University of Houston eyes industrial metaverse in collaboration with Nvidia


Quick take:

  • The University of Houston (UH) has announced its entry into the metaverse race.
  • The Texas-based educational institution joins a growing list of learning centers making forays into the metaverse.
  • UH collaborated with AI Innovation Consortium, Nvidia, and TechnipFMC to build an industrial metaverse.

The University of Houston (UH) has jumped on the metaverse bandwagon as it seeks to build an industrial metaverse. The Houston, Texas-based educational institution collaborated with AI Innovation Consortium, Nvidia, and TechnipFMC for the project.

UH joins a growing list of educational centers that have forayed into the metaverse. In July, Wharton became the first Ivey League Business School to launch a course dedicated to educating learners about the metaverse opportunity. Wharton’s announcement came just days after the University of Tokyo launched degree programs in the metaverse.

Notably, Wharton’s curriculum is for the metaverse, while the University of Tokyo teaches regular programs in the metaverse.

In the case of the University of Houston, neither vertical applies. The institution partners with leading technology companies to create products for the industrial metaverse.

The Industrial Metaverse is a virtual program that takes advantage of emerging technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality to facilitate remote project monitoring and evaluation.

Microsoft is one of the major players in this space, having previously teamed up with Kawasaki and Kraft Heinz to facilitate new product development and supply chain oversight. The company has also launched a Metaverse-based drone training program for the US military.

UH, Nvidia and others are teaming up to “advance the creation of industrial metaverse applications as part of the Digital Oilfield Lab Initiative,” UH wrote in a press release.

Companies want to build commercially variable use cases of the industrial metaverse.

In an industrial metaverse, people use extended reality glasses to virtually run industrial systems from a remote workshop.

“This collaboration brings together end users, technology vendors, and domain experts to create business-relevant use cases, acceleration tools, and breakthrough information silos. These resources ultimately enable an interconnected world with an industrial metaverse,” companies wrote.

Adam Berg, Head of Learning Solutions at TechnipFMC, who previously worked with UH College of Technology and AI Innovation Consortium to lead an upstream resource management pilot program, said:

“The goal of the XR Network is to bring together the knowledge, tools and people needed to leverage XR technologies, achieve business goals and transform industrial environments. Our work with the college and consortium has taken us from concept to pilot and implementation. »

Nvidia has launched its own metaverse development kit dubbed Omniverse, which, among other technologies, offers NVIDIA DGX™ systems, NVIDIA Jetson™ edge artificial intelligence platform, and NVIDIA OVX to speed up the development process.

Commenting on the new partnership, NVIDIA Global Director of Energy, Marc Spieler, said, “Our work with the AI ​​Innovation Consortium and its ecosystem of partners and members enables the essential collaboration required between academic research, technology and industry to evolve artificial intelligence to achieve measurable results in sectors like energy and manufacturing.

“Using NVIDIA platforms like Omniverse and Modulus for digital twins and physically accurate simulations will accelerate and streamline returns on digital investments by reducing downtime and security incidents,” Spieler added.

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