ESI Live 2020 - Aerospace Track

ESI LIVE’s Aerospace track features industry leaders from top companies including Airbus Helicopters, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, Latécoère, Aernnova Aerospace and JAXA . Listen as they share insights into their profound transformation by digitalizing operations to bounce back amid the pandemic crisis. 

Curated for the aviation and space professionals, this track addresses key milestones along the Product Performance Lifecycle that brings airplanes, helicopters, and rockets into existence. Capitalizing on the adoption of more advanced simulation technologies for Aircraft design and manufacturing, these companies have been able to “Left Shift” decision making with early virtual validation to improve product quality, safety, reliability, and operation costs.  

Highlights include:

  • Interactive panel discussion focused on deploying digital capabilities to accelerate business recovery for the Aerospace industry 
  • Insight from industry leaders on virtual prototyping solutions in Aircraft Manufacturing to achieve greater levels of industrial efficiency, quality and product performance
  • Examples on Model-based approaches toward risk assessment and design evaluation using physics-based system modeling and simulation 
  • Live demonstration on human-centric engineering to bring back hands-on product and process discovery with advanced Virtual Reality 

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Agenda & Session Hosts


9:00-9:40a   Opening Keynote Panel
12:15-12:20p   Industry Track Opening
    Industry Presentations:
12:20-12:35p   Smart Design for Safety and Reliability
    -JAXA, Kaname Kawatsu
12:35-01:20p   Advanced technologies in Aircraft Manufacturing
    -Pratt & Whitney, Dr. David Furrer
    -Latecoere, Thierry Eftymiades
    -Rolls Royce, Ben Saunders
01:30-02:00p   Panel Discussion
    -Airbus Helicopters, Emmanuel Mermoz
    -Pratt & Whitney, Dr. David Furrer
    -Latecoere, Thierry Eftymiades
    -Rolls Royce, Ben Saunders

-Aernnova Aerospace, Federico Martin de la Escalera Ph.D

2:25-2:40p   Human-Centric - Virtual Reality Demo
3:00-4:00p   Thought Leadership Panel Discussion



Paul Dainty

UK Sales & Marketing Director at ESI Group

Slaheddine Frikha

Aerospace Industry Director, ESI Group

Speakers & Panelists

Kaname Kawatsu

Associate Senior Researcher, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Dr. David Furrer

Senior Fellow, Discipline Lead, Materials & Processes Engineering, PRATT AND WHITNEY

Thierry Eftymiades

Senior Vice President Of Engineering, LATÉCOÈRE

Ben Saunders

Team Leader – Materials & Process Modelling, ROLLS-ROYCE

Emmanuel Mermoz

Senior Expert Dynamic Systems, AIRBUS HELICOPTERS

Federico Martin de la Escalera Ph.D

Head of Research & Technology Dept., AERNNOVA