INTERNATIONAL CAE CONFERENCE
1984 – 2014: thirty years ago, the FUTURE begins here ...
27th – 28th October 2014, Lazise (Hotel Parchi del Garda Congress Centre)
Also this year the International CAE Conference has been characterized by eminent guests.
Confindustria President, Giorgio Squinzi, has declared: "New computer-aided technologies have been acknowledged as essential for the creation of new processes and products and for this reason the European Commission is strongly focused on companies development. In such a scenario, companies have to play the fundamental role of key partners in research activities, thus stimulating innovation development and achieving Europe targets. Innovation is also an Italian priority and Confindustria is requesting the central government to foster the creation of favorable and suitable conditions for innovation and competitiveness".
Stefano Odorizzi – CEO, Scientific Committee President of the International CAE Conference – has underlined the importance of Computer Aided Engineering simulation and innovation as a strategic tool for competitiveness for any company in any sector.
Key-note speakers: the record man Francesco Moser, who gained the cycling hour record in Mexico City thirty years ago using an innovative bicycle for that time, equipped with lenticular wheels and adopting an elegant posture in the Pininfarina wind gallery; Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma – QuickStep) the promising Italian cyclist.
They represented two generations of sportsmen that have allowed to rediscover the main innovations that have characterized the bicycle evolution and the simulation applied to cycling in general.
Industrial production, energy, aerospace enterprises, medical sciences, catastrophe management: how much could our future and the quality of our daily life improve? Computer aided-engineering technologies represent both the answer and the way in which companies can move toward innovation and economic regain for our Country.
This edition has been characterized by the presence of eminent scientists, researchers, managers and engineers coming from all over the world and presenting the results achievements of some important research projects, as for instance:
Professor Michael Gasik - Aalto University, Helsinki (Finland) could demonstrate his scientific and biomedical theories during the International CAE Conference performing a live experiment. Gasik is renowned for his work finalized at exploiting the hydrogen available in the space, which represents the propellant for next generation of propulsion and will allow space exploration without constraints related to carrying fuel from Earth.
Kenneth Ruud, University of Tromsø – Norway has focused his lecture on the recent discovery of huge deposits of natural resources located in the Northern See. Italy and Norway, thanks to the collaboration of their respective Ministries of Industry and Productive Activities, are finalizing techniques and innovative tools devoted to the exploitation of the resources available in the Arctic region with the minimum environmental impact possible.
Carlo Sborchia, division director of ITER project and distinguished Italian scientist, has presented the actual status of the ambitious European Project for energy production by nuclear fusion. The plant under construction in Cadarache – Southern France – is financed by the European Commission and involves scientists and engineers from all over the world.
This project is the European counterpart to an American one, similar in terms of investments and potential innovation in clean energy production, which aims at producing energy using solar light concentration by means of glasses and deflectors.
Jérôme Lasvenes - Airbus France – has dedicated his speak to the techniques currently in use on the modern A380, the biggest airplane ever built, able to transport 853 passengers, aimed at minimizing risks and guaranteeing maximum safety to passengers.
Francesco Iorio has talked about Expò 2015 and the avant-garde constructing techniques, adopted to build the pavilions that will host next year's event.
As far as medical sciences is concerned, the session was opened by Davide Valtorta (Switzerland) presenting his work finalized at preventing heat diseases and in particular aortic valve deformations. Inmaculada Leyva – University of Madrid – has explained the results achieved by her research group, analyzing the complex structure of the brain neural system in its different morphologic and functional areas.
The International CAE Conference has been always acknowledged as a reference event by all stakeholders of academic, industrial and research world, as well as by the developers of simulation software solutions, since they have become indispensable tools in all those processes related to innovation, design and production in any field: medical sciences, aerospace, energy, transportation, material manufacturing, consumer goods, civil engineering and construction, biomechanics, high performance computing and many more.
The poster Award session
The poster Award session has been confirmed also this year to support young creativeness: this prize specifically addressed to university and PhD students has awarded the 5 best works (voted among the 38 finalists) selected from over 200 poster submitted to the Scientific Committee.
As every year, the exhibiting area has been the reference point for the main hardware producers on the global market. Just to mention some of them: IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and specialists of High Performance Computing, not so famous to the wide audience but well-known to sector experts.
3D printers were pretty much appreciated together with the Application Engineers available to provide information and to present potential evolutions for the nearest future. Lavazza is worth mentioning since it created "Isspresso" in collaboration with the International Space Agency: the machine developed with specific criteria and features suitable to dispense coffee also in the most extreme conditions as those characterizing the space, in absence of gravity and considering fluid-dynamics laws totally different from those ruling on Earth. Isspresso will be brought to the International Space Station by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti in November.
The installation dedicated to cycling counted a lot of visitors:
The bicycles of the recent past and next future, including the famous ones with lenticular wheels used by Francesco Moser to gain his records. The lenticular wheel was introduced for the first time exactly in 1984 by Francesco Moser in the occasion of the hour record and by the Italian Cycling National representative at the Los Angeles Olympic Games, winning also the Gold medal in the 100Km.
Electric and hybrid propulsion bicycles
The bicycle of Matteo Trentin, the promising Italian cyclist , used to win the last lap of the Tour de France
Hi-Tech ultra-light components made of composite materials, light alloys and/or using innovative design and simulation techniques
Last but not least, two automobile prototypes have been presented by the University of Padova and by the Politecnico of Torino, used during international race competitions among universities.