We are witnessing a radical change of the way products are created, produced, and utilized. As a consequence of continuing digitalization, leading technology companies are pursuing the idea of a complete, high fidelity “digital twin” that makes the boundaries between the design process of mechanical parts, electronics, embedded software, sensors and specialized IC and sensor technology are disappearing.
This digital twin is becoming a necessity. Autonomous driving, as an example, puts an end to the feasibility of verifying the functionality of today's and tomorrow's vehicles through road testing. A complete virtualization of mechanical properties, physics, electronics, real-time software, down to the sensor data processing at the IC level is the only avenue to verify the safety and functionality of advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous functions. In the same way, technologies like additive manufacturing, advanced materials and exploding variation require an extensive virtualization of the production process to accelerate verification.
IoT technology provides an unprecedented amount of information and feedback for systems in operation. It is already giving a competitive advantage to manufacturers who are going beyond “analytics” and tap into the models created during development and production to utilize the vast amounts of available data in the optimization of the system.
Biography: Dr. Stefan Jockusch is vice president of Strategy for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division. Dr. Jockusch drives strategic business planning and market intelligence as well as coordinates business activities across all Siemens PM Software business segments and with Digital Factory Division leadership. Dr. Jockusch has served in a number of business leadership and R&D management roles, driving the development and market introduction of radically innovative mechatronic systems. Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Jockusch was vice president of Automotive Industry Strategy, leading the company’s business development and portfolio planning efforts for the automotive industry. He began his career at Siemens as a management consultant with Siemens Corporate Technology. He later moved to Siemens AG as executive board assistant for the industry, transportation and technology sectors, where he led several strategic initiatives. A U.S. and German citizen with broad international experience, he relocated to the United States in 2001 and later decided to make the U.S. his family’s permanent home. Stefan holds a PhD summa cum laude in natural sciences from University of Bielefeld and a master’s degree in physics from the University of Göttingen.