IEEE 7th World Forum on Internet of Things
14 June–31 July 2021 // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Track 13.6

The Digital Twin and the Internet of Things


Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: March 22, 2021
Paper acceptance notification: April 13, 2021
Camera-ready submission: April 30, 2021


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Digital Twins (DTs) represent a methodology that is an important aspect of the Internet of Things landscape and is likely to impact a wide range of IoT applications and use cases. There are at least four major high level categories where DTs are likely to have broad adoption, including: manufacturing, products, services, and processes. The foremost aspects of DTs is the use of a digital representation of physical objects/artifacts and of physical/procedural activities. Just as important is the development of digital models that capture the dynamics of the object/artifacts under varying conditions. That in turn implies the instrumentation of the actual objects/artifacts with sensors to create a feedback loop that improves the fidelity of the DTs to predict or express their dynamic state – that is to capture the past, understand the present, and be able to predict the future of the object/artifact. In dealing with complex or compound objects the Digital Twin may in turn be composed of a federation or orchestration of many DTs that must interact with each other, and accurately represent the components or sub-systems of the object.

The value and importance of DTs is to help make decisions, whether autonomously using the DTs to control activities/procedures of physical objects, or to provide the information and analysis that allows end-users and operators to make better decisions, or to improve their experience. The vision within the DT community is that DTs will be able to operate anywhere and have access to a powerful ubiquitous and distributed infrastructure at any time, thus lowering threshold for their common use and deployment. That journey has already started but is far from complete and there are considerable opportunities within the research community to contribute to the underlying science and technology.

The Workshop will be exploring Digital Twins in the context of the role that they can play within the Internet of Things. The emphasis is on solving problems in an organized way and contributing to innovation, new business and organizational models, manufacturing  and process efficiency, elimination of risks, better product design, and services that greatly improve the customer experience. The workshop will consist of three sessions that address:

  • Basic aspects of Digital Twins: why they are important and where are they likely to create value, where they fit within the IoT ecosystem, and what implications do they have for organizational design, new business models, and the role of standards and open source.
  • The technological underpinnings of Digital Twins: architectures for Digital Twins, the basic support infrastructure including connectivity, computing, storage, the data sciences, modeling methods and techniques, representation of DTs, the use of AI/ML, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and Additive Manufacturing among others.
  • Use cases and examples of DT: exposing the range of applications and use cases for the Digital Twin concentrating on actual deployments. This includes the four areas cited above and for specific verticals such as industrial manufacturing, personal assistants, healthcare, construction, aerospace, cultural heritage, and smart cities.

The workshop will conclude with an online panel discussion about the current state and future of Digital Twins.

Paper Submission Guidelines

All final submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages see web conference for instructions. Papers must be submitted through See conference web page for instructions:

Workshop Chairs:

  • Noel Crespi, Professor, Head of Data Intelligence and Communication Engineering Lab, Institut Mines-Telecom, Paris, France
  • Roberto Minerva, Maitre de Conferences, Institut Mines-Telecom, Paris, France
  • Adam Drobot, Chairman, OpenTechWorks Inc., Wayne, PA USA