External shot of the Digital Innovation Facility building

Digital Innovation Facility (DIF)

Providing a new home for world-leading research dedicated to maximising the possibilities of emerging technologies.

A £12.7 million investment co-funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Local Growth Fund*, a new facility in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.

An environment that’s purpose-built for collaboration, DIF includes a range of state of the art lab spaces, providing new opportunities to assist our industry partners in developing meaningful research partnerships across multiple academic disciplines.

The facility features cutting edge equipment and highly skilled support to facilitate enhanced access for businesses that wish to collaborate with University experts across multiple technology areas including robotics, data analytics, visualisation, artificial intelligence, simulation and modelling.

Specialist labs in the DIF include a Mixed Reality Lab containing the latest in virtual reality technology and equipment, an Extreme Environment Lab that simulates real-world hazardous conditions for testing robotics and autonomous systems and an Immersive Laboratory that focuses on developing sensory technologies in areas of smell and touch for future “Tactile Internet” applications.

*The Local Growth Fund, is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.

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