Professor Terrence Fernando is the Director of the THINKlab at the University of Salford. THINKlab combines both physical and virtual spaces to provide and innovative collaborative workspaces for innovation. Professor Fernando has a broad background in conducting multi-disciplinary research programmes involving 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, he led a regional research centre on advanced virtual prototyping, involving the Universities of Salford, Manchester and Lancaster. This EPSRC/OST funded project brought together the key research teams in the region to develop visualisation and simulation technologies for product design. Furthermore as a part of the EU funded Future Workspaces roadmap project and the MOSAIC project, Prof. Fernando 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.
Prof. Fernando was the technical Director for the EU funded CoSpaces project (12Meuro) leading the scientific workpackages and collaboration between the scientific teams and the industrialists. He 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 work resulted in an European Association for Virtual Reality for promoting advanced VR research in Europe. Further funding has recently been received from EU through VisonAir project to strengthen the VR infrastructure and research within Europe involving over 25 key VR centres across Europe. As a part of the EPSRC funded Vivacity project, he 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 regeneration projects within Salford, involving a range of stakeholders including City Council, Police, PCT, and Environment Agency. Prof. Fernando also led the Virtual Futures theme within the EPSRC funded FIRM project which resulted in creating a range of new media platforms for media professionals and citizens.
He worked with the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum and their agencies to define a Disaster Preparedness platform. He is now playing an active role within three EU projects (Design4Energy, PROSECO and CROSS DRIVE) which is focusing on developing collaboration platform in the area of producing greener products and space exploration