Agenda

Thursday, April 12, 2018

8:00
AM
Registration and Badge Pick-up Opens

Attire for COFES is weekend casual (no suits); shirts with collars; sandals or sneakers. Shorts are okay.  

8:30
AM
-
3:00
PM
The DaS Symposium

The Design and Sustainability Symposium: Exploring the intersection of design, simulation, and sustainability for the built (AEC) and manufactured environment. DaS = Design and Sustainability. The goal of the DaS Symposium is to bring sustainability to the forefront of the conversation among software developers. What is relevant to the sustainability conversation? Where are the opportunities and what are the issues that we should address as an industry, rather than as individual companies? We hope to inspire, raise awareness, build relationships and seek sustainable synergies. Founding members of The DaS Symposium include Autodesk, buildingSMART Alliance, CIFE, Cyon Research, Gensler, PTC, Siemens, SolidWorks, and Sustainable Minds.Details here.

3:00 -
3:45
PM


 
Special Session: World Update
Peter Thorne Peter Thorne
Cambashi
  Jon Peddie
Jon Peddie Research
A presentation of recent research completed by leading industry analysts. More information will be posted in the coming months.

 
This is an informal session. Lots of information, but also lots of interaction and discussion.

Open to all COFES Attendees and their guests.
3:45 -
4:30
PM


 
Special Session: Report from ASSESS:  Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies
Brad Holtz
Joe Walsh
IntrinSIM
ASSESS (Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies) was formed to identify and resolve the issues that confront simulation software and the simulation software industry as we move beyond the recent economic crash and face new and complex challenges. The ASSESS Initiative team will present and update findings, and action items from seven working groups of the ASSESS Initiative.
4:30 -
5:15
PM


 
Special Session: Spyros Kouvelis

Spyros Kouvelis
European Peace Building Liaison Office (EPLO) & Cambridge University SDGs Centre
Transformation: the Role of New Forms of Engineering and Design
The future is governed by pre-emptive actions and reactions that are driven by new challenges and crises. As humankind faces ever more complex challenges, the significance and the role of design and engineering is changing. As a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spyros Kouvelis will share his view on the future of converging engineering solutions through a lense of Mediterranean geo-political complexity. Expect to hear an informed perspective on what it means to engineer future industries, and the role this discipline will play on the journey.

5:15 -
6:00
PM


 
Special Session: Mark Papermaster

Mark Papermaster
AMD
Envisioning a New Creative Process for the Instinctive Computing Era
The technologies to enable truly intelligent systems are right in front of us and will soon revolutionize every aspect of our lives – including how we design, make and service products. This talk provides a glimpse at the technologies that are driving dramatic improvements in productivity for creators and designers. The latest breakthroughs in heterogeneous computing systems, computer vision and machine learning – all leveraging open standard programming models – are being harnessed to automate many aspects of the design process and freeing us to innovate at much higher levels. The world of truly intelligent systems will revolutionize the design process and bring a whole new meaning to the term “Computer Aided Design.”

Mark Papermaster
Mark Papermaster is Chief Technology Officer and senior Vice-President of Technology and Engineering at AMD, responsible for corporate technical direction, product development including system-on-chip (SOC) methodology, microprocessor design, I/O and memory, and advanced research. He also oversees Information Technology to deliver AMD’s compute infrastructure and services.

His more than 35 years of engineering experience includes significant leadership roles managing the development of a wide range of products, from microprocessors to mobile devices and high-performance servers. Before joining AMD in October 2011, Papermaster was the leader of Cisco’s Silicon Engineering Group, the organization responsible for silicon strategy, architecture, and development for the company’s switching and routing businesses. He served as Apple Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering, where he was responsible for iPod and iPhone hardware development. He also held a number of senior leadership positions at IBM overseeing development of the company’s key microprocessor and server technologies.

Papermaster received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and master’s degree from the University of Vermont, both in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board, Olin College Presidents Council, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
6:00 -
9:00
PM


 
COFES 2018 Opening Intro and Welcome Dinner 
Welcome, introductions, orientation, and schedule.

First formal opportunity for COFES Newbies to meet their Hosts. Technology Suites have been set up for you to discuss corporate direction, business development, and potential partnerships. They are NOT demo rooms—the vendors are here to talk, not sell. This is your opportunity to sign up for appointment time slots.

Spouses are welcome to join their attendees for dinner, music and refreshments.

*All COFES Attendees and Guests must be wearing their name badges to attend* 

Friday, April 13, 2018


7:30
AM


 
Introductions and Breakfast
Each COFES attendee from the user community is assigned a leading industry analyst who will act as their host for the event. The host's primary responsibility is to make sure that you get the most value possible out of the event and introduce you to key industry players. Plan to meet your host/introducer for breakfast.  
Attire for COFES is weekend casual (no suits or jackets); shirts with or without collars ; sandals or sneakers. Shorts are fine, too.
 
8:15
AM


 
Kickoff: Opening Session and Call to Order
Your hosts, Cyon Research, will set the stage for the day's activities.  
8:45
AM


 
Keynote: Ping Fu
Brad Holtz
Ping Fu
GelSight Inc.
Human-Aided Design: Changing the Relationship between Our Tools and Us
Ping will discuss the theme for COFES with a focus on machine learning and resilient design.

Ping Fu
Ping Fu is a Chinese-American entrepreneur who grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution. Fu began studying journalism in China. Then she immigrated to the United States in 1984 and changed her studies to computer science. One of her first jobs was with Bell Labs when they were transitioning to packet switching. Later she then took the role of director of visualization at NCSA where she worked on the Terminator 2: Judgement Day. After which she co-founded Geomagic in 1997, a 3D software development company, and served as the chief executive officer until February 2013 when the company was acquired by 3D Systems Inc. At Geomagic, she was recognized for her achievements with the company through a number of awards, including being named Inc. Magazine's 2005 "Entrepreneur of the Year". Also, in 2013, she published her memoir, Bend, Not Break, co-authored with MeiMei Fox. At 3D Systems, she held the title of Vice President and Chief Entrepreneur Officer. Currently Fu, is serving as Executive Chairman at GelSight, Inc. (www.gelsight.com), a next-generation metrology company.
10:00
AM


 
Technology Suite Briefings 
The following have committed to participate in COFES 2018 with Technology Suites as of April 8, 2018:
 
Nick Pandher
AMD
Technology Disruption and the Future of Engineering Software
The accelerating pace of technology is driving a revolution in productivity and transforming how we work. It is freeing us to work from anywhere, automating mundane tasks to allow more time innovating, bringing a new realisms throughout the design cycle from concept to simulation to life-like visualization offering complete insights throughout the design process before ever committing to physical implementation. This workshop shows a glimpse at how the latest technologies will come together to disrupt the design process and free the minds of designers everywhere releasing new levels of creativity and productivity.
 
Shyam Venugopal
Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
Introducing SOLIDWORKS xDesign
This session will be an introduction to SOLIDWORKS xDesign. Attendees will learn how to use new tools, such as Design Guidance as well as other unique features that make designing faster and easier. Attendees will also learn about the many benefits a cloud-based CAD application can offer.
 
Karen Morphy
Elyon Enterprise Strategies
The Design and Engineering of Enterprises
At Elyon Enterprise Strategies we are passionate about Enterprise Business Design, and have developed and deployed efficient and effective tools and methods to “Design Enterprises” with the same precision you would apply to design a product. We invite you to visit our suite to explore the work we are doing and collaborate with us in our design of a CAD system for enterprises. We provide consulting in enterprise business design and a series of instructional courses to aid businesses of all types and in every lifecycle - from creation to transformation and turnaround. We invite you to join us on Sunday for our complimentary Introduction to Enterprise Design course.”
 
Evan Anderson
INVNT/IP
The Nation-state Threat to Technology: "Five W's" and Beyond
This session will cover the nation-state threat environment and what it means for firms in the hundreds of sectors that are targeted each year. A brief introduction, covering the "Five W's", how, and how much, will frame the conversation. Topics covered will include frequency and severity of attacks, attack vectors, basic best practices and case studies in nation-state theft of intellectual property. The audience is encouraged to engage, and to share their own experiences, lessons learned, best practices and areas of concern. The session will end with fundamental action items and creative solutions brainstorming.
 
Jon Hirschtick
OnShape
OnShape 2.0
With millions of hours of usage, thousands of paying customers, and over 70 product releases in the books, Onshape has established surprising momentum as a modern challenger to the old CAD status quo. In this briefing, you will learn about Onshape’s vision for Parametric Modeling 2.0 and Design Data Management 2.0 and dive into detailed case studies describing why engineering teams have switched to Onshape and what it means for the future of the industry.
 
Ken Welch
SIMSOLID Corporation
Simulation’s Changing Role in Design
In the past, there were two choices for structural analysis; CAD integrated or analyst focused. The former limits users to low-resolution, low accuracy models. The latter is complex to set up and slow to solve. Both offered little value to what matters most in design – timely performance insight. Now, a new generation of tools is changing how simulation is used. SIMSOLID is both fast and accurate, simulates complex real world models directly without meshing, solves in second to minutes and runs on desktop and cloud. In this briefing, Ken will discuss the technology behind SIMSOLID and present detailed customer examples for both large assemblies and complex 3D printed parts.
11:00
AM


 
Analyst and User Briefings
We've invited some of the brightest and most talented thinkers, analysts and users, to each lead a working discussion on an issue they view as critical. These discussions are strictly limited to no more than 24 people at a time.
 
 
Ping Fu
GelSight Inc.
Keynoter's Session
An interactive discussion on the topics raised in Ping's Friday keynote.
 
Marc Halpern
Gartner
Making the Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
Human-Aided Design is all about changing the HMI between us and our compute resources and in the process, changing the relationship from tool to partner. But what about the HMI of the products we build? Our requirements tools don’t really have a mechanism to capture where we want our HMI to go or what we want them to deliver. What would they look like if they could? We might even want to change the language from HMI to CPI: Customer-Product Interface. What is best practice today? How can we apply the tools we have today to focus on driving delight into CPI? What might accelerate our ability to consistently deliver CPIs that drive value and build relationships?
 
Monica Schnitger
Schnitger Corporation
The Changing Relationship Between Us and Our Tools
The changing relationship between us and our engineering and design tools creates significant new opportunities for innovation — in business models and processes as well as in the products themselves. Service bureaus monetize tools and expertise; software vendors are changing the game for themselves and their customers in a shift towards subscriptions; contractors and manufacturers are looking to extend their value beyond design to operations. How might this change the definition of IP? How does it affect the design and engineering landscape? And what opportunities does this open up on the vendor and channel side of the equation?
 
Peter Thorne
Cambashi
Where Do We Fit in IoT
Smart Connected Products—The vision is that engineering and production will change, influenced by continuous feedback from products placed in use. It takes more than just putting sensors on products and finding a way for the data to get back home. To achieve the vision, we’ll need to change the way we think about design, engineering, production and service. Of course, analytics will play a role, but how does the role of Human-in-the-Loop evolve? Some have already seen incremental benefits. What’s going to be required to reap transformative benefit? What are the traps?
 
Chris De Neef
Fast Track Consulting
It's Not Us vs Them
It started with tic-tac-toe, then chess, and more recently Go. We’re no longer the champions – we’re being beaten at our own games by smarter and smarter programs. And new progress in AI is rapidly expanding the domains where this is true. But do we really need to just throw in the towel? What might we accomplish when, rather than focus on competing with AI, we focus on what we can achieve through collaboration between human and artificial intelligence? How will the broad spectrum of AI (including Machine Learning and Deep Learning) modify what we are capable of accomplishing? What skills will we need in this new world? How will this affect our engineering practice?

This is the core of the idea behind Human-Aided Design.
 
Martin Fischer
CIFE-Stanford
A Real Vision for the Role of ML in AEC
ML is creating unprecedented insights and enabling new business models in many industries, but not yet in AEC. Why is this case? What ML applications exist in AEC today? What role will ML play in AEC? How? What are the management implications?
 
Scott Hutchinson
Sandia National Laboratories
Applying ML to V&V
Human-Aided Design is made possible by AI, more specifically Machine Learning (ML). ML is rapidly transforming our world, with fundamental changes. We’re starting to see this reach into and have an impact on Scientific and Engineering Application (SEA) codes like Verification & Validation and Uncertainty Quantification. Which SEA codes are likely to be transformed next? How do we assert Credibility for the output of these ML-based SEA codes? How do we assess V&V and Uncertainty Quantification for the ML methods we’re using for V&V and Uncertainty? What other questions should we be asking?
 
Richard Marshall
X-SES Consultants
Security Challenges
Key challenges of security often aren’t technical so much as legal, commercial, and political. Where are we at risk? The NSA has just as much need to collaborate with other agencies and with its partners and supply chain as your firm does. Richard Marshall, former general counsel for the NSA, has spent his career dealing with security and its implications. How would we deploy offenses systems (as the NSA does) to the engineering software community? What other technologies and processes are coming on line to help us with this challenge?
12:00
Noon


 
Analyst and User Briefings
Analyst and user briefings, round 2, with different analysts, different topics.
 
Allan Behrens
Taxal Limited
Digital Thread
The concept of Digital Thread goes beyond the alphabet soup of ALM, BIM, CRM, PLM, SLM, and ZRT. Each of these has its strengths and accompanying limitations. What do we mean by Digital Thread? How will it enable us to benefit from, and manage the bigger picture without the limitations of our alphabet soup tools? What are more pragmatic, user-centric models for management of ‘lifecycles’, and if so, how might we expect that this (or these) solutions be applicable to large and small companies alike?
 
Chad Jackson
Lifecycle Insights
Reasonable! Systems Engineering
The complexity of the products we design and build has exploded beyond our ability to effectively manage, and that’s before we add in the exponentially increasing amount of embedded software. How do we mitigate the development risks of this continuous increase in complexity. System Engineering (SE) offers a path, but can be onerous. How can SE be deployed in a way that will minimize disruption? What would constitute a Reasonable SE – that would assist in our handling complexity, but in a way that is more easily adopted?
 
Michelle Boucher
Tech-Clarity
Preparing the Next Generation of Engineers
As products have grown more sophisticated and complex, our need for engineering talent with a more diverse set of skills has correspondingly increased. At the same time, we are losing our most experienced engineers to retirement, for the most part without the opportunity to impart their knowledge on the next generation. It often takes decades to acquire a systems view of engineering. How do we overcome this engineering skills gap? What will inspire the next generation of engineers? What role should AI enhanced design tools play? What can we do to develop the skills of new engineers so that they know how to apply technology to solve problems, yet still recognize a bad design?
 
Keith Meintjes
CIMdata
Beyond Generative Design
Generative Design is just one step in the transition from CAD to Human-Aided Design. We are on the verge of a revolution, layering on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics to our generative design tools. How might these affect the design process? What are the low hanging fruit where we are most likely to see these impact us first? Where will we go from there? What do we need to do to be ready for these changes? When are they likely to occur? Who is at risk and who benefits?
 
Tom Pennino
TP Technologies
EDA and the Consolidation of the PLM Market – One Year Later
The explosion of electronics in mechanical systems continues to impact the CAD and EDA software markets. It has been a year since the acquisition of a major EDA supplier by a major MCAD/PLM company, Mentor and Siemens. What has emerged as a result of the merger? What’s the likelihood of future consolidation across EDM and PLM? What’s the impact on this for customers? Where are there other strong synergies? What are the implications of that trend for the traditional PLM vendors?
 
John Kizior
AECOM
From the Data’s Point of View
In environments such as AEC, there are large numbers of stages and stakeholders. Data experiences transitions as it moves between designers, constructors, users, and adaptors. This is especially true of todays connected products and smart infrastructure. Every transfer and translation tends toward loss of fidelity, detail, or applicability, creating a sawtooth graph of data value across the lifecycle; every exchange costs information, effort, and value. How do we improve performance, increase efficiency, sustainability, and financial savings? Where are, and how do we avoid, gaps in continuity in the value-chain and lifecycle of engineering data? How can we improve the data continuity and retained value of engineering data through the asset lifecycle? What is required to retain continuity and value in the overlapping streams from design/simulation/fabrication information, and the operational telemetry of an asset?
 
Chris Turner
Business Advantage Group
The Evolving Dynamics of Competitive Advantage
The market landscape for competitive advantage among engineering software firms has been changing slowly over the past decade or so. Their clients have experienced a much more dynamic evolution in their own markets. The onset of machine learning technologies (and future Human-Aided Design) is driving the markets for both software vendors and their clients to evolve much more rapidly. How is competitive advantage likely to shift? What’s required to play in a dynamically changing market? What are the implications for vendors and users alike, not to mention their respective channels?
 
Dave Ullman
David Ullman, LLC
Evolution of the Creative Process
The act of drawing is a critical part of the thought process in design and engineering. As we’ve moved from drawing lines in the sand, to drafting boards, to computer-aided design, the tools we use have often gotten in the way of our cognitive process. How does that change as we change the relationship from computer as a tool to compute as design partner? What would a system look like that would allow design and engineering to achieve flow state? What might be impacted if we could?
1:00
PM


 
Lunch
 
2:15
PM


 
Technology Suite Briefings 
Round 2 of Technology Suite briefings.  
 
Nick Pandher
AMD
Technology Disruption and the Future of Engineering Software
The accelerating pace of technology is driving a revolution in productivity and transforming how we work. It is freeing us to work from anywhere, automating mundane tasks to allow more time innovating, bringing a new realisms throughout the design cycle from concept to simulation to life-like visualization offering complete insights throughout the design process before ever committing to physical implementation. This workshop shows a glimpse at how the latest technologies will come together to disrupt the design process and free the minds of designers everywhere releasing new levels of creativity and productivity.
 
Andy Gross
Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
Introducing SOLIDWORKS xDesign
This session will be an introduction to SOLIDWORKS xDesign. Attendees will learn how to use new tools, such as Design Guidance as well as other unique features that make designing faster and easier. Attendees will also learn about the many benefits a cloud-based CAD application can offer.
 
Karen Morphy
Elyon Enterprise Strategies
The Design and Engineering of Enterprises
At Elyon Enterprise Strategies we are passionate about Enterprise Business Design, and have developed and deployed efficient and effective tools and methods to “Design Enterprises” with the same precision you would apply to design a product. We invite you to visit our suite to explore the work we are doing and collaborate with us in our design of a CAD system for enterprises. We provide consulting in enterprise business design and a series of instructional courses to aid businesses of all types and in every lifecycle - from creation to transformation and turnaround. We invite you to join us on Sunday for our complimentary Introduction to Enterprise Design course.”
 
Evan Anderson
INVNT/IP
What's Up in Washington: Navigating the Emerging IP Paradigm
This session will focus on recent changes in regulations, policies and legal structures aimed at reducing nation-state threats to intellectual property. Topics will include trade secret law, CFIUS (the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) expansion, trade mechanisms including Section 201, 301 and 421 actions and resultant tariffs.

Discussion of the efficacy and importance of each category to businesses in various sectors, as well as brainstorming of ways to improve upon existing structures, will be the main point of the session, with audience members encouraged to voice their perspectives and concerns. The session will close with a group discussion of "information utopia", the hypothetical perfect balance between information security and innovative efficiency, and what structures and regulations (real or potential) can bring us closer to such balance.
 
Jon Hirschtick
OnShape
OnShape 2.0
With millions of hours of usage, thousands of paying customers, and over 70 product releases in the books, Onshape has established surprising momentum as a modern challenger to the old CAD status quo. In this briefing, you will learn about Onshape’s vision for Parametric Modeling 2.0 and Design Data Management 2.0 and dive into detailed case studies describing why engineering teams have switched to Onshape and what it means for the future of the industry.
 
Ken Welch
SIMSOLID Corporation
Simulation’s Changing Role in Design
In the past, there were two choices for structural analysis; CAD integrated or analyst focused. The former limits users to low-resolution, low accuracy models. The latter is complex to set up and slow to solve. Both offered little value to what matters most in design – timely performance insight. Now, a new generation of tools is changing how simulation is used. SIMSOLID is both fast and accurate, simulates complex real world models directly without meshing, solves in second to minutes and runs on desktop and cloud. In this briefing, Ken will discuss the technology behind SIMSOLID and present detailed customer examples for both large assemblies and complex 3D printed parts.
3:15
PM


 
Analyst and User Briefings
Analyst briefings, round 3, with different analysts, different topics.  
 
Brad Holtz
Cyon Research
The Long View of Human-Aided Design
Computer-Aided Design began more than a half-century ago with a vision of a fluid interaction between designer and design. What is/are the vision(s) of Human-Aided Design? What is the way of that vision today? What will it take to get us there? What can we do to profit/thrive along the way? And what other technologies do we need to keep in our (at least peripheral) vision?
 
Jim Brown
Tech-Clarity
The Leap from Computerized to Digital
The transition to a digital enterprise is leap in corporate similar in potential to the leap from paper enterprise to computerized. What are the defining characteristics of this shift? What’s behind it and what are the implications? More to the point, what opportunities and challenges face engineering systems in supporting the modern digital enterprise? There are some important, strategic questions facing today’s vendor. Should they stay in the innovation and design role? Is the IoT a natural extension of engineering software or something much bigger? Are digital twins part of the equation? Does the Product Innovation Platform help? Is this what we’ve been waiting for to finally close the loop back to design, so product data can start to drive design decisions with the guidance of product engineers?
 
Andreas Vlahinos
Advanced Engineering Solutions
Real-Time Simulation: The Path to Simulation-Driven Design
Democratization of Simulation has long been an unobtainable goal for the CAE industry. Many paths have been tried, including simplifying FEA code and also embedding some level of simulation into CAD tools, but enabling simulation-driven design, a key goal of democratization of simulation, has yet to be successful. Recently introduced real time simulation tools, like ANSYS Discovery Live, allow direct modeling changes in the geometry and provide instant simulation results. These tools enable designers to perform real time design exploration without geometry transfer, element selection, meshing, solver waiting, etc. How might these tools enable the democratization simulation? How do we convert these initial wins into the broad vision of truly simulation-driven design? How does this change the engineering process?
 
Jay Vleeschhouwer
Griffin Securities
The View from Wall Street
Jay will review the performance of the technical software companies and industry, and their prospects for 2019 and beyond. Formerly a senior analyst and managing director with Merrill Lynch, Jay is now the senior research analyst at Griffin Securities. This will be his 17th annual review of the industry at COFES, and your only opportunity to see him in something besides a business suit.
 
James White
CIMdata
AM Grows Up
Additive Manufacturing, which had its roots in Rapid Prototyping, is no longer relegated to the sidelines of manufacturing. Industrial giant companies are looking to AM to give them a competitive edge with lower priced, higher quality, lighter, and better performing products at significantly reduced cost. But that requires major changes to the engineering process. Big challenges remain such as materials, regulatory compliance, speed, reliability, and lifecycle management remain. The dividing line between what should and shouldn’t be considered for AM is rapidly moving. Where is that line likely to move over the next three to five years? Where are the key opportunities for software vendors to innovate? What can the vendor and customer community do together to facility needed changes to the regulatory environment?
 
Darren Young
Hermanson Company
Demanding Education
Given a changed world what are the new skills we need to be requiring from our education system? The future looks bright with the rise of artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, advanced automation and many other technology advances. Or is the light at the end of the tunnel a train racing toward us? What unintended consequences will we encounter as technology takes over everything from the mundane to advanced problem solving? What are the implications for what we will need from our next employees? How do we prepare for the next generation? What do we need to demand from our education system. (Civics would be nice)
 
Frank Sarno
Mortenson Construction
Extending Digital Twins to the Built Enviroment
The concept and practice of Digital Twins is rapidly expanding, but the exploration of the potential for Digital Twins as applied to the built environment (buildings, bridges, infrastructure) is relatively new. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is not PLM and its not Digital Twins, but BIM is a good start on the road to Digital Twins for the built environment. How might Digital Twins, which leverages the intersection of IoT sensor technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and simultaneous updating in real time, drive innovation and value in AEC? How close are we today and what’s needed in order to get to Digital Twins for AEC? How does the high number of stakeholders in AEC change the nature of the economics?
4:30
PM


 
First Congress: Maieutic Parataxis
Maieutic: The midwifery of knowledge.
Parataxis: The juxtaposition of ideas, without connection or conjunction

We will be hosting a series of five-minute vignettes drawn from topics and ideas that, while perhaps not yet fully formed, are likely to impact your thinking about how we design, build, and interact with software in the future.

Take a look at http://cofes.com/mp to see the Maieutic Parataxis presentations!  
6:15
PM
 
Buses leave The Scottsdale Plaza Resort for Evening Under the Stars
Buses will be leaving from the main entrance of The Scottsdale Plaza Resort*
 
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event
6:45
PM


 
Evening Under the Stars
Arizona Wing     We’re headed out into truly wide-open spaces and a sweeping view of the sky once again. For 2018, we’re headed back to Los Cedros, a Moroccan citadel for Arabian horses. A great western cookout, and for those who want a closer look at the magnificent Arizona sky, we have a couple of major-league telescopes. A COFES highlight!
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event  
9:30
PM


 
Buses Leave the Evening Event for The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
We will return to the resort between 10:00 and 11:00 pm.

Saturday, April 14, 2018


8:00
AM


 
Breakfast
 
8:45
AM


 
Morning Kickoff
Your hosts will set the stage for the day’s activities.
9:00
AM


 
Keynote: Keith Schubert
Keith Schubert
Keith Schubert
Baylor University
Unlocking the Patterns of Life
What limited resources and computers can teach us about life, the universe, and everything.

In this session Dr. Schubert will draw from over a decade’s worth of field expeditions and modelling of life in extreme environment to address the age old question of how do you look for something you don’t know. Space exploration and the search for life provides unique challenges in dealing with the unknown under limited resources, and requires solutions as robust as the life we search for. Biopatterning is one such solution, which requires a host of computational methods to make this potential universal indicator of life a viable system. In addition to being fun science, biopatterning is also a great case study of how computers and software are changing the future of exploration.

Keith Schubert
Dr. Schubert is a full professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Baylor University. His interest areas are the fast, numerically stable solution of large, sparse problems, particularly for medical imaging and treatment; the design of electrical and embedded systems for medical and biological applications; the patterned growth of extremeophiles and the search for life in space; and the mathematical modeling of synchronization. Dr. Schubert has been a team leader on the December 2012 National Geographic expedition to Cueva de Villa Luz in Mexico and his work made the cover article of National Geographic July 2013. Dr. Schubert has worked on medical projects with Loma Linda University (LLU), LLU Medical Center, University of California San Francisco, Baylor Scott and White Medical centers in Dallas and Temple, and holds an adjunct full professor position at LLU. Dr. Schubert's medical projects range from developing proton computed tomography, to functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) brain monitoring to artificial intelligence forcolonoscopy. He has over 80 peer reviewed publications.
9:45
AM


 
Keynote: George Gilder
Brad Holtz
George Gilder
Gilder Publishing LLC
Life After Google
Gilder envisions a future where new technologies, including blockchain and a cornucopia of cryptocurrencies emerge that threaten to upset Google’s regime of advertising-funded free. This future promises to usher in waves of learning and knowledge that will drive true economic progress and prosperity. Ascendant in this new life after Google is the creative entrepreneur, unencumbered by the shackles and proclivities of higher education and propelled by an intelligence that transcends any man-made machine.

George Gilder
Mr. Gilder is Chairman of Gilder Publishing LLC, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and a founder-fellow of the Discovery Institute in Seattle.

He is the author of many books on economics and technology including, Wealth and Poverty (1981), The Spirit of Enterprise (1986), Microcosm (1989), Life After Television (1990), Telecosm (2000), The Silicon Eye (2005), and The Israel Test (2009). In the past decade, Gilder has begun revolutionizing the field of economics.

In his book, Knowledge and Power (2013), Gilder presents a new economics based on the information theory that enabled the computer revolution and the rise of the Internet. In a review, Steve Forbes stated that the book “will profoundly and positively reshape economics… (and) will rank as one of the most influential works of our era.” The book won the Leonard E. Read prize at FreedomFest in Las Vegas in 2013.

In his latest book, The Scandal of Money (2016), Gilder extends the economics of information theory into a prescription for overcoming worldwide disorders of money with new crypto-currencies linked to gold. James Grant, publisher of “Grant’s Interest Rate Observer,” stated that the book “will outlast the Federal Reserve.” Peter Thiel declared “he is our best guide to our most fundamental economic problem.” His next book, Life After Google, is due to be published in 2018.

Mr. Gilder is a contributing editor of Forbes magazine and a contributor to such publications as the Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts, in the Berkshire Mountains, where he is an active churchman, runner/cross country skier, and with his wife Nini, parent of four children.

11:00
AM


 
Discussions and Roundtables
Decentralized PLM
Is decentralization is the next step in maturity of PLM systems? Few of us work in a world where we have complete control – we live and work in a world of intersecting domains. PLM may be an excellent tool today for control and management of MY firms intellectual assets, but those assets live in a larger context. Can moving from large central system to distributed decentralization be the solution to connecting data and orchestration processes between OEMs, contractors and suppliers? What would we need to consider if we moved down that road? How do we manage security, trust, governance, and veracity? How would this change how we protect our IP?

Evolving Future of Processors
We’ve been racing to keep pace with Moore’s Law for decades. GPUs have become our daily workhorse for visualization and aspects of compute. We’re close to adding FPGAs and quantum computing to that mix. Where is this all heading? What other aspects of computation need to be on our radar? What aspects are going to make a difference and why? WHEN should I care?

The Near Future of Machine Learning in Simulation
From Uncertainty Quantification, to enabling democratization, to changing the way we interact and design, Machine Learning (ML) has the potential to have a huge impact on what is possible in simulation. But much of these advancements are not likely to hit the engineer’s desk soon. Which aspects of simulation have the greatest potential to make a difference in the near term? What are the low hanging fruit of ML in simulation. Where are we likely to see high value? What are the most promising areas of research? How is this likely to change what we are able to accomplish, and what is needed to accomplish it? What is the near-term impact on the tools we use?

Pragmatic Blockchain
Blockchain is a mechanism for enforced veracity. Enforced veracity can be used to build trust. The domain of COFES is design and engineering and construction and manufacturing. For our world, where will the application of enhanced veracity (i.e. Blockchain) make the most difference? How might that additional veracity change the nature of our business relationships? Where is veracity not enough? Much of the future of engineering software will be dependent upon on how we collect, analyze and transact data. How should we leverage this mechanism? Where are the risks? Who bears the costs and where do the benefits accrue?

PLM Worker of the Future
What do we expect their toolset to be? In terms of hardware, software, image capture devices, gesture-based design tools, AR, VR … And the flip side: what do they need to know/learn/have experience in to be successful? I’m imagining a session that creates more questions than answers, but the point is to get educators and managers thinking ahead more.

Keynoter’s Roundtable : Gilder
An interactive discussion with our Saturday keynoter, George Gilder. A continuation of the discussion from the keynote, and an opportunity to do a conversational deep dive into the topic.
12:30
PM


 
Lunch
 
2:00
PM


 
Discussions and Roundtables, Round 2
Graph Databases: The Next Big Thing
Graph databases are not new, but they’re also not pervasive. Yet. What are they? Why should I care? What are the implications for Graph databases in design and engineering? How do I get started?

Workstations of the Future and the Future of Workstations
Engineers have at their fingertips today processing power that their forebears would have deemed unimaginable. Not to mention relatively easy access to massive computing power via Amazon, Google, and Microsoft (et al.). How are we leveraging that that power today? How do we think that might change over the next 3,5, or even 10 years? Where are our needs, hopes, expectations and unknown demands going to drive requirements of the workstation of the near and not so near future? What role will validation, certification, machine learning, cognitive computing and graph databases play in driving workstation requirements of the future? What will we really want or need?

AM, Data, and Analytics
Now that vendors, customers, and researchers have finally started to grok Additive Manufacturing (AM), we’re starting to see some true advancements in the thinking of what we need to truly take advantage of AM. From fresh thinking on the nature of materials, to new algorithms for exploring topology. We’re also starting to accumulate massive amounts of data about the tools and processes. Where might this take us? What types of insights should we look for as we apply advanced analytics (and perhaps machine learning) to this vastly growing new pool of data? What types of shifts in thinking, in processes, or operations might we see? Where is the biggest potential?

Uncertainty is Guaranteed
Uncertainty is an inescapable reality. In simulation, it arises from sources like material properties, boundary and initial conditions, and modeling approximations. Elsewhere it occurs in conjunction within increases in degrees of freedom and with complexity. We have often ignored uncertainty as being just too hard, but that is beginning to change. The science of getting a grip on uncertainty, Uncertainty Quantification (UQ), is beginning to help us quantitatively characterize uncertainty, and in some cases potentially manage or reduce uncertainty. Where does UQ have the potential to make a significant difference? How much burden or viscosity does UQ add to our process? Where does UQ have the potential for being a game changer? How can we leverage UQ to mitigate risk?

Jumping the Gap
The gap between technology leaders in the user community and the rest continues to expand. At the same time, the number and extent of technologies offered by the software vendors has vastly expanded. Surprisingly few firms leverage more than two or three of the larger vendors primary technology lines. The last 10 years have seen a significant shift in licensing to include suites of products, so the issue isn’t centered on access. What is keeping firms from truly exploiting the full extent of our industry’s technological innovations? Why is it taking some firms dozens of years to transition from their previous ways? How do followers jump the gap? What gets in the way? What else can software vendors and their extended ecosystems do to bring more of their customers closer to the front of the line?

Reducing Viscosity of Transformation
AEC firms have been slow in creating digitally enabled strategies and in scaling digital design, engineering, and management practices beyond a few demonstration projects. How can transformative practices be tested on projects and the rate of adoption across a company increased?
3:45
PM


 
Second Congress: The Business of Design and Engineering
Jim Brown
Jim Brown
Tech-Clarity
  Jim Brown Monica Schnitger
Schnitger Corporation
 
This working congress session is an open forum for examining the issues surrounding technologies expected to have an impact on the business of design and engineering. The purpose of these discussions is to examine current issues, explore opportunities for a brighter future, consider approaches, and promote further dialogue. The focus for COFES 2018 will center on two topics.

The first is the theme for COFES 2018: Human-Aided Design: Changing the Relationship between Our Tools and Us.
The second will be the takeaways from the COFES roundtables and briefings.    
5:00
PM
Reception
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event
6:00-
9:00
PM


 
Dinner and Awards
Dinner and the closing session of COFES, including The CAD Society Industry Awards.*
 
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event 

Sunday, April 15, 2018


6:30-
8:30
AM


 
Early Riser's Breakfast
For COFES golfers and those with early flights
8:30-
10:30
AM
Sunday Brunch
Sunday Brunch Poolside at the Cafe Cabana

Relax and enjoy the morning!
 
8:30-
11:30
AM

 
Elyon Strategies: Enterprise Thinking for Entrepreneurs
Brian Seitz
Brian Seitz
Cyon Research Corporation & Elyon Enterprise Strategies
Brian Seitz
Karen Morphy
Elyon Enterprise Strategies
Brian Seitz
Carl Engel
Elyon Enterprise Strategies
In conjunction with COFES, Elyon Strategies is giving a workshop on Enterprise Business Design. There is no cost to COFES Attendees. The workshop will challenge you to take your business ideas, build a viable business model and turn that into a plan with real impact. The workshop combines the power of a Strategy Canvas, Business Model Canvas and Operating Model Canvas aimed at transforming your business and achieving breakthrough action plans to make it happen. Learning objectives for the workshop:
  • Learn the theory of Enterprise Business Design and how to apply good Engineering concepts to your business. Gain insight into the nature of business and operating models.
  • Practice creating a high level Strategy Canvas to learn more about where your ideas or objectives are “stuck” and gain laser focus on your goals.
  • Walk through a Business Model Canvas and gain insight into how to position your model within an intensely competitive landscape, and how to lead the redesign of your own organization’s business model.
  • See how you can go the next level in an Operating Model Canvas to get your entire enterprise resources and finances, as well as its suppliers moving your business model strategy to actualization to achieve a targeted and differentiated value proposition.
At the end of the workshop you should be equipped with the tools, information, and insights to design or reinvent your enterprise, and inspire your team.
10:30
AM


 
Integration Session:Transformation and the Role of New Forms of Engineering & Design
Brian Seitz
Nathanael Miller
COFES Institute & NASA Langley Research Center
The future is governed by pre-emptive actions and reactions that are driven by new challenges and crises. As humankind faces ever more complex challenges, the significance and the role design and engineering is changing. As a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spyros Kouvelis will share his view on the future of converging engineering solutions through a lense of Mediterranean geo-political complexity. Expect to hear an informed perspective on what it means to engineer future industries, and the role this discipline will play on the journey.