Virtual Reality and Smart Industry Lab (VRSI LAB)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5, MESA+ NanoLab TwenteMESA+ Institute for NanotechnologyUniversity of Twente Building: NanoLab, nr. 16, Enschede, PO: 7522 NB (Netherlands)
DE HORST 2, WESTHORST 224, ENSCHEDE, PO: 7522 (Netherlands)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1996
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Virtual Reality lab (VR-lab) and Smart Industry lab (SI-lab) are equipped with the newest technology for visualization, interaction, collaboration and communication. The emphasis here is on determining, presenting and experiencing the consequences of choices made throughout different phases of development trajectories. Attention is also paid to insight into mutual relationships and dependencies between various disciplines. Both labs encourage and facilitate multi-disciplinary teams in various development trajectories. The synchronisation of stakeholder perception (inside or across the borders of an organisation), the visualisation of possible future scenarios, complex multiple stakeholder decision making, collective idea generation or impressing/overawing clients, are among the targets.

RI Keywords
Virtual Reality, Data visualisation, Interaction, Visualization
RI Category
Software Service Facilities
Scientific Domain
Humanities and Arts
ESFRI Domain
Social and Cultural Innovation
Virtual Reality Laboratory

The Virtual Reality Laboratory (VR-Lab) on the University of Twente is a high-tech environment used to facilitate multi-stakeholder decision making processes.The inspiring lab makes it possible to present and discuss ideas using the latest audio and video technologies. The atmosphere of the lab can be changed by choosing the colour, intensity and location of the lights, in combination with multiple images or movies on one or more of the available projection screens or televisions. And sound can be directed from all possible angles. This can all be used to inspire the users to think outside the box.

Smart Industry Laboratory

The Smart Industry lab supports a wide variety of research and development on the main topics discussed in the area’s of Smart Industry and Industry 4.0. One of the key technologies for this is the development of ‘digital twins’ (or ‘digital shadows’). By testing ideas or findings in connected real and virtual environments, researchers can employ the lab to gain results without the need to prematurely invest in real test environments. By virtually representing a product or environment in (close to) real size, initial tests can be done without the need to actually build physical prototypes. changes in e.g. configuration, assembly or functionality can be realised real-time, and their effects can be discussed immediately. These activities are also closely related to IoT (internet-of-things), collaborative robots, information driven design support and ‘war rooms’ (control cockpits). The areas of application are not determined on beforehand since they can range from initial design phases, up to production, maintenance and disposal. All phases are in the scope of the Smart Industry lab.