Digital Twin Strategies for Systems Engineering

A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954). This special issue belongs to the section "Systems Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 312

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Aditya Akundi
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Guest Editor
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53211, USA
Interests: systems engineering; complex systems; engineering education; digital quality control
Dr. Faisal Aqlan
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Guest Editor
J.B. Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA
Interests: human systems engineering; re/manufacturing; systems simulation & automation; supply chain; engineering education
Dr. Sergio Luna
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Guest Editor
Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968, USA
Interests: complex systems; emergency management; social media; agent-based modeling; causal inference

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Digital twins (DT) are defined as virtual models of systems where a combination of sensor-based data, advanced analytics, and modeling and simulation techniques are used to replicate the behavior and performance of a system in real-time. When integrated into a systems engineering framework, digital twins can support complex systems across their lifecycle. A digital replica of a system supports the design, analysis, development, and management of tasks, including achieving the desired performance requirements, understanding uncertainty, and optimizing their overall performance.

This integration of digital twins technology and systems engineering processes is evolving across various industries, such as manufacturing, aerospace, and healthcare, for system conceptualization, model verification, validation, maintenance, and product lifecycle management. This Special Issue summarizes these advances to inform the systems engineering community. Interested topics for submission to be considered in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • DT for system conceptualization and modeling;
  • DT for dystem performance and diagnosis;
  • Strategies for promoting traceability;
  • DT strategies for system maintenance, testing, verification, and validation;
  • Strategies and lessons learned for integrating digital twin technology across the SE lifecycle;
  • DT for system visualization in its operational environment;
  • Integration of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) methods;
  • Models capturing functional and non-functional aspects of systems;
  • Integration of simulation tools and sensors to extend system performance.

Dr. Aditya Akundi
Dr. Faisal Aqlan
Dr. Sergio Luna
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • digital twins
  • systems engineering
  • MBSE
  • digital engineering

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