Areas of Research
Center for Smart Manufacturing is an interdisciplinary center for IT-enabled Design and Manufacturing.
The major objectives of the center are to
- Optimize the designs by exploiting the additional complexities feasible with AM (DfAM).
- Digitize the product creation through Additive Manufacturing (AM)
- Create digital product representations of products (Digital Thread), assets, and systems (Digital Twin) suitable for smart additive manufacturing
- Capturing AM process knowledge through industry-specific manufacturing ontologies
- Create data-driven process models to leverage the data generated from the physical and virtual world (Analytics) on AM machines.
- Create augmented digital to physical spaces (AR/VR) to test early digital prototypes
- Create a scaled Smart Factory Test Bed as a proving ground for the digital AM technologies
- Build collaborative interfaces among smart manufacturing assets using cloud manufacturing
- Integrate interoperable information systems for lifecycle (PLM), enterprise (MES/ERP), and value chain domains (Supply chain and logistics) suited for smart manufacturing architectures
- Build sustainable models of design and manufacture by analyzing the cradle to grave impacts of new connected systems and products (Sustainable Product Design and Manufacturing)
- Analyze the vulnerabilities and build secure systems using blockchain architecture (Cyber Manufacturing Security).
- Decentralize the production processes and create product architectures for distributed manufacturing
- Build human-in-loop cognitive systems to bridge operation technology to information technology through Industrial Internet of Things (Cognitive IoT)