UI LABS is a first-of-its-kind innovation accelerator, addressing problems too big for any one organization to solve on its own. The challenges we are addressing in manufacturing and smart cities are at the intersection of digital convergence: computing, big data, and the Internet of Things (IOT).
Our vision is to transform entire industries by accelerating the deployment of emerging technologies through collaboration.
UI LABS plays three roles with our 200+ partners:
Neutral convener + catalyst: We bring together leading companies, researchers, and entrepreneurs to catalyze “unnatural” alliances.
Solution-delivery engine: We follow a design-driven process to accelerate the co-development of new products and processes.
Trusted dealmaker: We de-risk and syndicate investment, providing the ground rules to quickly on-ramp collaborative ventures.
UI LABS is creating a portfolio of Labs to accelerate the deployment of innovative technology to make lives better and enhance the competitiveness of our nation and region.
In February 2014, UI LABS announced the formation of its first Lab, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), through collaboration with the Department of Defense and a host of other partners, to transform American manufacturing through digitization of the supply chain.
UI LABS’ second Lab, City Digital, launched in 2015 to digitize the built environment to transform how citizens live, work, and play in cities today and tomorrow.
Victor (Vic) R. Abate, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of GE Global Research
Henry S. Bienen, President Emeritus of Northwestern University
Caralynn Nowinski Collens, Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS
Ivo H. Daalder, President of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Warren E. Holtsberg, Chairman of UI LABS, Co-Head of Portfolio Management
Eric D. Isaacs, Provost of The University of Chicago and a Professor in the Department of Physics
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