Professor Terrence Fernando

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Maxwell Building Room 712 (THINKlab)

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Current positions

Scientific Director of the THINKlab


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.

Areas of research

Collaborative Environments, Virtual Reality, Modelling, Simulation, Smart Cities


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)