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Smart Factories: Issues of Data Governance for Manufacturers:

  • 2060 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Dear Colleagues,  We are pleased to host the first Manufacturing Caucus event for the 116th Congress! 

Smart Factories:  Issues of Information Governance for Manufacturers

March 7:00 12-1:30.  RSVP at https://spea.indiana.edu/specform/mpi.html.  Lunch will be provided. 

Come hear about the future of manufacturing and why policies for data governance are needed to deploy AI and other technologies in these environments.  You may have heard about the wonderful things AI will do, but do you know what that means for manufacturers?  How is data collected, protected, and most of all what is the trustworthiness of this new technology for running the systems of tomorrow and using them to our nation’s advantage?  The legislation we create will shape the answers to these questions. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our offices:  KC Morris (kcmorris@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Tom Reed’s office and/or Melissa Maynard (Melissa.Maynard@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Tim Ryan's office.

Yours truly,

Tom Reed and Tim Ryan, Manufacturing Caucus Co-chairs

Briefing Description

The future of manufacturing lies in smart manufacturing— defined as the integration of sensors, controls, and software platforms to optimize performance at the production unit, plant, and supply chain levels. Such digital integration, facilitated by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), allows for real-time decision-making via data analytics, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques such as machine learning.

Smart manufacturing won’t be achieved easily. It will require significant investment in capital, labor, and technology.

It will also depend on information governance—norms of behavior for the creation, transmission, storage, analysis, use, valuation, security, and deletion of information.

These norms of behavior—on technical standards, cybersecurity, privacy, digital trade, and regulation of AI—are still evolving and are being shaped by the leading manufacturing nations. Whichever nation prevails will provide its domestic producers with a competitive edge.


Keith Belton, Director, Manufacturing Policy Initiative, Indiana University
Welcome and Introductions

David Crandall, Associate Professor, Indiana University
Artificial Intelligence: What is it? How is it Applied in Manufacturing?

Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor, Indiana University
Smart Factories, Dumb Policy? Cybersecurity and the Industrial Internet of Things

Keith Belton, Director, Manufacturing Policy Initiative
Different Countries, Different Approaches to Smart Manufacturing