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Digital Twins and their Applications Across Engineering, Science & Medicine

6 June 2024
5.30pm – 7.30pm AEST
Colombo Theatre A, UNSW Sydney
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Karen Willcox

Could you imagine one day having a dynamically evolving virtual replica of yourself that your doctor could use to drive personalised decisions to optimise your health and well-being?

In engineering, these personalised dynamic computational models are known as digital twins, and are already being used to drive predictive maintenance decisions for aircraft and aircraft engines.

This talk will discuss the mathematics and computational science that goes into creating a digital twin, and will discuss exciting new directions for digital twins in engineering, geosciences and medicine.

A networking reception with refreshments will be held after the event in the Colombo foyer.


Colombo Theatre A is located at UNSW Sydney (ref: B16 on the UNSW campus map). Colombo House is just off High Street.


5.30-6.30pm: Lecture by Professor Karen Willcox in Colombo Theatre A, UNSW.

6.30-7.30pm: Post event networking reception in Colombo foyer.

Speaker bio

Karen E. Willcox is Director of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, Associate Vice President for Research, and Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.

Prior to joining the Oden Institute in 2018, she spent 17 years as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she served as Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the founding Co-Director of the MIT Center for Computational Engineering, and the Associate Head of the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Willcox holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and masters and PhD degrees from MIT. Prior to becoming a professor at MIT, she worked at Boeing Phantom Works with the Blended-Wing-Body aircraft design group.