As a key technology of the fourth industrial revolution, digital twins have attracted the attention of governments of various countries, including the Research and Development Strategy Center under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
The Japan Research and Development Strategy Center released the “Research and Development Trends Related to Digital Twins in Japan and Overseas”, tracking and analyzing the world’s leading digital twin institutions, including the Industry 4.0 Research Institute.
Established in 2003, the center is an affiliate of the Japan Science and Technology Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan is one of the administrative organs of the central government of Japan, which is equivalent to the sum of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Culture of my country.
In the 71-page “Research and Development Trends Related to Digital Twins in Japan and Overseas”, China’s digital twin-related institutions were analyzed, among which the Industry 4.0 Research Institute was introduced as a key object and analyzed. The relevant situation of its digital twin research center.
In March 2018, the Japanese Research and Development Strategy Center released a strategic proposal for “Innovative Digital Twins – Complex Phenomena Modeling for Future Manufacturing and Establishment of Advanced Design/Manufacturing Basic Technologies”.
The strategic proposal believes that with the in-depth advancement of industrial and social digital transformation, the scope of application of digital twins is not only in the field of manufacturing, but also in energy, cities, meteorology and other fields.
In response to these changes, the Japan Research and Development Strategy Center took Japan, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom as objects to track and analyze the relevant policy trends and R&D trends of digital twins in various countries.
At the heart of digital twins is the modeling of complex phenomena and the feedback of insights gained from validation and digital twins into physical spaces.
The survey by the Japan Center for Research and Development Strategies shows that each country is promoting research and development in technology fields that contribute to these fields, and models are gaining attention in all three fields.
In addition, as a cross-field general platform, research and development in platform construction, artificial intelligence utilization, security assurance, etc. are advancing in the medium and long term.
Interestingly, the Japan Research and Development Strategy Center divides the application of digital twins into four stages:
The first stage: digitalization (similar to the digital twin proposed by the Industry 4.0 Research Institute)
Phase 2: Local Digital Twins
Phase 3: Integrated Digital Twin
Phase Four: Autonomous Digital Twins
The Japan Research and Development Strategy Center believes that a comprehensive and independent digital twin is the direction of Japan’s national development, and the United States and Germany are promoting research and development related to digital twins.
Following the disruptive technology research method proposed by DARPA, the Industry 4.0 Research Institute has been tracking the progress of major industrial countries in the world for a long time. It has tracked and compiled more than 2 million words of information on Japan’s policies and advanced technologies, which has greatly improved the Industry 4.0 Research Institute’s understanding of the first The level of research on the four industrial revolutions.
Partners who are interested in research work in Japan can contact the Industry 4.0 Research Institute to obtain the original text of “Research and Development Trends Related to Digital Twins in Japan and Overseas” (Japanese).