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Bridging Engineering and Education: Technologies for Enhanced Training Experiences

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In this talk, Dr. Ghannam will share his group’s work on liquid crystals (LCs), particularly for extended reality (XR) devices, highlighting their pivotal role in developing advanced applications for educational and training purposes. He will also share his group’s work on the integration of AR/VR technologies in engineering education, demonstrating how these tools offer immersive, hands-on experiences that closely simulate real-world engineering challenges. Furthermore, he will explain how his team used sensors to gather real-time participant data within VR settings, offering a more precise measure of engagement than conventional surveys. He will also discuss the benefits of collaborative learning in engineering, facilitated by AR/VR technologies that enable team-based educational experiences. Lastly, he will address future opportunities and challenges in developing immersive educational experiences using AR/VR devices.


Rami Ghannam is a Professor at the James Watt School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow. He also serves as Convenor of Postgraduate Studies and previously held industrial positions at Nortel Networks and IBM Research GmbH. His research background includes a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Cambridge, as well as an MSc from Imperial College London and a BEng from King’s College. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Principal Fellow of RET . He is Regional Chair of the IEEE Education Society in Scotland and Chair of the IET Pedagogy in Engineering and Technology Technical Network. Rami Ghannam’s current research focuses on developing interactive electronic devices and systems that enhance learning and training. He explores how technology, computer games and simulations can nurture cognitive skills and promote engineering thinking capabilities.

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