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Phill Cartwright
Chairman for the Centre for Modelling & Simulation - CFMS


Modelling, Analyses & Simulation:  The Link with Artificial Intelligence to improve Design for Manufacturing & Services


The engineering community faces incredible challenges over the next decade.  The transport sector is rapidly evolving from fossil fuelled manually driven vehicles to electric or hybrid powered, unmanned and connected services.  This is providing huge challenges for developing associated skills and technologies.  And all within a backdrop of rapidly increased demand from a growing global demographic change and a more connected world.  For example;  the construction sector is wrestling with three dimensional printing of buildings, the aerospace sector with the electric propulsion revolution, and healthcare is embracing robotics and automation.   Within this challenging environment, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is beginning to touch all of our lives.   It is clear that the application of numerical engineering simulation techniques such as Finite Element Method for Structural Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Multibody Simulation are playing dominant roles in all of these developments. 

This presentation highlights some of the global technology trends in play and provides real world examples of AI developments being applied in practical Modelling and Simulation. It opens up the challenge to the NAFEMS community, and asks; what impact the engineering community will have in a world of AI, robotics and automation.

Biography: Phill Cartwright

Phill Cartwright is Chairman for the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS). Recognised throughout industry, academia and government, Phill’s career spans 34 years, where his focus is on helping organisations to become more competitive through access to innovative, new technologies for manufacturing and design, creating high value jobs and careers for the UK.

Phill was previously Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, retiring in February 2017. Prior to this, he held senior positions at Laing O’Rourke and Rolls-Royce, and is currently an Associate Director for The Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC), Coventry. 

With a passion for solving complex and mathematical engineering problems, Phill has a BEng in Electrical Engineering from University of Manchester, Institute of Science of Technology, and a PhD in Mathematical Modelling of Complex Power Systems.

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