Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, Senior Vice President, Simulation and Test Solutions, Siemens Digital Industries Software (left) and Luc Sels, Rector of the KU Leuven (right) © Filip Van Loock

Siemens Digital Industries Software joins forces with KU Leuven, a university in Belgium, to launch the Digital Twin for Smart and Sustainable Products Chair. This initiative aims to promote methodological research, stimulate innovations in industrial applications, disseminate results and support educational activities within the field of digital twin technologies.

As a reminder, Siemens Digital Industries Software helps organizations of all sizes digitally transform using software, hardware and services from the Siemens Xcelerator business platform. The company supports several companies in Belgium, seeking to accelerate their product development. One example has even recently been seen with Lazer Sport.

“With this Chair, we can further strengthen the ecosystem around developing and using Digital Twin in the manufacturing industry. Through these Digital Twin technologies, we can ensure that mechatronic products are designed, deployed, and managed more effectively,” said Professor Frank Naets, chairholder, KU Leuven.

The Chair will focus on industrial electromechanical systems applications, machinery and drives, and recent developments in transport vehicles. This Chair will push boundaries and develop solutions for various societal, industrial and technological challenges through interdisciplinary collaboration and specific partnerships. Lastly, the Chair supports knowledge dissemination about Digital Twin methodologies and aims to inspire future leaders by offering new application possibilities.

Credit: Siemens Digital Industries Software | © Filip Van Loock

Siemens is donating the Chair in honor of KU Leuven’s 600th anniversary in 2025, highlighting a long-standing partnership that has fostered industrial innovation and academic excellence,” said Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, Senior Vice President, Simulation and Test Solutions, Siemens Digital Industries Software. “With the new Siemens Chair, we are set to explore the frontiers of digital twin technologies, promising to bring revolutionary solutions to real-world challenges. This initiative underscores a mutual commitment to advancing technological and educational boundaries for a more sustainable world.”

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