Towards the essence of specifying sociotechnical digital twins

Barn, Balbir ORCID logoORCID:, Clark, Tony, Barat, Souvik and Kulkarni, Vinay (2023) Towards the essence of specifying sociotechnical digital twins. Agarwal, Sonali, Roychoudhury, Abhik, Purandare, Rahul, Tiwari, Saurabh and Kumar, Lov, eds. ISEC'23 16th Innovations in Software Engineering Conference. In: ISEC 2023: 16th Innovations in Software Engineering Conference, 23-25 Feb 2023, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India. ISBN 9798400700644. [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1145/3578527.3578542)

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Digital Twins are now mainstream technology in the engineering domain. Capabilities and underpinning concepts are well understood and augmented by proven theories from the physical sciences. Nonetheless the design of digital twins in engineering still remains essential a craft. As digital twin technology merges with more traditional computational modelling approaches such as that found in simulation, new application domains are emerging and public policy experts see significant potential in DT for understanding their complex system areas. Such domains have a significant sociotechnical component and as such a new type of digital twin is required, together with a means of specifying such a digital twin. This paper proposes a specification language/method for this purpose. Requirements elicitation for this language utilises a tabletop paper template that serves as a boundary object between domain experts and technical experts. The language is conformant with accepted practice in simulation methods and its semantics provides a route to implementation of a digital twin. We argue that the language is a contribution to a breadcrumb trail for future work in this emerging application area for digital twins.

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Keywords (uncontrolled): digital twin, simulation, sociotechnical, language engineering
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 37127
Notes on copyright: © Association for Computing Machinery 2023. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in ISEC'23 16th Innovations in Software Engineering Conference,
Depositing User: Balbir Barn
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2023 10:05
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 12:24

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