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Digital Manufacturing and Industrial Metaverse: Current Status, Applications and Future Trends

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Industrial Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 439

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, Rio Patras 26504, Greece
Interests: robotic systems; automation; augmented, mixed, and virtual reality in manufacturing; manufacturing process modeling; cloud technologies; Internet of Things (IoT); digital twin; 5G; artificial intelligence; product–service systems (PSS); Industry 4.0; Industry 5.0
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Guest Editor
Department for Mechanical Aeronautics and Engineering, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
Interests: Industry 4.0 technologies; simulation of manufacturing systems; cloud manufacturing; augmented, mixed and virtual reality in manufacturing; fluid dynamics; multiphase flows and computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The industrial metaverse is a comprehensive field that incorporates a plethora of hardware components (e.g., sensors and VR headsets) and software components for data analyses through machine learning, human–machine interfaces for cognition, and configuration. The key contribution of the industrial metaverse is the ability to engage in real-time multidisciplinary sessions, irrespective of geographical barriers, by navigating a 3D virtual environment. The integration of the industrial metaverse into current manufacturing systems holds several benefits, such as reducing scrap and faulty parts, decreasing unscheduled downtime, decreasing operating costs, increasing throughput, and improving training capabilities, among others. Furthermore, communication barriers related to different languages can be eliminated, additional functionalities enabling the development of spatial presence are provided, and usability is improved; however, following recent developments, four main challenge areas can be identified, these being i) cyber security, ii) implementation and operation costs, iii) compatibility as well as interoperability, and iv) computational performance. Therefore, this Special Issue is dedicated to the investigation of the current status of the industrial metaverse and corresponding technologies, as well as to highlighting the ongoing challenges. Consequently, two types of contributions are welcome: i) research manuscripts and ii) critical literature reviews.

Prof. Dr. Dimitris Mourtzis
Dr. Nikos Panopoulos
Guest Editors

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  • metaverse

  • Society 5.0
  • human cyber-physical systems
  • resilience
  • sustainability
  • artificial intelligence
  • digital manufacturing
  • extended reality
  • blockchain
  • digital twin

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