Digital Innovation Zone


To meet the needs of an increasingly digitalised economy, the University of Sheffield and Siemens have developed the Digital Innovation Zone (DIZ). DIZ will accelerate digitalisation, increase digital skills, and promote innovative technology and knowledge sharing.

The DIZ, based in the Diamond building, replaces the ‘MindSphere Lounge’ and acts as a living lab to assist students to gain the digital skills they will need in an ever changing engineering landscape.  The University and Siemens have invested in this unique facility for students, local companies, and to further develop partnership collaborations. This new space will house a number of digital demonstrators and student-accessible workstations that will showcase the potential of live stream data analytics and visualisation applications, CAD software, Edge Computing, Digital Simulation, and a Digital Twin of the Diamond Pilot Plant, the only one of its kind in any UK university.

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