Designing a Connected Future
The Smart Products Beacon was delighted to sponsor the Connected Everything Conference in Nottingham in June 2019. The conference highlighted some great research and provided an opportunity to shape future direction of the Connected Everything Network.
The 2019 conference brought together people from industry and academia to share ideas and network. Following an opening address from Professor Chris Tuck, (APVC Research & Knowledge Exchange, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham), the conference kicked off with a keynote talk, given by Dr Carol Brigley of Mondelez International, USA. "The Digital Oreo Cookie", which detailed Mondelez' journey to move to a Smart Factory.
Day 1 involved thought provoking presentations. "The Value of Design" brought to the fore the new Connected Everything theme of creativity, with Professor Rebecca Cain (Loughborough), Dr Kate Goldsworthy (University of the Arts, London) and Professor Steve Benford (University of Nottingham) providing fascinating insights into the design process. Five of the network's feasibility studies provided updates and Intelligent Plant Ltd, CNC Robotics Ltd and Jaguar Land Rover showcased industry perspectives.
Day 2 considered the future of Digital Manufacturing with presentations relating to four current EPSRC digital manufacturing projects, and included a workshop providing delegates the opportunity to help shape the network.
A keynote talk given by Professor Jan Godsell, University of Warwick, covered “Thriving in a connected age: 4 strategies to digitise the supply chain" and was followed by awards for best posters. Tours of the University of Nottingham's new Advanced Manufacturing Building and the Mixed-Reality Laboratory took place following closing remarks from Professor Sarah Sharples (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of VC's Office).