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Dr. Lim's current work concentrates on VR, visualisation and haptics. He is also involved in design, analysis and fabrication of structures for securing optical components through layer based rapid prototyping technologies. Dr. Lim actively researching novel algorithms used in computational geometry, specifically in the area of Boolean operations on mesh models and mesh-solid models. His interest is in applying computer graphics, computational geometry and engineering principles to medical applications relating to maxillofacial and cranial reconstruction. Another area of research is in bio-cybernetics on the development of 'living' autonomous machinery (e.g. mirco and macro scale robots). Research interests include, but not limited, to the following topics: Virtual Reality and Haptics Rapid Prototyping Technologies CAD/CAM/CAE Computational geometry and Geometric feature recognition Bio-Informatics and Medical CAD Bio-materials Bio-Computing and Wet-ware Optical computing


Dr. T. Lim graduated in Mechanical Engineering with Computer-Aided Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in 1997 and obtained his PhD in 2000. He undertook a Research Associate position in 2000, working in the area of optical computing with the Department of Physics before pursuing a post-doctorate in the field of advanced Design and Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In September 2007, he became a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has published several papers on Feature Recognition, Optimising Tool Selection, Haptics, and optical computing. Dr. Lim is also co-author of the book '3D Modeling with ACIS'. Dr. Lim has also worked as a propulsion and airframe engineer in the Air Force for six years before joining BMW as a technical engineer for a further two years prior to joining the academia. Major achievements Over 20 international journal and conference publications. Developed unique feature recognition algorithms that have been commercialised. Developed virtual-tactile environment for evaluating manufacturing processes. Generated multi-disciplinary projects and involved in FP5 and FP7 calls. Co-authored book titled '3D Modeling with ACIS'.


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Art & Creative Design
  • Engineering & Product Design
  • Information & Communication Technology

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Research Output 1997 2018

Advancement and Enhanced Integration of Digital Technology Systems, VR Applications, CPS-Systems and Tools for Design Engineering

Wendrich, R., Lim, T., Hauge, J. B. & Vitali, A., 26 Aug 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Virtual reality
Augmented reality
Industrial applications

An industrial case study on Discrete Event Modelling of Value Stream Mapping for Industry 4.0

Lim, T., Linnenbrink, M., Ritchie, J. M., Sivanathan, A., Teichert, C. & Waller, A., 28 Feb 2018, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Life cycle

Automated CMM inspection planning capture and formalization

Anagnostakis, D., Ritchie, J. M., Lim, T., Sung, R. & Dewar, R., 12 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering. 18, 3, 031005

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Coordinate measuring machines
Data mining

Control-display affordances in simulation based education

Harper, S., Sivanathan, A., Lim, T., McGibbon, S. & Ritchie, J. M., 2018, ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Vol. 1B, DETC2018-85352

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Display devices
Virtual reality
Cyber Physical System

Development of a Mixed Reality Game for Simulation Based Education

Harper, S., Sivanathan, A., Lim, T., McGibbon, S. & Ritchie, J. M., 12 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Games Based Learning.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Grinding mills

Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

An Overview of Health Serious Games and Gamification

Lim, T. (Speaker)
16 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

Lim, T. (Invited speaker)
8 Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Challenges for VR in industrial design, engineering and manufacturing

Lim, T. (Speaker)
8 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk