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Siemens invests $1.8M with Georgia Tech in three-year research deal focused on digital engineering


By David Schwartz
Published: October 12th, 2021

Georgia Institute of Technology and Siemens Technology have officially launched the Center of Excellence for Simulation and Digital Twin. Engineers, scientists and researchers will work in the center with undergraduate and graduate students to utilize data- and model-driven capabilities to optimize complex infrastructure systems.

Under a research deal struck between the pair, Siemens is investing $1.8 million in Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) in a bid to prepare students to enter the STEM workforce while enhancing the role of digital engineering in building designs. The initiative will include sponsored research, two annual student Grand Challenges, and four PhD fellowship projects centered around the use of simulation capabilities.

The Center of Excellence will be led by Professor Dimitri Mavris, Director of ASDL, and by a managing board made up of several Siemens leaders from the company’s Research, Smart Infrastructure, and Digital Industries Software units.

“Building upon our decades-long relationship with Georgia Tech, our investment is a step towards having a greater understanding of the challenges we face today and prepare to face tomorrow utilizing digital twins,” said Virginie Maillard, head of Siemens Technology US. (A digital twin is a virtual model designed to accurately reflect a physical object. It produces data about different aspects of the physical object’s performance, such as energy output, temperature, weather conditions and more. This data is then relayed to a processing system and applied to the digital copy.)

“We pride ourselves on our involvement with higher education institutions, and our master research agreement with Georgia Tech underscores our joint commitment to innovation while simultaneously preparing the workforce of tomorrow.”

The two student Grand Challenges for academic year 2021-2022 focus on using digital twins to optimize and plan infrastructure for buildings, communities and mobility solutions. Students will use Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as a “living lab” to study interactions between the airport structure and the surrounding city to make best use of efficient technologies.

“We are excited to be part of the new Center of Excellence that Siemens is establishing at Georgia Tech,” said Mavris. “Digital engineering is a key thrust for ASDL and this center will allow us to further our research in this area. In partnership with Siemens, we will focus on topics that will engage our students to advance the development and application of simulation and digital twins.”

Georgia Tech is one of the lead universities in Siemens’ new regional Research & Innovation Ecosystem program. Atlanta will be one of the four ecosystems, alongside the Bay Area, Greater Boston and the Industrial Midwest to increase engagement between Siemens Technology and universities and research institutes in a more focused manner.

Source: Siemens

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