About the project

UPSCALE is the first EU project with the specific goal of integrating AI (artificial intelligence) with traditional physics-based Computer Aided Engineering to reduce the development time and increase the performance of electric vehicles (EVs).

Nowadays High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) play a decisive role in vehicle development processes, thus the two most HPC and CAE intensive parts of the development, which are vehicle aero-thermal and vehicle crash performance, have been chosen as use cases for the endeavour.

Through the combined effort of universities, research laboratories, European automotive OEMs, software companies and an AI-SME specialized in machine learning (ML), the UPSCALE, project will provide a unique and effective environment to produce novel AI-based CAE-software solutions to improve the competitiveness of the automotive industry.

Discover with this PDF the key aspects of the UPSCALE project! 



When considering HPC usage, approximately 20% is being used in aero-thermal simulations and up to 50% is used in crash simulations.

By improving these two areas there will be a 20% reduction of the vehicle development time.

Enhance the performance of existing CFD and FEM crash test tools and processes using machine learning, thus leveraging the potential of ML/MOR to make primary CAE systems faster and more flexible directly impacting the costs and performance of electric vehicles as they heavily rely on simulation for design.

Implement AI for aerodynamic design, first the consortium will work on body parametrization and then will create and train an aerodynamics Reduced Order Models capable of computing aerodynamic values.

Implement AI for design of crash, which will reduce the simulation run time for a full electric vehicle crash by 30%, including battery packs. The consortium will focus on crash battery modelling by means of ROM.

CAE process acceleration by means of subrogation of time-consuming solver functions by AI trained algorithms.

Assessment of a new crash and aerothermal frameworks for full-scale BEV design.

News All news about the project

UPSCALE fulfills objectives

The UPSCALE project (Upscaling Product development Simulation Capabilities exploiting Artificial intelligence for electrified vehicles) is celebrating its second year of implementing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the process of developing electric vehicles, under the framework of the European Union’s R&D incentive programme, Horizon 2020 (grant agreement no. 824306). Algorithmica Technologies GmbH (Germany), Applus+ IDIADA (Spain), Centro […]

The key driver of UPSCALE: combining CAE & AI

UPSCALE is the first EU-project that has the specific goal to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) methods directly into traditional physics-based Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE)-software and –methods.

CRF – Key Aspects of Work Package 2: AI based designs for aerodynamics

The CRF team explains in this short interview a few key concepts for the Work Package 2: AI-based designs for aerodynamics.

Model Order Reduction in the UPSCALE project

ENSAM ParisTech answers some questions about Model Order Reduction and its application and implications in the project. Continue reading!

Battery thermal management in the UPSCALE project

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel  explains us some of the keys about battery thermal management and how the consortium is working in this field  to achieve the he objective of developing a reduced-order battery thermal model.

ESI Group – Key Aspects of Work Package 3: AI based design for crash

In this interview, you will be able to discover the main activities and actions to be developed and the challenges and opportunities posed by the UPSCALE project.

Events Keep updated about our events

Hifiled Symposium: Paving the Way for Future Accurate CFD

The HiFiLeD Symposium, which will take place from September 22nd to 24th, and 100% online, will be focusing on all aspects related to the complexity, reliability, accuracy and uncertainties in generating the High-Fidelity LES/DNS data, to their application towards turbulence and transition modelling. This event will provide an unparalleled space for academic researchers, graduate students, […]

UPSCALE project at the Automotive CAE

The International VDI Conference – Automotive CAE will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany on the 09. – 10. November 2021. The Conference focuses on the current development of CAE-Supported vehicles. The Automotive CAE will analyse: Machine Learning & AI in CAE E-mobility simulation Crash simulation and modelling Aero & fluid dynamics. Also, there would be […]

UPSCALE Project at WCCM 2022

The WCCM-APCOM 2022, the 15th World Congress on Computational Mechanics & the 8th Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics will take place from July 31st to August 5th 2022, in Yokohama, Japan. The Congress is one of the biggest on Computational Mechanics and expects engineers, scientists, academics, governments and industries to participate in the Congress. […]

UPSCALE project will be at the #H2020RTR20 Conference

#H2020RTR20 European Conference, over two full days, the +70 H2020 projects invited to join the 2020 conference will present to you what they have discovered, how they overcame the hurdles and challenges and resolved them, and what are the next research steps in the fields covered by their research.  This online event will be held […]

Upscale Project at the IEEE VPPC 2020

The 2020 IEEE Vehicular Power and Propulsion Conference will be held from 18 November to 16 December. This event will bring together engineers, researchers, and other professionals in interactive and multidisciplinary discussions on energy and propulsion of electrified vehicles and related technologies. Upscale Project will be part of the workshop “Workshop on Virtual product development […]

Live Webinar – How Virtual Prototyping is Key to Certify EVs – with an embedded Battery

ESI Group,  leader of the Work Package 3: AI-based design for crash, in partnership with engineering, is organizing a live webinar on How Virtual Prototyping is Key to Certify EVs – with an embedded battery.  When? The 10th of June at 2PM ET.

Deliverables We share all content about our researchs


Here you can find all  the deliverables of the UPSCALE project and download the public documents.

Materials Here you can find various posters and flyers for you to get a flavour of what UPSCALE is about


Download the UPSCALE Factsheet and find out all the details   Upscale Fact sheet


UPSCALE promotional materials (posters. brochures, flyers) will be added to this page over the course of the Project.


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