SOIS to Launch “Disruptive Technology Lab”

SOIS to Launch “Distruptive Technology Lab”

Emergent Technology Initiative to Support Regional Tech Ecosystem

March 14th, 2018

MILWAUKEE, WI – The UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies (SOIS) is excited to launch the “Disruptive Technology Lab” alongside new partnerships and curriculum. The lab will support research, innovation, and collaboration into digitally disruptive technologies. These include artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the internet of things.

SOIS Senior Lecturer Matthew Friedel and Associate Professor Jacques Du Plessis are the co-founders of the facility. The lab will provide resources and space for students to work on nascent technologies such as voice apps for digital assistant platforms like Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and interactive web chat bots.

Co-founder Matthew Freidel says, “We view these technologies (artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the internet of things) as a continuum; to be studied together rather than in silos.”

The initiative will support the emerging regional technology ecosystem including Northwestern Mutual, Aurora Healthcare, Foxconn, and an evolving network of Milwaukee start-ups. Students will connect to the growing technology community through partnerships with UWM’s new Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and the School District of New Berlin.

SOIS Dean and Professor Tomas A. Lipinski says, “Several of our faculty and staff along with Chancellor Mone attended the Northwestern Mutual Tech Summit last fall. With our strong applied technologies curriculum and instructional expertise, we recognized that SOIS and innovating campus partners such as the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center are in a unique position to assist strategic industry and nonprofit partners in Milwaukee, both large and small.”

UWM is committed to working with industry partners. Students will be participating at Northwestern Mutual’s HACK IT ‘TIL YOU CRACK IT on April 6th and The Commons’ Hack-It Bracket on April 7th.

The lab was approved by the SOIS Faculty Counsel on Friday, March 9th. Faculty and staff are developing course offerings for the fall of 2018 in conjunction with the new initiative.

Information about the Disruptive Technology Lab and upcoming events can be found at

Matthew Friedel
UW-Milwaukee School of Information Technology
414 502-8526