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Collaborative Sociotechnical Innovation (CSI) Lab

The Collaborative Sociotechnical Innovation (CSI) Lab includes the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program (CHDP) Workcells and the Marketplace of Ideas. Bringing together faculty and students across several VT programs as well as industry and nonprofit partners, the CSI Lab addresses workforce development and research related to collaborative problem setting and problem solving skills within sociotechnical contexts that spans the four sets of the CHDP.

Results emerging from workcells will be integrated in industry together with the graduating workforce that can implement results at scale. Participating Virginia Tech students will receive cutting-edge preparation across disciplines in systems approaches to CSI Lab and extensive collaborative experiences spanning industry, nonprofit, and academia. 

The workcells are:

  1. Cyber Physical Systems - Smart Factory, Focus: Human Augmentation 
  2. Design for Advanced Manufacturing 
  3. Upgrading Systems From Legacy to Smart
  4. Digital Thread and Supply Chain Synchronization 
  5. Semi Automated Inspection, Focus: Drone-based Inspection 
  6. Inclusive Human Capital Development and Point of Need Learning/Training (PNLP)
  7. Financial Planning and Analysis for Industry 4.0

We focus on the following technologies in which our faculty have expertise: 

  • Cyber Physical Systems 
  • Additive Manufacturing 
  • Internet of Things (IoT) 
  • Intelligent Systems 
  • Immersive Technologies 
  • Data Analytics and Digital Thread