Center Timeline

2000
Established Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) with 6 initial company members: Intel, Ford, Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, United Technologies, USPS.
2001
Established NSF I/UCRC for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) with 12 initial company members: API, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Intel, ITRI, Johnson Controls, OMRON, Rockwell Automation, Toyota, United Technologies, USPS and WE Energy
2003
Developed First “toolbox approach” to Intelligent Maintenance Systems, dubbed the Watchdog Agent
2004
Received Milwaukee Innovation Award from Mayor of Milwaukee to recognize the Center’s impact to city of Milwaukee
2005
IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee appointed Ohio Eminent Scholar in Advanced Manufacturing and L.W. Scot Alter Chair Professor; relocated the IMS Center to the University of Cincinnati; Renewed membership with Harley-Davidson, ITRI, United Technologies, OMRON, Toyota; and acquired many new members including: P&G, GE Aviation, Advantech, Komatsu, National Instruments, Toshiba, Nissan, etc
2006
Watchdog Agent Trademark is awarded.
2006
The IMS Center reaches 40 members. The Missouri University of Science & Technology is added as a research site.
2007
IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee receives Professor of the Quarter Award at the University of Cincinnati.
2007
IMS contributed Bearing Dataset to NASA PHM Data Repository. This Dataset has exceeded over 23,000 downloads of February 2018. This data can be found here.
2008
IMS Center Director Professor Lee receives Professor of the Year Award at the University of Cincinnati.
2008
IMS Center researchers win 1st Prize in the 2008 PHM Society Data Challenge Competition.
2009
IMS Center researchers win 1st Prize in the 2009 PHM Society Data Challenge Competition.
2010
Since inception, the IMS Center has worked with 60 member companies and organizations.
2011
IMS Center researchers win 1st Prize in the 2009 PHM Society Data Challenge Competition.
2011
IMS Center hosted the Sixth World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM). This event attracted over 200 total attendees from 20 countries.
2011
IMS Center researchers won 1st Prize in the 2011 PHM Society Data Challenge Competition.
2012
The IMS Center receives the National Instruments Prognostic Innovation Award based on its collaboration with member company HIWIN on ball screw health monitoring.
2012
The IMS Center receives the National Instruments Prognostic Innovation Award based on its collaboration with member company HIWIN on ball screw health monitoring.
2012
National Instruments conducts a commercialization trial for the IMS Center's Watchdog Agent.
2012
The IMS Center is selected to recieve a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) award for assessing the commercialization potential of the Watchdog Agent and the viability of developing a start-up in the PHM field, which would eventually become Predictronics.
2012
The IMS Center was selected as most economically impactful I/UCRC in the NSF Economic Impact Study Report which found that the Center has delivered to its members a combined benefit of over $855 million in value, and that the Center returned $238 of benefits for every $1 invested by the National Science Foundation.
2013
Since inception, the IMS Center has worked with 80 member companies and organizations from 15 countries.
2013
The University of Texas at Austin joins the IMS Center as an I/UCRC university site under Site Director Dragan Djurdjanovic.
2013
Formulation of Spin-off Company: Predictronics Corporation (Professor Lee, Co-founder). Predictronics specializes providing professional Prognostics and Health Management and Industrial AI solutions for many applications, including manufacturing, mining and energy. More information about Predictronics can be found here.
2013
Professor Lee selected to serve on the Advisory Committee member for White House Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) American Challenge Initiative.
2014
IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee receives NSF Alex Schwarzkopf Technological Innovation Prize at the 2014 NSF I/UCRC Annual Meeting.
2014
IMS Center researchers won 1st Prize in the 2014 PHM Society Data Challenge Competition.
2014
Since inception, the IMS Center at the University of Cincinnati has worked with 70 member companies and organizations and reaches $4.2m in membership funds.
2014
Proclamation issued by Mayor John Cranley making Cincinnati the first Industry 4.0 Demonstration City, led by IMS Center's efforts.
2014
IMS Center Director Professor Lee receives MFPT (Machine Failure Prevention Technology) Society's Jack Frarey Award.
2014
The IMS Center debuts and showcases its Mobile Health Monitoring Application, developed in partnership with Cosen Saws, at the 2014 IMTS Show.
2015
IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee serves on the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology funded MForesight Think Tank.
2016
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers recognized IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee as one of the 30 visionaries in Smart Manufacturing.
2016
The Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET) awards IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee with the Medal of Excellence.
2016
The IMS Center showcases its Ballscrew Mobile Health Monitoring Application, developed in collaboration with HIWIN Technologies Corp., at the 2016 IMTS Show.
2016
IMS Center researchders win the PHM Society's annual Data Competition for the fifth time since 2008.
2016
The IMS Center organizes the 12th IFAC Workshop on Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS 2016), hosted by National Instruments in Austin, Texas. Over 150 attendees from more than 15 countries attended.
2017
IMS Center holds Roundtable Panel on Next Generation PHM and Intelligent System Technologies at the PHM Society annual conference. Panelists in attendance include representatives from IBM, GE, NASA, Analatom and Predictronics.
2018
Since inception, the IMS Center has worked with 100 member companies and organizations.
2018
IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee received the 2018 Ohio Faculty Council Technology Commercialization Award.
2018
IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee is recognized as a Fellow of the PHM Society.
2019
IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee receives the University of Cincinnati Faculty Entrepreneurship Award for his work in co-founding Predictronics and Cyber Insights.
2019
IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee established a World Economic Forum (WEF) Lighthouse Factory at Foxconn's Factory in Shenzhen, China.
2019
IMS Center helps two member companies, Weichai and Baosteel, to be elected to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Lighthouse Network.
2019
IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee’s book, Industrial AI Applications with Sustainable Performance published by Springer in March, 2020 for U.S. Market.
2019
IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee is elected to the positon of Vice Chairman of Foxconn Technology Group (Hon Hai Precision).
2020
As of 2020, the IMS Center has hosted over 100 Visiting Scholars from numerous countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, Norway, and Mexico, among others.
2020
Since 2005, IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee has mentored 33 Ph.D. students and 21 Masters students.
2020
IMS Center Director Professor Jay Lee publishes book titled Industrial AI Applications with Sustainable Performance. This book is currently available on Springer's website here