• Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

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The University of Cincinnati celebrated the grand opening of its Digital Futures building, a facility for interdisciplinary research, on Friday in the Cincinnati Innovation District.

To celebrate the facility’s grand opening, UC hosted an open house during which hundreds toured the six-story building and its more than 20 interdisciplinary research labs.

Interior of the Digital Futures building. Andrew Higley/UC Marketing + Brand

Led by faculty from across UC’s campus, the labs are poised to conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary and applied research, creating new knowledge and developing solutions to real-world problems.

The university also hosted a ribbon-cutting that included remarks from Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education Randy Gardner, UC President Neville G. Pinto, UC Vice President for Research Patrick A. Limbach and UC Chief Innovation Officer Ryan Hays.

From left, Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education Randy Gardner, Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, UC President Neville G. Pinto, UC Chief Innovation Officer Ryan Hays and UC Vice President for Research Patrick A Limbach cut the ribbon at the Digital Futures grand opening. Andrew Higley/UC Marketing + Brand

“What a thrill to reach the long-awaited grand opening of the Digital Futures Interdisciplinary Research Facility,” Pinto said. “I believe wholeheartedly that we will solve for our future when we disrupt the silos of academic research and unleash the full power of creative innovation.”

Digital Futures brings many of the top researchers from colleges across UC to one location where they can create impactful new knowledge and applied solutions to real-world problems. Having the researchers in one location will help foster collaboration among them and their industry, government and community partners.

Guests take part in a demonstration at the augmented reality and virtual reality lab during the Digital Futures grand opening. Andrew Higley/UC Marketing + Brand

“This will be a place for top UC researchers in their fields to come together to solve problems that matter,” said Limbach, also an Ohio Eminent Scholar.