Externally funded by EPSRC
The Chatty Factories is a three-year project funded by the EPSRC through its programme for New Industrial Systems.
The project will explore the transformative potential of placing data driven systems at the core of manufacturing processes, with the aim of increasing competitive advantage for UK PLC by offering greater opportunities to innovate and reducing time to market. It maps directly onto the Government’s AI sector deal released in April 2018 that promotes academic-industry partnerships to deliver innovations arising from new uses of data and artificial intelligence.
The research will explore the opportunity to collect data from sensors embedded in products in real-time use, explore how that data might be immediately transferred into usable information to optimise and produce innovative designs and consider what types of human-robot relationship offer the most efficient way to quickly absorb that new information and implement change on the factory floor. The project will also consider any implications arising for skills development in the education sector as well as ethics in manufacturing.