Prithviraj "Prith" Banerjee (Ansys)


Over the past 50 years, Ansys has become a leader in engineering simulation software. The world around us is governed by the laws of physics which are captured by equations that model various physics; we solve these equations using numerical methods such as finite element analysis and finite difference methods. In the past 50 years, the world of Artificial Intelligence has progressed from Expert Systems to Machine Learning to Deep Learning. In this talk we will explore the use of AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning to improve engineering simulation around four use cases: (1) Improving Customer Productivity (2) Augmented Simulation (3) Revolutionizing engineering design and (4) Business Intelligence. We will discuss the use of data-driven and physics informed neural network methods for simulation as well as machine learning based partial differential equation solvers that can speed up engineering simulation by several orders of magnitude. We will show early results of our AI/ML journey in the world of simulation.


Prith Banerjee is the Chief Technology Officer of ANSYS where he is responsible for leading the evolution of ANSYS’ Technology strategy and champion the company’s next phase of innovation and growth. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Cubic Corporation and Turntide Technologies. Formerly, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of Schneider Electric. Previously, he was Managing Director of Global Technology Research and Development at Accenture. Formerly, he was Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of ABB. Earlier, he was Senior Vice President of Research at HP and Director of HP Labs. Formerly, he was Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Formerly, he was the Walter P. Murphy Professor and Chairman of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University. Prior to that, he was Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2000, he founded AccelChip, a developer of products for electronic design automation, which was acquired by Xilinx Inc. in 2006. During 2005-2011, he was Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist of BINACHIP Inc., a developer of products in electronic design automation. He was listed in the FastCompany list of 100 top business leaders in 2009. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM and IEEE, and a recipient of the 1996 ASEE Terman Award and the 1987 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. He received a B.Tech. in electronics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.