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OSIsoft Academic Symposium 2017 - Academia and Industry Collaboration Workshop

Question asked by Erica Trump on Mar 20, 2017
Latest reply on Mar 24, 2017 by tyoung

Join us at the 2017 OSIsoft Academic Symposium for a collaboration workshop. Details given below.


Workshop participants: Use this thread after the workshop to continue conversation!




Title: Academia and Industry Collaboration: Innovation via a New Paradigm




Participants will outline a collaborative research project that is driven by data sharing among academic and industrial partners. The project should be small-scale, with clearly defined goals. Think low-hanging fruit.


At the end of the workshop, the outline will be presented in a mini poster session. The facilitator of your group will record ideas on a flip board that will serve as the poster.




OSIsoft is committed to enabling and expanding community. Using the PI System, data may be easily collected, stored, and shared among collaborators.


The PI System offers flexible tools for exchanging information, including time-series and meta- data. Options include:

  • Secure data transfer between PI Systems
  • A protected web portal to share both data and visualizations
  • Web Services to deliver information directly to a collaborator’s desired analytical tool, such as Python, R, or MATLAB
  • Integration with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning to provide a space for collaborators to exchange data, models, and analysis results




Break into teams. If you don’t already know your team number, please check with the registration desk.


Part 1

Industry representatives should share business challenges and goals.

Some discussion starters:

  • Given no constraints over budget or people, what pain point would you tackle literally today?
  • What is a big problem you see coming in the future, sort of a tip of the iceberg?
  • What in-house knowledge are you lacking?
  • Are there important projects that you simply don’t have time to pursue?
  • What part of your business would most benefit by innovation?
  • Are you already engaged with academic researchers?

Suggested Time: 10 minutes


Part 2

Your group will decide on an industry challenge to address and define a research hypothesis or project statement.

Industry representatives should discuss their business challenges and goals. The entire group should brainstorm to find potential collaborative research topics. Keep in mind that we are looking for small-scale research projects that have clearly defined goals. Think low-hanging fruit.

The group will then define a research hypothesis or project statement.

Some discussion starters:

  • Which industry challenges align with academic research capabilities?
  • Can we think of a small-scale project to address one of the challenges?


Suggested Time: 15 minutes


Part 3

After you’ve defined a project statement, spend time further defining the project. Outline a few desired project outcomes and requirements. Focus your thoughts on three areas: project outcomes, data needs / needs from industry, and required university resources.

Suggested Time: 20 minutes


Part 4

Share your project outline with other participants. Your poster will be placed on an easel in the front of the room. At least one group representative should be near the poster at all times to answer questions. Spend some time mingling and discussing project outlines from other groups. 

Suggested Time: 15 minutes