Researchers at the Simulation Technology excellence cluster “SimTech” are feeling incredibly up-beat following the University of Stuttgart's 2nd International Conference on Simulation Technology, which was held between the 26th and 28th of March 2018, and was attended by simulation researchers from around the world.
14 keynote speakers, 23 invited speakers and some 250 delegates from 14 countries accepted the invitation to Stuttgart to present their research results, outline their various projects, exchange ideas and discuss the future of simulation research. There were also 130 poster contributions covering a wide range of simulation research topics, seven mini-symposia, an informal get together and a conference dinner at the Mercedes-Benz Museum with D.Eng. Sabine Lutz, Vice President of Group Research and Sustainability at Daimler AG.
Participants were presented with a plethora of topics in the conference programme, which touched upon everything from contemporary mechanics to molecular simulation, numerical analysis and visualisation to the role of simulation in and for politics and society – a broad spectrum that once again demonstrated the important role played by simulation technology in science today, and why, without question, it adds enormously to theory and experimentation as the third pillar of contemporary science.
As such, the event, which followed the first conference held back in 2011, underscored ten years of success for the cluster whilst simultaneously providing an overview of the future of the field. Although the regular funding period for the cluster will come to an end at the end of this year, the researchers at SimTech are excited about the future and plan to focus more on the promising field of data-integrated simulation science, a trend that was also evident in the keynote presentations.
Following the official opening of the conference by Professor Wolfgang Ehlers, Managing Director of the cluster, and Professor Thomas Ertl, Prorector for Research and Junior Researchers, the research programme began with 14 presentations by high-calibre scientists such as Anders Ynnerman, Michael Ortiz, and Ortwin Renn, once again highlighting the interdisciplinary character of the cluster, whose objective has always been to establish simulation technology as an integrated systems science rather than a set of isolated numerical concepts.
In addition to the technical presentations, and as a special highlight, SimTech also invited the participants to a conference dinner at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart on the 27th of March. All conference delegates were free to enjoy the building's unique atmosphere and the comprehensive exhibition covering the history and development of motor vehicles. Equipped with audio guides, they were able to explore 160 vehicles and 130 years of history spread over 16,500 square metres of exhibition space. A few words by D.Eng. Sabine Lutz of Daimler AG rounded the evening off.
The 130 poster contributions exceeded the expectations of the organising team. The three best posters were nominated from a shortlist of 10 in the Best Poster Award event on the 28th of March. SimTech researchers Markus Köppel et al., took third place with their poster: “Transfer and Intercomparison of Data-Driven Uncertainty Quantification Methods for Two-Phase Flow in Carbon Dioxide Storage”. Second place went to Matthias Möller of the Delft University of Technology and his co-authors, J. Hinz and A. Jaeschke, for their poster: “Isogeometric Analysis für Industrial Applications”. The 2018 Best Poster Award was won by Marco Salvalaglio of the TU Dresden and his co-authors, Rainer Backofen, Ken Elder and Axel Voigt. Their poster: “Modelling Defects and Grain Boundaries Within the Amplitude Expansion of the Phase Field Crystal Model” impressed through its interdisciplinary approach, which connects the fields of mathematics, physics and information technology. The award, which includes a cash prize of €300, was sponsored by the Industrial Consortium.
We would like to thank all contributors and participants for a highly successful conference.