UPSIM consortium 

Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH

VIF is an independent, international research and development center which deals with application-oriented vehicle development and future vehicle concepts. More than 200 experts are employed at the location in Graz/Austria.

VIF addresses “smart mobility” and, in particular, the vehicles of tomorrow, which should be safe, environmentally friendly and affordable. Hence, cutting-edge research and technology development is essential, and simulation is a key opening new possibility.

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Bosch Group

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services and comprises Robert Bosch GmbH as well as its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.

Operating in a global network, Bosch Research fills the innovation pipeline of the Bosch business sectors. The research areas cover a wide portfolio from e-mobility and energy conversion to autonomous systems, user-centric computing, disruptive materials and healthcare solutions. Research has formed part of Bosch’s DNA for over 130 years and is driven by the belief that research is not an end in itself, but something that makes a tangible contribution to improving the quality of people’s lives. That belief is reflected in the words “Invented for life”.


In Summa Innovation bv

In Summa is the exclusive agent of MSC Software and we ensure that our customers are successful in their engineering process. Together with our affiliations we meet technological challenges and we create a foundation for innovative success.

We provide innovative and high-quality tools for the engineering departments in the high-tech manufacturing industry. Our tools are widely applicable and validated in virtually every industry. Some problems of engineering departments are very challenging. However, these problems must be resolved and that is achieved by using the robust tools of MSC Software and technical skills of In Summa and its partners. We have the capacity and competency to help our clients to achieve a brighter future. Not only for themselves but for everyone in their immediate environment. We make the world not only technologically advanced but also more durable and safer. In short, “we engineer a better world”.


LifeTec Group

As research and services organization LifeTec has an established position in the medical domain and a large network of MedTech companies. LifeTec is the only company in the world that offers a physiologically relevantly performing heart platform for medical device development. LifeTec is experienced in the development of new medical devices and therapies; co-creating processes with medical product engineers and physicians; and ex-vivo testing of medical devices and therapies with biosimulator platforms and bioreactor systems. LifeTec predominantly supports her customers with product research and development activities and early feasibility studies.


3D Mapping Solutions GmbH

Located in Holzkirchen, Germany and Pittsburgh, USA, 3D Mapping Solutions is one of the leading experts in the fields of high-accuracy kinematic surveying of public roads, proving grounds, race tracks and rough road test tracks of any kind. 3D Mapping Solutions specializes in high-precision and high-resolution mapping of road networks, test and race tracks as well as testing grounds. They create high-precision reference maps as a basis for user-specific developments, for advanced ADAS or driving development, test and validation applications for autonomous driving. Another important field of activity is the development of digital surface models as a basis for a wide range of applications in the areas of tire development, noise analysis, vehicle dynamics and driving comfort simulation.


Reden Research & Development Nederland

Specialist in model driven product development. With modelling & simulation, multi stage and multi physics, we analyse your demands and propose solutions that will do the job. Not by trial and error but based on knowledge, Design of Experiments and Design Space Exploration. We know which parameters to tune in order to achieve the desired performance.



We deliver software solutions to construction and high-tech industries that give control over your project data enabling smart and quality driven collaboration. We do this through web-based applications based on our KE-chain platform. KE-chain is a digital project environment in which users and systems are guided in recording and sharing information with real-time insight into the quality of the information built up. KE-chain is real-time and model-driven to provide full control to our users of their own application configuration.

Our client and partner network consists of all kinds of parties in construction and high-tech industries. We are always looking to develop integrated solutions with other software suppliers to empower our users. To deliver the latest solutions we participate in innovations in the field of smart engineering in an international network such as ITEA.


Aarhus University

Established in 1928, Aarhus University (AU) is a Danish nationwide university with a strong international reputation across the entire research spectrum. AU ranks among the world’s 10 best universities founded within the last 100 years and has a long tradition of partnerships with top research institutions and university networks of the world.

AU has 39,000 students; about 1,800 PhD students – of which one in four has a foreign nationality – and close to 900 postdoctoral scholars together with 11,500 employees. As such, internationalisation is a key part of AU’s mission and it continuously works to strengthen the international profile of the University through a series of initiatives, which will increase international research partnerships and the number of international students.

AU is an established university for cutting-edge research and is in the absolute world elite in several research fields. The university has a very successful track record of managing both individual fellowships and large international projects and of hosting visiting researchers of all career stages for both training and knowledge transfer purposes.

The Department of Engineering (ENG) is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology and will contribute to the research undertaken in the project.


Infineon AG

Infineon designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductors and system solutions. The focus of its activities is on automotive electronics, industrial electronics, communication and information technologies, and hardware-based security. The product range comprises standard components, customer-specific solutions for devices and systems, as well as specific components for digital, analogue, and mixed-signal applications.

Infineon offers a wide range of world-class power and sensor technologies. Highly precise sensing solutions such as MEMS microphones, pressure sensors and radar sensors, advanced 3D ToF imagers are bringing “human” senses to IoT devices, enabling them to react to their surroundings. In addition the next generations of Si-, SiC- and GaN-based products mark a new efficiency and reliability paradigm for power solutions that build smart sensing, computing and actuation functions into the very core of intelligent devices. Last but not least, Infineon uses artificial intelligence in its research to make systems faster, more reliable and more energy efficient.


Eindhoven University

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Our education, research and knowledge valorisation contribute to (1) science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy, Health and Smart Mobility; (2) science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry; (3) science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education.

In the UPSIM project, the Mechanics of Materials (MoM) section of the Mechanical Engineering department will develop reduced order models of medical devices.


Softwarehelden GmbH & Co. KG

The company Softwarehelden, founded in 2014, is currently developing the digitization platform Cluu with 30 employees. With roots at Porsche, softwarehelden have been active in the automotive sector for many years. Cluu is an application platform with a completely new and unique integration technology. The Cluu backbone combines existing or new databases into a kind of virtual mega database. Ad hoc, model-based and optimally secured.

The products of softwarehelden face the reality at large OEMs: Grown application landscapes of the highest complexity. Based on the centrally accessible data networked with Cluu, processes can be highly automated. Instead of completely programming an application, it is largely specified in the form of an application model. According to the motto “write code that writes code”, Cluu generates the application itself to a large extent. This results in applications suitable for companies with previously unknown speed and quality.

In order to achieve a high level of acceptance among users, tried and tested patterns from the consumer sector are used. Corporate applications are presented like apps on a smartphone or tablet, are provided via an app store and offer a similar user experience. In addition, the softwarehelden develop their own apps on the basis of Cluu – mostly in development partnership with the companies using them. The term “Assisted Testing” includes e.g. a collection of applications that enables full digitization of product testing.


NLR – Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre

Royal NLR operates as an unaffiliated research centre, working with its partners towards a better world tomorrow. As part of that, NLR offers innovative solutions and technical expertise, creating a strong competitive position for the commercial sector.

NLR has been a centre of expertise for over a century now, with a deep-seated desire to keep innovating. It is an organisation that works to achieve sustainable, safe, efficient and effective aerospace operations. The combination of in-depth insights into customers’ needs, multidisciplinary expertise and state-of-the-art research facilities makes rapid innovation possible. Both domestically and abroad, NLR plays a pivotal role between science, the commercial sector and governmental authorities, bridging the gap between fundamental research and practical applications. Additionally, NLR is one of the large technological institutes (GTIs) that have been collaborating since 2010 in the Netherlands on applied research as part of the TO2 federation. NLR has a long term track record in supporting aerospace industries with their technical challenges (e.g. product certification), and in delivering high quality services (e.g. research and consulting). NLR is active in several Industry 4.0 (Smart Industry) initiatives. In particular NLR supports industry in setting up digital twins for product development and production. NLR will provide to UPSIM its knowledge and experience that is behind (real-time) digital twins. This includes simulation, innovative ICT technologies, and mathematical methods based on first principles and/or data science.



Unit040/Prespective is an experienced developer of Digital Twin simulation software. Founded in 2006 by five students of the Technical University Eindhoven, Unit040 quickly became a visualization partner for multiple high-tech multinationals such as Canon, Philips, ASML and Toyota Vanderlande.

Many years later, Unit040 is well known for its Digital Twin software Prespective. The platform is an interactive virtual test environment, in which users continuously test their systems; visual, mechanical, control software, human interaction, and scenarios.


Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 78,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. Philips has adopted an Open Innovation strategy which leverages the joint innovative power of partnering companies and researchers to bring more innovations to the market effectively and faster.


TU Berlin

The Department of Industrial Information Technology is engaged in the advancement of digital solutions for the improvement and the enlargement of engineering operations in the entire cycle of virtual product creation. Regarded Topics start from the product idea and the product development up to planning of production and assurance of production start-up. The department is embedded in the Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management.



AGROINTELLI was founded in 2015 as an innovation house for new technologies within agriculture. It’s our mission to offer a generic fully automated farming system for arable farming on the global market. Thus, fulfilling our vision to make global food production more reliable, sustainable and profitable.

ROBOTTI, our field robot, has research roots going back to early 2000. Since then different versions have been tested and valuable lessons have been learned. Based on nearly 20 years of research and development, an advanced version of the robot was introduced to the market in November 2018. Manufacturing and distribution of ROBOTTI on a large scale is now the sole strategic focus of AGROINTELLI, motivated by current trends and challenges within the modern food production industry and the arable farming sector.


Audi Group

The Audi Group, comprising the Audi, Lamborghini and Ducati brands, is one of the best-known manufacturers of premium automobiles, supercars, Super SUVs and sporty motorcycles. The company is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in twelve countries. Over the period 2019 through the end of 2023 Audi will be investing some EUR 14 billion in the future topics of electric mobility, digital services and autonomous driving. This figure includes capex as well as research and development activities.
Audi has undertaken a large number of R&D projects on alternative energy and reduced fuel consumption, as well in future mobility topics such as automated driving and connected mobility.

Audi has experience in the co-ordination of and participation in national and EU funded projects and networks involving European car manufacturers, suppliers, research organisations and universities.
With the experience of numerous national and international research projects on autonomous driving and simulation Audi is working on highly automatic driving functions in series development. In addition, the Volkswagen Group has extended its cooperation in ADAS technologies and bundled relevant competencies in its Car.Software-Organisation group delivering the concentrated know-how to the whole group.

Quote: UPSIM means for Audi a big step towards coping with the upcoming complexity of modern vehicles embedded in traffic systems. Together with specialists also from non-automotive industries we invest into efficient and effective development approaches containing simulation models for mobility functions. Bundling these expertises to smooth collaborative engineering approaches supported by verifiable digital twins is key for addressing future challenges.


The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established in 2010 as an independent Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry. To date, it represents one of the largest public sector investments in UK manufacturing. The MTC now has a turnover of £75.4m and employs over 800 talented staff. The MTC has an internationally recognised leading capability in modelling and simulation to provide our clients with ‘Right the First Time’ innovative products, processes and facilities. The application of Digital Tools, such as Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics, supports MTC’s client’s product and process design innovations across a wide range of sectors, from military and defence to automotive and construction. Discrete Event Simulation enables optimal digital facility design and detailed Cost Modelling provides an estimate for investment leading to business case sign off.

The MTC will provide the UPSIM project with knowledge and experiences related to their nationally funded SimReady project outcomes. SimReady provides a tool for the assessment of modelling and simulation readiness in manufacturing. The MTC takes part in UPSIM on a self-funded basis from the perspective of accessing a significantly important collaborative route for maturation and dissemination of the tool, and through exploiting past research outcomes to help develop Simulation Governance in manufacturing on a larger scale.


DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.)

DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. The DLR Institute of System Dynamics and Control (DLR-SR) in Oberpfaffenhofen has about 75 employees and is working on advancing the state-of-the-art in system dynamics and control technologies for high-performance mechatronic systems in aerospace, robotics and ground vehicle applications. The focus is on higher dynamic performance, improved comfort, safety, and lower energy consumption.


Sioux Technologies

Sioux Technologies has all the expertise in-house to contribute to the maximum success of high-tech products and production systems. Sioux’s strength lies in the unique combination of high-quality competences in software, mechanics, optics, physics, mechatronics, electronics, mathematics and final assembly & testing. With more than 700 engineers Sioux supports or forms the R & D department of leading high-tech companies. Sioux is keen to take responsibility: from creating ideas in the conceptual phase up to the delivery of serial production.

The mathematical engineering consultants of Sioux have extensive experience in the translation of industrial problems to mathematical models. The result of their analysis, often involving a range of simulation tools, are used to deliver concrete solutions for their customers. Sioux wants to add value to its clients and build innovative solutions that can contribute to a society that is smarter, safer, healthier, more enjoyable and more sustainable.


Augsburg University

The University of Augsburg was founded in 1970. It is one of the young, modern universities in Bavaria with about 20,000 students. The Faculty of Applied Computer Science is one of 8 faculties. Since 2013 it educates students with hybrid skills in computer science and engineering. The Chair of Mechatronics was founded in 2018. The Chair of Mechatronics conducts basic and application-oriented research in the fields of modeling, simulation and optimization. In particular, the chair deals with the AI enhanced simulation of systems in an open context.


The Automotive Solution Center

The Automotive Solution Center for Simulation e.V. is a non-profit research association in the field of virtual vehicle development and focuses on the methodical further development of numerical simulation methods for future-relevant problems of the automotive and supplier industry. As multiplier, catalyst, and accelerator the asc(s e.V. provides its members the opportunity to research and advance new simulation methods quickly and efficiently on a neutral cooperation platform. Representatives from science and industry work together here at eye level. The topics are divided into five focus areas: vehicle drive, vehicle structure, vehicle physics, automation and connectivity (with research cluster ENVITED) as well as numerics and digitization.


Groningen University

The research institute ENTEG is an engineering science and technology institute that has the capability to analyze, explore and design new technologies that are based on the integration of fundamental and engineering sciences. As such, the research in the institute focuses on current and future activities in a number of processing and production sectors such as processing, high tech and discrete production and interface industries. In addition, ENTEG has developed and contributed to several academic engineering education programs of which the degrees provide an international starting qualification for graduated students for high quality jobs in industry, and research.

Quote: The University of Groningen is looking forward on this co-operation. The UPSIM consortium is an excellent opportunity to bring simulation and modelling on the next level in creating more embedded intelligence in systems and development of systems.


LTX Simulation GmbH

“LTX Simulation GmbH is a developer and distributor of modeling and simulation solutions for systems engineering based on Modelica, FMI and Dymola. Based in Munich, Germany, LTX offers technical support, develops custom models and offers specific training courses.

LTX is also an a authorized distributor for model libraries and software tools from Dassault Systèmes, XRG Simulation GmbH, TLK-Thermo GmbH, DLR and others. We focus on development and control of thermal energy systems, especially heating and cooling in buildings, trains, power plants and electrified automotive vehicles.”



iCONDU GmbH represents a growing engineering service provider acting within the automotive industry – focussing on complexity handling in system engineering, sustainability and digitalization. A team of 10 people concentrates on software development, its application and related consulting concerning handling complexity in system engineering as well as production processes. iCONDU supports its customers within the definition and achievement of strategic targets by consideration of related technical, economic and organizational constraints.


The Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe.

The expenditures for R&D came up to approx. €14.3 billion. The Volkswagen Group is thus investing more in future technologies than any other company in the world. The approximately 55.000 employees within R&D account represent about 8,2 % of the total workforce. Under the new vision “Shaping mobility – for generations to come.” the Volkswagen Group with its sharpened TOGETHER 2025+ strategy provides answers to the challenges of today and tomorrow. Their goal is to make mobility sustainable for us and for future generations. Their promise: With electric drive, digital networking and autonomous driving, we are making automobiles clean, quiet, intelligent and safe. At the same time, their core product becomes even more emotional and offers a completely new driving experience. It is also becoming part of the solution when it comes to climate and environmental protection. In this way, the car can continue to be a cornerstone of contemporary, individual and affordable mobility in the future.

Volkswagen AG has been or currently is involved in a wide range of national and European research projects on various automotive topics, from researching new driving concepts to new components in vehicle electronics to the use of innovative manufacturing technologies.


BEIA Consult International

BEIA Consult International is a R&D performing SME, founded in 1991, and it is one of the leading providers of ICT solutions and services in the Balkan/Danube region for cloud communications and IoT telemetry. The company’s references include over 5,000 turn-key projects for advanced IT and communications solutions. BEIA is certified ISO 9001, 14001, 18001 and 27001.


Lucian Blaga University

“Lucian Blaga” University din Sibiu (ULBS) is one of the oldest Romanian universities and the biggest players in the Romanian Centre Region. A key faculty of ULBS is the Engineering Faculty, the regional leader in the computer science and the related fields of manufacturing domain. Of special interest for UPSIM is the Connected Intelligence Research Centre (INCON) focuses on theoretical and application-driven research for modelling, simulation, and deployment of cyber physical social systems. It provides a CPS-based experimental facility comprising of: a standard Festo MPS500 Didactic System, a custom OTG-Usb stick assembly demonstrator (Small Scale I4.0 Production system), a custom production system for assembling smart products (Large Scale I4.0 Production System) and finally a training station with Augmented and Virtual Reality for manual operations to assemble smart products considering the operator’s state (I4.0 Training station).


SETLabs Research GmbH

SETLabs Research GmbH is specialised in developing software-intensive systems and innovative domain-open solutions by bringing software, simulation and integration together. Our vision is to advance domain-open Software Enabled Technologies.

The focus lies on innovative solutions enabled through a smart interaction of software intensive systems, simulation and the respective HW/SW integration. This results in the development of application-oriented solutions. These solutions comprise applications in the automotive or rail domain and will be further extended to robotics, logistics, energy and healthcare.

SETLabs covers the following areas to ensure reliable software enabled technologies:

  • Credible / Reliable Simulation
  • Trustworthy autonomous systems
  • Digital twin and product-life-cycle
  • Sustainability of technological systems
  • Information networks