EU Grants 4M Euros to UPSCALE Project for the Implementation of AI in EV Development Process
LONDON, UK, Mar 7, 2019 – ENGYS is delighted to announce that the UPSCALE consortium has obtained a €4 million grant from the European Commission for the implementation of artificial intelligence in the development process of electric vehicles.
The project is to be carried out by a consortium of 11 companies and European entities of the automotive, software, engineering and research sectors. Applus IDIADA Automotive Technology, a company dedicated to automotive engineering, testing and homologation, is the project coordinator. The UPSCALE project (Upscaling Product development Simulation Capabilities exploiting Artificial intelligence for Electrified vehicles) will take place over the next three and a half years within the Horizon2020 R+D incentives program of the European Union. The consortium is comprised of: Algorithmica Technologies GmbH (Germany), Applus IDIADA (Spain), Centro Ricerche Fiat SCPA (Italy), École Nationale Supérieure d’arts et métiers (France), ENGYS Ltd. (United Kingdom), ESI Group (France), F-Iniciativas (Spain), Kompetenzzentrum – Das Virtuelle Fahrzeug Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria), Volkswagen AG (Germany), Volvo Personvagnar AB (Sweden), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).
The project is intended, on one hand, to reduce the development time of such vehicles and, on the other hand, to upgrade their specific features. Specifically, the project will enable 20% reduction of the development time for electric vehicles by applying new artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions to aerodynamic and crash simulation. The European Union, by funding the UPCALE project through the Horizon 2020 grant, is seeking to foster electrical vehicle development in Europe and promoting the compliance of new laws and emissions standards.
The UPSCALE project kick-off meeting was held at the F.Iniciativas headquarters in Barcelona, bringing together representatives of the project partners.
About the UPSCALE project
UPSCALE is the first EU project with the specific goal of integrating AI (artificial intelligence) with traditional physics-based Computer Aided Engineering to reduce the development time and increase the performance of electric vehicles (EVs).
Nowadays High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) play a decisive role in vehicle development processes, thus the two most HPC and CAE intensive parts of the development, which are vehicle aero-thermal and vehicle crash performance, have been chosen as use cases for the endeavor.
Through the combined effort of universities, research laboratories, European automotive OEMs, software companies and an AI-SME specialized in machine learning (ML), the UPSCALE, project will provide a unique and effective environment to produce novel AI-based CAE-software solutions to improve the competitiveness of the automotive industry. For more information, visit https://www.upscaleproject.eu.
ENGYS develops, supports and delivers best-in-class CFD software solutions based on open-source technologies, offering a variety of expert products and services focused on CFD and MDO. The company’s main software products include HELYX, ELEMENTS, HELYX-OS and several specialized add-on modules for adjoint-based optimization and advanced flow simulations. ENGYS operates globally through a network of offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, USA, Australia, and South Africa, in addition to local distributors in Japan, South Korea, China, USA, and Benelux. For more information, visit https://engys.com.