Project in Focus: UPSCALE

UPSCALE is a European project aiming to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) with traditional physics-based Computer-Aided Engineering to drastically reduce the development time and increase electric vehicles’ (EVs) performance. This project is lead by IDIADA with the involvement of CRF-Stellantis, Volkswagen Group and Volvo Cars Corporation as industrial end-users.

High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) are key elements in the design and development of vehicles. They are used to simulate, for example, vehicle crash performance, aerodynamic behaviour or thermal characteristics. These vehicle simulations are very complex and time-consuming. The objective of UPSCALE is to reduce development time by 20% and increase the overall performance. The research partners introduce AI-based methodologies to enhance the performance of existing simulation tools and processes. Machine learning and similar methods are used to accelerate the overall process and improve accuracy by learning from previously performed simulations. This will directly impact the vehicle design and development process and, finally, increase the performance and reduce costs of future electric vehicles.

The project has recently finished its second year after successfully achieving the mid-term milestones. You can review the deliverables of the project here:

This project is co-funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824306.

Project facts:

Duration: Budget: Public funding: Website:
42 months €4 million €4 million

EUCAR members: CRF-Stellantis, Volkswagen, Volvo Cars.

Partners: ESI Group, Engys, Virtual Vehicle Research, Vrije Uv. Brussel, E. N. Superieure D’Arts et Metiers, Algorithmica Tech., and F Iniciativas I+D+i.