Accelerating Digital Manufacturing Research Collaboration and Innovation

Tuesday 21 July – Wednesday 22 July 2020

Our conference this year will be online and we will be able to offer delegates the opportunity to attend without any conference fees as costs are covered by our EPSRC grant.

The conference will include keynote speakers, presentations from our recently awarded feasibility study teams, opportunities to help shape the Connected Everything II new themes and an optional training session.

Featuring discussion sessions on:

Confirmed speakers include: Martin Aston (Airbus), Kate Black (University of Liverpool), Chris Courtney (Made Smarter) and Heli Frosterus (Ofcom).

We are also delighted to confirm a training session delivered by Katie Walker, EPSRC Portfolio Manager to explore funding for ECRs and Ken Lewtas will join this session to give his industry perspective.

Connected Everything II Programme

Draft programme, as of 1 July 2020

Tuesday 21 July

Welcome to the Connected Everything conference
Chair: Sarah Sharples

10:00 – 10:15Arrival and networking
10:15 – 10:30WelcomeSarah Sharples, University of Nottingham
10:30 – 10:50Keynote: Engineering Net Zero Martin Aston, Airbus
10:50 – 11:00Discussion
11:00 – 11:05Introduction to the Feasibility StudiesAli Zaidi, University of Leeds
11:05 – 11:20 Feasibility Study: Manufacturing of 3D-printed morphing origami solar sails for the next generation of CubeSatsStefania Soldini, University of Liverpool
11:20 – 11:25Discussion
11:25 – 11:40Feasibility Study:
Embedded intelligent empathy in design
Anna Chatzimichali, University of the West of England
11:40 – 11:45Discussion
11:45 – 12:00Feasibility Study: AgentChat: Feasibility of large-scale multi-agent based coordination for freight co-loadingAlexandra Brintrup, University of Cambridge
12:00 – 12:05Discussion
12:05 – 12:15Wrapping upSarah Sharples, University of Nottingham

Meet the CEII project team for informal Q&A

13:00 – 14:00Meet the team online!Sarah Sharples, Nik Watson, Peter Green and Fiona Charnley

Parallel session A: Discussing the new Connected Everything themes

Sociotechnical data-rich systems
This session will debate data driven manufacturing, with a focus on interrelatedness of social and technical aspects of digital manufacturing. We will consider how can ensure safe, healthy and rewarding working conditions as manufacturing becomes increasingly digitalised.
Chair: Peter Green
Creativity and design
This session will discuss the current and future role of creativity and design in digital manufacturing? How do you enable creativity within the manufacturing process itself and how this is informed? Can digital design processes minimise risk and improve productivity?
Chair: Debra Fearnshaw
14:15 – 14:30Arrival and networkingArrival and networking
14:30 – 14:45Introduction to the theme by Chris Turner, Surrey UniversityIntroduction to the theme
by Craig Whittet, GSA
14:45 – 15:15Delegates discuss the themeDelegates discuss the theme
15:15 – 15:30Delegates report backDelegates report back

Parallel session B: Discussing the new Connected Everything themes

Regulation & Standards
This session will include discussion on understanding the process of certification within manufacturing. Can we increase agility in this process and reduce the time for product and process certification? How can we accelerate testing capability using digital technologies?

Chair: Debra Fearnshaw
This session will help inform our brand new theme, arising as a result of the pandemic.  Where can we, as the Connected Everything network, focus our efforts? Should we seek ways to address resilience in the manufacturing of key products for the UK or how manufactures can become more resilient by responding to changing markets (e.g. all restaurants, hotels and bars closing). We anticipate this challenge will also incorporate some supply chain aspects.
Chair: Nik Watson
15:45 – 16:00Arrival and networkingArrival and networking
16:00 – 16:15Introduction to the theme by Ben Sheridan, BSI GroupIntroduction to the theme
by John Erkoyuncu, Cranfield University
16:15 – 16:45Delegates discuss the themeDelegates discuss the theme
16:45 – 17:00Delegates report backDelegates report back

Wednesday 22 July

Thoughts on accelerating digital manufacturing research
Chair: Peter Green

10:00 – 10:15
Arrival and networking
10:15 – 10:20WelcomePeter Green, University of Liverpool
10:20 – 10:40Keynote: Data informed optimisation of hierarchical binder jet printingKate Black, University of Liverpool
10:40 – 10:50Discussion
10:50 – 11:05KeynoteChris Courtney, Manufacturing Made Smarter
11:05 – 11:15Discussion
11:15 – 11:30Ofcom enabling different wireless solutionsHeli Frosterus, Ofcom
11:30 – 11:40Discussion
11:40 – 11:50Wrapping upPeter Green, University of Liverpool
11:50 – 12:10Closing remarks and future opportunitiesPeter Green, University of Liverpool and Sarah Sharples, University of Nottingham
12:10 – 12:30Delegate networking time

ECR training
Chair: Nik Watson

14:00 – 14:15
Arrival and networking
14:15 – 15:45ECR training session
Introduction to the peer review system at EPSRC, some of the schemes relevant to ECRs and general guidance on writing a proposal.

Working with industry, what industry is looking for in academic partners, how to find industry partners and how to start working with them, how to get the most from the relationship.
Katie Walker, EPSRC

Heather Lewtas and Ken Lewtas, Scitech

Contact us with questions about registration or the programme: