Innovation 4.0: A Digital Revolution for R&D

The strategic director of the Materials Innovation Factory at the University of Liverpool discusses the need for academia and industry to apply the principles of Industry 4.0 to accelerate research, innovation and product development for economic growth.

The fourth industrial revolution is rapidly transforming the UK’s manufacturing sector. Through harnessing the power of advances in AI, machine learning and virtual reality technologies, it’s a disruption built on digitalisation. However, to maximise its potential to drive economic growth, we must apply the principles of Industry 4.0 across the entire innovation value chain. By using robotics and high-performance computing to revolutionise the way in which research and development (R&D) is carried out, we’ve developed a ground-breaking approach for academia and industry — Innovation 4.0. Read more