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The Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Centre of Research Excellence was founded by Professor Hoda ElMaraghy and Professor Waguih ElMaraghy at the University of Windsor in July 1994. The objective and vision are to pursue leading edge research in the multidisciplinary field of manufacturing systems and related topics from products design to manufacturing and the complete product life cycle. The IMS Center is recognized for its high impact research and innovation. It is home to the only Canada Research Chair in Manufacturing Systems since 2002. Its research is supported nationally and provincially. It engages in many projects with industry, networks and centers of research excellence, as well as international collaborations and exchanges.  The IMS Centre is located in the Ed. Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI).

The Centre's research and physical facilities include:

  • The “iFactory” reconfigurable and changeable manufacturing system – A first in North America
  • The iDesign Studio for innovation, collaboration, modelling, simulation and life cycle analysis
  • Digital Metrology (DEA Mistral CMM) and physical prototyping (Prodigy – Dimensions)



Main Office:

Rooms 3019, 3020, and 1212 (Labs) 
Ed Lumley - Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI)
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Ave.
Windsor, ON Canada N9B 3P4
(519) 253-3000 x3439