Agenda

Thursday, April 12, 2018

8:00
AM
Registration and Badge Pick-up Opens

Attire for COFES is weekend casual (no suits); shirts with collars; sandals or sneakers. Shorts are okay.  

8:30
AM
-
3:00
PM
The DaS Symposium

The Design and Sustainability Symposium: Exploring the intersection of design, simulation, and sustainability for the built (AEC) and manufactured environment. DaS = Design and Sustainability. The goal of the DaS Symposium is to bring sustainability to the forefront of the conversation among software developers. What is relevant to the sustainability conversation? Where are the opportunities and what are the issues that we should address as an industry, rather than as individual companies? We hope to inspire, raise awareness, build relationships and seek sustainable synergies. Founding members of The DaS Symposium include Autodesk, buildingSMART Alliance, CIFE, Cyon Research, Gensler, PTC, Siemens, SolidWorks, and Sustainable Minds.Details here.

3:00 -
3:50
PM


 
Special Session: World Update
Peter Thorne Peter Thorne
Cambashi
  Jon Peddie
Jon Peddie Research
A presentation of recent research completed by leading industry analysts. More information will be posted in the coming months.

 
This is an informal session. Lots of information, but also lots of interaction and discussion.

Open to all COFES Attendees and their guests.
4:00 -
4:50
PM


 
Special Session: Report from ASSESS:  Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies
Brad Holtz
Joe Walsh
IntrinSIM
ASSESS (Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies) was formed to identify and resolve the issues that confront simulation software and the simulation software industry as we move beyond the recent economic crash and face new and complex challenges. The ASSESS Initiative team will present and update findings, and action items from seven working groups of the ASSESS Initiative.
5:00 -
5:50
PM


 
Special Session: TBA

TBA

6:00 -
8:00
PM


 
Business Reception and Technology Suite Open House   Spouse & Guest-only Dinner 
Opening business reception. First formal opportunity for COFES Newbies to meet their Hosts. Technology Suites have been set up for you to discuss corporate direction, business development, and potential partnerships. They are NOT demo rooms—the vendors are here to talk, not sell. This is your opportunity to sign up for appointment time slots.

Music, food and refreshments.

*Restricted to COFES 2018 Attendees. Their spouses and guests are invited to a spouse- and guest-only mixer and may join them later at the welcome reception.  
While COFES Attendees are at their business reception, their spouses and guests will be treated to a wine tasting dinner before they join us in the welcome reception at 8 pm. Enjoy the food, refreshments, and music in a relaxed setting.

*Open only to badged spouses/guests of COFES 2018 attendees.  
8:00 -
10:00
PM


 
COFES 2018 Opening Intro and Welcome Reception 
Welcome, introductions, orientation, and schedule. Spouses will join us after their dinner for this evening social.

Music, food and refreshments.

*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and must be wearing their badges during the event.  

Friday, April 13, 2018


7:30
AM


 
Introductions and Breakfast
Each COFES attendee from the user community is assigned a leading industry analyst who will act as their host for the event. The host's primary responsibility is to make sure that you get the most value possible out of the event and introduce you to key industry players. Plan to meet your host/introducer for breakfast.  
Attire for COFES is weekend casual (no suits or jackets); shirts with or without collars ; sandals or sneakers. Shorts are fine, too.
 
8:15
AM


 
Kickoff: Opening Session and Call to Order
Your hosts, Cyon Research, will set the stage for the day's activities.  
8:45
AM


 
Keynote: Ping Fu
Brad Holtz
Ping Fu
GelSight Inc.
Title: To Be Announced
10:00
AM


 
Technology Suite Briefings 
Our Technology Suite vendors will present briefings on their technology and research. Details will be published in January.
11:00
AM


 
Analyst and User Briefings
We've invited some of the brightest and most talented thinkers, analysts and users, to each lead a working discussion on an issue they view as critical. These discussions are strictly limited to no more than 24 people at a time.
 
 
Ping Fu
GelSight Inc.
Keynoter's Session
An interactive discussion on the topics raised in Ping's Friday keynote.
 
Marc Halpern
Gartner
Human-Machine Interface
 
Monica Schnitger
Schnitger Corporation
The Changing Relationship Between Us and Our Tools
The changing relationship between us and our engineering and design tools creates significant new opportunities for innovation — in business models and processes as well as in the products themselves. Service bureaus monetize tools and expertise; software vendors are changing the game for themselves and their customers in a shift towards subscriptions; contractors and manufacturers are looking to extend their value beyond design to operations. How might this change the definition of IP? How does it affect the design and engineering landscape? And what opportunities does this open up on the vendor and channel side of the equation?
 
Peter Thorne
Cambashi
 
Chris De Neef
Fast Track Consulting
It's Not Us vs Them
It started with tic-tac-toe, then chess, and more recently Go. We’re no longer the champions – we’re being beaten at our own games by smarter and smarter programs. And new progress in AI is rapidly expanding the domains where this is true. But do we really need to just throw in the towel? What might we accomplish when, rather than focus on competing with AI, we focus on what we can achieve through collaboration between human and artificial intelligence? How will the broad spectrum of AI (including Machine Learning and Deep Learning) modify what we are capable of accomplishing? What skills will we need in this new world? How will this affect our engineering practice?

This is the core of the idea behind Human-Aided Design.
 
Martin Fischer
CIFE-Stanford
 
Scott Hutchinson
Sandia National Laboratories
12:00
Noon


 
Analyst and User Briefings
Analyst and user briefings, round 2, with different analysts, different topics.
 
Allan Behrens
Taxal Limited
Digital Thread
 
Jim Brown
Tech-Clarity
 
Keith Meintjes
CIMdata
Beyond Generative Design
Generative Design is just one step in the transition from CAD to Human-Aided Design. We are on the verge of a revolution, layering on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics to our generative design tools. How might these affect the design process? What are the low hanging fruit where we are most likely to see these impact us first? Where will we go from there? What do we need to do to be ready for these changes? When are they likely to occur? Who is at risk and who benefits?
 
Andreas Vlahinos
Advanced Engineering Solutions
Real-Time Simulation: The Path to Simulation-Driven Design
Democratization of Simulation has long been an unobtainable goal for the CAE industry. Many paths have been tried, including simplifying FEA code and also embedding some level of simulation into CAD tools, but enabling simulation-driven design, a key goal of democratization of simulation, has yet to be successful. Recently introduced real time simulation tools, like ANSYS Discovery Live, allow direct modeling changes in the geometry and provide instant simulation results. These tools enable designers to perform real time design exploration without geometry transfer, element selection, meshing, solver waiting, etc. How might these tools enable the democratization simulation? How do we convert these initial wins into the broad vision of truly simulation-driven design? How does this change the engineering process?
 
Tom Pennino
TP Technologies
 
John Kizior
AECOM
 
Chris Turner
Business Advantage Group
1:00
PM


 
Lunch
 
2:15
PM


 
Technology Suite Briefings 
Round 2 of Technology Suite briefings.  
3:15
PM


 
Analyst and User Briefings
Analyst briefings, round 3, with different analysts, different topics.  
 
Brad Holtz
Cyon Research
The Long View of Human-Aided Design
Computer-Aided Design began more than a half-century ago with a vision of a fluid interaction between designer and design. What is/are the vision(s) of Human-Aided Design? What is the way of that vision today? What will it take to get us there? What can we do to profit/thrive along the way? And what other technologies do we need to keep in our (at least peripheral) vision?
 
Chad Jackson
Lifecycle Insights
Reasonable! Systems Engineering
The complexity of the products we design and build has exploded beyond our ability to effectively manage, and that’s before we add in the exponentially increasing amount of embedded software. How do we mitigate the development risks of this continuous increase in complexity. System Engineering (SE) offers a path, but can be onerous. How can SE be deployed in a way that will minimize disruption? What would constitute a Reasonable SE – that would assist in our handling complexity, but in a way that is more easily adopted?
 
Michelle Boucher
Tech-Clarity
 
Jay Vleeschhouwer
Griffin Securities
The View from Wall Street
Jay will review the performance of the technical software companies and industry, and their prospects for 2019 and beyond. Formerly a senior analyst and managing director with Merrill Lynch, Jay is now the senior research analyst at Griffin Securities. This will be his 17th annual review of the industry at COFES, and your only opportunity to see him in something besides a business suit.
 
James White
CIMdata
 
Darren Young
Hermanson Company
Demanding Education
Given a changed world what are the new skills we need to be requiring from our education system? The future looks bright with the rise of artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, advanced automation and many other technology advances. Or is the light at the end of the tunnel a train racing toward us? What unintended consequences will we encounter as technology takes over everything from the mundane to advanced problem solving? What are the implications for what we will need from our next employees? How do we prepare for the next generation? What do we need to demand from our education system. (Civics would be nice)
4:30
PM


 
First Congress: Maieutic Parataxis
Maieutic: The midwifery of knowledge.
Parataxis: The juxtaposition of ideas, without connection or conjunction

We will be hosting a series of five-minute vignettes drawn from topics and ideas that, while perhaps not yet fully formed, are likely to impact your thinking about how we design, build, and interact with software in the future.

Take a look at http://cofes.com/mp to see the Maieutic Parataxis presentations!  
6:15
PM
 
Buses leave The Scottsdale Plaza Resort for Evening Under the Stars
Buses will be leaving from the main entrance of The Scottsdale Plaza Resort*
 
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event
6:45
PM


 
Evening Under the Stars
Arizona Wing     We’re headed out into truly wide-open spaces and a sweeping view of the sky once again. A great western cookout, and for those who want a closer look at the magnificent Arizona sky, we have a couple of major-league telescopes. A COFES highlight!
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event  
9:30
PM


 
Buses Leave the Evening Event for The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
We will return to the resort between 10:00 and 11:00 pm.

Saturday, April 14, 2018


8:00
AM


 
Breakfast
 
8:45
AM


 
Morning Kickoff
Your hosts will set the stage for the day’s activities.
9:00
AM


 
Keynote: George Gilder
Brad Holtz
George Gilder
Gilder Publishing LLC
Title: To Be Announced

George Gilder
Mr. Gilder is Chairman of Gilder Publishing LLC, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and a founder-fellow of the Discovery Institute in Seattle.

He is the author of many books on economics and technology including, Wealth and Poverty (1981), The Spirit of Enterprise (1986), Microcosm (1989), Life After Television (1990), Telecosm (2000), The Silicon Eye (2005), and The Israel Test (2009). In the past decade, Gilder has begun revolutionizing the field of economics.

In his book, Knowledge and Power (2013), Gilder presents a new economics based on the information theory that enabled the computer revolution and the rise of the Internet. In a review, Steve Forbes stated that the book “will profoundly and positively reshape economics… (and) will rank as one of the most influential works of our era.” The book won the Leonard E. Read prize at FreedomFest in Las Vegas in 2013.

In his latest book, The Scandal of Money (2016), Gilder extends the economics of information theory into a prescription for overcoming worldwide disorders of money with new crypto-currencies linked to gold. James Grant, publisher of “Grant’s Interest Rate Observer,” stated that the book “will outlast the Federal Reserve.” Peter Thiel declared “he is our best guide to our most fundamental economic problem.” His next book, Life After Google, is due to be published in 2018.

Mr. Gilder is a contributing editor of Forbes magazine and a contributor to such publications as the Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts, in the Berkshire Mountains, where he is an active churchman, runner/cross country skier, and with his wife Nini, parent of four children.

11:00
AM


 
Discussions and Roundtables
The COFES Institute investigates issues in engineering and design. That research forms the basis for the issue topics for these group discussions. Meeting rooms are set up in suites around the pool, each with a different issue to discuss. Also, meetings among groups with a common interest.

Have a topic you think is relevant? A pressing issue that could impact software design and engineering within the next six years? We're actively seeking input for consideration for COFES 2018's roundtables. Give us a shout at register@cofes.com.

The actual topics for COFES 2018 will be posted two weeks prior to the start of COFES. Check out http://cofes.com/audio to listen to the roundtables from COFES 2017 and earlier.
12:30
PM


 
Lunch
 
2:00
PM


 
Discussions and Roundtables, Round 2
A second set of long discussions.
3:45
PM


 
Second Congress: The Business of Design and Engineering
Jim Brown
Jim Brown
Tech-Clarity
  Jim Brown Monica Schnitger
Schnitger Corporation
 
This working congress session is an open forum for examining the issues surrounding technologies expected to have an impact on the business of design and engineering. The purpose of these discussions is to examine current issues, explore opportunities for a brighter future, consider approaches, and promote further dialogue. The focus for COFES 2018 will center on two topics.

The first is the theme for COFES 2018: Human-Aided Design: Changing the Relationship between Our Tools and Us.
The second will be the takeaways from the COFES roundtables and briefings.    
5:00
PM
Reception
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event
6:00-
9:00
PM


 
Dinner and Awards
Dinner and the closing session of COFES, including The CAD Society Industry Awards.*
 
*Guests of COFES Attendees must be registered and have paid a supplemental registration fee in order to attend this event 

Sunday, April 15, 2018


6:30-
8:30
AM


 
Early Riser's Breakfast
For COFES golfers and those with early flights
8:30-
10:30
AM
Sunday Brunch
Sunday Brunch Poolside at the Cafe Cabana

Relax and enjoy the morning!
 
10:30
AM


 
Special Session: Fireside Chat with Jon Peddie
On Sunday at COFES we invite a special guest to spend the morning with us discussing the ways of the world with those who still have an opportunity to change it; US!

For 2018, that guest is Jon Peddie.

We hope you'll be able to join us.