Keynote Talks at the COMSOL Conference 2017 Boston

If you would like to see firsthand how experts from industry are using multiphysics modeling to innovate, be sure to attend the keynote talks at the COMSOL Conference 2017 Boston. After each talk, you have the opportunity to connect with the speaker and ask questions about their presentation. The Keynote session also features sneak previews of future versions of COMSOL Multiphysics®.

Keynote Speakers


Svante Littmarck Svante Littmarck COMSOL, Inc. October 4th

Svante Littmarck is the President and CEO of COMSOL, Inc. He cofounded the COMSOL group in 1986. In 2004, Littmarck received an honorary doctoral degree from the Royal Institute of Technology for the development and international reach of high quality software for scientific computations through his company COMSOL.

Vasudevan Venkateshwaran Vasudevan Venkateshwaran W. L. Gore and Associates October 5th
Accelerating Development Using COMSOL Server™

The theory, modeling, and simulation teams at Gore develop many mathematical models and simulation tools that play a very important role in guiding new technology development. A major challenge that we face is deploying these tools for broader use across the enterprise, including our research centers in Europe and Asia. In this talk, I will discuss how we address this problem using the COMSOL Server™ product and our experience in using it over the last year. I will also discuss what advantages and limitations we have seen during our use and potential new capabilities that would enhance user experience.

Vasudevan Venkateshwaran currently works as a research scientist at W. L. Gore and Associates. There, he develops mathematical models and simulation tools to facilitate product development and data analytics as well as meet a variety of technology R&D needs. He graduated with a PhD in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he applied statistical physics and molecular simulation methods to study soft condensed matter systems.

Richard Little Richard Little Sonos Inc. October 5th
Designing Durable Audio Transducers

Audio transducers are the devices in loudspeakers that convert electrical signals into outgoing pressure waves, allowing the consumer to enjoy music. Finite element analysis is commonly used to enable design optimization for such devices to hit their performance targets. A topic less often investigated in the industry is the one of durability: how to design devices such that they can withstand the rigors of operation, handling, and their environment. This presentation outlines some design practices involved with designing transducers for durability in a predictive manner and discusses some of the ongoing challenges in such efforts.

Richard Little has been leading audio transducer research and development efforts at Sonos since 2013. Richard has more than 20 years of experience in loudspeaker engineering, having previously worked at Boston Acoustics, Bose, Tymphany, and Far North Electroacoustics. He has designed automotive, home theater, multimedia, consumer electronics, and professional sound products. Richard's expertise includes audio transducer engineering and manufacturing, loudspeaker systems design, magnetics engineering, acoustic circuit modeling, finite element analysis, and reliability engineering. Richard holds a BSc in physics from the University of British Columbia as well as an MSc in physics from Queen's University at Kingston, specializing in the field of applied magnetics.

Pablo Rolandi Pablo Rolandi Amgen October 5th
Beyond Modeling and Simulation in the Biopharma Industry

The Digital Integration and Predictive Technologies (DIPT) team at Amgen is tasked with transforming the way that Amgen does process development through the development, application, and deployment of mechanistic models and other digital/predictive technologies. These efforts span the life cycle of molecules and products (from prepivotal to commercial stages) across all functions within process development and beyond (including drug substances/products and devices as well as engineering and manufacturing). In order to achieve this goal, DIPT develops models based on a multiphysics paradigm and implements/deploys a subset of these models in the COMSOL® software. In this talk, we will describe a half a dozen applications involving various transport phenomena; chemical reactions; and other physicochemical processes, including chromatography separations and device sterilizations, among others. The examples will go beyond conventional simulations and parameter sweeps and demonstrate the use of mechanistic models in uncertainty/risk-based analyses. Model deployment considerations will be discussed, given Amgen's leading vision in this front.

Pablo Rolandi (PhD) leads the Advanced Modeling and Simulation Team within the Digital Integration and Predictive Technologies Group, where he is responsible for the modeling strategy and portfolio across process development. His interests span in silico mechanistic models for process simulation, synthesis (design), and optimization; with an emphasis on inverse problems, uncertainty, and design/control. Before joining Amgen in 2016, Pablo developed advanced tools and modeling methodologies and consulted for Fortune 500 companies in the space of process modeling.

Stuart Brown Stuart Brown Veryst Engineering October 6th
Using Multiphysics to Diagnose the Cause of a Toxic Leak

A safety critical valve failed during testing, exposing workers to a toxic fluid. One potential reason for the leak was thermal damage to the interior polymer gaskets and seals within the valve resulting from the valve’s welding installation. Veryst Engineering used the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to simulate the welding process, tracking the evolving weld-induced temperature that could exceed the polymer gaskets’ safe-use temperatures. Our analysis, described in this presentation and supported by testing, provided a thorough understanding of the problem and the most plausible explanation for the release.

Dr. Stuart Brown is managing partner of Veryst Engineering, an engineering firm located in the Boston area. Veryst provides services in multiphysics simulation, product design, manufacturing processes, and failure analysis. Dr. Brown's background includes mechanical engineering and materials science. He has consulted in metal forming, semisolid materials, powder metallurgy, drawing, forging, welding, cold and hot rolling, electrical contacts, and extrusions. Prior to founding Veryst Engineering, Dr. Brown was director at the Boston office of Exponent, Inc. Before Exponent, he was on the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Andrew Prudil Andrew Prudil Canadian Nuclear Labs October 6th
Modeling Nuclear Fuel: A Study in Multiphysics

Nuclear fuel experiences a complex environment of elevated temperatures, temperature gradients, mechanical loading, thermal expansion, swelling, densification, radiation, and continuously evolving composition and microstructure. Understanding and predicting the coupled, aggregate behavior is crucial for optimizing the design and operation of the fuel. In this talk, I will present two COMSOL Multiphysics® models developed for modeling the continuum and microstructural aspects of nuclear fuel.

Andrew Prudil completed his PhD and postdoctorate in nuclear engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he developed models of nuclear fuel behavior. Currently, he works at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories in the Fuel & Fuel Channel Safety Branch. He focuses on the development and application of computer models to improve the safety, economics, and sustainability of nuclear energy. Andrew has contributed to commercial, government, and academic R&D projects such as fuel irradiation safety cases. He has also coauthored numerous journal papers, conference papers, and reports. Most recently, he coauthored a textbook on nuclear engineering that is being published later this year.