Towards Model-Driven Digital Twin Engineering: Current Opportunities and Future Challenges

Francis Bordeleau, Benoit Combemale, Romina Eramo, Mark van den Brand, Manuel Wimmer

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    Abstract

    Digital Twins have emerged since the beginning of this millennium to better support the management of systems based on (real-time) data collected in different parts of the operating systems. Digital Twins have been successfully used in many application domains, and thus, are considered as an important aspect of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). However, their development, maintenance, and evolution still face major challenges, in particular: (i) the management of heterogeneous models from different disciplines, (ii) the bi-directional synchronization of digital twins and the actual systems, and (iii) the support for collaborative development throughout the complete life-cycle. In the last decades, the Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) community has investigated these challenges in the context of software systems. Now the question arises, which results may be applicable for digital twin engineering as well. In this paper, we identify various MDE techniques and technologies which may contribute to tackle the three mentioned digital twin challenges as well as outline a set of open MDE research challenges that need to be addressed in order to move towards a digital twin engineering discipline.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSystems Modelling and Management - 1st International Conference, ICSMM 2020, Proceedings
    EditorsOnder Babur, Joachim Denil, Birgit Vogel-Heuser
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages43-54
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)9783030581664
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    Event1st International Conference on Systems Modelling and Management, ICSMM 2020 - Bergen , Norway
    Duration: 25 Jun 202026 Jun 2020

    Publication series

    NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
    Volume1262 CCIS
    ISSN (Print)1865-0929
    ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937

    Conference

    Conference1st International Conference on Systems Modelling and Management, ICSMM 2020
    CountryNorway
    CityBergen
    Period25/06/2026/06/20

    Keywords

    • Digital twins
    • Heterogeneous modeling
    • Modeling languages

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