Automotive Symposium

NAFEMS World Congress 2021

CAE in Automotive Development:

State of the Art, Technology Changes and Future Trends

The automotive engineering community is currently confronting the biggest set of challenges since its inception. The urgent need to tackle climate change and the increased demand for smarter and safer mobility require fundamental alternative design strategies for every kind of vehicle. New drive systems, based on electric and hydrogen units, need to be taken into account, alongside a massive increase in reliance on software, sensors and electronics.

As well as this, time to market needs to be decreased in order to stay competitive. The need to balance automation, agility, traceability and process governance presents a significant challenge and will have a considerable impact on the virtualisation of product development and lifecycle integration.

We now need to extend the virtual techniques we already use and introduce cutting-edge methods to face these challenges. The automotive industry needs to apply suitable numerical methods to update the design and manufacturing process in order to remain competitive.

Following on from the NAFEMS international seminar “Simulation in the Automotive Industry: Creating the Next Generation Vehicle”, these topics will be explored in a series of dedicated presentations, panel discussions and workshops at the NAFEMS World Congress 2021, covering the state of the art in automotive simulation, technological challenges, and future trends.


Key drivers and challenges

  • Environmental impact(technology, mobility)
  • Extending system boundaries
  • Speed, time to market
  • Flexibility, traceability
  • Handling of increasing system complexity
  • Collaborative cross-site development
  • Continuous integration/ development
  • Data driven development


Key Discussion Topics

  • Behaviour simulation of new functions and technology
  • Electrical engine, battery, fuel cell etc.
  • Connectivity of digital car systems
  • Assistance capabilities, evolution of driving control
  • OTA
  • Cybersecurity
  • Effective development
  • Data management, model orchestration
  • Function-based design, generative design
  • CI/CD, process automation
  • Digital Twin -availability of connected data of all systems of the car along the lifecycle
  • Process quality, process governance
  • Valid data for deep learning processes
  • Reliability, simulation governance etc.


Any Questions regarding the Congress?
Please email:

Technical Champions of the CAE in Automotive Development Symposium:

Dr.-Ing. Werner Dirschmid
Chairman of the NAFEMS DACH Steering Committee, formerly Audi AG, GER

Mario Felice
virsolTech Engineering Consulting, member of the NAFEMS Americas Steering Committee, formerly Ford Motors, USA

Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Gümbel
Future Matters, formerly Dr. Ing. h.c. Porsche AG, SUI

Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Göß
Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co.KG, member of the NAFEMS DACH Steering Committee Schaeffler, GER

Dr.-Ing. Bernd Fachbach
Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH, AUT

Thorsten Pohl
Stellantis, Opel Automobile, GER

Thomas Resch
Brose Fahrzeugteile, GER

Dr. Monika Wierse
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche, GER