Digital Twins in Virtual/Augmented Reality for IoT and Education/Training

Closing Date

30th June 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Digital twins are a virtualized description including data and mathematical models of a real-world object. It enables easy sharing of the objects by digitally re-producing it's features for understanding of its functionalities. Such features often do not replicate physical effects accurately in the cyberspace but are useful to visualize any object without actually creating it.

Digital twins can be created in Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR) for emulating IoT devices in real-time to provide a wide range of user experiences. This project intends to investigate the methods of creating Digital twins for both single device systems typically small enough to fit on a desk and multi-device complex systems spread over a room or building.

The research can look into various areas including:

  • Methods of constructing IoT devices and large IoT system as a digital twin in VR/AR interconnecting the virtual objects and the real world physical IoT counterparts
  • Classification of desktop VR and in-room VR and how it is impacted by the IoT device's construction and operation
  • Use of VR/AR digital twins when applied in Education/Training purposes

The application area could be Remote Laboratories which is meant for education and training using a range of electromechanical systems. However, other applications areas may be chosen as well, depending on candidate's area of expertise.


Useful skill set of the candidate:

  • Basic concepts of VR/AR technologies; preferably ThreeJS or similar
  • Programming in Raspberry Pi or Arduino or other µController

See the following web page for entry requirements:

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Ananda Maiti for further information.