Skoltech is an international graduate research-focused university that was founded by the group of world-renowned scientists in 2011. Skoltech's curriculum focuses on technology and innovation, offering Master's programs in 11 technological disciplines. Students receive rigorous theoretical and practical training, design their own research projects, participate in internships and gain entrepreneurial skills in English. The faculty is comprised of current researchers with international accreditation and achievements.

Skoltech at Technopark: “Digital Twins: Harnessing Industry 4.0″

Skoltech at Technopark is a series of science education lectures hosted by the Skolkovo Technopark Lecture Center. Created jointly with the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, the lectures focus on the world-changing science, technology, innovation, and business topics presented by Skoltech faculty and researchers at the country’s best Technopark.


Whereas the overall technology design chain from lab research to industrial prototypes has changed little over time, the implementation rates have grown exponentially over 150 years since the first Industrial Revolution. One of the reasons behind this rapid growth is the emergence of digital twins that are a virtual replica of a physical product, a production line or even an entire plant. Why are digital twins essential for technology advancement? What are the key approaches that help develop digital twins and eventually move towards Industry 4.0? How are companies coping with digitalization and how can digital twins help them along?

Michail Gusev will talk about digital twins and their real-life applications in various sectors ranging from the metals and machine industries to oil and gas production.

Mikhail Gusev, a Research Scientist at Skoltech, is an expert in digital twins, production optimization and digital technology integration in the metals industry, aerospace and oil and gas sector. He earned his PhD degree with a thesis on thermal strength of a nuclear reactor’s fuel assemblies. Mikhail performed numerical modeling of continuous casting, completed several digital twin projects for the metals industry and successfully implemented a complex-product design data management solution for Tupolev’s Design Office.  In 2019, he co-founded Cyberphysics startup focusing on the scaling of solutions for the metals industry through development and implementation of a digital twin platform.

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