Group Outings - 2016 Member Summit

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Expand your networking and be sure to plan your travel to join us on one the tours scheduled for Wednesday, October 19

*Limited space - Pre-registration required


IRI Member Fermi National Lab Tour

7:45 am – 12:30 pm (transportation fee $25)
Tentative agenda includes visits to:

  • The Grid Computing Center. One of Fermilab’s core competencies in computing is the area of big data. See where Fermi houses, moves and processes large data sets on both in-house computers as well as compute engines around the world. 
  • Minos/Numi. Enjoy the underground tour of a neutrino beam line for basic neutrino science. The tunnel was featured on the History Channel series “Cities of the Underworld.” 
  • FAST/IOTA. Explore the test-bed for superconducting radio frequency (SRF) accelerators and high-brightness beam applications.
  • IARC – Illinois Accelerator Research Center. Visit the applied arm of Fermi where scientists and engineers work side by side with industrial partners to help advance basic science and translate them into commercial applications.


City Digital Tour

9:00 am - 10:30 am (transportation not provided)

Launched in 2015, City Digital is focused on data-driven urban innovation within the built environment. The Lab uses cities like Chicago as a test bed for technology and demonstration, focusing on four critical impact areas: Energy Management, Physical Infrastructure, Mobility, and Water and Sanitation. City Digital is the second lab from UI LABS, an innovation accelerator that addresses large-scale challenges through collaboration.
City Digital, together with its public, private, and academic partners, identifies programs and pilots that focus on value that can only be unlocked through collaboration and coordination of partners and data to improve the design, creation, use, interactivity, and impact of urban infrastructure.

Current Demos:

Facility Demonstration Set  Using our facility as a testbed, City Digital has launched Smart Green Infastructure Monitoring (SGIM) and Smart Building Data Service (SBDS) pilots onsite. These pilots will focus on capturing data in and around the facility to draw actionable insights in the near future. Various marketing and media opportunities will showcase our partners' work as well as our facility technology capabilites throughout the coming months.

  • SGIM Pilot 1 Demo: Joint effort between Microsoft, Senformatics, and UI LABS to install above- and below-ground sensing equipment in the bioswale located at the UI LABS Innovation Center facility for future "onsite" analytics, creative fault-tolerant communications, and new cloud-based tools.
  • SBDS Pilot 1 Demo: Tyco, along with its recent acquisition, ShopperTrak, is deploying its camera analytics technology into the existing UI LABS security camera system to measure the utilization of building resources and physical space.