One example is regional institutes for talent development, like the one we’ve formed with Microsoft and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Together, we created Wisconsin’s first institute devoted to the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT): the multidisciplinary Connected Systems Institute (CSI), located at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
This is one way to harness the power of connecting academic research and industrial experience. Industry teams with universities to introduce students to real-world industry challenges – and in the process, students solve practical problems.
As a lecturer in the Connect System Challenge at the CSI, I will focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and technologies and applications that were a vision only a decade ago.
At the core of the curriculum is an understanding that as much potential as the IIoT offers, it’s the people applying the technology who will make the difference.