Prof. Okyay Kaynak is invited to give a IES Distinguished Talk

Date/Time: August 15th, 10:30AM-11:30AM

Room: ECS 660

Digital Twins in Intelligent Manufacturing and Industrial Metaverse

Okyay Kaynak

Bogazici University and

Turkish Academy of Sciences


A digital twin (DT) is a dynamic virtual replica of an object, entity, or system that continuously synchronizes with data from its physical counterpart. It is developed and utilized throughout the entire life cycle, spanning from inception to retirement, effectively serving as a digital platform for testing, designing, and modifying real-world objects without direct interaction.

In the presentation, three fundamental capabilities of DTs—mirroring, shadowing, and threading—are examined, and the benefits derived from their synergistic operation are elucidated. It is emphasized that employing DTs in manufacturing systems can substantially enhance efficiency, quality, flexibility, and safety.

The presentation then introduces the concept of the industrial metaverse. Already thriving in gaming as a shared platform where multiple users can engage simultaneously, the metaverse is poised to expand into the industrial domain, where digital twins are increasingly adopted. The industrial metaverse's most compelling aspect lies in its potential to restructure the industrial chain and deliver added value to all stakeholders involved. It can be perceived as the evolution of industrial Cyber-Physical Systems, heralding a new era of interconnectedness and innovation.


Short Biography of Okyay Kaynak

Okyay Kaynak received the B.Sc. degree with first-class honors and Ph.D. degrees in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1969 and 1972, respectively.

From 1972 to 1979, he held various positions within the industry. In 1979, he joined the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus. He has held long-term (near to or more than a year) Visiting Professor/Scholar positions at various institutions in Japan, Germany, the U.S., Singapore, and China. His current research interests are in the broad field of intelligent systems. He has authored three books, edited five, and authored or co-authored more than 500 papers that have appeared in various journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Kaynak presently serves as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Trans. on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems. Additionally, he is on the Editorial or Advisory Boards of several scholarly journals. He has received the Chinese Government’s Friendship Award, Humboldt Research Prize, Doctor Honoris Causa, Obuda University, Hungary (2020) and the Academy Prize of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (2020). He is a member of this Academy.