In the News:

UI LABS NAMES NEW NO. 2

September 19, 2018

Chandra Brown, who previously worked in the U.S. Commerce Department, will start next week as executive director of the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.

UPS TO TEAM WITH TECH FIRMS FOR STUDY ON TRUCK CONGESTION

September 18, 2018

UPS will team with a handful of tech companies for a four-month study in Chicago on the role delivery trucks play in the city’s traffic congestion, and to find possible solutions.

Read more in Smart Cities Dive.

TECH COMPANIES, UPS TEAM UP TO EXAMINE DELIVERY TRUCK CONGESTION PROBLEM

September 17, 2018

City Tech Collaborative, HERE Technologies, Microsoft and Accenture, along with delivery giant UPS, have teamed up on a pilot to study delivery companies’ link to traffic congestion, and find possible solutions.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

DIGITAL STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PUTS VALUABLE INFORMATION IN THE CLOUD

September 5, 2018

Starting in early 2017, citizens curious about how Chicago’s bioswales and porous asphalt handled storms could log on and watch real-time data upload to their screens.

Read more in the Stormwater Report.

CHICAGO PREPARES FOR DRIVERLESS CARS, E-SCOOTERS WITH NEW TASK FORCE

September 4, 2018

To help manage and prepare for an influx of new transportation methods, from ride-sharing and bike-sharing, to electric scooters and autonomous vehicles, the city of Chicago has brought in former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to head a new task force that will take the lead on that mission.

Read more in ChicagoInno.

FORMER U.S. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RAY LAHOOD TO CHAIR NEW CITY TRANSPORTATION TASK FORCE

August 31, 2018

Former U.S. transportation secretary Ray LaHood will chair a new city task force to develop guidelines on emerging ways of getting around.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

3D PRINTING CYBERSECURITY GETS BOOST FROM DMDII AND OTHERS

August 24, 2018

Digital Engineering spotlights DMDII's National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing and its work to lower the educational and cost barriers that manufacturing faces to increase readiness for cyber attacks.

Read more in Digital Engineering.

CITIES COMING TOGETHER TO SHARE AND LEARN

August 10, 2018

Monali Shah gives an overview of her experience participating in City Tech's Chicago City Solutions workshop.

Read more from HERE 360.

SOM THINKS AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES COULD RAPIDLY CHANGE HOW CITIES GROW AND DEVELOP

August 8, 2018

Metropolis Magazine recaps SOM's Think Tank panel discussion at UI LABS about the future of autonomous vehicles and their impact on the growth and development of cities.

Read more in Metropolis Magazine.

BIG FAST SMART (VULNERABLE) MANUFACTURING

July 31, 2018

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) recently announced that information security expert Koushik Subramanian was named director of its National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, which launched in March with $750,000 in seed funding from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Read more in Smart Industry.

DMDII NAMES DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL CENTER FOR CYBERSECURITY IN MANUFACTURING

July 19, 2018

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute announced that information security expert Koushik Subramanian was named the director of the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing.

Read more in Advanced Manufacturing.

A SNEAK PEEK INSIDE DMDII

July 19, 2018

UI LABS Chief Technology Officer Kevin McDunn shares his perspective on demystifying the digitalization process, implementing cheap solutions and adapting technologies to a spectrum of environments.

Read more in Smart Industry.

ITA SPOTLIGHT: DMDII

July 13, 2018

The Illinois Technology Association spoke with DMDII Operations Director Kym Wehrle to see how we're equipping manufacturers with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last.

Read more from ITA.

CRAIN'S TECH 50

July 12, 2018

Crain's Chicago Business named UI LABS CEO Caralynn Nowinski Collens to their 2018 list of the top women in Chicago tech.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.

THE FUTURE OF FACTORIES

June 19, 2018

We are living in a society with more moving parts and pieces than ever before. Not only is there more variation in those individual products; there is more customization. From car doors to knee replacement hardware, nearly every product can be customized.

Read more in Forbes.

WORKFORCE SUCCESSION IN MANUFACTURING

May 18, 2018

Smart Industry sat down with Michael Fornasiero to discuss the findings of DMDII's "Digital Workforce Succession in Manufacturing" report.

Read more in Smart Industry.

WHAT'S THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF BLUES FEST OR JAZZ FEST? CHICAGO WILL NOW GET DATA FROM MASTERCARD SPENDING

May 18, 2018

Which has the greater importance to Chicago: The Chicago Blues Festival or the Chicago Jazz Festival? If you love our city’s musical heritage, you’d rightly answer “both.” But what about the economic impact of these big downtown festivals, both now held in Millennium Park?

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

MASTERCARD, MICROSOFT TO COLLABORATE ON SMART CITIES INITIATIVES

May 10, 2018

Mastercard and Microsoft announced at this week's Smart Cities New York conference that they will collaborate on various smart city initiatives, including on transportation fare collection and tackling issues such as traffic congestion.

Read more in Smart Cities Dive.

PILOT DEMONSTRATES EFFECTIVENESS OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

May 9, 2018

City Tech Collaborative, the City of Chicago, Microsoft, AECOM and Opti have announced the results of an 18-month pilot that monitored and compared green infrastructure flood prevention measures side-by-side.

Read more in Smart Cities World.

DOES YOUR BUILDING KNOW "WATTTIME" IS BEST FOR ITS CARBON FOOTPRINT?

April 30, 2018

Don’t flip that switch—yet. Despite high-tech advances in building controls, most businesses don’t have a handle on how their energy use correlates to environmental impact.

Read more in Middle Market Growth.

NEW ROLE FOR THE ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL? NEW ARMY FUTURES COMMAND COULD HAVE HUGE IMPACT

April 14, 2018

There could be a role for the Rock Island Arsenal’s factory in the new Army Futures Command, top military officials said Friday, as they toured several parts of the island with Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos, both Illinois Democrats.

Read more in the Quad City Times.

ARSENAL GETTING HIGH-TECH FACTORY UPGRADES

March 30, 2018

The Rock Island Arsenal and a Chicago-based manufacturing innovation hub are implementing a package of technology upgrades on the Arsenal's factory floor that officials say will have a far-reaching impact on its ability to lure work — and speed delivery of material to soldiers in the field.

Read more in the Quad City Times.

NEW COLLABORATION SEEKS TO SPEED UP ARSENAL EQUIPMENT DELIVERIES

March 28, 2018

The Rock Island Arsenal is working with the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago to help get equipment to the U.S. military more quickly.

Read more in the Rock Island Argus.

INSTITUTE TO DEVELOP CYBERSECURITY HUB FOR MANUFACTURING

March 27, 2018

The Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII) announced the launch of a Cyber Hub for Manufacturing with seed funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The hub will serve as a testbed for the creation and adoption of cybersecurity technologies to secure manufacturing shop floors across the United States.

Read more from Modern Machine Shop.

PROTECTING 3D PRINTING FROM CYBER THREATS

March 26, 2018

Earlier this month the Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII) launched a a $750,000 Cyber Hub for Manufacturing intending to tackle the issue of cyber-espionage attacks against the manufacturing sector.

Read more from 3D Printing Industry.

ITA SPOTLIGHT: CITY TECH COLLABORATIVE

March 22, 2018

The Illinois Technology Association interviewed Brenna Berman to discuss City Tech's efforts to reinvent cities and solve complex urban challenges.

Read more from ITA.

DMDII KICKS OFF CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE WITH SEED FUNDING FROM PENTAGON

March 12, 2018

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) today kicked off a new cybersecurity initiative focused on manufacturing.

Read more in Advanced Manufacturing.

DOD FUNDS NEW CHICAGO CYBER HUB TO KEEP MANUFACTURERS SAFE FROM HACKERS

March 12, 2018

The U.S. Department of Defense is backing a new “Cyber Hub for Manufacturing” in Chicago that aims to keep manufacturing floors safe from hackers.

Read more in ChicagoInno.

UI LABS GETS DEFENSE GRANT TO START CYBERSECURITY PROGRAM

March 12, 2018

A branch of UI LABS has received $750,000 in seed funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to launch a cybersecurity initiative.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.

WOMEN RISING: KATIE OLSON, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & SERVICES, CITY TECH COLLABORATIVE

March 6, 2018

When Katie Olson started her career in government and city planning, she had no idea she’d be immersing herself in the world of tech and data.

Read more from Microsoft Chicago.

HOW TO "RIDE ON TOP OF TIDAL WAVE OF TECHNOLOGY AND CHANGE"

February 20, 2018

Manufacturers who keep thinking smart manufacturing remains an academic problem run the risk of quick extinction, said panelists gathered for the inaugural Industry 4.0 ThinkTank in Chicago this month.

Read more in Advanced Manufacturing.

SHOWCASE AT AREA & DMDII'S AUGMENTED REALITY WORKSHOP

February 19, 2018

The AREA and DMDII hosted their annual workshop focused on the future of Augmented Reality (AR) in the industrial setting last week at the UI LABS Innovation Center in Chicago.

Read more from Hyla Soft.

DIGITAL TOOLS CAN TRANSFORM FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCTION

February 9, 2018

An experiential learning workshop hosted by DMDII was designed to introduce new digital tools available now that can transform the manufacturing environment and redefine how people, processes, and equipment function in future plants.

Read more in Food Engineering Magazine.

CHICAGO DATA COLLABORATIVE LAUNCHES CRIMINAL JUSTICE DATA PORTAL

January 25, 2018

Earlier this week the Chicago Data Collaborative quietly launched a website offering first of its kind access to local criminal justice data.

Read more in the Chicago Reader.

A CHICAGOAN'S INTRODUCTION TO CIVIC TECH — 2018

January 19, 2018

Civic tech sits at the intersection of technology and community, improving lives by applying technical solutions to important civic challenges.

Read more from Microsoft.

DEVELOPING A DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN ROADMAP

January 17, 2018

In 1953, Honeywell introduced the T87 Round Thermostat - a ubiquitous and easily recognized device due to its classic round shape. It was easy to manufacture, easy to install, reliable and easy to use.

Read more from IMEC.

WHERE ARE CHICAGO'S DRIVERLESS CARS

January 11, 2018

At a City Council meeting last August, where Chicago officials were discussing the future of driverless cars in the city, Alderman Edward M. Burke showed a clip from the film “Back to the Future.”

Read more in ChicagoInno.

DMDII OPENS ITS CHICAGO MANUFACTURING FACILITY TO THE PUBLIC

January 10, 2018

The Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII), part of UI Labs, announced Wednesday that it is opening its manufacturing floor to companies and universities that want to conduct tests in real time.

Read more in ChicagoInno.

DMDII OPENS ITS MANUFACTURING FLOOR TO THE COMMUNITY

January 10, 2018

The Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII) announces that it is opening its floor to manufacturers and academic institutions needing to quickly test process improvements.

Read more Smart Industry.

WHY HALT YOUR ASSEMBLY LINE WHEN YOU CAN BORROW THIS ONE

January 10, 2018

A prominent digital manufacturing institute is unveiling a new service: R&D for hire, with a shop floor to run tests and experts on hand to help.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.