Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group

Connected Everything: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age

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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.

Key areas of activity

  • Thematic areas
  • Research challenges 
  • Feasibility studies
  • Placements
  • Summer schools
  • Annual conferences

We are a multidisciplinary team in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Design
  • Computing
  • Human Factors
  • Business

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

Main collaborators:

Principle Investigator: Professor Sarah Sharples


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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.

Feasibility studies

£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.

Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group

The University of Nottingham
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD