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UBITECH participates at the kick-off meeting of the AUTO-TWIN Research and Innovation Action on automated Digital Twins generation in circular value chains

UBITECH participated at the kick-off meeting hosted by Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy (January 16-17, 2023) of the AUTO-TWIN Research and Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2023. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon Europe Programme (Grant Agreement No. 101092021) and spans on the period January 2023 – December 2025. AUTO-TWIN addresses the technological shortcoming and economic liability of the current system engineering model by 1) introducing a breakthrough method for automated process-aware discovery towards autonomous Digital Twins generation, to support trustworthy business processes in circular economies; 2) adopting an (International Data Space) IDS-based common data space, to promote and facilitate the secure and seamless exchange of manufacturing/product/business data within value-networks in a circular-economy ecosystem; 3) integrating novel hardware technologies into the digital thread, to create smart Green Gateways, empowering companies to perform data and digital twin enabled green decisions, and to unleash their full potential for actual zero-waste Circular Economy and reduced dependency from raw materials.

n particular, AUTO-TWIN will develop a novel data-driven method based on a process mining approach for generation and adaptation of multi-fidelity resolution digital twins from data acquired, at multiple levels, along the value chain. Full automation, trustworthiness, and “skill-free” play are key-selling points of the project approach, based on sparse traces of manufactured objects flowing in the value chain. The project will rely on multiple automated actors to discover the flows in the value chain and to automatically generate and update digital twins of complex business processes, starting from the specific manufacturing processes till the whole supply chain. Moreover, AUTO-TWIN aims to: i) enable high resolution track & tracing through precise and detailed data and information about products and processes; ii) manage data and access rights in a seamless, secure, powerful and flexible way; iii) manage data sharing and sovereignty within circular data spaces.

Within AUTO-TWIN, UBITECH implements a decentralized blockchain-based approach to secure and guarantee key data and information in the Twin lifecycle. Technologically, the blockchain implementation will be based on the Hyperledger Fabric and will leverage its smart capabilities and the possibilities offered by Hyperledger Fabric channels.