2016 Machine-Ground Interaction Consortium (MaGIC) Workshop: “Next Generation Mobility Modeling and Simulation”

August 3-4, 2016, at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, Michigan 48374


Event Sponsors: Altair and SmartUQ

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Please visit the GVSETS Accommodation Recommendations for the primary (Hyatt Place Novi) and overflow hotels for this event. Reservations can be made by calling (248) 513-4111 or going online at Hyatt Place Novi and use the appropriate Group Code (found here). All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Reservations must be made at the Hyatt Place Novi by July 8, 2016.

Overview of August-2016 MaGIC

August 3, 2016

The Simulation-Based Engineering Lab at the University of Wisconsin - Madison will host the “Next Generation Mobility Modeling and Simulation” workshop on August 3, 2016, at the Suburban Collection Showplace, in Novi, Michigan. The workshop will bring together engineers and researchers whose contributions are expected to shape up the next generation of modeling and simulation tools for manned/unmanned vehicle off-road mobility. In a broader context, the workshop’s emphasis is on topics aligned with the mission of the NATO Applied Vehicle Technology Panel, which oversees the development of the next generation NATO Reference Mobility Model (NG-NRMM). There will be networking opportunities throughout the day and a reception scheduled for the evening of August 3, 2016.

Biosketches of Presenters and Titles of Presentations

August 4, 2016

On August 4, MaGIC registrants will attend, at no additional cost, the NDIA’s 8th Annual Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering & Technology Symposium (GVSETS) Technical Sessions. The five GVSETS technical sessions include selected paper presentations on the following topics: Modeling, Simulation, Testing, and Validation (MSTV), Autonomous Ground Systems (AGS), Power and Mobility (P&M), Systems Engineering (SE), and Vehicle Electronics and Architecture (VEA). The window to submit abstracts has closed.

Registration [register here]

NOTE: Any Army personnel who would like to attend MaGIC or those registered for all three days of GVSETS who would like to attend MaGIC, should contact Jacquie Vitale Schmitt at or 586-282-0302 for MaGIC registration.

A single $195 registration fee covers participation in the MaGIC meeting (August 3), evening reception (August 3), and GVSETS Symposium (August 4). Attendance will be limited to 75 people; early registration is encouraged.


Wednesday, August 3rd: Invited talks on machine-ground interaction topics

Location: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, Michigan 48374 (Map)


08:00-08:05 Welcome and Introduction, Dr. Dan Negrut, University of Wisconsin Madison & Dr. Paramsothy Jayakumar, U.S. Army TARDEC

08:05-08:10 Opening Remarks, Dr. David Gorsich, U.S. Army TARDEC

08:10-08:40 “Next Generation NATO Reference Mobility Model” Dr. Paramsothy Jayakumar, U.S. Army TARDEC (Presentation Slides)

08:40-09:10 “Vehicle Dynamics: a Verification and Validation Perspective” Henry Hodges, NATC

09:10-09:25 First Morning Break

09:25-09:55 “Off-road vehicle mobility simulation using coupled flexible multibody dynamics, discrete element method, and smoothed particle hydrodynamics” Dr. Tamer Wasfy, Advanced Science and Automation Corp.

09:55-10:25 “Computational geomechanics for fluid-infiltrating, thermal-sensitive and partially frozen granular materials” Steve WaiChing Sun, Columbia University (Presentation Slides)

10:25-10:55 Second Morning Break

10:55-11:25 “Intelligent Vehicles and Robotics” Steve Peters, Open Source Robotics Foundation

11:25-11:55 “Computer simulations on today’s massively parallel architectures”, Joshua A. Anderson, University of Michigan

11:55-12:25 “Bridging the gaps between weather, mobility, and geospatial intelligence – delivering integrated knowledge-based toolsets supporting weather-informed decision making” John Eylander, U.S. Army ERDC

12:25-1:25 Lunch

13:25-13:55 “Satellite/Model Data Assimilation for Understanding Terrain and Soil Parameters” Andy Jones, Colorado State University (Presentation Slides)

13:55-14:25 “Delivering the Engineering Value of D-Wave’s Quantum Computer” Steve Reinhardt, D-Wave Systems, Inc. (Presentation Slides)

14:25-14:55 First Afternoon Break

14:55-15:25 “Lessons Learned When Quantifying Simulation Uncertainties” Dr. Mark Andrews, SmartUQ LLC

15:25-15:55 “Safe and Efficient Data-Driven Model Reduction for Critical Engineering Applications” Benjamin Peherstorfer, MIT (Presentation Slides)

15:55-16:10 Second Afternoon Break

16:10-16:40 “Project Chrono: An Integrated Software Solution for Ground Vehicle Mobility”, Radu Serban, University of Wisconsin Madison (Presentation Slides)

17:00-21:00 GVSETS Brickyard BBQ and Grand Prix Reception @ JD Racing Indoor Karting, 44225 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Novi, MI 48377 (Shuttle service available from the Hyatt Place Novi to JD Racing) Reception Flyer

Point of Contact

Dan Negrut, Vilas Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison

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