Coming Full Circle in Paris: From COP21 to the ANSYS Dimensions Innovation Conference

paris-at-nightAlmost one year ago, Paris was the stage for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) that adopted the first international climate agreement, setting a goal to limit the global temperature rise to no more than 2 degrees C. Now I am pleased to say that on November 15th and 16th this year Paris will also play host to the first ANSYS Dimensions Innovation Conference. Let me explain the connection.

As I discussed in a blog last month, to meet the challenges of the COP21 commitments, only breakthrough energy innovation is going to help customers achieve their sustainability goals, lower operational costs and drive growth by opening new markets for their products.

But energy innovation is not the only major trend shaping executive strategy. Added to the list are business critical topics such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, the rise of autonomous systems and deep learning, and others. As leaders in all these areas know, the companies that succeed will be those that respond rapidly to these paradigm shifts in their businesses and leap ahead or disrupt incumbents.

Across industries, these breakthrough innovations are basically taking one of two basic forms. One is turning existing, mature technologies into much more complex, interdependent and often software-driven systems. The other is new entrant, disruptive technology that is bringing a whole new way of looking at the design and operation of a given product.

Either way, the engineering challenge is the same: the number of design permutations, often with no operational experience or domain expertise as a guide, has increased significantly. Take autonomous vehicles as an example. My colleague Sandeep Sovani recently wrote that using physical testing it would take 8,800 years to develop a safe autonomous vehicle. Clearly that is longer than most people are prepared (or able!) to wait for a new car. By allowing engineers to rapidly explore large and complex design spaces, simulation is acknowledged as the key enabler to bring the required innovations to market in a realistic time-frame.

So it is very fitting that following the challenge to deliver breakthrough innovation laid down in Paris nearly 12 months ago we are coming full circle and returning to Paris with a conference focused on how simulation technology can be used to deliver game changing engineering innovations into a practical reality in a timely manner.

The ANSYS Dimensions Innovation Conference is a two-day event. On the first day we will be focusing on how growth in the internet of things (IoT) is driving innovation and change across an array of industries, from automotive to healthcare, and why a simulation platform is a key component of an IoT strategy. Companies including Ferrari, the Avicenna Alliance consortia and industry analysts from CimData will join ANSYS executives on the stage. Day Two will dig deeper into the details of how simulation can be deployed to support an IoT strategy, including the use of systems and software engineering. This second day will feature speakers from Airbus, Areva, Microsoft and PTC, among others.

I encourage you to join us and to share this opportunity to meet industry thought leaders in Paris with those in your organization tasked with the implementation of an innovation or IoT strategy, or those who are interested in making transformative technology a reality. I look forward to seeing you there.

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About Robert Harwood

Global Industry Director Rob obtained his engineering PhD in 1998 and since that time has focused on the industrial use of simulation based engineering in a broad range of industry sectors. Rob has been with ANSYS for 16 years.