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Alan Turing Institute secures £3m to establish new digital twin research network

by Liam Turner
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The Alan Turing Institute has secured £3m from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to establish and host a network to help transform the UK’s national capability in digital twinning.

The Alan Turing Institute – the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence – will be used to support the launch of a UK-wide interdisciplinary research network with stakeholders from academia, government, and industry.

It builds on Turing’s previous work around digital twins, such as the recently announced Turing Research and Innovation Cluster in Digital Twins (TRIC-DT).

The institute says the award – which is set to run for five years – will help to develop “game-changing breakthroughs that will lead to a new generation of intelligent, resilient, and trusted digital twins”.

Co-investigators for the award are based at Exeter University, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC), Ulster University, and the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction.

Alongside these organisations other members of the leadership team are based at University of Edinburgh, Rothamsted Research, University of Strathclyde, University of Warwick, and Newcastle University.

‘Exciting new possibilities’

Professor David Wagg, project principal investigator and co-director of the Turing Research and Innovation Cluster for Digital Twins (TRIC-DT) at The Alan Turing Institute, said: “Digital twins offer exciting new possibilities across a wide range of sectors from health, environment, transport, manufacturing, defence, and infrastructure.

“They are a key technology to help address many of the societal challenges we face.

“Our ambition with this award is to build a broad community of stakeholders to expand digital twin research to address key challenges such as trust, interoperability and the societal aspects of digital twinning.

“We hope that the NetworkPlus will help to address clear gaps in the current research landscape and will allow us to transform the UK’s capability in digital twinning.”

Professor Adrian Smith, institute director at The Alan Turing Institute, said: “Digital twins are an area of strategic priority for the Turing and this award demonstrates our continued leadership in this area.

“It aligns with the focus in our strategy to translate research excellence into societal impact across a range of challenges.

“With the right collaboration opportunities, researchers have the ability to address some of the biggest challenges facing society today.”

Dr Kathryn Magnay, deputy director for Cross Council Programmes, EPSRC, said: “As the National Institute for AI and Data Science the Turing are perfectly placed to establish and host this network for UKRI.

“They will bring together stakeholders from across communities to address the multidisciplinary research challenges in digital twinning that need to be solved for these technologies to contribute to economic and societal resilience; reducing our vulnerabilities and helping us respond to and recover from shocks.”

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