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.
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.
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.
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.
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.