Machine-Ground Interaction Consortium

November 14-15, 2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus


2017 Sponsor: Intuitive Machines (Houston, TX)

Machine-Ground Interaction Consortium

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  • Registration fee: $200 per participant. Event is free for lab sponsors and participants from US government agencies such as US Army, etc. The registration fee includes catered lunch, snacks, coffee and non alcoholic drinks. The MaGIC registration allows participants to attend the subsequent 2.5 days Project Chrono software tutorial (Nov. 15-17) for free.


A block of rooms at the Hampton Inn Hotel will be available for MaGIC attendees to reserve for November 13-16. To make a reservation, call 608-255-0360 and mention the Group Name “MAGIC 17”, or click here. Reservations must be received by the morning of Ocotber 27, 2017. After that, reservations will be considered on a space and rate availability basis.

For more information about hotel options in Madison, refer to this document.

Access UW-Madison Wireless as a Guest

Refer to this link for instructions to login to UW-Madison’s wireless as a guest:

Participants (preliminary list)

US Army TARDEC, US Army ERDC, Oshkosh Corporation, Harley Davidson, Energid, RAMDO Solutions, Google, Council for Industrial Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa), SmartUQ, Dynamic Simulation Technologies, Mandli Technologies, Kinemetrix, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Iowa, University of Parma, Marquette University.

Overview of the November Meeting

Day one will be devoted to invited talks on modeling and simulation issues. Highlights: an overview of the Next Generation NATO Reference Mobility Model; quick overview of trends in Machine Learning; tracked and wheeled vehicle simulation in Chrono::Vehicle; connected and autonomous vehicle simulation; uncertainty quantification; and, trends in advanced computing. Day two will be split between the remaining invited talks and presentations/hands-on related to Project Chrono.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

(Location: Room 1025 ECB, Engineering Centers Building)

07:30-08:00 Guest check in

08:00-08:15 Introductions, Logistics and Goals of the Meeting, Dan Negrut, Professor, UW-Madison

08:15-08:45 “Down to ‘Earth’ Applications of Chrono at Intuitive Machines,” Steve Fitzgerald, Intuitive Machines

08:45-09:15 “An Overview of the Rocks3D Geomechanics Simulation Package: Focus on Performance,” Dr. Josh Danczyk, Caterpillar

09:15-9:45 Coffee Break/Networking

09:45-10:30 “Wheeled and Track Vehicle Simulation in Chrono::Vehicle,” Dr. Radu Serban, Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:30-11:00 “An Overview of MOBSIM: The South African Military Mobility Modelling Software,” J.D. Reinecke, Council for Industrial Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break/Networking

11:30-12:00 “Modeling Plowing and Cutting Processes in Soils,” James P. Hambleton, Professor, Northwestern University

12:00-13:15 Lunch (catered)

13:15-13:45 “Development of Reliability Analysis and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (RAMDO)”, K. K. Choi, President, RADMO Solutions, and Professor, University of Iowa

13:45-14:15 “Overview of Synchrono - A Platform for Physics-Based Multi-Agent Simulation,” Dan Negrut, Professor, UW-Madison

14:15-15:00 Coffee Break/Networking

15:00-15:45 “Machine Learning: Myth and Reality,” Rob Nowak, Professor and Computational Science Technical Lead, Grainger Institute for Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

15:45-16:15 “An Overview of the Wisconsin Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds (AVPG),” Peter Rafferty, University of Wisconsin-Madison

16:15-16:30 “Overview of the Master of Engineering in Data Analytics (MEDA) Distance Learning Program,” Wayne Pferdehirt, Program Director, Department of Engineering Professional Development, UW-Madison

16:30-17:00 Coffee Break/Networking

17:00-17:30 “SmartUQ: Uncertainty Quantification and Management in Digital Engineering,” Dr. Peter Chien, President, SmartUQ

17:30-17:45 Wrap-up discussion, planning of next MaGIC event

17:45-18:30 Networking

19:00-21:00 Happy Hour and Dinner. Venue: Brasserie V on Monroe Street, Madison, WI

(Location: Room 1025 ECB, Engineering Centers Building)

09:00-9:30 “Overcoming Uncertainty in Robotic Simulation and Control by Leveraging Deformable Terrain Modelling and High Fidelity Simulation,” Dr. Daniel Melanz, Senior Robotic Research Engineer, Energid Technologies

09:30-10:00 “Using Chrono as a Virtual Testing Environment for Autonomous Vehicles on Granular Terrain,” Jon Fleischman, Professor, Marquette University

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break/Networking

10:30-11:00 “An industry perspective on opportunities for autonomous vehicle simulation,” Eric Nutt, Chief Technical Officer, Mandli Communications

11:00-11:30 “Computational Dynamics with Chrono: from Watch Design to Historical Building Collapse Analysis,” Alessandro Tasora, University of Parma, Italy

11:30-12:00 “Overview of Research Projects in the Simulation-Based Engineering Lab,” Dan Negrut, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

12:00-13:00 Lunch (catered)

Project Chrono Tutorial

The hands-on Chrono tutorial will commence at the conclusion of the MaGIC event and be run by Radu Serban, Alessandro Tasora, Mike Taylor and Dan Negrut.

(Location: Mechanical Engineering Building (ME) - Room 2180)


  • Start date: Wednesday, November 15 @ 3 pm
  • End date: Friday, November 17 @ 5 pm
  • Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Emphasis: General Chrono functionality

© Simulation Based Engineering Laboratory, Dan Negrut 2017. SBEL is led by Mead Witter Foundation Professor Dan Negrut in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison

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