NAFEMS European Conference: Simulation-Based Optimisation

NAFEMS European Conference: Simulation-Based Optimisation


Optimisation has become a key ingredient in many engineering disciplines and has experienced rapid growth in recent years due to innovations in optimisation algorithms and techniques, coupled with developments in computer hardware and software capabilities. The growing popularity of optimisation in engineering applications is driven by ever-increasing competition pressure, where optimised products and processes can offer improved performance and cost-effectiveness which would not be possible using traditional design approaches. However, there are still many hurdles to be overcome before optimisation is used routinely for engineering applications.

The NAFEMS European Conference on Simulation-Based Optimisation will bring together practitioners and academics from all relevant disciplines to share their knowledge and experience, and discuss problems and challenges, in order to facilitate further improvements in optimisation techniques.

The conference will focus on knowledge sharing, with keynote presentations from academia and end users, breakout sessions, and a session on optimisation best practices, tips & tricks. There will also be a vendor panel discussion session, featuring a range of top software and hardware experts.

Keynote Speakers


Professor Juergen Branke

Professor of Operational Research & Systems, University of Warwick

Bayesian Optimisation for multi-concept and multi-task problems

Dr Keith Meintjes

Fellow & Executive Consultant, CIMData, Inc.

Generative Design: A Transformation for Product Development?


Dr. Pranay Seshadri

Group Leader, Data-Centric Engineeering, The Alan Turing Institute and Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge

Less Truly is More: Dimension Reduction in Computational Simulations

Dr Nuno Lourenco

Senior Manager Body Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover



Preliminary Agenda

Tuesday, 15th October 2019



Registration & Coffee


Welcome & Introduction
Nadir Ince, GE Power Ltd & NAFEMS



Keynote Presentation - Title to be confirmed
Nuno Lourenco, Jaguar Land Rover




CFD Based Optimisation
Towards CFD Democratization in Pre-development by Systematically Exploring the Design Space
Stefan Boschert, Siemens AG

Design Optimisation for Uniform Flow Distribution in a Discharge Manifold of Ware-Washing System
Atul Singhal, Dover India

Topology Optimisation
Topology Optimisation Including Parametrization of Joint Positions and Characteristics: Application to a Rear Wheel Suspension Assembly
Anton Jurinic, Simulia Scandinavia

Automated and Accurate Geometry Extraction and Shape Optimisation of 3D Topology Optimisation Results
Marco Swierstra, Femto Engineering - Siemens Solution Partner


Refreshment break


CFD Based Optimisation
Multi-Point Aerodynamic Optimisation of the eVTOL Aircraft
Shahrokh Shahpar, Rolls-Royce Group PLC

CFD Optimisation on Non Body Fitted Grids in Metal Casting
Mark Keating, Flow Science UK Ltd.

Robust Geometry Variation for the CFD-Driven Optimisation of Complex Geometries
Mattia Brenner, Friendship Systems AG

Topology Optimisation
Topology and Parametric Structural Optimisation on a Vehicle’s Sill Subjected to Multiple Crash Load-cases
Alexis Kaloudis, BETA CAE Deutschland GmbH

Topology Optimisation on Orthotropic Materials with Material Orientation
Panagiotis Pantazidis, BETA CAE Systems SA

Innovative Approach to Achieve Topology Optimized Designs More Efficiently
Patrick Mehmert, Simufact Engineering GmbH


Lunch break


Engineering Simulation Techniques: Outstanding Project Award 2018/2019
Finalist Presentation Awarded by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and NAFEMS


Keynote Presentation - Bayesian Optimisation for multi-concept and multi-task problems
Juergen Branke, Professor of Operational Research & Systems, University of Warwick


Bayesian & Multi Objective
Engineering Optimisation with Bayesian Optimisation and CFD
Gavin Tabor, University of Exeter

Design and Optimisation of the Air-curtain generator for Remote Display Case with Glass Door
Atul Singhal, Dover India

Optimisation Based Model Updating of FE Models
Moiz Hyderabadwala, ASML Netherlands B.V.

Meeting the Composite Design Challenges of the America’s Cup through Structural Optimisation Methods
Martin Gambling, GRM Consulting Ltd


Refreshment break


Multi-Disciplinary Optimisation (MDO)
CAD Geometry Based Structural Optimisation for Decoupling Component Properties
Aris Konstantinidis, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Adapting to Climate Changes with Waste Water Pump Energy Optimisation
John Barnes, EnginSoft UK Ltd

Bicycle Fork Optimisation using Evolutionary Algorithms in a Distributed Computing Environment
Thomas Hirche, ANSYS Switzerland GmbH

Simultaneous Structural and Material Optimisation
Margit Christa Lang, Montanuniversität Leoben


Vendor Discussion Session


Conference Cocktail Reception


End of Day 1

Wednesday, 16th October 2019



Keynote Presentation - Less Truly is More: Dimension Reduction in Computational Simulations
Pranay Seshadri, Group Leader, Data-Centric Engineeering, The Alan Turing Institute and Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge



Developments in and Challenges to the Implementation and Adoption of Artificial Intelligence for Simulation-based Optimisation
Dale Jones, Leeds University

Neural Concept Shape (NCS): A New Framework for 3D Deep-Learning Based Surrogate Modelling and Optimisation
Pierre Baqué, Neural Concept

Structural Optimisation
Commercial Vehicle's Powertrain Modal Alignment by Optimisation Methodology
Ilhan Emet, BMC Automotive Company

Automated and Smart Design Exploration Process: Application to a Vehicle Suspension System
Jean Pierre Roux, Siemens PLM Software France


Refreshment break



Process Optimisation
Optimisation Strategies for Laser-Weld Patterns to Exploit Local Hardening Effects
Sebastian Werner, TU Berlin

Weight Reduction by Optimisation in the Railway Industry
Laszlo Richard Csiszar, Knorr-Bremse Vasúti Jármü Rendszerek Hungária Kft.

Industrial Application of Surrogate Model Assisted Optimisation for Steam Turbine Rotor Cavity Design
Mark Willetts, GE Power Ltd

Structural Optimisation
Improve Suspension Design with the use of Design Exploration and an Advanced Steering System
David Fredriksson, CAE Value

Optimisation in Analysis of Cable Structures
Qizhi Xiao, LUSAS Ltd

Simulation Based Power Consumption Optimisation of a Conceptual Groundwater Piston Pump
Azeem Uddin, Robert Gordon University


Lunch break


Keynote Presentation - Generative Design: A Transformation for Product Development?
Keith Meintjes, Fellow & Executive Consultant, CIMData, Inc.


Generative Design
Transmission Loss Optimisation of a Helmholtz Resonator by Design Exploration
Nils Wagner, INTES GmbH

Generative Structural Design and Optimisation of Modern Electric Aircraft
Bertram Stier, HyperSizer

Applications of Deep Learning in Simulation and Optimisation
Richard Ahlfeld, Monolith AI

AI-accelerated Stochastic Topology Optimisation for Robust and Safer Lightweight Design Across Automotive, Aerospace and Tooling. Andre Wilmes, Rafinex


Refreshment break


Generative Design
Using Multi-Disciplinary Optimisation to Power Simulation Led Design: Engine Cylinder Head Case Study
Keith Thompson, Caterpillar Inc

Optimisation for Additive Manufacturing – Many Different Ways for One Goal
Lucas Epperlein, EDAG Engineering GmbH

New Approach for the Optimisation of a Ducted Propeller Under Uncertainty
Mariapia Marchi, Esteco SPA

Scenario-based Uncertainty Quantification of Automated Driver Assistance Systems
Lars Gräning, Dynardo GmbH


Closing remarks and discussion session

17:00End of Conference



Event Type Regional Conference
Member Price £550.00 | $682.79 | €608.82
Non-member Price £800.00 | $993.14 | €885.55
Credit Price Free when using 4 Member Credits


Start Date End Date Location
15 Oct 201916 Oct 2019London, UK



We would like to extend an invitation to your company to be part of the NAFEMS European Conference: Simulation-Based Optimisation. There are several outstanding opportunities available for your company to sponsor or exhibit at the conference, giving you maximum exposure to a highly targeted audience of delegates, who are all directly involved in simulation, analysis, and design.

sponsorship brochure

Please contact Jo Davenport - to reserve your place now.

Gold Sponsors


Dassault Simulia Sponsor


Dynardo GmbH
EnginSoft UK Ltd.


Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa

The 4* Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa is located between scenic Battersea Park, the river Thames and the iconic Battersea Power Station. Accessible by bus, train or river taxi and just over 1 mile from Pimlico Tube Station (Victoria line), with Heathrow airport only 17 miles away.

Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa
354 Queenstown Road
SW11 8AE


We have secured a limited number of bedrooms at the venue, at the special rate of £189 on bed & breakfast basis, for 15th October 2019. he

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