2020 Digital Twin Forum Keynote Speakers Announced

ASSESS: Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies to enable a significant increase in usage and benefit of these technologies


Clarkesville, GA – ASSESS Initiative, a broad-reaching multi-industry initiative to facilitate a revolution of enablement that will vastly increase the availability and effectiveness of Engineering Simulation, is proud to announce the Keynote Speakers for the 2020 Digital Twins Forum

Our first speaker is Dimitri Mavris, Ph. D., Director of the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory & Boeing Chaired Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dimitri Mavris earned his B.S. (1984), M.S. (1985), and Ph.D. (1988) in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is the Boeing Chaired Professor of Advanced Aerospace Systems Analysis in Georgia Tech’s School of Aerospace Engineering, Regents Professor, and an S.P. Langley NIA Distinguished Professor. Additionally, he is the Director of its Georgia Tech Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) and Executive Director of the Professional Master’s in Applied Systems Engineering program. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences and the AIAA Council of Directors, serving as the Director of the AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Group. He formerly served as a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and co-chair of the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection’s review board of independent experts.

For the past 25 years, Prof. Mavris and ASDL have specialized in the integration of multi-disciplinary physics-based modeling and simulation tools. ASDL’s signature methods streamline the process of integrating parametric simulation toolsets and enable huge runtime improvements that facilitate large scale design space exploration and optimization under uncertainty. Recent research focuses on combining these methods with advances in computing to enable large-scale virtual experimentation for complex systems design.

Our second speaker is Robert Hester, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology, H.C. Simulation, and University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. Robert Hester is a Professor of Physiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Interim Chair of the Department of Data Sciences, Director of the Center for Computational Medicine and a Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor. He graduated in Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University, completed a graduate course in Mechanical Engineering at MSU then completed a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering jointly from Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 

Dr. Hester’s research focus is the development of HumMod and other integrative physiological models for understanding human physiology.   His current work focuses on using the large scale integrative physiology model, HumMod, for “in silico” clinical trials.  Dr. Hester is also President and CEO of H.C. Simulation, LLC, a software company developing HumMod for educational and commercial purposes.      

“We are honored to have Dr. Mavris and Dr. Hester as our keynote speakers for the upcoming Digital Twins Forum,” says Joe Walsh, CEO, and Co-Founder of the ASSESS Initiative.  “We look forward to their insights on how Digital Twins can be used and are being used in widely varying applications.”

The 2020 Digital Twins Forum will be held at the ASDL offices on the Georgia Tech Campus for a two-day caucus on July 7-8, 2020.  Attendance at the Digital Twins Forum is limited to 50 attendees and is by invitation only.  Registration for the 2020 Digital Twins Forum is now open!!!

Digital Twin(s) in a Digital Thread strategy represents the next big Business Driver in enabling digital transformation across the domains of product development, manufacturing, and in-service operations.  However, there is tremendous hype, differing perspectives, and confusion around Digital Twin(s).  A Digital Twin is any virtual representation of a Physical Twin. A Physical Twin may have multiple Digital Twins used for different purposes. The concept of a single Digital Twin to virtually represent a Physical Twin is not appropriate or technically achievable.

One specific form of a Digital Twin is a physics-based digital twin used in Engineering Simulation.  The focus of one ASSESS Initiative theme is to advocate for and enable a significant expansion of the use of Engineering Simulation Digital Twin(s). The definition of an Engineering Simulation Digital Twin has been defined and agreed to by the ASSESS Engineering Simulation Digital Twin(s) working group. 

The ASSESS Initiative was formed to bring together key players, both users, and developers of simulation software, to guide and influence the software tool strategies for performing model-based analysis, simulation, and systems engineering with a vision “To significantly expand the use and benefit of software tools for model-based analysis, simulation, and systems engineering in the engineering applications domain.”

The ASSESS Initiative Membership program provides the ability for the ASSESS Initiative to expand its efforts and community benefits beyond the annual congress. The ASSESS Membership Program is appropriate for all organizations engaged in Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering activities related to Engineered products & processes. The ASSESS Membership Program is offered in individual or group memberships. Active ASSESS Initiative Members receive access to Members Only content on the ASSESS website and a discount on the ASSESS Congress Registration Fees.

About the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL)

The Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) was founded in 1992 to bridge the gap between academia and industry research perspectives, and it has grown to be one of the nation’s premier entities for aerospace systems and complex design. ASDL is part of the School of Aerospace Engineering, which is one of the original Guggenheim schools.

About the ASSESS Initiative

ASSESS Initiative LLC was formed in mid-2016 for bringing together the key players to guide and influence the software development and implementation strategies related to model-based analysis, simulation, and systems engineering, with the primary objective of expanding the use and business benefit of Engineering Simulation. ASSESS Initiative LLC is based in Clarkesville, GA, USA. Please refer to our website www.assessinitiative.com and the following brief summary “ What is the ASSESS Initiative and why is it important?” for more information.


Joe Walsh
CEO & Co-Founder

ASSESS Initiative LLC
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