NA-MUG 2017: System Modeling and Simulation with Open Standards

Stanford Linear Accelerator Lab
Menlo Park, California

When: August 3rd and 4th, 2017

This years event will be held in the famous Stanford Linear Accelerator Lab facility. The NA-MUG meeting is the premier event for the Modelica community and everyone who is interested in simulation of cyber-physical systems based on open standards should attend. The topics at this event will focus on Modelica for physical system modeling and the Functional-Mockup-Interface FMI for model exchange and co-simulation. The event features tutorials to learn about these technologies as well as news and the latest trends in the system simulation community. And, of course, this year's event will also feature presentations from industrial and academic users to share their experiences and those will be accompanied by a keynote speech as well.


The Myth of Accuracy - 2 Decades On

Speaker: Damian Harty

Damian has had a very diverse career since graduating from Loughborough University in the UK in 1990. Along the way he added a Master's degree from the University of Hertfordshire in 1999. Technically his career started with structural and fatigue analysis of metallic structures, then into vibrational analysis of structures and systems and then on to the large amplitude non-linear domain for systems. This final area has held his attention for quite some time. He has spent time in industry and in academia; he collaborated with Professor Mike Blundell for "The Multibody Systems Approach to Vehicle Dynamics", published in 2004 and revised in 2014. In industry, he has worked on products from 2 to 10 wheels, and also some with tracks and skis. He has worked as both consultant and client. As well as analytical work, he has spent a great deal of time in the real world, measuring and developing motorcycles, rally cars, passenger cars and even some military vehicles. Geographically he recently moved to California to take up the role of Chassis Director for Lucid Motors, in which capacity he is employed today. Getting him to talk is easy; it's getting him to shut up that is the problem.


As computing power continues to track Moore's Law, numerical modelling - the once "poor cousin" of classical mathematics - has become an indispensible and unstoppable force in shaping product design. In 1999, I asked questions about whether or not we should always make the most accurate models possible. If I were being accurate with the title, I would say "1.8 decades on", but the whole point of this conversation is to challenge traditional conversations about the relationship of accuracy and value.


"Connecting FMI data with enterprise data using the next Web" - Axel Reichwein (Koneksys)

"Improved Model of Photovoltaic Systems" - Christopher Jones (3DS)

"Active Gravity Offloading of Deployable Space Structures Using Modelica" - Cory Rupp (ATA)

"Examples of Modelica and FMI-based model predictive control (MPC) at room, building, and campus scales" - David Blum (LBL)

"Creating free, online, video-based Modelica courses" - Johan Rhodin (ModSimTech)

"Advanced Nuclear Reactor Modeling with Modelica and TRANSFORM" - Jordan Rader (ORNL)

" A Platform for Interactive Modelica Content" - Michael Tiller (Xogeny)

"Modelica and FMI-based building and control design, deployment and operation: Spawn of EnergyPlus and OpenBuildingControl" - Michael Wetter (LBL)

"Nuclear Hybrid Energy Systems & Discretized Models" - Scott Greenwood (ORNL)

"CyDER - A Cyber Physical Co-simulation Platform for Distributed Energy Resources in Smart Grids" - Thierry Nouidui (LBL)


"Introduction to Multibody Simulation" - Johan Rhodin

"Let’s Talk Testing: Practical Use Cases in an Open Standards, Multi-Platform Ecosystem" - John Batteh

"Modeling and Simulation of Electrical Power Systems using OpenIPSL and OpenModelica" - Luigi Vanfretti & Philip Tom

"Discretization Techniques for PDE Problems in Modelica Tools." - John May

Tutorials are free for the participants, but content should focus on teaching people about useful technologies and not on marketing a particular tool or vendor.

Additional Information

Additional information including the agenda and ticket information can be found on the EventBrite page.