Breda University of Applied Sciences cooperates on augmented and virtual reality research with Thermo Fisher Scientific

In early July, Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas) signed an agreement with the Central Service Department of the Material and Structural Analysis Division of Thermo Fisher Scientific to research how augmented and virtual reality (AR&VR) can be applied to electron microscopy training and remote assistance.

Materials and structural analysis impacts our everyday life. From the medicines we take, the vaccines we receive, to the cars we drive, Thermo Fisher’s electron microscopes, software, and services drive scientific breakthroughs that help solve some of the world’s most difficult challenges. The Central Service Department is driving research related to training and service solutions using AR&VR because it recognizes the vast benefits these technologies can offer its customers around the globe. For example, AR&VR can enhance collaboration by enabling its remote application engineers to “see” exactly what the electron microscope status is in real time, allowing them to provide better guidance to customers.

The department wanted a partner to help further develop these training and remote assistance solutions and found it in BUas with the Games and Media study and research domains. This collaboration has resulted in two projects conducted by second- and third-year students of our world-class Creative Media and Game Technologies / International Game Architecture and Design (IGAD) programme. They developed a first prototype of a virtual reality game that could one day become part of the basic training for Thermo Fisher’s  electron microscopy field service engineers. This prototype was demonstrated at the IGAD Showcase held on July 4, thankfully also visited by Thermo Fisher’s Bert van Willigen and Jos Taabe as well as Elisabeth Minnemann and Nico van Os of the BUas Executive Board.

Under the professorships of Mata Haggis-Burridge (Creative & Entertainment Games) and Marnix van Gisbergen (Digital Media Concepts), a team of researchers is working with Thermo Fisher to explore AR&VR applications for electron microscopy and corresponding business cases for future projects. These explorations will help Thermo Fisher determine which AR&VR applications to further research and develop.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. ( is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of more than $24 billion and approximately 70,000 employees globally. Their mission is to enable their customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. 

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