Simulation & Systems Engineering in the Automotive Industry

Simulation & Systems Engineering in the Automotive Industry

Emerging Standards & Practices

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 | Troy, MI


Automotive manufacturers and suppliers are constantly challenged with delivering innovative, safe, and dependable vehicles to market as efficiently as possible. As a result, engineering teams must discover, evaluate, and successfully implement leading-edge technology and methods to produce reliable, effective results. 

Topics presented and discussed at this seminar will address various questions, such as:

  • What standards are emerging in advanced vehicle development?
  • How can I employ cost-effective model re-use in an innovative, yet reliable manner?
  • How can I address the complexities associated with vehicle systems?
  • How are others collaborating and addressing interoperability in a multiple-designer environment?
  • What solutions are available to help me, and have others had success with similar applications?
  • What steps should I take when exploring the widening technology landscape? 


NAFEMS Americas and invited speakers will cover these topics, and more, at, “Simulation & Systems Engineering in the Automotive Industry: Emerging Standards & Practices." Located at the MEC in Troy, MI, attendees from the major automotive manufacturers and suppliers will gather at this annual event, in a pre-competitive manner, to exchange ideas, identify best practices, and drive the near-future direction of technology.

This event aims to deliver information and insights on critical topic areas in a manner that maximizes the “take-away” value for attendees. An event agenda and concept championed by several leading figures in the automotive industry will provide the opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and practices, which attendees can later share and apply within their own organizations.


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 Welcome & Introduction        
 Mr. Matthew Ladzinski, Vice President, NAFEMS 


 Emerging Standards in Advanced Vehicle Development 
 Mr. Randall Frank, Chief Engineer for Virtual Vehicle Verification, Ford  Motor Company

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 The Functional-Mock-up-Interface: Innovation through Standards in  the Automotive Industry
 Dr. Hubertus Tummescheit, Board Member, Modelica Association

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 The Importance of SPDM & Interoperability for OEMs and Suppliers 
 Mr. Frank Popielas, Senior Manager of Systems Engineering and CAE,  Dana Holding Corp.

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 Case Studies on Innovative Automotive Applications (Session 1)

 FMI: Waste Heat Recovery System Modeling for Drive Cycle  Simulation Using Real-Time Transient Engine Model (Ricardo)

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 Integrated Workflow for Analyzing Composite Gas Turbine  Components (Simpleware)

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 Case Studies on Innovative Automotive Applications (Session 2)

 Design Exploration and Optimization (Altair Engineering)

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 FM Predictive Evaluation of the Fuel Economy vs NVH Trade-Off using  Co-Simulation (Romax Technology & Gamma Technologies)

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 Achieving Fuel Economy through Multi-Disciplinary Stochastic  Optimization in Vehicle Architecture Design Process 
 Dr. Simon Xu, Engineering Group Manager for Vehicle  Optimization, General Motors Company

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 Computing in a New Era of Engineering: Web-based Engineering  Applications 
 Dr. Michael Tiller, Founder and President, Xogeny

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 Bringing Vehicle Crash Simulation Closer to Reality 
 Mr. Duane Detwiler, Manager & Chief Engineer for Vehicle Structures  Reliability, Honda R&D Americas

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 Open Discussion: Simulation Governance 
 Discussion led by Dr. Keith Meintjes, Practice Manager for Simulation  & Analysis, CIMdata 

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 Closing Remarks


 Networking & Reception  

Registration Details

You can register to attend using the "order" button on the right.

Members of NAFEMS: FREE* 
Members of NAFEMS without sufficient seminar credits: $99
Non-members of NAFEMS: $299

*subject to availability of sufficient seminar credits – this event will utilize two (2) seminar credits per delegate. If you would like confirm your seminar credit balance, please contact the event manager, and reference "Simulation & Systems Engineering in Automotive" in the subject line. 

Please note that the registration fees apply to both presenters and delegates.

These fees include attendance at the seminar, morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch. Hotel accommodation is not included.


MEC Conference Center & Banquet Hall
811 W Square Lake Road
Troy, MI 48098

Additional Information about the MEC

Event Registration

You can register to attend this event using the "Order" button found in the "Purchasing Details" section above.

Additional information about registration fees and discounts can be found in the area to the left, listed below the event agenda. 

Group Discount: If your company is planning to send multiple attendees to this event, please contact the event manager to discuss a group discount. Opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Event Sponsors

Interested in Sponsoring this Event?

There are additional opportunities available for your company to sponsor this seminar, giving you maximum exposure to a highly targeted audience of delegates who are all directly involved in engineering analysis and simulation in the automotive industry.

Additional Information


Please contact the NAFEMS Americas office with any questions.