ASME Symposium Focuses on Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification

March 24, 2017


Engineers and scientists from a wide variety of engineering disciplines and industries have been implementing computer modeling and simulation as a way to shorten the product development process, improve time to market for their products, and gain a competitive edge. This May, ASME will offer a special symposium in Las Vegas that will focus on verification and validation (V&V) and uncertainty quantification (UQ) — powerful tools that are being increasingly used to ensure that models and simulations are accurate and credible.

The Sixth Annual ASME Verification and Validation (V&V) Symposium, to be held from May 3 to 5 at the Westin Hotel in Las Vegas, is intended to appeal to the ever-growing audience of professionals who are interested in modeling and simulation, including engineers, computational scientists, software developers, analysts and regulators. The three-day symposium will encompass a number of technical sessions and workshops covering the latest developments and research in V&V for such industries as bioengineering, nuclear power, medical device design, advanced manufacturing, solid mechanics, fluid dynamics, materials engineering, and power systems.

Attendees will also have the chance to meet leading V&V experts from a variety of companies, including ANSYS, Rolls Royce, Dassault Systems, EDF, GE Global Research, Kinectrics Inc., Caterpillar, and Medtronic; scientists and regulators from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Southwest Research Institute, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Federal Aviation Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Committee, and Food and Drug Administration; academic researchers from Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Tecnico Lisboa, and more.

William Oberkampf of W. L. Oberkampf Consulting will be one of the keynote presenters at the ASME Verification and Validation (V&V) Symposium in Las Vegas this May.

While verification, validation and uncertainty quantification has traditionally been of interest to researchers and academics, the field is increasingly important to industry. Its wider application in industries including aerospace, software development and medical device manufacturing to complement physical testing activities has resulted in VVUQ — and, in turn, the V&V Symposium — becoming more relevant to engineers from industry and the regulators who are charged with ensuring public safety, according to one of the symposium’s keynote speakers, William Oberkampf, Ph.D., of W. L. Oberkampf Consulting.

“If you’re from industry, particularly a very competitive industry, you’re trying to figure out how you can use modeling and simulation to your competitive advantage,” Dr. Oberkampf said. “So engineers from industry are trying to better understand how they can use modeling and simulation more effectively. On the other hand, regulators are trying to understand why they should trust the modeling and simulation results that are brought to them. VVUQ are the supporting elements to modeling and simulation. They assess the modeling and simulation and answer the issue of credibility.”

The V&V Symposium offers something for each of these audiences. “Some people — the researchers, university faculty and grad students — want to learn about the latest research activities, breakthroughs and new ideas in code verification, solution verification and uncertainty quantification,” Oberkampf said. “Then you see people from businesses — high-tech industry, but also a wide range — and they want to see how modeling simulation and VVUQ can help them, how you implement it in an organization, and what the activities and processes of VVUQ are. I’ve also now seen an increase in the number of regulators from different industries and counties, who are coming to learn how to assess the credibility of results. So it’s a diverse audience, and people are coming to the symposium for a variety of reasons. I believe this variety of perspectives will be a value to participants.”

ASME members who sign up for the V&V Symposium by April 10 will receive a discount of $75 off the regular registration rate. For more information on the ASME Verification and Validation Symposium, or to register, visit