dr.ir. R.G.J. Damgrave (Roy)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I work as an assistant professor at the laboratory of Design, Production and Management, part of the Engineering Technology faculty of the University of Twente. My research and education is mainly focussed on the use of Synthetic Environments and Virtual & Augmented Reality in product development processes.

I’m involved in the bachelor and the master educational program of Industrial Design Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Next to my courses in these programs, I’m guiding many students in bachelor and master thesis assignments. One of my additional interests are keeping track of new educational approaches and innovation, and try new educational methods in my own courses.

My research aims on realizing an appropriate decision-making support tool to determining when, how and why to use what kind of technology and how to implement it in line with the used methodology in a multi-stakeholder setting. The focus of this research is on enhancing the development of a digital system reference (a.o. digital twins, masters and prototypes) in the Industry 4.0 and Smart Industry context. This is supported by use of IoT, advance manufacturing, virtual dashboards, smart industry testbeds and remote collaboration support. I also manage the ‘Virtual Reality and Smart Industry Lab', where much of this research is performed.

Furthermore I'm a Research Affiliates of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), a member of the Industrial Reality Hub, a member of the EuroXR Association, and also work for the Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente.


Engineering & Materials Science
Augmented Reality
Decision Making
Digital Twin
Product Design
Product Development
Virtual Reality


Lutters, E. , & Damgrave, R. (2023). Accuracy in Digital Twinning; An Exploration Based on Asset Location. In Smart, Sustainable Manufacturing in an Ever-Changing World: Proceedings of International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing (COMA ’22) (pp. 191-202). (Lecture Notes in Production Engineering; Vol. Part F1162). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-15602-1_15
Damgrave, R. G. J. , & Lutters, E. (2022). Simultaneous multi-stakeholder digital twinning for anticipated production environments. Paper presented at 8th International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2022, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Lutters, E., Massa, J. , Damgrave, R. , Thiede, S. , & Gommer, L. (2022). Integration of learning and research in a multi-perspective learning factory. In M. S. Gudjonsdottir, H. Audunsson, A. M. Donoso, G. Kristjansson, I. Saemundsdottir, J. T. Foley, M. Kyas, A. Sripakagorn, J. Roslof, J. Bennedsen, K. Edstrom, N. Kuptasthien, & R. Lyng (Eds.), 18th CDIO International Conference, CDIO 2022: Proceedings - Full Papers (pp. 551-562). (Proceedings of the International CDIO Conference; Vol. 2022). Reykjavík University.
Dittrich, M-A., Schleich, B., Clausmeyer, T. , Damgrave, R., Erkoyuncu, J. A., Haefner, B. , de Lange, J. , Plakhotnik, D., Scheidel, W., & Wuest, T. (2019). Shifting value stream patterns along the product lifecycle with digital twins. Procedia CIRP, 86, 3-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2020.01.049
Lutters, E. , de Lange, J. , & Damgrave, R. G. J. (2019). Virtual dashboards in pilot production environments. In D. Dimitrov, D. Hagendorn-Hansen, & K. von Leipzig (Eds.), International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing (COMA 19) Proceedings (pp. 22-27).
Martinetti, A., 't Hart, K. , Damgrave, R. , van Dongen, L. A. M., Turkenburg, R., & Nouwens, A. (2018). There is no spoon: Applying virtual reality for maintenance training of rolling stock technicians. International Journal of System of Systems Engineering, 8(4), 398-415. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJSSE.2018.094563

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