Simulation industry’s emerging ‘digital-twin’ tech creates opportunities in these 3 sectors (by Alex Soderstrom)

Imagine that you want to reduce jet lag from your upcoming international flight, and your virtual assistant prescribes you precise amounts of water, vitamins and exercise to reduce disruption to your sleep schedule.

This isn’t a far-off science fiction scenario. This is one of the innovations in the works, thanks to digital-twin technology presented in Orlando at the Oct. 19 Florida Simulation Summit.

A digital twin is the virtual recreation of a real object. The digital twin then can go through multiple simulations to quickly and easily test how it may react. Digital-twin technology pairs well with the work being done in Orlando’s $6 billion modeling, simulation and training sector.

Leaders in academia, business and the military gathered at the Florida Simulation Summit at the Orange County Convention Center to discuss the ways digital-twin technology can transform cybersecurity and other industries. It’s an important topic for the region, not only because of its relevance to the simulation industry but also because the University of Central Florida last year pitched a digital-twin-focused campus at Orlando International Airport.