PROJECT LEAD: University of California Irvine

PARTNERS: Atollogy, The Aerospace Corporation, General Mills, Honeywell, San Diego Supercomputer Center, California State University Northridge

PROBLEM STATEMENT: While large manufacturers have been able to capitalize on the tremendous advancements in digital technology, this digital revolution has bypassed many small to medium sized companies partly due to the high capital cost of transitioning from largely manual operations to a more automated environment.

PROJECT GOAL: The goal is to develop design tools and open source reference architectures that will enable engineers to reliably assess and implement data flow requirements for affordable, scalable, accessible, and portable smart manufacturing systems (A.S.A.P.) for smart connected workers across all manufacturing sectors.

TECHNICAL APPROACH: A Smart connected worker system (CWS) that utilizes vision based technology to characterize workflows that can be effectively combined with other sensor data; wireless mobile sensor system for electromagnetically noisy industrial environments; machine learning algorithms to model the correlated states of energy consumption and smart worker workflows; distributed computing environments for workflow optimization and process simulation; affordable, scalable infrastructures to create smart connected worker systems for SMEs.


  • Create System Requirements Specifications for smart connected worker (SCW)
  • Identify use cases for hardware, software and data model specifications 
  • Create Hardware prototypes for component testing 
  • Create data analytic prototypes for component testing 
  • Create hardware and Software simulation models 
  • Create prototype APIs for SM Platform integration 
  • Create integrated prototypes for UCI user facility deployment 
  • Conduct experiments to refine all models and associated workflows 
  • Create Rev 1 of complete system for field deployment at selected Industrial settings
  • Conduct Field Trials 
  • Refine all models, hardware, software for reusability 

POTENTIAL IMPACT: The proposed smart connected worker program seeks to impact the issue of bypassed advancements in digital technology in small to medium sized companies, by developing A.S.A.P. systems to enhance the intelligence of SME workers with information from which workflows can be analyzed and optimized for energy efficiency and waste stream reduction without the heavy infrastructure of PLC based automation and control.


  • Leveraging affordable open source compute resources that seamlessly connect through the SM Platform in order for SMEs to create and manage SCW systems
  • This also will help create custom human PLC control to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste streams
  • Allows for commercialization pathways for new devices, custom applications, and service based revenue models


Member % Cost Share CESMII % Cost Share Duration
32% 68% 18 months