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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