ESI LIVE’s Automotive track features industry leaders from top companies including Bentley, Ford, Audi, University Wuppertal, Deloitte and Future Matters. Witness how automakers have started pivoting away from single-point numerical simulation to 100% Virtual Prototyping: they design, engineer, manufacture, assemble and test a new vehicle concept fully virtually – reducing scrap and emissions while introducing more agile and safe operations with a strong focus on the well-being of humans. Getting sustainable practices right, virtually, is the only way forward.


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Time 00:07 Structural dynamics & vibro-acoustic prototype-less development, Bentley

Time 16:00 Lightweighting through Multi-Material Joining & Assembly, Ford

Time 31:53 Structure design for battery vehicles – Challenges in the CAE process, Audi

Time 47:05 Sustainability with zero physical prototype & heuristic topology optimization, University Wuppertal

Time 01:04:00 Sustainability Trends in the Automotive Industry, Deloitte

Time 01:18:50 Roundtable with General Motors, Ford, Deloitte and Future Matters

Speakers & Panelists

Alan Banks

Innovation & Industrial Engagement Supervisor, Ford Motor Company


Cathleen Sudau

Manager Sustainability Services, Deloitte


Marcus Götz

Partner Risk Advisory, Deloitte


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher

Chair of Optimization of Mechanical Structures, University of Wuppertal


Markus Sandfort

Head of Functional Design Body Structure Electric Drives, Audi


David Dolenga

Immersive Technology Manager, General Motors


Siddheshwar Yerate

Technical Manager - Bentley

Christoph Gümbel

Senior Future Mobility Scientist, Future Matters formerly at Porsche, Head of Department Electric Vehicle