The London Digital Twin Research Centre welcome the new appointment of Professor Azad M. Madni, a recipient of 2023 NAE Gordon Prize and 2023 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, to be a member of the Advisory Board. It is exciting time ahead to work with Professor Madni in driving digital twin research forward in UK/Europe and world at large.
Azad M. Madni is a University Professor of Astronautics, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering in the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. The University Professor designation honours the university’s most accomplished, multi-disciplinary faculty, who have significant achievements in multiple technical disciplines. He is the holder of the Northrop Grumman Fred O’Green Chair in Engineering and the Executive Director of USC’s Systems Architecting and Engineering Program. He is the Founding Director of USC’s Distributed Autonomy and Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He is also a Professor in USC’s Keck School of Medicine and Rossier School of Education. He is a faculty affiliate of the Keck School’s Ginsberg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics. He is the founder and CEO of Intelligent Systems Technology, Inc., a hi-tech company specialising in transdisciplinary model-based approaches for tackling complex sociotechnical systems problems. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honour society, and Omega Alpha Association, an international systems engineering honour society.
As part of the UK-India Future Networks Initiative (UKI-FNI) activities, Prof. K.V.S. Hari from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore paid a visit to our LDTRC today and exchanged ideas with our project team “Digital Twin for Open RAN towards 6G.” The meeting was also attended by Dr Mohammad Sadegh Fazel from University of East Anglia who are helping to connect the activities from our project with the UKI-FNI framework. Earlier in June, Dr Pradipta Biswas, who is leading the AR/VR/Digital research lab at IISc, also paid a visit to LDTRC as another of growing collaborative activities between IISc and LDTRC (Middlesex University).
On 24th May 2023, as part the EPSRC-funded UKI-FNI initiative, the project team and partners came together at the 2023 annual workshop on digital twin at London Digital Twin Research Centre to disseminate the outcomes and discuss the latest developments in digital twin for Open RAN and transition between 5G and 6G networks. Prominent speakers from industry (Ericsson, HCL, Rakuten, Spirent) gave exciting talks and updates on the topic. The project teams then went on to visit the UKI-FNI partner 5G/6G Innovation Centre at University of Surrey and explore the facilities there for the project. Prof Nguyen and Ms Mahnoor Yaqoob als attended the ICC’23 in Rome to present the project outcomes. Here are some highlights from the event and activites.
On 24th May 2023, the project teams and partners came together at the 2023 annual workshop on digital twin at London Digital Twin Research Centre to disseminate the outcomes and discuss the latest developments in digital twin that is promising to transform society and industry. Apart from many talks on digital twin for Open RAN and 5G/6G, here are some other activities from the event.
On the mission of exploring Digital Innovation in HE in the UK, the Indonesian delegation facilitated by the British Council Indonesia and led by Prof. Tjitjik Sri Tjahjandarie from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (MOECRT), Indonesia, paid a visit to Middlesex University.
The delegation attended the 2023 annual workshop on digital twin at London Digital Twin Research Centre on 24th May 2023. Prof. Tjitjik Sri Tjahjandarie delivered an opening speech at the workshop and restated the importance of collaboration between two countries, and in this particular case, between Middlesex University (UK) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia). The delegation also witnessed the project team presenting the outcomes and ongoing works to the hybrrid audience.
Meanwhile, Dr Yodi Mahendradhata, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, and Dr Lutfan Lazuardi, Head of the Department of Health Policy and Management, the leading investigators from Universitas Gadjah Mada in our project “Digital Twin for Healthcare” paid a working visit to Middlesex University at the same time. Apart from the dissemination workshop above, several activities were carried out as part of project activities
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.
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.