CEACAMS objectives include bringing together faculty, government entities, industry and Illinois based start-ups to meet the challenges of autonomous construction, agriculture and manufacturing at scale systems. The Center will provide leadership, best practices, research, support and/or training while addressing the impact of autonomous systems in food production, the effect and enablement of safety features that provide the foundation of autonomy on the insurance industry, and its impact on logistics/ supply chain.
The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) granted eight awards to launch world-class interdisciplinary centers for significant economic and societal impact. Four of these teams are led by professors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES). Each will receive $125,000, in addition to grant-writing support, access to corporate partners, and DPI’s downtown Chicago office.
Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (ISE) Professor William R. (Bob) Norris and colleagues have been contracted by the US Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) to develop autonomous construction systems. The funding represents the largest autonomous system project given to Illinois to date.