TwinAIR: EU project officially launched

The EU-funded project TwinAIR started at the beginning of September. The cooperation project between the Institute Industrial IT (inIT), TH OWL and 22 other partners from nine European countries aims to create possibilities for optimising indoor air with the help of digital twins. The team led by Dr Lukasz Wisniewski (inIT) is developing a secure and reliable data platform for this and is using the building of CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT e.V. (CIIT) as a use case.

From left to right: Sergej Roth (Head of Technical Operations Service in the Building Management Department of TH OWL), Anja Moldehn (Management and Technology Management at CIIT), Dr Lukasz Wisniewski (Head of the TwinAIR project and Head of the Computer Networks working group with a focus on industrial communication as well as a member of the Board of Directors at inIT) and Maxim Friesen (research assistant in the TwinAIR project and at inIT).

As project manager of the TwinAIR project at TH OWL, Dr Lukasz Wisniewski, together with his team and colleagues from CIIT, wants to provide insights into improving indoor air over the next four years. Since every building is individual in terms of its ventilation systems, room layout, size and staff, it is almost impossible to guarantee standardised indoor air management. Digital twins will help here. "A digital twin is a digital image of a physical object, so in our project these are buildings, technical systems and also people. These digital images contain all the important data about the objects that help us to create the best possible indoor air conditions," says Wisniewski. The project partners in the large joint project want to proceed collaboratively. TH OWL's task? "We as a university are dealing with the topic of data management and communication. We want to integrate data from different sources into a secure data platform and then make it available to the applications via the standardised interfaces. That is our task," Lukasz Wisniewski explains. The goal is for algorithms to specify, based on the implemented data, how the heating and ventilation system must be set, for example, in order to ensure optimal air quality.


TwinAIR is embedded in the EU project "Digital Twins Enabled Indoor Air Quality Management for Healthy Living", which started on 1 September 2022 with an online meeting for all participants to get to know each other. TwinAIR will be completed on 31 August 2026. The project is coordinated by the University of Petras in Greece. A total of 23 partners from nine European countries are involved in the project. Also involved are the Institute Industrial IT (inIT) and the CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT e.V. (CIIT) in Lemgo.