NCMDS workshop

2017 Workshop on North Carolina Manufacturing Data Science

Achieving Data-Driven Improvements in Manufacturing Processes


Summary available now!

The workshop summary is available. Thanks to everyone who participated. Please feel free to contact Dr. Tony Schmitz (, 704.687.5086) with follow-up comments or questions.


Date and location

Friday, May 19, 2017 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

G-287 Energy Production & Infrastructure Center (EPIC), UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

EPIC is building 72 on the campus map. Visitor parking is available in CRI Deck 1 located next to EPIC.



The 2017 Workshop on North Carolina Manufacturing Data Science targets a critical gap in the emerging digital manufacturing ecosystem – achieving data-driven improvements in manufacturing processes to realize broader benefits across the factory and enterprise. It will bring together personnel from North Carolina industry, state government, University of North Carolina (UNC) General Administration, and UNC system universities to discuss current capabilities and future needs for widespread implementation.


The workshop is an outcome of a UNC Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI) planning grant entitled “North Carolina Consortium for Manufacturing Data Science (NC-CMDS)” with team members from UNC Charlotte, North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill, and GE. Workshop activities will include:

  • comments from key state stakeholders
  • keynote presentation from an industry expert
  • overview of data science in manufacturing and results from a pilot project
  • panel discussion
  • opportunity to join a road mapping exercise
  • laboratory tours
  • networking and interaction.


Key workshop themes

  • Manufacturing needs and opportunities
  • Data analytics and implementation
  • Workforce training and development



8:30 am Welcome, Dr. Sudarsan Rachuri, CESMII

9:00 am North Carolina Consortium for Manufacturing Data Science, Prof. Tony Schmitz

9:20 am The Future of Data Science in Manufacturing: The Brilliant Factory, Dr. Ben Wei

10 am The Manufacturing Data Science Landscape, Prof. Noel Greis

10:20 am Networking coffee break

10:40 am Panel, Success Stories (Siemens, NCMEP, Wake Tech Community College, Mastercam, Tech Manufacturing)

11:30 am Interactive session, Building a Roadmap to a Data Science Future

12:15 pm Closing remarks and adjourn



Multiple hotel accommodations are available near the UNC Charlotte campus.



For more information, please contact Prof. Tony Schmitz (, 704.687.5086) or Prof. Noel Greis (, 919.962.2133). Click here to download a printable flyer.



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