL PILOT PROJECTS, ADDRESSING MAJOR URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES WITH POTENTIAL FOR GLOBAL IMPACT

September 14, 2015

City Digital, a Chicago-based consortium focused on data-driven urban innovation within the built environment, announced today its first live pilot projects since the consortium began earlier this year. City Digital, a UI LABS collaboration, uses Chicago as a testbed for technology and demonstration, focusing on four critical impact areas: transportation, physical infrastructure, water and sanitation, and energy management.

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UI LABS PARTNERS WITH UIC TO CO-HOST THE SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY (SISE)

August 6, 2015

As part of our mission to retain tech talent in Chicago, we have partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to co-host the 5th Annual Summer Institute for Sustainability and Energy (SISE), a two-week intensive program held August 6-18, 2015.

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DMDII ANNOUNCES PUBLIC KICKOFF OF DIGITAL MANUFACTURING OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE PROJECT

July 21, 2015

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced the public kickoff of its open source software project, the Digital Manufacturing Commons, DMDII-15-16. The Digital Manufacturing Commons (DMC) is a software platform that can be used to share and access manufacturing data and analysis tools. The project has the potential to generate millions of dollars of savings for small, medium and large manufacturers by democratizing the flow of innovative digital manufacturing data.

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DMDII RELEASES FIVE NEW SOLICITATIONS FOR R&D PROJECTS IN DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN INNOVATION

July 17, 2015

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, is announcing its latest call for technology proposals. This new call for proposals will consist of over $20 million in funding across five applied research and development project topics. DMDII will use these funds to invest in digital design and manufacturing technologies that can improve American factories, reduce manufacturing costs and create new opportunities for American manufacturing businesses.

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DMDII LAUNCHES SEVEN NEW PROJECT CALLS AND SCHEDULES PUBLIC WORKSHOP IN ATLANTA ON FEB 25–26.

May 6, 2015

At the official groundbreaking of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in October, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that he was “excited about the unknowns we’re about to discover.” Today, the DMDII gave the public a peek at these unknowns, announcing new “project calls” for 7 separate research and development projects.

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