Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing is the construction of complex threedimensional parts from 3D digital model data by depositing successive layers of material.

Advanced Material

Advanced Materials focuses on new materials and modifications to existing materials to obtain superior performance in one or more characteristics that are critical for the application under consideration.

Artificial Intelligence

The simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. These processes include learning, reasoning (using rules to reach approximate or definite conclusions) and self-correction.

Big Data

Extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations.

Cloud Computing

Shared pools of configurable computer system resources and higher-level services that can be rapidly provisioned with minimal management effort, often over the Internet.


The protection of computer systems from theft or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.

Virtual Reality

A set of technologies used in the design, analysis, verification and validation on a product to improve quality, processes, training techniques and situational preparedness.


Mechanical or electrical engineering coupled with computer science used to design, construct, operate and apply robots, including the computer systems for their control, sensory feedback and information processing.

Industrial IoT

Used to enhance manufacturing and industrial processes, incorporating machine learning, machine-to-machine communication and automation technologies that have existed in industrial settings for years.

Operational Resiliency

Industry 4.0 Accelerator is intended to support Michigan manufacturers with “Operational Resiliency” to avoid disruptions in times of crisis. The COVID crisis has demonstrated the impact on manufacturing of goods and global supply chains. The I4.0 Accelerator will be looking for innovations that provide opportunities for manufacturers to continue production in times of crisis…avoid shortages of supply, limit disruptions in production, and provide safety of workers.