International Workshop on Semantic Digital Twins (SeDiT 2020)

Co-located with the 16th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2020)

Heraklion, Crete, Greece - 3 June 2020

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Call for Papers

The concept of digital twin, as a virtual replica of a physical entity, has gained traction recently in a range of domains such as industry, construction, energy, health or transport. Digital Twins can be used to view the status of the twinned physical object, without the need to interrogate the object itself. The digital twin can be queried by other software without the need to query the device itself thus relieving pressure on devices, which typically have very limited computational capabilities. Digital twins can also be used for monitoring and diagnostics to optimize device performance without impacting on the physical device.

Digital twins require unambiguous descriptions of both the entity and its digital counterpart, as well as the ability to integrate data from heterogeneous sources of information (including real-time data) and to interact with the physical world. Given these requirements, semantic technologies will play a significant role in bringing digital twins to reality.

The aims of the SeDIT workshop are twofold. Firstly, to initiate discussion about current trends and future challenges of semantic digital twins. Secondly, to support communication and collaboration with the goal of aligning the various efforts within the community and accelerating innovation in all the associated fields.


  • Semantics and digital twins
  • Semantic descriptions of digital twins and their context
  • Interaction with semantic digital twins
  • Synchronization between an entity and its semantic digital twin
  • Simulation and models of semantic digital twins
  • Validation of semantic digital twins
  • Analytics and visualization for semantic digital twins
  • Scalability of semantic digital twins
  • Self-awareness of semantic digital twins
  • Semantic digital twin ecosystems
  • Security and trust for semantic digital twins
  • Privacy and ethics for semantic digital twins
  • Semantic digital twins in industry
  • Semantic digital twins in construction
  • Semantic digital twins in health
  • Semantic digital twins in transport
  • Semantic digital twins in the energy sector
  • Semantic digital twins in smart cities
  • Semantic digital twins for people

Author Guidelines


Submissions must be in PDF, formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For details on the LNCS style, see Springer’s Author Instructions.


  • Full research papers (8-12 pages)
  • In Use and Experience papers (8-12 pages)
  • Position papers (6-8 pages)
  • Short research papers (4-6 pages)
  • System/demo papers (4-6 pages)

Review and Publication

All papers and abstracts have to be submitted electronically via the EasyChair conference submission system. The accepted contributions will be published in the proceedings of the workshop. Each accepted paper needs to be presented by one of the authors at the workshop.


The workshop proceedings are available online as the Volume 2615 of CEUR Workshop Proceedings.



The invited keynote speaker for the first edition of the SeDiT workshops is Ljiljana Stojanovic, Head of the Smart Factory Systems group in the Department of Information Management and Production Control at the Fraunhofer IOSB.

Cognitive Digital Twins: Challenges and opportunities for semantic technologies

A digital twin is a formal digital representation of an asset (e.g. sensor, machine, process, product, etc.) that captures attributes and behaviors of that asset suitable for communication, storage, interpretation or processing within a certain context. The digital twin model includes the data (e.g. master data, time-series data, etc.), the models (e.g. 3D models, physics-based model, data-driven models, etc.) and services (e.g. visualization). The cognitive twin is the evolution of the digital twin concept in the AI era by incorporating aspects associated with cognition, such as reasoning, planning, and learning. This talk is about the usage of semantics to realize the cognitive digital twin vision. The semantics will be used for the formal representation of human knowledge, for intertwining different digital twin models and for supporting advanced analytics and AI services. The resulting cognitive digital twin will be an intelligent and self-contained an entity, which does not only recognize a problem, but rather has deep understanding of a given situation, supporting the decision whether, how and when to react.


Session 1 (10:00 - 11:00)

  • 10:00 - 10:10 Welcome
  • 10:10 - 10:40 Keynote: Ljiljana Stojanovic
    Cognitive Digital Twins: Challenges and opportunities for semantic technologies
  • 10:40 - 11:00 In use paper
    Digital Twins and Semantic Data Fusion for Security in a Healthcare Environment - Barry Norton, Mathias Jes Normann

11:00 - 11:30 coffee break

Session 2 (11:30 - 13:00)

  • 11:30 - 11:50 Research paper
    Towards Integrated Data Control for Digital Twins in Industry 4.0 - Sebastian R. Bader, Maria Maleshkova
  • 11:50 - 12:10 Research paper
    A Reference Architecture for Smart Building Digital Twin - Zoé Chevallier, Béatrice Finance, Benjamin Cohen Boulakia
  • 12:10 - 12:30 Research paper
    Mechanical Testing Ontology for Digital-Twins: a roadmap based on EMMO - Joana Francisco Morgado, Emanuele Ghedini, Gerhard Goldbeck, Adham Hashibon, Georg J. Schmitz, Jesper Friis, Anne F. de Baas
  • 12:30 - 12:50 Research paper
    Towards Actionable Cognitive Digital Twins for Manufacturing - Jože M. Rožanec, Lu Jinzhi, Aljaž Košmerlj, Klemen Kenda, Kiritsis Dimitris, Viktor Jovanoski, Jan Rupnik, Mario Karlovčec, Jože M. Rožanec, Blaž Fortuna
  • 12:50 - 13:00 Closing

Important dates

6 March, 2020

Submission papers (EXTENDED!)

Submit your paper.

27 March, 2020


The notification and reviews from our Program Committee will be available.

10 April, 2020

Submission camera ready

Time to have your paper ready for being published. All the accepted paper will be published in the proceedings.

3 June, 2020


Keynote, papers presentations, demo jam and a lot of discussion. Remember! If your contribution is accepted, it needs to be presented by one of the authors at the event.


Raúl García-Castro

Associate Professor, UPM

John Davies

Chief Researcher, BT

Grigoris Antoniou

Professor, University of Huddersfield

Carolina Fortuna

Senior Research Fellow, JSI

Program Committee

  • Alistair Duke, BT Research
  • Andrea Cimmino, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Iker Esnaola-González, Tekniker
  • Ilias Tachmazidis, University of Huddersfield
  • Luis-Daniel Ibañez, University of Southampton
  • María Poveda-Villalón, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Maria Maleshkova, University of Bonn
  • Pieter Pauwels, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Sotiris Batsakis, Technical University of Crete

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