Terrance Fernando

Professor Terrence Fernando

Scientific Director of the THINKlab

  • Maxwell Building Room 712 (THINKlab)
  • T: +44 (0)161 295 2914
  • E: t.fernando@salford.ac.uk
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Office Times

“Please contact me via email for an appointment”

Biography

I am the Director of the THINKlab at the University of Salford.  The THINKlab combines both physical and virtual spaces to provide innovative collaborative workspaces for innovation.  I have a broad background in conducting multi-disciplinary research programmes involving a large number of research teams in areas such as distributed virtual engineering, virtual building construction, driving simulations, virtual prototyping, urban simulation and maintenance simulation. 

During 2001 and 2004 I led a regional research centre on advanced virtual prototyping involving the Universities of Salford, Manchester & Lancaster. This EPSRC/OST funded (£1.7m) project brought together key research teams in the region to develop visualisation and simulation techniques for product design.  Furthermore, as a part of the EU funded Future Workspaces roadmap project and the MOSIAC project, I brought together over 100 companies and research centres from areas such as aerospace, automotive, building construction, multi-modal interfaces, system architecture, networking & human factors to define a 10 year European vision for future collaborative engineering workspaces and mobile workspaces.  This work resulted in receiving 12m Euros from the EU for a project called CoSpaces IP to implement an innovative collaborative technology platform for the aerospace, automotive and construction industries, involving 22 European partners.  I was the technical manager for the CoSpaces project leading the scientific workpackages and collaboration between the scientific teams and the industrialists. 

I was also a core member of the INTUITION Network of Excellence project involving over 50 research centres across Europe to develop coordinated research activities on VR.    This has resulted in an European Association for Virtual Reality for promoting advanced VR research in Europe.  As a part of the EPSRC funded Vivacity project I led the development of a collaborative urban planning environment in collaboration with the Black Country Consortium and Ordnance Survey.  This work is now being further developed to support three regeneration projects within Salford involving a range of stakeholders including the City Council, the Police, PCT and the Environment Agency.  I lead the Virtual Futures theme within the EPSRC funded FIRM project with a view to creating new media platforms for media professionals and citizens. I have been actively applying research outcomes to deliver commercial products for a range of private and public sector organisations such as City West, Manchester City Council, BBC, GSK and Network Rail.

Teaching

Virtual Environments

Research Interests

Urban Planning, Collaborative Engineering Workspaces, Urban Simulation, Future Media Platforms

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Computer Science (UMIST)

MSc Microprocessor Engineering & Digital Electronics (UMIST)

BSc (Hons) Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (University of Moratuwa)

Publications

Over the last four years:

Yao J., Fernando T. & Everall I. (2013). Unified Information Framework For Building A Common Vision in Sustainable City Development. Submitted to International Journal of 3D Information Modelling

Shen W., Zhang X., Shen G.Q., Fernando T. (2013). The User Pre-Occupancy Evaluation Method in designer-client communication in early design stage: A case study­. Automation in Construction 32  (2013) pp112-124. February 2013

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926580513000241

Bassanino M.,  Fernando T. & Wu K-C. (2013). Can virtual workspaces enhance team communication and collaboration in design review meetings? Taylor & Francis online, accessible at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17452007.2013.775102. March 2013

Bassanino, M., Wu K-C., Yao J., Khosrowshahi, F. & Fernando, T. (2010). The Impact of Immersive Virtual Reality on Visualisation for a Design Review in Construction.  In Proceedings of  BuiltViz 10 Conference, IEE Computer Society, London, UK, pp.585-589