Roberto Saracco

Title: Cognitive Digital Twins - a look into the future of continuous education


The IEEE Digital Reality Initiative has the objective of fostering the Digital Transformation in Industry and business in general. This transformation is not seen as a point of arrival, rather as a continuous endeavour that leads to shift more and more activities to the cyberspace and to leverage more and more from the cyberspace. This is not seen as a metaverse, an alternative to the physical space, rather as a space flanking the physical one where tools like Augmented and Virtual Reality provide a perception of a continuum.

In this framework the initiative has considered the aspects of education and more specifically the ones of continuous education and has developed the concept of Cognitive Digital Twins -CDT-, entities that can mirror cognitive capabilities present both in human and machines.

CDTs are seen as elements of a massive distributed and executable knowledge that is going to characterise industry in the coming years.

The talk addresses both the conceptual framework and its application, presenting the KaaS tool developed by the initiative as support to CDTs.


Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America.

He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento and serves as Senior Advisor of the Reply Group.

He is a senior member of IEEE where he co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative fostering the Digital Transformation. He is a COMSOC Distinguished Lecturer and he is Chair of the New Initiative Committee.

He has published over 200 papers in journals and magazines and 30 books/ebooks.

He writes a daily blog,, with commentary on innovation in various technology and market areas.