Simulation in the Automotive Industry: Creating the Next Generation Vehicle 2021

Simulation in the Automotive Industry: Creating the Next Generation Vehicle


Simulation in the Automotive Industry: Creating the Next Generation Vehicle

Date: 16-18 March 2021
Format: Three, 3-4-hour Sessions
Location: Online International Seminar


The automotive engineering community is now confronting the largest technology transformation since its inception. The demand to manufacture cleaner, safer, and smarter vehicles, along with providing an overall enhanced driving and ride experience, has never been higher. As a result, engineering teams must discover, evaluate, and successfully implement leading-edge technology and methods to produce reliable, effective results.

Hence, the challenges for automotive engineers are enormous and require a significant increase in the upfront use of numerical simulation capabilities, methods, and processes such that they’re able to efficiently design, manufacture and deliver these innovative technologies to market in greater speeds than ever before.


NAFEMS Americas and invited speakers will cover these topics, and more, at, “Simulation in the Automotive Industry: Creating the Next Generation Vehicle." This virtual event, centered on engagement, 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.

Topics may include, but not limited to:

  • Cleaner
  • Manufacturing stage --> end of life of the vehicle
  • Electric vs. Petrol Electrification
  • Safety
  • ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Crash
  • Smarter
  • Connectivity
  • Data
  • Autonomous
  • Experience
  • Comfort
  • Performance
  • Sharing – MaaS (Mobility as a Service)
  • Impact of COVID-19

Event Format

We're going to do something a little different with this event! Each day will last approximately three hours (total of nine hours over three days). The first two hours will be comprised of presentations, with the final hour being devoted to virtual breakout discussions.

To learn a bit more about what you can expect, watch the video at the top of this page.

Event Agenda

The event agenda is subject to change. All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

TitleSpeakerCompanyStart Time

Day 1: 16 March

Welcome & Introduction (Stage 1)NAFEMS Americas9:45
Engineering Simulation as Viewed from the BoardroomJoyce, BobBob Joyce Partners Ltd.10:00
Computational Simulations in the Ages of E-mobility and Automated DrivingVeress, ArpadKnorr-Bremse Fékrendszerek Kft.10:30
Smarter Mobility by Data Driven Simulation of Transportation NetworksDetwiler, DuaneHonda R & D, Americas, Inc.11:00
Connecting the SimulationNalevanko, JohnFord Motor Company11:30
Case Studies (Parallel Presentations; Stages 1-3)
From Baja to EV – Using Load Reconstruction in Real Time (Stage 1)Hunter, TimWolf Star Technologies12:00
Crossing the RUBICON to a Sustainable Future (Stage 2)James, BarryHexagon | Romax Technology12:00
Integrated Modeling & Simulation for Battery Module & Pack Design and Optimization (Stage 3)Birajdar, Nilesh & Parhak, AnandDassault Systèmes SIMULIA12:00
Breakout Tables (Parallel Discussions; Tables 1-8)
How might future urban communities apply “digital twin” modeling and optimization to provide new value to the residents?Detwiler, DuaneHonda R&D, Americas12:30
Simulating Reality – How do you know the Simulation is correct?Hunter, TimWolf Star Technologies12:30
How are simulation tools are tackling the challenges of battery development?Linares, WaldemarAVL List GmbH12:30
Vehicle Electrification: Challenges for Startups and Established OEMsTate, EdDassault Systèmes SIMULIA12:30
Do we have the proper simulation ecosystem in place to support the current megatrends in the automotive industry: Electrification, Autonomous Driving and MaaS (Mobility as a Service)?Ladzinski, EdSMS_ThinkTank12:30
This time it's different: The role of simulation in the design, development and manufacture of all-electric vehiclesMeintjes, KeithCIMdata12:30
With the shift towards more vehicle automation (incl. ADAS/AD) , what are the challenges facing the virtual validation of these new technologies?Zouani, KarimFord Motor Company12:30
TBCTBCHexagon | MSC Software12:30

Day 2: 17 March

Brief Welcome (Stage 1)NAFEMS Americas9:55
Data and Intelligence Requirements for Autonomy and ConnectivityWijesekera, DumindaGeorge Mason University / NIST10:00
Simulation of the Human Factor in Autonomous Driving

Pintér, Krisztián & Felhős, Dávid

Bay Zoltán / NAFEMS Eastern Europe10:30
Challenges of Developing Safe Vehicles and Improving Traffic Safety for Future Mixed Vehicle Fleets of Human-driven Vehicles, ADS Operated Vehicles, and No-occupant ADS Vehicles on Highway SystemKan, SteveGeorge Mason University11:00
Effects of Failures, Weaknesses and Insecurities on ADASWijesekera, DumindaGeorge Mason University / NIST11:30
Case Studies (Parallel Presentations; Stages 1-3)
Assessing ADAS/AD System's Real-Life Performance: Uniting Real Data, AI and Optimization for Scenario-Driven Design Validation and Optimization (Stage 1)Mugnai, AlexandreEsteco SPA12:00
Keeping it Cool - A Thermal Simulation Study of the TESLA Model 3 Cell (Stage 2)Schneider, Jürgen & Richter, JanAVL List GmbH & Batemo12:00
Case Study: TBC (Stage 3)TBCGamma Technologies12:00
Breakout Tables (Parallel Discussions; Tables 1-8)
The ongoing transformation of the Automotive Industry and the ascending role of simulation as a principal catalyst for success in a very disruptive environment!Felice, MariovirsolTech Engineering Consulting, LLC12:30
Digital Twin, Connectivity and Autonomous Driving: how are they linked and what are the challenges?Popielas, FrankSMS_ThinkTank12:30
TBCKan, SteveGeorge Mason University12:30
TBCWijesekera, DumindaGeorge Mason University / NIST12:30
TBCGroza, MartonBay Zoltán / NAFEMS Eastern Europe12:30
TBCTBCGamma Technologies12:30
TBCTBCNextflow Software12:30
TBCSheldon, AllenHonda R&D, Americas12:30

Day 3: 18 March

Brief Welcome (Stage 1)NAFEMS Americas9:55
CAE Simulation of a Driving Mechanism for a Three-Wheeler to Enhance Maneuverability and Ride ComfortTesti, Riccardo Piaggio & C. S.p.A.10:00
Rimac C_Two: Development of Electric HypercarKrajinović, IvanRimac Automobili d.o.o.10:30
Electrification in CAEGarrick, Taylor General Motors11:00
Case Studies (Parallel Presentations; Stages 1-3)
Case Study: Rain management applications with SPH method for vehicle sensors location optimization (Stage 1)Candelier, Julien & Lété, EdouardNextflow Software11:30
Case Study: TBC (Stage 2)TBCTBC11:30
Case Study: TBC (Stage 3)TBCTBC11:30
Breakout Tables (Parallel Discussions; Tables 1-6)
What is the role of classical CAE methods for Big Data?Gummadi, NageshFord Motor Company12:00
For vehicle automation projects, what is the right balance between simulation and testing for training and for validation?Horn, EmilyDeere & Company12:00
TBCNutwell, EmilyOSU SIMCenter12:00
TBCJoshi, ChandraGeneral Motors12:00
Closing Discussion (Stage 1)
Examining the Role of Simulation, Challenges and Solutions to Best Support the Technical Needs of a Fast-Transforming Automotive IndustryFelice, MariovirsolTech Engineering Consulting, LLC13:00



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