Turing-UoM Sandpits 2021-22: Digital Twins

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One of three 'Sandpit' events taking place in 2021-22, part of our partnership with the Alan Turing Institute

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The Digital Twins sandpit is a two-day event scheduled to take place from 14.00 to 16.00 on Weds 1 and Thurs 2 December. Please note that this is one event across two days and participants are expected to attend on both days.

Digital Twinning is a method of using real-world data to create a virtual representation to model a range of processes and systems and predict potential outcomes. Applications could be applied to a wide range of settings across environmental, healthcare, planning and transportation domains to name a few.

The focus of this workshop will be around urban and environmental digital twins which are already transforming how cities are being planned, built, and managed, with examples appearing in cities across the world, including Helsinki, Dublin, Singapore, Sydney, Wellington to name a few. We are also seeing the emergence of the environmental digital twin to help better understand the impacts of climate change, model air pollution dispersion and help to understand the human-environment nexus. The wealth of environmental data collected across a range of scales ensures that digital twins will play a pivotal role in solving global challenges including climate change and air quality’.

We are organising a workshop for researchers, public, private and third sector participants with interest in digital twins to help identify research challenges and support the development of ideas with a view to fostering research proposals within the cities and environment domain.

Participants will develop proposals over the two days and our review panel will award funding for a number of six-month feasibility studies (~£10-15k per successful proposal).

Please note that due to the nature of this funding, each funded project must be led by a researcher from The University of Manchester.

Intellectual Property rights will be subject to terms and conditions as agreed between the Alan Turing Institute and The University of Manchester.

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Through our partnership with the Alan Turing Institute, The University of Manchester’s Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) is hosting a number of ‘sandpit’ events in Autumn-Winter 2021-22, with input from the related Turing Institute programmes.

IDSAI is one of the The University of Manchester's Digital Futures network themes.

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Digital Futures is a highly interdisciplinary network which operates across the whole range of the University’s digital research.

The aim of Digital Futures is to present a coherent overview of our digital research activity to external stakeholders and bring together our research communities to explore new research areas and address strategic opportunities. 

We group our activity around themes that encapsulate our broad research capabilities and the challenges to which these can be applied. These themes do not operate as self-contained entities; however, there is considerable synergy and overlap between them, and many of our academics are involved in a number of capability and challenge themes.

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