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Special Issue on Digital Twin for Future Networks and Emerging IoT Applications

Motivation and Scope

The forthcoming 5G networks are expected to bring instantaneous connectivity to billions of IoT devices that enable the digital transformation of industry 4.0 for companies, customers, and investors. It is expected that 85 percent of IoT platforms will contain some form of digital twinning by 2030, driving market growth projections from $3.1 billion today to a $48.2 billion increase in the next few years. Digital twins, which are virtual representations of real-world physical entities, have received significant interest from both the research and industrial communities.

The concept is used nowadays in a wide variety of domains such as manufacturing, healthcare, smart cities, smart agriculture, telecommunication, and utilities to deliver the automation, performance, and cognitive insight required by many industries. Typically, virtual twin systems are generated and then synchronized using data flows in both directions between the real-world physical components and their virtual replica counterparts. Furthermore, a digital twin can enable continuous prototyping and testing on-demand, without interruption, assuring and self-optimizing the forthcoming 5G network and beyond. It creates virtual replicas of IoT devices in various application scenarios and maintains a device twin for every connected device.

The main goal of this Special Issue is to address the challenges of developing digital twins in future networks and present advanced and innovative tools, techniques, and algorithms for emerging IoT applications and services. Contributions addressing surveys, state of the art, theoretical and practical applications.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

DT for Future Networks and Emerging IoT application

  • DT Architecture, Protocols, Open Interfaces, and Standard for Emerging Networks
  • 5G-Powered DT for Network Slicing, Admission Control, Management, Orchestration and Monitoring
  • DT-based AI/ML powered Closed-Control Loops beyond 5G networks
  • DT for Intent-Based Networking, Vehicular Networks, SD-WAN Consolidation, and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)
  • Emerging Cloud, Edge/Fog, and Cognitive aspects (AI/ML, FedML, TinyML, EdgeAI, etc.) of DT beyond 5G systems
  • Blockchain and DLT trust-based mechanism in DT beyond 5G
  • Recent Developments and Future Perspectives of DT in Emerging IoT applications (smart cities, smart farming, healthcare, grids, metaverse, AR/VR, manufacturing, logistics, supply chain, robotics, UAV, etc.)
  • Digital twin design, ontologies, data management, modeling and simulation.

Guest Editors

University of Carthage, Tunisia.
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Sadok Ben Yahia
Technology University of Tallinn, Estonia.
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Aniruddha S Gokhale
Vanderbilt University, USA.
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Nedra Mellouli
University of Paris 8 & ESILV-Paris, France.
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Important Dates

  • Submission portal opens: January 26, 2022
  • Deadline for paper submission: June 26, 2023
  • Latest acceptance deadline for all papers: August 30, 2023

Manuscript Submission Instructions

The FGCS’s submission system (https://www.editorialmanager.com/FGCS/default.aspx) will be open for submissions to our Special Issue from January 26, 2023. When submitting your manuscript please select the article type VSI: SI on DT4IoT.

All submissions deemed suitable by the editors to be sent for peer review will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Once your manuscript is accepted, it will go into production to be published in the special issue.


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