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Using Simulation and Digital Twins to Innovate: Are We Getting Smarter?



Simon Taylor, Bjorn Johansson, Sumin Jeon, Loo Hay Lee, Peter Lendermann, Guodong Shao


Digital Twins have recently emerged as a major new area of innovation. Digital Twins are often found at the core of "smart" solutions that have also emerged as major areas of innovation. Modeling and Simulation (M&S) approaches create a model of a real-world system that is linked to data sources and is used to simulate and predict the behavior of its real-world counterpart. On the face of it Digital Twins and M&S appear to be similar, if not the same. Is this actually the case? Are the two fields really separate or is Digital Twin research re-inventing the "M&S wheel"? To investigate these relationships, in this panel we will explore some contemporary innovations with Digital Twins and discuss whether or not Digital Twins is a contemporary "refresh" or "rebranding" of M&S or if there are exciting new synergies?
Conference Dates
December 12-15, 2021
Conference Location
Phoenix, AZ, US
Conference Title
Winter Simulation Conference 2021


Digital twin, simulation


Taylor, S. , Johansson, B. , Jeon, S. , Lee, L. , Lendermann, P. and Shao, G. (2021), Using Simulation and Digital Twins to Innovate: Are We Getting Smarter?, Winter Simulation Conference 2021, Phoenix, AZ, US, [online],, (Accessed July 23, 2024)


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Created December 15, 2021, Updated November 29, 2022