NRC-University of Manitoba Collaboration Centre

The NRC-University of Manitoba Collaboration Centre, also known as the Canadian Centre for Advanced and Digital Manufacturing, is aiming to build a strong, long-term relationship between the University of Manitoba and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to accelerate the innovation process for the development of and commercialization in the field of additive and digital manufacturing. By bringing their complementary know-how, expertise and tools in this long-term collaboration, both organizations have the objective to co-develop multiple new applications for emerging additive and digital manufacturing technologies, to promote the recruitment and training of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and to create an innovative ecosystem with public and private stakeholders for strategic research.


  • University of Manitoba Faculty of Engineering
  • National Research Council of Canada – Aerospace Research Centre
  • Engineering Access Program

Current areas of focus

  • Emerging additive and digital manufacturing
  • Digital manufacturing processes for ground vehicle parts
  • Production scale-up, demonstration and standardization
  • Vision-based framework and automated robotic processes

Research expertise

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning technologies
  • Digital manufacturing and Internet of Things
  • Digital twin technology
  • Machine vision
  • Modelling and process simulation

Contact us

National Research Council of Canada

Heather Smart
Director, Research and Development, Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility

University of Manitoba

Cyrus Shafai, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Associate Dean (Research/Graduate Programs)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba


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