TwinNets 2022

14 June 2022 Belfast, UK
First International Workshop on Massive Digital Twins for the Computer-Networks Evolution
Abstract deadline
Feb 15, 2022
March 8, 2022
Paper deadline
March 1, 2022
March 8, 2022
Paper notification
April 5, 2022
April 15, 2022
Co-located with the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WoWMoM)

About TwinNets22

Digital Twins aim at providing a virtual synchronized replica of physical objects mirroring their properties, data and behaviors and enabling new intelligent and augmented functionalities with respect to the original physical devices.

The design and adoption of Digital-Twin technologies in networking represents a new open research field that can enable and drive a new intelligent evolution of computer networks, requiring dynamic and intelligent management and implying a big new challenge for network operators and service providers. First, Network Digital Twins will be in charge of building and maintaining the virtual representations of the network and its components through an effective synchronization with their physical counterparts. Second they will create a uniform digital abstraction to support the design of new management and orchestration services. Finally, the network itself will be called to support the design, deployment and communications of a massive amount of distributed Digital Twins across multiple architectural layers and environments.

TwinNets22 will be held in conjunction with the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (IEEE WoWMoM 2022). The workshop aims at gathering contributions from the research and academic communities, standardization bodies, and institutional entities to meet and exchange ideas on recent research, challenges and future directions for Digital Twins and Intelligent Networking in multiple application scenarios and use cases.
Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceeding published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, showing their affiliation with IEEE WoWMoM.

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

  • Network Digital Twins Properties, Modelling and Definitions
  • Reference Architecture for Network Digital Twins
  • Cyber-Physical Interaction between Networking Assets and Digital Twins
  • Digital-Twins Life Cycle
  • Digital Twins in Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization
  • 5G/6G Digital Twins
  • Digital-Twin-oriented approaches and cyber-physical interaction applications
  • Networking emulation and simulation through Digital Twins
  • Digital Twins to support Networks Data acquisition, Big-Data processing, and AI modeling
  • Digital-Twins Management and Orchestration
  • Optimized Networking Decision Making
  • Edge/Fog/Cloud Network Digital Twins
  • Privacy and Security Issues and Opportunities
  • Digital Twins Platforms & Interoperability Issues
  • Real-World Deployments and Experimentations
  • Evaluation and analysis of experimental data
  • Creation and sharing of datasets of broad interest to the community
  • Application of Digital Twins towards a Predictive Internet
  • Massive Digital Twinning requirements and applications
  • Testing and Validation of Digital Twins - approaches, frameworks, testbeds
  • Quality of Service for Digital Twins
  • Digital Twins as a Service
  • Design of Digital-Twin-based applications
  • Autonomic/cognitive Digital Twins

Days until workshop:


Antonio Virdis
Assistant Professor
University of Pisa - Italy
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Marco Picone
Assistant Professor
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia - Italy
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Alessandro Ricci
Associate Professor
University of Bologna - Italy
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Antonio de la Oliva Delgado
Associate Professor
University Carlos III of Madrid - Spain
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Publicity Chair

Carlo Puliafito - University of Pisa, Italy

Technical Program Committee

Paolo Bellavista - University of Bologna, Italy
Luiz Bittencourt - University of Campinas, Brazil
Claudia Campolo - University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy
Valeria Cardellini - University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Pietro Cassarà - CNR, Italy
Tommaso Fedullo - University of Padova, Italy
Anna Forster - University of Bremen, Germany
Alberto Gotta - CNR, Italy
Francesco Lo Presti - University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
Filippo Malandra - University at Buffalo, USA
Francesco Malandrino - National Research Council, Italy
Enzo Mingozzi - University of Pisa, Italy
Antonella Molinaro - University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy
Federico Montori - University of Bologna, Italy
Symeon Papavassiliou - National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Omer Rana - Cardiff University, UK
Benjamin Sliwa - TU Dortmund, Germany
Ramona Trestian - Middlesex University, London, UK

Technical Program

[25 mins presentations - 5 mins questions and answers]

8:45 - 9:00

Welcome Note

9:00 - 10:00

Session 1 - Network DTs 1

Relay selection in Bluetooth Mesh networks by embedding genetic algorithms in a Digital Communication Twin
Jorg Wieme and Mathias Baert (Ghent University, Belgium); Jeroen Hoebeke (Ghent University - imec, Belgium)

A Digital Twin for the 5G Era: the SPIDER Cyber Range
Filippo Rebecchi (Thales SIX GTS France, France); Antonio Pastor (Telefonica I+D and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain); Alberto Mozo (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain); Chiara Lombardo (University of Genoa and CNIT- Research Unit of the University of Genoa, Italy); Roberto Bruschi (CNIT, Italy); Ilias Aliferis (Unisystems Greece, France); Roberto Doriguzzi-Corin (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy); Panagiotis Gouvas (Ubitech, Greece); Antonio Alvarez Romero (ATOS, Spain); Anna Angelogianni (University of Piraeus, Greece); Ilias Politis (University of Patras and InQbit Innovations SRL, Greece); Christos Xenakis (University of Piraeus, Greece)

10:00 - 10:30

Tea Break

10:30 - 12:30

Session 2 - Network DTs 2

Network Digital Twin for the Industrial Internet of Things
Mehdi Kherbache (CRAN Laboratory, Université de Lorraine, France); Moufida Maimour (Lorraine University, France); Eric Rondeau (CRAN, France)

DTCPN: A Digital Twin Cyber Platform based on NFV
Xiulei Wang (Army Engineering University of PLA, China); Li Deng (JIANGSU Future Networks Innovation Institute, China); Ming Chen (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China)

Using network simulators as digital twins of 5G/B5G mobile networks
Giovanni Nardini and Giovanni Stea (University of Pisa, Italy)

Design, implementation, and testing of a microservices-based Digital Twins framework for network management and control
Alfio Lombardo (UNICT, Italy); Giacomo Morabito (University of Catania, Italy); Salvatore Quattropani (CNIT, Italy); Carmelo Ricci (UNICT, Italy)

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:00

Keynote – Diego R. Lopez – Telefonica I+D

(keynote title TBC)

15:00 - 15:30

Tea Break

15:30 - 17:30

Session 3 - Cyber-physical DTs

An Investigation of the Network Characteristics and Requirements of 3D Environmental Digital Twins for Inspection Robots
Hasan Kivrak, Paul Baniqued and Simon Watson (The University of Manchester, UK); Barry Lennox (University of Manchester, UK)

Vineyard Digital Twin
Francesco Edemetti (Noovle SpA - Società Benefit, Italy); Angela Maiale, Camillo Carlini and Olga D'Auria (Telecom Italia, Italy); Jaime Llorca (New York University, New York, USA); Antonia Tulino (Bell Laboratories, USA & Università degli studi di Napoli, Italy)

WoTwins: Automatic Digital Twin Generator for the Web of Things
Luca Sciullo, Angelo Trotta, Federico Montori, Luciano Bononi and Marco Di Felice (University of Bologna, Italy)

Co-simulated Digital Twin on the Network Edge: the case of platooning
Maurizio Palmieri (University of Pisa, Italy); Christian Quadri (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy); Adriano Fagiolini (University of Palermo, Italy); Gian Paolo Rossi (University of Milan, Italy); Cinzia Bernardeschi (University of Pisa, Italy)

17:30 - 17:45

Ending Note

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The workshop is scientifically and technically sponsored by the European 6G Flagship project HEXA-X.