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DT-WoT 2022 : Pervasive Digital Twins in the Era of Web of Things - Special Session of the 8th IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things


When May 1, 2022 - Nov 1, 2022
Where Virtual
Submission Deadline TBD

Call For Papers

Call for Papers
Pervasive Digital Twins in the Era of Web of Things

(Virtual Event)
Special Session of the 8th IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things


During the past decade, due to the dynamic evolution in the Internet of Things (IoT) domain, several advancements (e.g., in low-power connectivity, human-computer interfaces, and system architecture) opened up the possibility of a more effective merging between the physical and the cyber worlds. Furthermore, the need to support more open systems and higher interoperability among devices, services, and users led to the development of the concept of the Web of Things (WoT) and the wide-spread adoption of Web-oriented approaches to try to overcome the massive fragmentation and heterogeneity of the network layer in terms of protocols, data formats and closed platforms.

This dynamic and challenging scenario became relevant both in Academia and Industry, revitalizing the concept of Digital Twins (DT) in order to shape and deploy virtual synchronized replicas of physical objects, mirroring their properties, data, and behaviors, and augmenting their functionalities towards extended interoperability, modeling and simulation, analytics, and cognitive capabilities. DTs are emerging as a paradigm for implementing an effective digital abstraction on top of devices, products, and organizations in order to effectively support the interaction between these Physical Assets (PAs) and external services and applications.

DTs are also moving fast towards a widespread adoption and diffusion, beyond the industrial contexts where they are rooted, as a general way to bridge the physical and cyber spaces. On the one hand, they provide a conceptual and technological means for enacting the virtualisation of strategic PAs of organizations and enterprises. On the other hand, the pervasive diffusion of IoT and WoT technologies and standards makes it possible to broaden their adoption and applicability beyond vertical applications, as software systems are eventually integrated with larger enterprise contexts and possibly across enterprises.

This challenging pervasive DT evolution calls for new software architectures, network protocols and interoperable platforms, featuring levels of flexibility beyond the ones provided by the solutions available in the state of the art, for example investigating how the WoT can be adopted in the DT space to support these challenges. Unfortunately, the lack of an uniform Digital Twin representations, standards or common agreements created (as already seen unfortunately for other IoT technologies) several platform-specific silos and a consequent strong bond with technology providers where each model is built from scratch without common methodologies or norms.

This Special Session aims to provide a forum that brings together contributors from the research and academic communities, standardization bodies, and industrial companies to meet and exchange ideas on recent research, challenges, future directions, and application design for Digital Twins, IoT and Web of Things technologies in multiple application scenarios and use cases.

The technical topics of interest to the workshop include, but are not limited to:

Digital Twins & Web of Things
Digital Twin standardization, interoperability, and representation
Digital Twins adoption in 5G/6G architectures and application scenarios
Digital-Twin-oriented approaches and cyber-physical interaction applications
Edge/Fog/Cloud & Digital Twins
Web of Digital Twins
Digital Twins linking, relationship and composition
Pervasive Digital Twins
Digital Twins Platforms & Interoperability Challenges
IoT Protocols & Digital Twins
Protocols to support Digital Twins Services and Communications
Application patterns and methodologies to design and exploit Digital Twins
Digital Twins deployment and orchestration strategies and algorithms
IoT devices and Digital Twins deployments monitoring

Organizers & Chairs

Marco Picone, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Antonio Virdis, University of Pisa, Italy
Alessandro Ricci, University of Bologna, Italy
Simon Mayer, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland

Important Dates

Paper submissions for Special Sessions: 13 June 2022
Acceptance Notification: 8 July 2022
Camera-Ready Paper Submission Deadline: 31 July 2022

Paper Submission Guidelines

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

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