VI-grade Announces Official Review of 2017 Users Conference


MARBURG (Germany), May 25th, 2017 – VI-grade, the leading provider of best-in-class products and services to bridge the gap between real world testing and technical simulation, today announced the official review of the 2017 edition of its International Users Conference.
DayTime Sessions -  GroupPhoto227 engineers, managers, and simulation experts (marking a 30% increase in attendance with respect to last year’s event) from 101 automotive, motorsports, motorcycle and rail companies, universities and research centers gathered from 24 countries from all over the world to discuss the latest simulation trends and to exchange their experience with other users of the VI-grade technology during the event that took place on May 10th-11th, 2017 at the Museo dell’Automobile located in Turin, Italy.
The event, characterized by the motto “Bridging the gap between testing and simulation”, offered a very comprehensive agenda, featuring 37 presentations from renowned international companies such as Alfa Romeo, Danisi Engineering, Ferrari, FEV, Fraunhofer ITWM, Honda, HPE, Lamborghini, Magneti Marelli Motorsport, MegaRide, Michelin, Multimatic, Piaggio, Politecnico di Torino, Porsche, University of Sao Paulo, Volvo, Wuerzburg Institute for Traffic Sciences, ZF TRW (automotive); D2S, Railway Transport Cluster, University of Huddersfield, University of Twente (railway) and several others.
DayTime Sessions -  Alfa Romeo receives the 2017 Best Paper AwardAndrea Fioccardi and Luca Dusini (Alfa Romeo) presented a paper – which also was selected by the audience as “UC2017 Best Presentation” – titled "How to reduce development time: winter session at the driving simulator", related to the use of the simulator in order to test the car in low adherence conditions using a safe and controlled environment and reducing/optimizing the winter testing session. Simone Moscatelli (Automobili Lamborghini) presented a paper titled "Using driving simulator and HIL in calibration of a magnetorheological damper controller" and related to the use of the DiM simulator in the complete development chain of a calibration set for magnetorheological dampers. Michael Unterreiner (Porsche) and Fabio Galasso (Addfor) presented a paper titled "Optimizing the system integration process by the use of dynamic driving simulators", related to the use of driving simulation in the testing phase of new versus old control systems, performing track testing with an increased system maturity.
EveningEvent -  Seated dinner at Palazzo MadamaDuring the conference, we also had the chance of awarding the “UniNa Corse - Squadra Corse Università di Napoli Federico II” Formula SAE team with the First Prize of the 2017 edition of the Virtual Formula competition. The team has been awarded with a full software package from VI-grade as well as with a full day session at VI-grade’s SimCenter together with Squadra Corse Lamborghini, technical partner of the initiative.
The event, rated “very good” to “excellent” by 96% of the participants, also allowed to discuss about how to prove ADAS/AD technology efficient, safe and comfortable using driving simulators through a very interesting podium discussion featuring Michele Caggiano (FEV), Gunnar Graefe (3D Mapping), Alex Mugnai (Esteco), Werner Reinalter (Magna Steyr Engineering), Carl Sandberg (Volvo Car Corporation) and moderated by Prof. Mike Blundell (Coventry University).
IceBreakerEvent - participants experience the DiM simulator in actionMoreover, on May 9th, all conference participants were invited to join the Ice Breaker event hosted in the brand new Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Center at the Danisi Engineering premises in Nichelino (Turin). The event provided the opportunity to discover the whole range of driving and steering simulation solutions (from vehicle dynamics to NVH, from ride to ADAS) offered by VI-grade, Danisi Engineering and partners.
“Compliments for the fantastic event organization”; “Great scenario, great organization, high quality of interventions”; “Generally improved quality of presentations compared to previous years. Extremely well arranged. Many interesting participants to meet with. Good interaction within the podium discussion”; “Very good event! Next time would like to come as speaker!” are just some of the comments left by selected attendees.
DayTime Sessions -  Podium Discussion dedicated to ADAS technologiesThe event was organized with the collaboration of 1 platinum sponsor (Saginomiya), 4 golden sponsors (Cosin, Danisi Engineering, MSC Software and Sim.Co.VR), 9 silver sponsors (3D Mapping, Barco, Bruel & Kjaer, Concurrent Real-Time, Esteco, FEV, MIRA, Multimatic and OKTAL) and 3 bronze sponsors (AddFor, BE CAE & Test and MegaRide). For more information about the event, to view all pictures or to download selected proceedings please visit  www.vi-gradeUC.com.
Dates and location of the 2018 edition of our international event will be soon announced! Stay tuned!

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