Intelligent assistance systems based on machine learning methods could save valuable time on virtual product development processes.
Intelligent assistance systems based on machine learning methods could save valuable time on virtual product development processes.
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Intelligent assistance systems for Audi, Porsche and VW

| Editor: Florian Richert

In cooperation with its partners Sidact and the Fraunhofer Institute SCAI, Scale started a research project on virtual product development using intelligent assistance systems on October 1st. For the next three years, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will support the project.

Aiming to support engineers in simulation-based, virtual product development in the future, the project team has set itself the goal of developing assistance systems that make use of artificial intelligence or machine learning approaches. These intelligent assistance functions will provide calculation engineers with advice in complex decisions in the development process and practical support in standardized routine tasks.

Two-stage alleviation for engineers

The project Virtual Product Development Using Intelligent Assistance Systems (ViPriA) is specifically concerned with two essential stages of the development process, in which calculation engineers can now draw on the help of the smart system. On the one hand, an intelligent assistance system should support the creation of a numerical simulation with design proposals, which could mean significant time savings for the responsible engineers. On the other hand, a gradual automation of the analysis of complex simulation results is planned. An anomaly detection should enable the system to provide the user with feedback on unexpected behavior of simulations. Evaluating the simulation results is not limited to the evaluation of scalar function variables. It should also be able to identify system behavior that deviates from the standard or that is undesirable and to visually process this behavior.

The technological basis for these further developments is Scale's SDM system (simulation data management), whose applications are currently already being used in practice by various German automotive groups. In the next step, the results of the research project will be used to develop a new product generation that will be fully integrated.

This article was first published in German by Industry of Things.