Published on 10/04/2024

As technologies continue to evolve, digital twins are emerging as a promising enabler. By combining the power of real-time data visualisation with simulation and artificial intelligence, digital twins are proving to be a powerful tool for facilitating decision-making in a wide range of sectors.

The advent of digital twins undoubtedly marks a major turning point in digital transformation projects. Weaving together the physical and digital dimensions, digital twins open up a range of resources and opportunities, from optimising industrial processes to predicting and mitigating anomalies. As a matter of fact, they represent the seamless combination of technological innovation and physical reality, enhancing our perception of, and interaction with, the world around us. At the heart of this tidal wave of technology, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is leading the way in developing pioneering initiatives in this field.

Digital twins are precise virtual replicas of real-world objects or systems. At their core, they draw on real-time data and complex models, powered by a combination of data, artificial intelligence models, analytics and innovative visualisations. This combination of technologies enables the digital twin to monitor, simulate, predict and even control the related physical entities.

Creating a digital twin for Luxembourg and European cities

At LIST, the concept of the digital twin is at the heart of many innovative initiatives. In particular, in the fields of the environment, urban planning and industry, the Institute uses digital twins to solve complex problems and promote technological progress.

Through a series of national and European projects, such as, LIST is working to develop a digital twin for the cities of Luxembourg. This ambitious project aims to provide a multi-purpose platform encompassing natural resource management, mobility management, energy efficiency and urban planning. As the representative of Luxembourg, a founding member, of the brand new European Digital Infrastructure Consortium on local digital twins and the CitiVerse, LIST is playing a key role in defining best practices and concrete use cases for the development and operation of digital twins on the scale of European cities.

LIST's Digital Twin Innovation Centre: towards secure and ethical innovations

An essential part of LIST's mission is to encourage collaboration between research and industry players in the field of digital twins. To achieve this, LIST offers tailor-made support to companies, providing them with a full range of tools and technologies adapted to their specific needs and level of maturity.

The cornerstone of the digital project, LIST's Digital Twin Innovation Centre is a state-of-the-art infrastructure that integrates a multitude of technologies within the AIDA platform, ranging from data collection technologies to artificial intelligence, augmented reality and large-scale visualisation. This innovation centre enables industrial partners to develop and test solutions based on the digital twin in a secure, collaborative environment. As a neutral player, the Institute favours open protocols and software and interoperable solutions, including its involvement in European Data Space initiatives. This enables partners to select technologies that are compliant with regulations, high-performance, scalable, but also ethical and cost-effective.

Find out more about LIST's Digital Twin Innovation Centre.

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