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

Panel Discussion: The Data Driven Enterprise Add to Calendar

Joshua Patterson
Sr. Director of Engineering, NVIDIA
Dr. Carsten Bange
Founder & CEO BARC
Juan Orlandini
Chief Architect, Cloud and Data Center Transformation, Insight
Carsten Buchholz
Capability Lead Structural Systems Design, Rolls Royce

Panel Discussion Host

Sam Mahalingam
Chief Technical Officer, Altair

12:00 – 12:30 EDT

Time to Network. Meet our Speakers and Experts in the Chatrooms

12:30 – 12:55 EDT

The Future of Smart Devices Add to Calendar

Peter Darnell
VP, Software Development, Altair

13:00 – 13:25 EDT

The Future of Engineering Education Add to Calendar

Dr. Mary Boyce,
Dean 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

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 2: Tuesday October 6, 2020

10:00 – 10:03 EDT

Welcome to Day 2 Add to Calendar

Andrea Siudara
CIO, Altair
10:04 – 10:32 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 – 11:20 EDT

The Future of Operational Analysis Add to Calendar

Bruce Zulu
Director of Technical Support, Panopticon, Altair
11:20 – 11:50 EDT

Time to Network. Meet our Speakers and Experts in the Chatrooms

11:50 – 12:25 EDT

Panel Discussion: Applying Digital Twin Add to Calendar

Tony Shakib
Partner/GM, Microsoft Azure IoT
Professor Karen Willcox
University of Texas at Austin
Jim Morrish,
Founder and CEO, Transforma Insights

Panel Discussion Host

James Dagg
Chief Technical Officer, Altair
12:30 – 12:55 EDT

The Future Needs Computational Science and Engineering Add to Calendar

Professor Karen Willcox
Director of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

Customer Presentations – launching October 6 at 1pm EDT

Healthcare and Our Well Being

13:00 EDT

Pursuing the Human Digital Twin: Personalized Medicine and Medical Devices

Dr Mark Palmer
Distinguished Scientist, Medtronic

Simulation in the Field of Implantable Cardiovascular Devices

Steven Ford
Principal Engineer, Edwards Lifesciences

Integrating Simulation and 3D Printing to Develop Patient Specific Medical Devices

Dr Scott J. Hollister
Director Center for 3D Medical Fabrication, GA Tech

The Role of Simulation in Medical Device Innovation

Dr Venkat Perumal
Stryker Global Technology Center (SGTC)

Cleaner Faster & Safer Mobility

Ducati Digital Process Innovation

Stefano Rendina
IT Manager, Ducati

Safety and Lightweight of Electric Vehicles: from the Lithium-ion Battery Perspective

Dr. Jun Xu
Assistant Professor Director of Vehicle Energy & Safety Laboratory (VESL), The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The New Multi Stethoscope – Enabling Advanced Evaluation of Future Automotive Body Design

Jens Weber
CAE Engineer, Solidity CAE, CEVT

Smarter Decision-making Driven by Technology

Technology-driven Decisions and the Importance of Expertise

Kevin Kirtley
Executive Lead, GE Aviation Advanced Design Tools, GE Aviation

Compare Model Attributes and Results between Variants and Document/Report Results

Sagar Rajbhandari
Head of Airframe Models, Airbus

Convergence of Engineering and Data Science

Carsten Buchholz
Capability Lead Structural Systems Design, Rolls Royce

Climbing Data Mountains

Janet Grimsley
VP, Business Intelligence, The Fauquier Bank

Work and Life: Connected and Augmented

Using LED Lighting to Unlock Data

Daniel Hollenkamp Jr
Chief Operating Officer, Toggled

CNH Industrial Paves the Way for the Evolution of Numerical Simulations in the Era of Autonomous Driving Testing in Agriculture

Gennaro Monacelli
Global Senior Director at CNH Industrial

To what extent has the Taiwan Unmanned Vehicle System been on track from MIRDC’s perspective

Dr Chiu-Feng Lin
President, Metal Industry Research and Development Centre (MIRDC)
Dr. Kuang-Shine Yang
Director of Intelligent Vehicle R&D Center (IVC), Metal Industry Research and Development Centre (MIRDC)

DAY 3: Wednesday October 7, 2020

10:00 – 10:05

Welcome to Day 3 Academic and Startup Track Add to Calendar

Jim Ryan
VP, Technical Marketing, Systems Solutions, Altair

10:05 – 10:25

The Future of AI is Empathetic Add to Calendar

Dr. Rana el-Kaliouby
Co-Founder and CEO, Affectiva

10:30 – 11:15

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

Dr. Rana el-Kaliouby
David Prasser
Founder and CEO, Startus-Insights
Dr. Mary Boyce,
Dean Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University
Dr. Christopher Borroni-Bird
Founder, Affreecar
Jason Williamson
Vice President, Oracle for Startups and Oracle for Research

Panel Discussion Host

Ubaldo Rodriguez
Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Altair

11:15 – 11:30

Time to Network. Meet our Speakers and Experts in the Chatrooms

Academic Track

Startup Track

11:30 – 11:45

Re-imagining Industry Academia Technology Partnerships in the New Normal Add to Calendar

Prof Ir Dr Mohd Shahir Liew
Institution: Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

11:30 – 12:00

Inc. Magazine Interview: From Start-up to Publicly Traded, Lessons I Learned Along the Way Add to Calendar

Jim Scapa
CEO and Founder, Altair
Burt Helm
Editor-at-large, Inc. magazine

11:55 – 12:15

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

Dr. Christian Götz
DHBW Stuttgart

12:04 – 12:20

Afreecar: Empowering the Whole World Add to Calendar

Dr. Christopher Borroni-Bird
Founder, Afreecar LLC

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

12:25 – 13:00

Simulation and Big Data Driving the Future of Virtualization in Smart, Intelligent, and Connected Vehicles​ Add to Calendar

Swapnil Jain
CTO & Co-Founder Ather Energy
Ashish Mishra
Head - Simulations COE Ather Energy

12:45 – 13:10

Virtual Project-Based Learning (PBL) involving Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Add to Calendar

Clive Hands
Lecturer, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

13:05 – 13:25

Modelling & the Future of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Add to Calendar

Dr. Fernando Muzzio
Rutgers University

13:25 – 13:35

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

Dr. Armin Veitl
Senior Director Global Academic Programs

13:35 – 13:40

Closing of Event

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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