Connected Everything: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age
The EPSRC-funded Connected Everything aims to identify the key challenges we face as digital technologies transform our industrial systems.
It is creating and supporting new collaborations between academics from diverse disciplines to address these challenges. It provides a forum for discussion and knowledge exchange as well as funding for risky early-stage research projects, in partnership with industry.
We are a multidisciplinary team
- Human Factors
Title: Connected Everything: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age
Funder: EPSRC Manufacturing the Future theme
Start to end date: September 2016 - August 2019
Timeframe: 3 years
Host: University of Nottingham
Principle Investigator: Professor Sarah Sharples
Industry and Digital Manufacturing
Industry and Manufacturing are changing with the advent of smart digital, autonomous and intelligent technologies.
Values for manufacturers are changing from production to technological knowhow and design; ownership models are changing from outright ownership to collaborative and long term partnership; media are continuing their shift from physical to digital; there is an increasing focus on distribution of work and service; and the partnership between the manufacturing sector and the technology sector is increasingly key.
This shift is taking place in the societal and business context of the UK in the 21st Century. In order to harness the potential from this shift, the changes in human skills, capabilities and working environments needs to be considered, alongside the development and change in business models that underpin industry and innovation.
Changes to future industrial systems in the digital age demands funded research in order to ensure that the UK is well placed within an international context to respond to the challenges presented from industry and to implement new science and engineering into real world systems as quickly and effectively as possible.
£600,000 of this Network Plus project has been allocated to funding a series of feasibility studies. 11 projects are underway. Most of those funded through the first funding call are reaching their conclusion. The information sheets reporting their details are available on the Connected Everything website.