2023 Annual Workshop on Digital Twin (24th May)

Welcome to our 2023 Annual Workshop at London Digital Twin Research Centre!

Digital Twin has been identified as a top ten Gartner Trend in 2019 and its position at the convergence of economic drivers and underpinning technology maturation supports its use in a wide variety of domains. While DT technology originates from the manufacturing domain it now represents great potential to reshape the future across other diverse domains. The London Digital Twin Research Centre (LDTRC) at Middlesex University, London would like to extend an invitation to all the Digital Twin researchers and enthusiasts from industry and academia to attend our annual 2023 workshop which is on our campus in Hendon on 24th May 2023. This workshop on “Transforming Industry and Society with Digital Twins” brings together experts from industry and academia to share their valuable insights regarding the adoption of the Digital Twin technology across different industries.

The workshop programme is as follows:

Register to attend the event via Eventbrite link.

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Distinguished Lecture and Talks on Digital Twin and Metaverse

From 13th to 19th of April, Prof. Huan Nguyen delivered a series of talks and lectures on digital twin and metaverse to universities in Vietnam. The visits started with talks at Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology (PTIT) and the University of Transport and Communications (UTC) in Hanoi, Vietnam, with an impressive audience of more than 600+ people (staff and students) in total.

Prof. Huan Nguyen delivered a lecture on Digital Twin to an audience of 400+ people at the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology (PTIT), Hanoi, Vietnam

Then, on 19th April 2023, through the arrangement from the Vietnamese intellectual Society in the UK/Ireland (VIS) and upon the invitation from Prof Laurent El Ghaoui, Vice Provost of Research and Innovation at VinUniversity, Prof. Huan Nguyen (representing both VIS and Middlesex) delivered a distinguished lecture at VinUniversity. The lecture titled “From Digital Twin to the Metaverse: The State of Play” reviewed the state-of-play, discussed the development challenges and looked into some use cases of the emerging technology trends of digital twin and the metaverse.

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British Council project workshop in Ho Chi Minh City: Digital technologies for vertical farming

British council project “Urban resilience for agriculture“: Teams from Van Lang University (VLU, Vietnam) and Middlesex University (UK) organised a dissemination workshop in Ho Chi Minh city on 14th April 2023. Ms Lan Phuong Nguyen, Vice President of VLU and Ms Phi Phan, Programme Manager from British Council Vietnam, opened the event with welcoming speeches outlining the importance of the work with UN’s sustainable development goals. Prof Huan Nguyen, Dr Vu Thi Quyen and Dr Meri Juntti then presented the latest project outcomes to an audience of 60+ people. There were also invited speakers from relevant stakeholders: Mr Pham Lam Chinh Van (HCMC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development), Mr Le Nhut Duy (Biotechnology Centre – Ho Chi Minh City), and Mr. Nguyen Van Thanh (Gia Phat Agriculture Ltd), presenting the case studies as well as outlining the policies for agriculture in urban context. Following the workshop, there was a visit to the green house built at Van Lang University. The teams then visited several urban farming centres in and around Ho Chi Minh city and held fruitful discussions for collaboration with the centres.

Visiting an urban farming model in HCM City
Visiting the greenhouse at VLU
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Digital Twin for Open RAN towards 6G: Visiting partners HCL and IISc in India

From 8th April to 13th April, Prof. Huan Nguyen and Dr Quoc-Tuan Vien paid a visit to our project partners HCL (Noida), TCS (Pune) and Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), India. This EPSRC funded project (within the UKI-FNI network) is progressing well at this stage. The partners discussed the potential Digital Twin (DT) architecture to improve automation and efficiency of the operation of the Open RAN. Difference use cases of traffic steering, anomaly detection and energy efficiency were discussed in details. Development of xApps/rApps for this purpose was already attempted. The LDTRC team explored different 5G facilities from our partners in India. In-person meetings among the partners will resume in the UK soon.

Meeting with Prof. K. V. S. Hari (SSP Lab), Prof. Chandra Murthy (5G Lab), and Prof. Pradipta Biswas (Digital Twin Lab) at IISc, India. Ramesh Sriraman from HCL (Chennai) joined us at the meeting too.
Meeting with HCL team at the impressive HCL Noida facilities: Amit Srivastava, Sunil Kumar Singh, Deepanshu Karnwal
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Visits from Japanese and Vietnamese delegations

There have recently been strong interests in our DT work at LDTRC from external parties. On 10th March, a strong group of more than 20 people from Japan paid a visit to learn about our work at the centre. The delegation, led by Professor Osamu Sudo (Chuo University), includes high ranking representatives from NEC Corporation, Hitachi Solutions, NTT Data Corporation, and others (RYOBI Systems, RKK CS, Gyosei System Inc, Kitanihon, UCHIDAYOKO Co). Prof. Huan Nguyen and other professors (Mehmet Karamanoglu, Franco Raimondi, David Windridge, and Richard Bayford) from Faculty of Science and Technology presented latest works on digital twin technology, bio-engineering, AI and taken the delegation for a facility tour. Both sides discussed a plan for concrete collaborations in smart city, digital twin for healthcare and AI.

Visiting the smart factory facilities at LDTRC
HE Ambassador Nguyen Hoang Long with Staff and Students from MDX
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Panel Discussion at AMRC Workshop “Engineering Digital Twins in Practice”

On 2nd February 2023, Professor Huan Nguyen was invited to join a panel discussion at the Workshop “Engineering Digital Twins in Practice” hosted at Factory 2050 in AMRC Sheffield. The panel, chaired by Professor David Wagg (University of Sheffield), included other panelists John Patsavellas (Cranfield University), Jan Wolber (GE Healthcare), and Ali Nicholl (IOTICS). The benefits, challenges and specific use cases on Digital Twin technology were discussed and shared with 100+ in-person and online audiences. Prof. Nguyen presented some examples of the DT work at LDTRC for applications on smart factory and 6G mobile networks. The event also featured several other talks on DT and was ended with a tour of fantastic facilities at AMRC’s Factory 2050.

Prof. Huan Nguyen joined other panellists discussing DT technology
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Vertical Farming Project Updates

On 18th December 2022, project partner Van Lang University – VLU (Vietnam) paid a visit to our campus in Hendon London, as part of a British Council project on smart agriculture. Two teams reviewed the work completed so far, including the setting up of two greenhouses in London and in Ho Chi Minh City. Next activities was then discussed and planned, including the work on improving awareness of smart technology sulutions to relevant stakeholders. VLU team visited the greenhouse setup at Sunny House on Hendon campus. Both teams will now move to the next steps to synchronise the IoT works for automation of the greenhouse operation in both London and Ho Chi Minh city.

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Fully funded positions (female only) now open for postdoctoral fellows and Master scholarships

Within the scope of our British Council project “Women in STEM,” the following openings are now available to apply for candidates from East Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam):

  1. Early Academic Fellowships for Women in STEM for 2023/24 (4 to 5 positions): more details and how to apply can be found from this link
  2. MSc Scholarships for Women in STEM for 2023/24 (5 to 6 scholarships): details can be found from this link

Kick-off meeting – ‘Digital Twin for Open RAN towards 6G’ project

On 29th November 2022, the LDTRC has kicked off its EPSRC project with other two industrial partners Rakuten Symphony and HCL. The project members (below) discussed the ideas to run the project and planned the next activities. OpenRAN is an important research area to diversify the telecommunication markets and this is a common interest of all three partners. The consortium is also looking forward to working with other UKI-FNI partners in this area, exploring the collaboration possibility of testbed solutions for for 5G and Beyond.

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