Publication News: Digital Twin-driven End-to-End Network Slicing Towards 6G

As part of our project ‘Digital Twin for Open RAN towards 6G,’ another line of project outcomes has now been published in the IEEE Internet Computing journal in the paper titled “Digital Twin-driven End-to-End Network Slicing Towards 6G.”

This is also part of Mahnoor Yaqoob’s PhD programme, where she is developing digital twin-based solutions for 6G systems. The work outlines how network slicing plays a key role in realising varied service requirements and aligning with the expectations of upcoming 6G networks.

The integration of a Network Digital Twin model enhances the management and orchestration of network slicing (both RAN and Core), providing a visual representation of the physical entities while allowing experimentation with resource allocation schemes.

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Mallik Tatipamula to speak at RAE event

Dr Mallik Tatipamula, CTO of Ericsson Silicon Valley and a member of advisory board at LDTRC, will speak at the following Royal Academy of Engineering, UK event, on future telecommunications.

This Critical Conversation will give the audience an overview of recent developments in future telecommunications, what the key opportunities and challenges are, and where the UK is positioned relative to international comparators, chaired by Academy CEO, Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, and spekaers: Dr. Mallikarjun Tatipamula, FREng, FRSE, CTO, Ericsson, and Professor Dimitra Simeonidou FREng, Professor of High Performance Networks at University of Bristol.

Date: 16 November 2023, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Online via Linkedin

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Distinguished Lecture at IET

Professor Huan Nguyen delivered a lecture on “Exploring the Current Landscape of Digital Twinning,” at the London Network, The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) on 17th October 2023.

In the lecture, he explored the dynamic world of digital twinning, unravelling its applications, implications, and advancements. Through various use cases discussed including optimising performance, predicting system behaviours, improving operation efficiency, and reducing costs, it was shown that digital twinning is reshaping industries, from manufacturing to healthcare, and beyond. The talk discovered the diverse domains where digital twinning is making its mark, offering insights into its transformative potential and the possibilities it holds for the future.

Roundtable Discussion on Digital Twin for Future Networks

On 27th September, Professor Huan Nguyen chaired a Roundtable Discussion ”How practically the digital twin can help in automating the future networks” at the 2023 European Autonomous Driving Network Forum in Dublin, Ireland.

The panelists, Dr. Ramesh Sriraman (Manager, HCL India), Dr. Roberto Morabito (University of Helsinki), Jiafeng Zhu (Huawei Network Digitalisation Expert), Prof. Gabriel-Miro Muntean (DCU, Ireland), and Dr Rem Collier (UCD, Ireland), discussed the challenges and potential benefits as well as use cases for Digital twinning supporting the development of future networks.

The Forum also featured informative talks on latest developments of digital twinning: Dr Marco Ruffini (TCD, Ireland) on ‘Digital Twin Technology for the Optical Transport Network,’ Dr. Yan Zhang (University of Oslo, Finland) on ‘Technology and Architecture of Digital Twin Networks in 5.5G/6G Applications,’ and Mr Ramesh Sriraman (HCL Technologies, India) on ‘Cognitive Troubleshooting of Multi-vendor Open RAN Network using Digital Twin’

Lecture from Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam on Healthcare Resilience

On 19th June 2023, Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam, the former Chief Deputy Medical Officer for England, has given a fascinating lecture at Middlesex University in an event celebrating close diplomatic and educational ties between the UK and Vietnam.

One of the leading public figures in the fight against Covid-19, who has Vietnamese heritage, Sir Jonathan spoke about the many challenges when tackling the deadly virus and lessons to be learned for innovation and education, a topic is highly relevant to our ongoing project “Digital Twin for Health Care Resilience.

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Professor Azad Madni to join Advisory Board at LDTRC

The London Digital Twin Research Centre welcome the new appointment of Professor Azad M. Madni, a recipient of 2023 NAE Gordon Prize and 2023 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, to be a member of the Advisory Board. It is exciting time ahead to work with Professor Madni in driving digital twin research forward in UK/Europe and world at large.

Azad M. Madni is a University Professor of Astronautics, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering in the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. The University Professor designation honours the university’s most accomplished, multi-disciplinary faculty, who have significant achievements in multiple technical disciplines. He is the holder of the Northrop Grumman Fred O’Green Chair in Engineering and the Executive Director of USC’s Systems Architecting and Engineering Program. He is the Founding Director of USC’s Distributed Autonomy and Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He is also a Professor in USC’s Keck School of Medicine and Rossier School of Education. He is a faculty affiliate of the Keck School’s Ginsberg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics. He is the founder and CEO of Intelligent Systems Technology, Inc., a hi-tech company specialising in transdisciplinary model-based approaches for tackling complex sociotechnical systems problems. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honour society, and Omega Alpha Association, an international systems engineering honour society.

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Collaborations with Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore

As part of the UK-India Future Networks Initiative (UKI-FNI) activities, Prof. K.V.S. Hari from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore paid a visit to our LDTRC today and exchanged ideas with our project team “Digital Twin for Open RAN towards 6G.” The meeting was also attended by Dr Mohammad Sadegh Fazel from University of East Anglia who are helping to connect the activities from our project with the UKI-FNI framework. Earlier in June, Dr Pradipta Biswas, who is leading the AR/VR/Digital research lab at IISc, also paid a visit to LDTRC as another of growing collaborative activities between IISc and LDTRC (Middlesex University).

Prof. Hari introduced the research activities from IISc
Prof Hari with our project team at our Hendon Campus, London
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Digital Twin for Open RAN towards 6G

On 24th May 2023, as part the EPSRC-funded UKI-FNI initiative, the project team and partners came together at the 2023 annual workshop on digital twin at London Digital Twin Research Centre to disseminate the outcomes and discuss the latest developments in digital twin for Open RAN and transition between 5G and 6G networks. Prominent speakers from industry (Ericsson, HCL, Rakuten, Spirent) gave exciting talks and updates on the topic. The project teams then went on to visit the UKI-FNI partner 5G/6G Innovation Centre at University of Surrey and explore the facilities there for the project. Prof Nguyen and Ms Mahnoor Yaqoob als attended the ICC’23 in Rome to present the project outcomes. Here are some highlights from the event and activites.

Dr Mallik Tatipamula, CTO Ericsson Silicon Valley and advisor of LDTRC, present latest trends on 5G/6G and digital twin development
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Workshop update: Transforming industry and society with digital twins

On 24th May 2023, the project teams and partners came together at the 2023 annual workshop on digital twin at London Digital Twin Research Centre to disseminate the outcomes and discuss the latest developments in digital twin that is promising to transform society and industry. Apart from many talks on digital twin for Open RAN and 5G/6G, here are some other activities from the event.

Speakers and organisers of the workshop
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Going global partnerships: UK-Indonesia

On the mission of exploring Digital Innovation in HE in the UK, the Indonesian delegation facilitated by the British Council Indonesia and led by Prof. Tjitjik Sri Tjahjandarie from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (MOECRT), Indonesia, paid a visit to Middlesex University.

Indonesia delegation visits Middlesex University

The delegation attended the 2023 annual workshop on digital twin at London Digital Twin Research Centre on 24th May 2023. Prof. Tjitjik Sri Tjahjandarie delivered an opening speech at the workshop and restated the importance of collaboration between two countries, and in this particular case, between Middlesex University (UK) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia). The delegation also witnessed the project team presenting the outcomes and ongoing works to the hybrrid audience.

Meanwhile, Dr Yodi Mahendradhata, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, and Dr Lutfan Lazuardi, Head of the Department of Health Policy and Management, the leading investigators from Universitas Gadjah Mada in our project “Digital Twin for Healthcare” paid a working visit to Middlesex University at the same time. Apart from the dissemination workshop above, several activities were carried out as part of project activities

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