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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


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3


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.

Event Agenda

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

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Important: Daylight Savings time change takes place in the Eastern Time Zone on 14 March 2021. Please be sure to check the Eastern Daylight Time page to ensure you do not miss part of the event due to the difference in Daylight Savings dates being different around the world.

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TitleSpeakerCompanyStart Time


Day 1: Tuesday, 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 & Pathak, AnandDassault Systèmes SIMULIA12:00
Breakout Rooms (Parallel Discussions - Not Recorded; Rooms 1-14)
How might future urban communities apply “digital twin” modeling and optimization to provide new value to the residents? (Room 1)Detwiler, DuaneHonda R&D, Americas12:30
How are simulation tools are tackling the challenges of battery development? (Room 2)Linares, WaldemarAVL List GmbH12:30
Vehicle Electrification: Challenges for Startups and Established OEMs (Room 3)Tate, 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)? (Room 4)Ladzinski, EdSMS_ThinkTank12:30
This time it's different: The role of simulation in the design, development and manufacture of all-electric vehicles (Room 5)Meintjes, KeithCIMdata & NAFEMS Technical Fellow12:30
With the shift towards more vehicle automation (incl. ADAS/AD) , what are the challenges facing the virtual validation of these new technologies? (Room 6)Zouani, KarimFord Motor Company12:30
Using Simulation to Perform Cloud-Based Calibration/Diagnostic/Prediction (Room 7)Bambula, MichaelGamma Technologies12:30
How is ML/AI being used to help support automotive design and production? (Room 8)Tabaddor, MahmoodUnderwriters Laboratories12:30
How automation, AI and machine learning will disrupt the CAE industry and the relevant job security in the future, and what skills should we prepare now to face the challenge? (Room 9)Liu, JohnFord Motor Company12:30
What types of V&V processes is the industry using to assess the processes / algorithms that support autonomous vehicle operation? (Room 10)Salvatore, FrankSAIC12:30
Open Discussions (Rooms 11-14)N/AN/A12:30


Day 2: Wednesday, 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: Integrating Simulation into the Digital Transformation Initiative for Complex Multidisciplinary Systems at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (Stage 3)Rey, Justin & Keer, TimMIT Lincoln Lab & Aras12:00

Breakout Rooms (Parallel Discussions - Not Recorded; Rooms 1-14)

The ongoing transformation of the Automotive Industry and the ascending role of simulation as a principal catalyst for success in a very disruptive environment! (Room 1)Felice, MariovirsolTech Engineering Consulting, LLC12:30
Digital Twin, Connectivity and Autonomous Driving: how are they linked and what are the challenges? (Room 2)Popielas, FrankSMS_ThinkTank12:30
How do we prepare for the future technology needs of vehicle safety engineering? (Room 3)Kan, SteveGeorge Mason University12:30
What is the future of: 1) Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrids Compared to Battery Electric Vehicles, 2) Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, and 3) Battery Recycling? (Room 4)Gattu, PallaviFord Motor Company12:30
What is the future of road safety for autonomous vehicles, coherence of communication, automation, cyber security and crashworthiness? (Room 5)Groza, MartonBay Zoltán / NAFEMS Eastern Europe12:30
What would be the main tools that will help engineers within this industry to adapt and grow within the automotive industry? (Room 6)Granados, EduardoFord Motor Company12:30
Are Systems Thinking, Digital Transformation, and Digital Thread just marketing hype? Does it have anything to do with Simulation Management? (Room 7)Rey, JustinMIT Lincoln Lab12:30
How to effectively execute cross-functional and complete product simulations in a typical highly siloed organizational structure. (Room 8)Sheldon, AllenHonda R&D, Americas12:30
What does the future hold for manufacturing simulation in the automotive industry? (Room 9)Huang, JoshuaRyobi Die Casting, USA12:30
What is the role of simulation in vehicle electrification for the next 10 years? (Room 10)Flores, KristianFord Motor Company12:30
Open Discussions (Rooms 11-14)N/AN/A12:30


Day 3: Thursday, 18 March

Brief Welcome (Stage 1)NAFEMS Americas9:50
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: Block Cycle Durability Schedule Generation for an Elastomeric Control Arm Bushing from 3 Channel Road Load Signals (Stage 2)Mars, WillEndurica11:30
Case Study: Optimal Electrified Powertrain Controls along a Real-Time Route in a Multi-Physics Simulation Platform (Stage 3)Bambula, Michael & Lodaya, Dhaval

Gamma Technologies

Breakout Rooms (Parallel Discussions - Not Recorded; Rooms 1-14)
What is the role of classical CAE methods for Big Data? (Room 1)Gummadi, NageshFord Motor Company12:00
For vehicle automation projects, what is the right balance between simulation and testing for training and for validation? (Room 2)Horn, EmilyDeere & Company12:00
When will the world reach "peak car?" (Room 3)James, Barry

Hexagon | Romax

ADAS: What are the strategies for collecting, storing, processing, and sharing volumes of sensor data? (Room 4)Mach, RodTotalCAE12:00
How can universities work with industry partners to promote the creation of the next generation vehicle? (Room 5)Nutwell, EmilyOSU SIMCenter12:00
Simulating Reality – How do you know the Simulation is correct? (Room 6)Hunter, TimWolf Star Technologies12:00
What is the Role of the Digital Thread in Creating the Next Generation Vehicle (Room 7)Dreisbach, RodNAFEMS Technical Fellow12:00
Lightweighting and Sustainability initiatives – how are they impacting durability requirements for automotive elastomers? (Room 8)Robertson, ChrisEndurica12:00
Open Discussions (Rooms 9-14)N/AN/A12:30
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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