National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

Data-driven design and manufacturing CoLAB (D3M_CoLAB)

Upskilling local people in data science to help them solve real world manufacturing problems.

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The D3M_CoLAB project is exploring the potential of data science to solve real-world manufacturing problems and boost productivity by upskilling 300 local engineers.

We are developing a hub that works with manufacturers to identify projects where advanced data analytics can improve their design, decision making, and operational effectiveness, ultimately making them more productive and competitive.  We are embedding data science capabilities into those organisations through a portfolio of workforce upskilling courses provide ongoing data science support from NMIS and PhD students from the University of Strathclyde to drive deployment of cutting edge data solutions.

Our programme also allows companies to safely explore ideas to drive forward data-driven transformation within their businesses by enabling them to replicate their physical and digital infrastructure without impacting daily business operations.

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Explore a diverse range of courses, spanning from Data Science in Manufacturing to Fundamentals of Innovation Engineering.

Innovation Accelerator programme

This project is part-funded by the Glasgow City Region Innovation Accelerator programme.

Led by Innovate UK on behalf of UK Research and Innovation, the pilot Innovation Accelerator programme is investing £100m in 26 transformative R&D projects to accelerate the growth of three high-potential innovation clusters – Glasgow City Region, Greater Manchester and West Midlands.

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