On 31st March 2022, Prof. Huan Nguyen represented the London Digital Twin Research Centre (LDTRC) at the roundtable discussion organised by National Oceanography Centre (NOC). The event focused on sharing ideas and lessons on how developers and users can collaborate on digital twins for environment, as part of the ongoing project on information management framework funded by National Environmental Research Council – UK Research & Innovation (NERC-UKRI) and the Met Office.
The event included talks from NOC, National Digital Twin Programme (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Joint Centre for Excellence in Environment Intelligence (Met Office), and Alan Turing Institute. Around 20 representatives from different departmental and research organisations were in attendance, e.g., the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). During the event, Prof. Nguyen shared the lessons learnt on federated digital twins and data sharing currently implemented in various projects of smart factory, structures at LDTRC. Useful information was also shared and exchanged from other guests with a summary to be sent to the UK government to contribute and feed into the digital twin work programme.
Prof. Huan Nguyen and Dr Noha Saleeb today delivered keynote speeches on the digital twin technology and how it helps in heritage management and restoration at the annual Heritech 2022 conference organised by Van Lang University (Vietnam).
Digital Twin represents the interconnection and convergence between a physical system and its digital representation created as an entity of its own, making it the focus of the global digital transformation within a wide range of areas, such as: manufacturing, infrastructure, healthcare, transportation, as it has the potential to optimize the operational processes. The speeches focus on the concept and the current stage of the digital twin technology and its development for heritage management and restoration, where heritage situation in Egypt was presented as a case study, as part of our ongoing work at the London Digital Twin Research Centre.
On 26th January 2022, Prof. Balbir Barn from LDTRC delivered a keynote talk on “Digital Twin: Current Practice and Future (Sociotechnical) Prospects” at the MDENET Symposium 2022. Digital Twin research and activity is prevalent such that Digital Twins are acquiring silver bullet status. In the United Kingdom in particular, Digital Twin features as a key strand in future-proofing UK infrastructure such as that described in the UK Innovation Strategy. Notably, Digital Twins (DT) have a family resemblance to computational modelling and computer simulation more generally. The talk outlined the importance of the role of DT, their key characteristics, the types of digital twin and their underpinning enabling technologies. Continue reading “Keynote Talk at MDENET Symposium 2022”
The London Digital Twin Research Centre has today kicked-off the project “Urban Resilience in Agriculture Through Highly Automated Vertical Farming in Vietnam and the UK” with partner Van Lang University and Khang Thinh Irrigation Tech (Vietnam), within the British Council’s Going Global Partnerships programme.
The London Digital Twin Research Centre has been successful in two further bids to the British Council’s Going Global Partnerships programme. The two projects focus on DT research and knowledge transfer that is strongly located in our University strategy themes and have at their core, the UN sustainability goals.
The new projects are:
Project 1 (Vietnam, 2022-2024): “Urban Resilience in Agriculture Through Highly Automated Vertical Farming in Vietnam and the UK”
Challenges in agricultural product supply during COVID-19 pandemic brought the idea of adapting a highly automated vertical farm system to the urban context. This project is international research that is aimed at sustainability issues arising from food resilience needs. The project will install two greenhouses to support vertical farming and use DT/IoT smart solutions to control and monitor production. Alongside the technical work, there is a substantive piece of educational work on vertical farming with young people. The project is also an example of collaboration with the Business School. We are collaborating with Van Lang University from Vietnam.
Following the success of the Newton Fund project on Digital Twin for Structural Health Monitoring , the project team between London Digital Twin Research Centre and University of Transport and Communications (Vietnam) have teamed up again to extend and advance the developed DT model for improving the monitoring and maintenance of important infrastructure in Vietnam and the UK.
The project will again be led by the two investigators: A/Prof. Thanh Bui (UTC) and Prof. Huan Nguyen (LDTRC) and will last between 2022 and 2024. The funder is the VinGroup (Vietnam) under the VinIF funding scheme
London Digital Twin Research Centre’s Director, Prof. Huan Nguyen, is chairing the Digital Twins for the Future panel at the IEEE International Smart Cities Conference 2021, where an in-depth discussion about the opportunities, challenges, and expected impact of the Digital Twins on various industries will be carried out.
The panel will include experts in the field who will engage in exciting debates about how Smart Cities of the future can benefit from the up-and-coming Digital Twins breakthroughs. Leading the discussion, there will be Prof. Huan Nguyen(Director of LDTRC, Middlesex University, UK), Dr. Erkan Oterkus (Director of PeriDynamics Research Centre, University of Strathclyde), Dr. Souvik Barat(Head of Enterprise Digital Twin Research Initiative, TCS Research), and Dr. Thanh Bui-Tien(Deputy Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty and Head of the Bridge Engineering and Underground Infrastructure Department, University of Transport and Communications, Vietnam).
On 21 August 2021, Prof. Huan Nguyen delivered a keynote talk on “Digital Twins for Infrastructure and Smart Manufacturing” at the virtual 3rd International Conference on Automation, Mechatronics, and Robotics (ICAMEROB 2021) to discuss the digital twin technology and showcase the recent results at the London Digital Twin Research Centre on the development of Digital Twin for infrastructure and smart manufacturing. The talk fits well into the conference theme “Breakthrough Innovation, Creativity and Resilience by Embracing Change & Transformation through Research,” and attracted great attention from audience from Far East in this new Digital Twin technology.
By Prof Guido De Roeck (KU Leuven), external advisor and project partner at LDTRC
With more than 500 scientific journal and conference papers, Prof. De Roeck is a world-famous expert in vibration based damage detection, dynamic system identification and soil structure interaction and vehicle bridge interaction. In this short talk, Prof. De Roeck addresses relevant topics in our Newton Fund project on digital twin for structural health monitoring (SHM) between Middlesex Uni (UK) and Uni. of Transport and Communications (Vietnam), in which KU Leven is an associated partner.
He outlines recent development in sensoring techniques in SHM, non-model and model-based methods for vibration-based damage detection. For example, the non-model based methods can be the alarm/alerting just based on the pure or preprocessed measurement data, or the stochastic treatment to distinguish temperature influence from real structural damage. The model based approach can be the digital twin structure that is adapted according to measurement results. The adaptation, updating, calibration can use global optimization methods like Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) , Genetic Algorithm (GA). Prof. De Roeck also discusses the digital transformation (with references to relevant projects in Europe) for predictive maintenance of important infrastructures in case of extreme events, such us, earthquakes, collapse of Morandi Bridge in Genova, Italy in 2018.