The Department of Science & Technology (DST) India and the UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI) has awarded Dr Huan Nguyen and his team £200,000 for a two year project starting in April 2019 to fund the Digital Twin Modelling for Automation, Maintenance and Monitoring in Industry 4.0 Smart Factory project.
"It's fantastic to receive two research grants in close succession to fund our Digital Twin Project and this is testament to the amazing research taking place at Middlesex. We are leading the way in developing twin and smart factory modelling in the UK and worldwide." Dr Huan Nguyen
Dr Nguyen's project aims to create a digital twin that is similar to the Festo smart cyber factory Industry 4.0 facility at Middlesex. By bringing this model to India it will help facilitate the automation and smart maintenance/monitoring of Industry 4.0 in Sricity’s industries.
There is also a strong desire for partner countries to address safety issues and sustainable development through automation in manufacturing industries. This research will contribute to preparing the industry/manufacturing sector in India for the era of Industry 4.0 as well as promoting the excellence of Middlesex’s research capability.
The project team will recruit several key personnel including postdoctoral research fellows and PhD students in both the UK and India. It is also expected that the research will contribute to the development of the Connected Curriculum programme in partnership with Siemens and Festo, benefiting MDX students through the latest research outcomes and enhance their learning experience.
The research will involve collaboration with international and UK partners and industry. The UK team, led by Associate Professor Dr Huan Nguyen as Principal Investigator, includes Dr Ramona Trestian, Professor Mehmet Karamanoglu and Professor Balbir Barn. The Indian team from the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Sricity is led by Professor Hrishikesh Venkataraman (PI) and Dr Raja Vara Prasad (CI). Other partners are the technology firms Siemens and Festo and the India based industrial partner, Sri City Private Limited (SPL).