Masterminds - VR & AR in maintenance

Effective and efficient training of the next generation of workers in the manufacturing industry is an increasingly important task for companies, both on a national and international level. There is a great need for successful training methods but at the same time much is still unknown as to which are the most effective training methods.


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Many (corporate) training courses still take place in classrooms where employees are trained much as is customary in secondary schools, vocational schools, colleges and universities. New technologies, such as virtual reality, provide innovative new ways to train staff. However, much is unknown about the effectiveness of VR training.

In this project, we aim to investigate the effectiveness of virtual reality training and the use of augmented reality in engineering and maintenance tasks. What factors might influence the learning outcomes? Is the method of application, the diversity of training, the training schedule and frequency of training, or the involvement of the learner important? The impact of these factors on learning, knowledge retention, transfer and reproduction can be evaluated for different initial levels of expertise, i.e. inexperienced and experienced staff and students.

This project has been made possible by the Regio Deal Midden- en West-Brabant. For more information, please visit or