Next Generaton Simulation Based Digital Twins

The IoT Community was honored to host Dr. Donald Ferguson, at the IoT Slam Live 2019 Trilogy event. Don, delivered an amazing keynote presentation that inspired the masses leaving us all with the key question: What if? By definition, a question about what could happen or what could have happened in a particular situation if something was or had been different. In engineering terms, this question has been limited in answers historically, due to amongst other key considerations such as cost, state of technlogy, and use-case. Relive this session FREE and in FULL to get a fist hand understanding, from one of the legends of technology – on how to leverage Digital Twin to predict business / mission critical outcomes.


Digital Twins play a crucial role in the industrial internet of things (IIoT).  Simple sensing, alerting and respond-control have has been the primary model for IIoT solutions. Informed decision making, planning, automation, etc. require more sophisticated analysis of sensor data and performance to build systems to guide management and optimization. Big data and machine learning have been the primary technologies for building models necessary for optimization and automation. This presentation will explain the role of high-fidelity simulation and how it feeds into 2D models, reduced order models and system models to support building digital twins for IIoT management and optimization.


Donald Ferguson is a Senior Technical Fellow and Chief SW Architect at Ansys, Inc. Ferguson focuses on product integration, additional of new capabilities and strategic initiatives. The initiatives include cloud platform, and solutions for IoT, autonomous/assisted driving, electrification, and 5G. Ferguson received a PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1989. He spent 20 years in IBM research and development, becoming an IBM Fellow in 2001. He has also served as a Microsoft Technical Fellow, CTO and Executive Vice President at CA Technologies, and Senior Fellow and CTO for Dell Software Group. Ferguson received the 2013 Thomas Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement from the Columbia University Alumni Association in recognition of his role as a “thought-leader in cloud computing; father of IBM’s Web Sphere business, and leader of software design across the country. Ferguson was an adjunct professor at Columbia University from 2010 to 2018, and a Professor of Practice in 2018. He resumed adjunct status in 2019.

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