About the Event

Whether an engineer or designer or IT director or data scientist, there’s an explorer in each of us. At the intersection where data analytics, simulation, and high-performance computing converge, join us October 5 – 7 for the 12th Annual Global Altair Technology Conference, where we are bringing together the brightest minds around the world to share breakthrough digital discoveries and industry-first innovations, all while continuing to explore solutions for a smarter, more connected world.

What’s different this year? Our location and theme. A virtual event, our focus is bringing technologies, ideas and products forward… Only Forward. Our theme? The Future of....


Why attend

Join us as we explore the convergence between data analytics, simulation, and high-performance computing. Featuring a dynamic mix of best-in-class keynotes, panels and technical sessions, you will connect and learn on the latest trends influencing your industry, as well as the world around us. Don’t miss the opportunity to be inspired and help shape the future.

Who should attend?

Investors, analysts, industry leaders, executives, designers, engineers, scientists, developers and academia from industries focused on simulation, HPC and Cloud, IoT, and data analytics.

Our Agenda

Don’t miss Day One. Fast paced and exciting, we will explore “The Future of ...” theme with thought-provoking and one-of-a-kind keynotes. Panel discussions will also cover a wide range of topics with different viewpoints. Trust us when we say that you don’t want to miss this.
Geek out on Day Two, as we double down on our theme “The Future of ...” and focus on critical trends impacting our world:

Day Three is all about academic inspiration. Structured with your inner student in mind, hear inspirational keynotes from industry leaders, as well as panel discussions focused on the future of learning, particularly in “the new normal.”
But it’s not over yet! After each session, get your questions answered by those same keynotes and panelists that you were inspired by in our chat rooms.

Discover continuously. Advance infinitely. #OnlyForward


October 5-7



No Travel Needed

Participate online


Keynotes, Technical and Training sessions


Learn & Network


DAY 1: Monday October 5, 2020 

10:00 – 10:10 EDT

Welcome to our 2020 Event Add to Calendar

Jim Scapa
CEO and Founder, Altair

10:10 – 10:30 EDT

The Future of Work and AI – Making Us and AI Smarter Together Add to Calendar

Dr. Ayanna Howard
Founder and CTO of Zyrobotics

10:40 – 11:00 EDT

It’s Time to Stop Operating in the Margins and Harness the Full Potential of Simulation Add to Calendar

Dr. Royston Jones
CTO, Altair UK

11:05 – 11:25 EDT

The Future of Design, Simulation and Optimization Add to Calendar

Dr. Ming Zhou
Senior Vice President, Software Development, Altair

11:30 – 12:00 EDT

The Data Driven Enterprise Add to Calendar

Panel Discussion with Q&A

12:00 – 12:30 EDT

Networking Session

12:30 – 12:55 EDT

The Future of Embedded Firmware Development Add to Calendar

Peter Darnell
VP, Software Development, Altair

13:00 – 13:25 EDT

The Future of Engineering Education Add to Calendar

Dr. Mary C. Boyce
Dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University.

13:30 – 13:55 EDT

Analytics in a No-Code World Add to Calendar

Mark Do Couto
VP Worldwide Data Analytics Outside Sales, Altair

14:00 – 14:10 EDT

Closing End of Day 1 Add to Calendar

Jim Scapa
CEO and Founder, Altair

DAY 2: Tuesday October 6, 2020

10:00 – 10:10 EDT

Welcome to Day 2 Add to Calendar

Andrea Siudara
CIO, Altair
10:10 – 10:30 EDT

Distilling Physics Intuition using Deep Learning: The Four Exponential Drivers Add to Calendar

Professor Hod Lipson
Prof. of Mechanical Engineering and Data Science, Columbia University in NYC
10:35 – 11:00 EDT

Future of HPC Add to Calendar

Dr. Bill Nitzberg
CTO, PBS Works, Altair
11:05 – 11:25 EDT

The Future of Operational Analysis Add to Calendar

Bruce Zulu
Director of Technical Support, Panopticon, Altair
11:25 – 11:55 EDT


11:55 – 12:25 EDT

Applying Digital Twin Add to Calendar

Panel Discussion
12:30 – 12:50 EDT

The Future of Computational Science and Engineering: From Physics-based Models to Scientific Machine Learning Add to Calendar

Professor Karen Willcox
Director of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
12:55 – 13:05 EDT

Closing Add to Calendar

Andrea Siudara
CIO, Altair

Customer Presentations – launching October 6

13:00 EDT

Track 1: Transforming Healthcare and Our Well-being

Dr Mark Palmer
Steve Ford
Dr Scott Hollister
Ga Tech
Dr Venkat Perumal
Senior Principal Engineer, Stryker

Track 2: Safety and lightweight of electric vehicles: from the lithium-ion battery perspective

Ducati Course
Professor Jun Xu

Track 3: Technology-driven Decisions and the Importance of Expertise

Kevin Kirtley
GE Flow Simulator
Sagar Rajbhandari

Track 4: Using LED lighting to unlock data

Toggled IQ, Daniel Hollenkamp Jr
COO, Toggled
Gennaro Monacelli
Dr Chiu-Feng Lin
CEO, Metal Industry Research and Development Centre (MIRDC)

Altair Partner Alliance

Come join our Altair Partner Alliance (APA) partners as they share their thoughts and insight on
The Future of … Listen as these partners discuss challenges, opportunities and future trends within their respective industries and areas of expertise. See how their solutions and advancements in technology are helping businesses simulate, innovate and succeed.

DAY 3: Wednesday October 7, 2020

10:00 – 10:20

Welcome to Day 3 Academic and Startup Track Add to Calendar

Mike Kidder
Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Altair
Jim Ryan
VP, Technical Marketing, Systems Solutions, Altair

10:20 – 10:40

The Future of AI is Empathetic Add to Calendar

Rana el-Kaliouby
CEO and Co-Founder of Affectiva and author of Girl Decoded

10:45 – 11:15

Panel Discussion: The Future of Technology…..Transforming Knowledge to Solutions Add to Calendar

Rana el-Kaliouby
Iryna Bursuk
Dr. Mary Boyce
Columbia University

11:15 – 11:30

Networking Add to Calendar

Academic Track

Startup Track

11:30 – 11:50

Academic Success Story Add to Calendar

Dr. Liew
Petronas University

11:30 – 11:50

Inc. Magazine Interview with Jim Scapa Add to Calendar

Jim Scapa
CEO and Founder, Altair

11:55 – 12:15

Project Based Learning in Partnership with University and Industry Add to Calendar

Professor Götz
DHBW Stuttgart

11:55 – 12:15

Startup Success Story Add to Calendar

Ron Johnson
Sr. Director of Dynamics, Nikola Motor

12:20 – 12:40

The Globalization of Engineering Education Add to Calendar

Julia King
Director, Administrative Operations & Office of Industrial Experience, Purdue University/School of Mechanical Engineering

12:20 – 12:40

Personal Mobility Add to Calendar

Swapnil Jain
Co-founder, and CTO, Ather Energy

12:45 – 13:05

Academic Success Story Add to Calendar

Clive Hands
Lecturer, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

12:45 – 13:05

Startup Success Story Add to Calendar

Dr. Fernando Muzio
Rutgers University

13:10 – 13:20

Complementing State of the Art Simulation Methods with Highly Specialized Solutions under Altair’s Partner Alliance for Multidisciplinary Learning Add to Calendar

Armin Veitl
Senior Director Global Academic Programs

Closing of Event Add to Calendar

Media Partners

Altair Partner Alliance


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes please register via the registration page. This will allow us to communicate any agenda changes and relevant information to you.
There is no registration fee to attend to event.
Yes you will be asked for your email and password when the event goes live on October 5, 2020.
We will host live sessions over the three days as well as recorded events which you can browse and watch at your leisure. There will be opportunities for you to engage with our team through live Q&A sessions, visit virtual booths and attend technical sessions.
This is an online event and you can access the event through your login details. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile or tablet devices.
No you do not need to download any software to participate in the event. You only need to have internet access.
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