University Of Sheffield Takes Central Role In New Digital Manufacturing Research Centres

The new role comes with the aim of boosting UK manufacturing productivity

The University of Sheffield is to play a key role in the UK’s new Manufacturing Made Smarter research centres.

The University of Sheffield is involved in two of the five new research centres, leading on the Materials Made Smarter Centre. The centres will focus on helping the UK’s manufacturing industry become more productive and competitive through innovation and the adoption of digital technologies. 

Working together to bridge the gap between basic research and its application in manufacturing, providing a pipeline of digital technologies for the future, leading manufacturers, technology companies and higher education institutions have the power to transform the future of manufacturing in the UK.

The Materials Made Smarter Centre (MMSC) will be led by Professor Iain Todd from the University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

In partnership with UCL and the Universities of Cambridge, Brunel, Nottingham and Swansea, the MMSC will bring together leading researchers in materials, advanced manufacturing, modelling, physical computing, psychology and management across the whole materials manufacturing value chain.

The MMSC will work with High-Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres, including the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and National Composites Centre (NCC), as well as The Materials Processing Institute and industrial partners including Rolls-Royce, Tata and Constellium.

At the University of Sheffield, the activities for this research centre will be undertaken by the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Professor Ashutosh Tiwari, Airbus/RAEng Research Chair, as the lead from Sheffield.

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