Troy-based Altair has signed a memorandum of understanding with Rolls-Royce Germany to connect artificial intelligence and engineering in an effort to derive business value across Rolls-Royce’s engineering, testing, and design of aerospace engines.
Altair provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of data analytics, simulation, and high-performance computing.
For Rolls-Royce, a longtime aircraft engine manufacturer, the collaboration will address structural analysis and testing, bringing together historical product and in-service data from disparate sources to unlock new AI-driven engineering use cases.
“As a pioneer of the convergence of data analytics and engineering, it’s a natural fit for Altair to collaborate with Rolls-Royce Germany, an organization that sees the power of technology and the potential of AI to unlock game-changing business value,” says James R. Scapa, founder and CEO of Altair.
“The demand for easy-to-use, low/no code, yet flexible AI and machine learning tools has never been greater. It is an honor to be the technology provider of choice to help Rolls-Royce Germany boost its business while also further evolving our data analytics solutions.”
The collaboration will address use cases including applying data science to engineering testing data, which can lead to a reduced number of sensors needed, reducing cost.
“We share a common vision on the convergence of AI and engineering to drive significant positive business outcomes,” says Peter Wehle, head of innovation and R&T, Rolls-Royce Deutschland. “Altair has unique domain expertise and best-in-class, low-code data analytics technology. This collaboration will enable us to bridge the gap between engineering and data science, and empower our engineers to truly be engineers, focused on extracting the benefits of machine learning and AI from our data.”
Rolls-Royce has been using AI and advanced data analytics for more than 20 years, including in manufacturing and its engine health monitoring service.
Initially, the company will leverage Altair Knowledge Works, an end-to-end data analytics platform, to enable engineers to apply machine learning methods using simulation data, test data, manufacturing data, and operational data.
Rolls-Royce Germany is separate from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd., which build luxury vehicles in Goodwood, England and is owned by BMW.