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Digital Twin: A Unified Definition, Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

Digital Twin: A Unified Definition, Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities
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Author(s): Kanchan Awasthi (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India), Krunal Padwekar (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India)and Subhas Chandra Misra (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India)
Copyright: 2025
Pages: 18
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Sixth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Founding Editor-in-Chief, Information Resources Management Journal (IRMJ), USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7366-5.ch074


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Digital twin is a new concept, creating a buzz among researchers and practitioners in all sectors. It is assumed that this revolution will change the way businesses proceed. The concept is garnered with terms or key concepts and so extensively misrepresented that it is losing its originality. In an effort to overcome this issue, the authors endeavored to define digital twin in a more holistic manner. The authors collected 37 definitions from extant literature to build a unified definition that can capture the true essence of digital twin. Furthermore, the authors discussed the issues, challenges, and opportunities that digital twin will bring across all sectors and at large the society. The authors also suggested some of the future works that can be carried forward.

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