Automotive Track

ESI partners with industry leaders in leveraging advanced digital technologies to achieve these bold Mission Zero goals. How so? 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.

         Highlights include : 

  • Insight from industry leaders on how they embrace digital transformation to reach energy management targets and maximum range without sacrificing comfort, safety, or cost 
  • Expert panel discussions with peers in the Automotive industry ​on the driving forces impacting the future of mobility and our daily lives 
  • Industry presentations sharing best practices and innovative solutions ​for Battery Design Optimization, Range & Energy Management, Manufacturing Processes, Lightweighting 
  • Live demonstration on human-centric product and process validation to predict and mitigate risk, to assure on-time delivery, optimal performance, and a safe work environment with advanced Virtual Reality 

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


David Dolenga

Immersive Technology Manager, General Motors


Markus Sandfort

Head of Functional Design Body Structure Electric Drives, Audi


Siddheshwar Yerate

Technical Manager - Bentley

Christoph Gümbel

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



2:00 - 2:45pm - Opening & Thought Leadership Panel

2:45 - 3:00pm - Digital Networking & Live VR Demo

3:00pm Start of the Automotive Track

3:00 - 3:15pm - Structural dynamics & vibro-acoustic prototype-less development - Bentley

3:15 - 3:30pm - Lightweighting through Multi-Material Joining & Assembly - Ford

3:30 - 3:45pm - Structure design for battery vehicles – Challenges in the CAE process - Audi

3:45 - 4:00pm - Sustainability with zero physical prototype & heuristic topology optimization - University Wuppertal

4:00 - 4:15pm - Sustainability Trends in the Automotive Industry - Deloitte

4:15 - 4:45pm - Automotive Roundtable

4:45 - 5:00pm - Plenary Closing Discussion

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