NTU’s Professor of Digital Architectural Design develops joint research project with prestigious institution in China

Professor Benachir Medjdoub, esteemed Professor of Digital Architectural Design at Nottingham Trent University has been appointed a Visiting Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, a world-renowned and prestigious institution in Wuhan, China.

NTU and HUST academics in Wuhan
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NTU and HUST academics in Wuhan

Professor Benachir Medjdoub, esteemed Professor of Digital Architectural Design at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been appointed a Visiting Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), a world-renowned and prestigious institution in Wuhan, China.

HUST offers courses in 12 broad academic areas, and houses more than 10 state-level research platforms, including the Centre for Gravitational Experiments and the Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics.

Following a partnership agreement signed in November 2016, NTU has since developed a joint research lab to support research projects, revolving around generative design in digital architecture and planning using advanced computational methods to automate designs.

The joint venture will also include staff and student exchange, PhD students’ supervision, conferences, workshops, joint publications, and joint bidding.

The two research centres will be based in the Hubei Province Digital Lab in China, and the Creative and Virtual Technology Research Lab at NTU’s City Campus.

Professor Medjdoub will work in close collaboration with Professor Hanbin Luo, Deputy Dean of the School of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at HUST. Professor Luo was also appointed a Visiting Professor at NTU and will be visiting over the summer.

Earlier this year, Professor Medjdoub also joined the team at HUST to work on the Wuhan Museum Project. They successfully developed an optimised mathematical model to automatically locate emergency doors, to minimising evacuation times in case of a fire.

The two institutions are currently in the process of finalising a joint bidding application in the area of low carbon building, to be submitted to Horizon 2020 in September.

Professor Medjdoub told us: “This partnership will certainly contribute to advance our research agenda in digital architecture and planning, and we are fortunate to be working with such a prestigious institution in China. Our two Universities have a lot to offer each other in terms of knowledge and expertise, and we look forward to working together.”

This opportunity was initiated in support of Connecting Globally, one of the NTU’s strategic ambitions. The University continues to support the development of a sustainable strategic network of international partnerships with peer universities, businesses and civic authorities in selected territories.

NTU’s Professor of Digital Architectural Design develops joint research project with prestigious institution in China

Published on 7 July 2017
  • Subject area: Architecture and civil engineering
  • Category: Research; School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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