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NAFEMS North America Conference 2012

NAFEMS North America Conference 2012 | Call for Presentations


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The Issues

Where is engineering analysis and simulation going to lead our world in the next decade? Where should it be going, and how will we all help get it there? What are the business, technological, and human enablers that will carry the past successful developments, applications, and business impact of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) to higher plateaus during the next decade and beyond?

The Event

NAFEMS, the premier global organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of engineering simulation, is hosting it's 2012 North America Conference just outside of Washington D.C. on September 11-12, to bring together the leading visionaries, developers, and practitioners of CAE-related technologies and business processes to share relevant trends and roadmaps, to explore common themes, and to address these issues in an open forum. The Conference‘s goal is to provide attendees with insightful content and perspective on how to position their organizations to realize the full potential of CAE now and in the future.

Call for Presentations

NAFEMS openly requests presentations which provide case studies on the effective use of simulation for a particular application. Presentations from all areas of simulation can be submitted and will be considered, however, contributions which highlight one or more of the themes below are particularly welcomed:

Commercial impact of CAE investments

  • Development and deployment of CAE roadmaps
  • Integration of simulation data within Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
  • The roles of CAE software and hardware developers

Innovations in Simulation Technology
(“the purpose of computing is insight, not numbers”)

  • High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems for CAE (further synergies between hardware architectures, non-traditional platforms, and software algorithms)
  • Capturing the relevant physics well enough to gain engineering insight through multifunctional and multiphysics simulations
  • Material characterizations including multiscale modeling
  • Driving design improvement and optimization from smart simulations
  • Real-time virtual simulations
  • Design uncertainty quantifications and non-deterministic optimization
  • Innovative approximation methods and evolutionary optimization
Engineering Simulation Processes
  • Experimental errors vs. CAE foibles – which data set do you trust?
  • Regulatory affairs: Gaining acceptance of quality CAE data in approval of products and designs
  • How to accomplish validation with complex systems
Human Issues
  • Intelligent engineering collaboration environments
  • Teaching simulation as part of the basic engineering curricula
  • Evolving engineering processes and organizations to leverage CAE advances
Futuristic Considerations
  • Simulation strategies and tools for “Emerging Complex Adaptive Systems and Cyber –Physical Systems”
  • Intelligent interfaces for modeling and simulation software
  • Interactive, immersive 3D modeling and simulation tools/facilities
  • Potential of using Virtual and Augmented Reality, and Virtual Worlds in engineering simulations

You are invited to participate to tell the engineering analysis community how simulation is being used in your organization.The impact of simulation, and the extent to which it is deployed, can vary considerably depending on company size, and the industry sector in which youoperate. The conference committee is keen to encourage input and participation from a wide range of organizations – large and small, across all sectors.

Please note, as an independent and vendor-neutral organization, NAFEMS kindly requests that all submissions avoid any overt commercialism.

Submission Process

In the first instance, abstracts of 300-600 words should be submitted for consideration by May 14th 2012. Abstracts should be clearly marked with the presentation title, author's name, organisation, address, phone number(s) and email address.

E-mail your abstract to

Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be asked to prepare an extended abstract (typically 2-4 pages) and a PowerPoint presentation - full written papers will not be required.

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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

As the only International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community, NAFEMS is widely held to be the leading independent source of information and training for engineering analysts and designers of all levels.

Sponsors and exhibitors will have the chance to promote their participation prior to the event through the various sponsorship packages we are offering.

Your participation in this conference will provide a positive impression of your company‘s commitment to best practices.

To discuss available opportunities, visit the Conference website, or contact


The Venue

Hyatt Dulles
2300 Dulles Corner Blvd.,
Herndon, Virginia, USA 20171

Tel: +1 703 713 1234
Fax: +1 703 713 3410

Located in Herndon, Virgina just 25 miles from Washington D.C., the conference is easily accessible:

This executive suite hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to and from Dulles International Airport.

With an unequalled position near the terminals, the hotel offers an ideal locale for exploring the US capital as well as surrounding attractions including Virginia wineries, Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetery, area businesses, and more.

Deluxe guest services include a fully equipped 24 hour self-service center, gym, whirlpool and indoor swimming pool.

To/From Dulles International Airport:

The hotel runs a Dulles Airport hotel shuttle every 30 minutes, starting at 5:15 a.m. and ending at 12:30 a.m.

From Amtrak Union Station, Washington D.C.:

40 mins by Taxi

From West Falls Church & Vienna Metro Station:

Both 25 mins away

Getting there by car:

From Washington, D.C.:
Take *I-66 West to Exit 67, Dulles Toll Road West (Rt. 267). From the Toll Road, take Exit 10, Herndon/Chantilly. Turn left onto Centreville Road. Go 3 traffic lights to Sunrise Valley Drive, Turn right. Go 1.5 miles and Hyatt Dulles near Washington Dulles Airport is on your right.

From Baltimore and All Points North:
Take I-95 South to Exit 27, I-495 West. From I-495 take Exit 45A, Dulles Toll Road West (Rt. 267). From the Toll Road take Exit 10, Herndon/Chantilly. Turn left onto Centreville Road. Go 3 traffic lights to Sunrise Valley Drive, Turn right. Go 1.5 miles and Hyatt Dulles is on your right.

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