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Huddersfield Launches Digital Enablers' Network

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The University of Huddersfield has created a Digital Enablers' Network (DEN) with the aim of making local manufacturing firms more competitive in global markets.

The university is forming ties with businesses through its 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and is working with DEN members to automate processes using artificial intelligence with the goal of improving productivity.

James Devitt, the university to industry programme manager, said: "The University of Huddersfield is proud of its close association with industry and manufacturing."

"It has built strong capabilities in a range of new industrial digital technologies, centred around its Centre for Industrial Analytics (CIndA). It has taken a practical, industry led, approach to supporting local and regional companies with the adoption of these technologies including artificial intelligence."

In addition to providing industrial analytics, CIndA encourages the collaboration with other specialist technology or digital enabling companies and industry.

Professor Richard Hill and Mr Devitt established DEN to make the most out of these relationships.

Mr Devitt added: "We are arguably in the midst of a revolution in manufacturing powered by data and connectivity."

"The large scale automation of processes using AI and analytics, for example, are paving the way for significant improvements in productivity and will make firms which adopt greater digital technologies and analytics competitive in a rapidly changing global marketplace."

"We are on a mission to bring this about here in West Yorkshire."

In addition to DEN, the university is now offering a BSc in business data analytics at undergraduate level and an MSc in business intelligence and analytics for postgraduate students.