Read monthly Project Performance International's Systems Engineering Newsjournal, named "PPI SyEN". PPI SyEN presents for the engineering professional 30-60 pages of valuable technical articles on topical subjects, shorter technical pieces, in-depth coverage of the month's news in systems engineering and directly related fields, pointers to useful resources and relevant industry events, plus limited information on PPI's activities.

Welcome to PPI SyEN 16


A Quotation to Open On

Feature Article: Common Sense on Reliability Engineering (Part 3 of 3)

Systems Engineering News

  • Sustainability Institute Calls For Tapping Systems Thinking Potential in UN Process
  • Formal Methods in Aerospace: Techniques from Logic, Mathematics and AI
  • Call for Human Factors Presentations
  • INCOSE Cited In Article on Systems Engineering Careers
  • NASA 2010 Systems Engineering Excellence Award
  • EuSEC 2010 Newsletter #2
  • Overhauling Europe’s Increasingly Crowded Airspace
  • Systems Engineering – Volume 13 Issue 1 (Spring 2010)
  • EU project readies UML/SysML-based HW/SW codesign tool

Featured Societies – TBD

INCOSE Technical Operations – INCOSE Human Systems Integration (HSI) Working Group

Systems Engineering Software Tools News

  • 3SL/Cradle: January 2010 Newsletter
  • Artisan Systems Engineering Webinar – Tue, 26 January 2010

Systems Engineering Books, Reports, Articles and Papers

  • Open System Engineering Environment (OSSE)
  • Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity: A Platform for Designing Business Architecture
  • Essentials of Project and Systems Engineering Management
  • UML 2 and SysML: An Approach to Deal with Complexity in SoC/NoC Design
  • A Structured Approach for Reviewing Architecture Documentation
  • Change Impact Analysis for SysML Requirements Models based on Semantics of Trace Relations
  • Systems Thinking or Systems Engineering
  • Systems of Systems — An Opportunity for Engineering and Society
  • Modeling: Archetypes vs. Stock & Flow
  • Five Maxims about Emergent Behavior in Systems of Systems
  • International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems (IJIDSS), Volume 2 – Issue 3 – 2009 – Special Issue on Systems Engineering Education
  • The Competencies of a Business Analyst
  • Assessing EA Maturity isn’t all that helpful – Here’s a Better Approach
  • A Summary of the System Safety Systems-of-Systems (SoS) Workshop at ISSC 2009
  • SWAT – Seize the Accomplishment

Conferences and Meetings

Education and Academia

  • Immediate Postdoctoral Opening in Requirements Engineering at Masdar Institute
  • Spring 2010 Course: SYS/SDOE 750 Advanced System and Software Architecture Modeling and Assessment
  • SystemWiki.org Online Courses on Systems Thinking and System Dynamics

Some Systems Engineering-Relevant Websites

Standards and Guides

  • New SC7 Standards Published
  • ISO/IEC TR 24766:2009: Information Technology – Systems and Software Engineering – Guide For Requirements Engineering Tool Capabilities

A Definition to Close on – TBD

PPI News

PPI Events

A Quotation to Open On


Feature Article

Common Sense on Reliability Engineering – (Part 3 of 3)

Albertyn Barnard

Lambda Consulting
Pretoria, South Africa


“Unfortunately, the development of quality and reliability engineering has
been afflicted with more nonsense than any other branch of engineering.”

Patrick O’Connor


Systems Engineering News

Sustainability Institute Calls For Tapping Systems Thinking Potential in UN Process

“Copenhagen, Denmark, December 8, Bas de Leeuw, Executive Director of the Dana Meadows Sustainability Institute in the USA pointed to the untapped potential of systems thinking for better achieving the sustainable consumption and production agenda. Individuals need to be empowered to “be the change in the world they want to see”, he said. Bas spoke at an event organized by the Climate Sustainability Platform, an open forum for climate negotiators, sustainability influencers and people from developed and developing countries across the world, moderated by the Sri Lanka based Centre for Environment and Development (CED), organised back to back with the Copenhagen Climate Change talks.

Jeffery Barber, a long time sustainability campaigner from the USA, said that it is the movement of people and their initiatives around the world that will lead the way. Uchita de Zoysa, CED, said it is not ‘development’ that people around the world are asking for, rather ‘happiness for future generations.” The Platform plans to be an active contributor to the upcoming two-years of UN negotiations on an international ten-year framework on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with the first events scheduled for May 2010, New York.”

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Formal Methods in Aerospace: Techniques from Logic, Mathematics and AI

A Special Issue of the Journal: Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence

Call for papers: Deadline: 10th March 2010

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Call for Human Factors Presentations

The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Operations and Support Technical Committee (SOSTC) will hold its 16th Annual Improving Space Operations Workshop on 25-26 May 2010, at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

The organiser of the Human Factors track is looking for presentations on Human Factors in operational environments. Topics could include error management, training, risk mitigation and management, resilience architecting/engineering, and Human Systems Integration, to name a few areas. Expertise is welcome from all high risk, high consequence industries such as ground, ocean, air, or space transportation, power generation and distribution, healthcare, petrochemical plants, etc.

The format for the track has not been determined, and suggestions are welcome. In past workshops there were 30 to 60 minute sessions, including question and answer time, depending on the number of presenters. There will be sessions morning and afternoon on both days of the workshop.

Presenters will be responsible for their own travel and lodging. Cost for the workshop will be around US$ 75, however, the organiser is trying to negotiate a discount for presenters.

If you have questions, please contact: David Fuller, dfullermail-workshop@yahoo.com

INCOSE Cited In Article on Systems Engineering Careers

From http://www.incose.org/newsevents/news/details.aspx?id=187

Dr Donna Rhodes was interviewed by Diversity Careers about systems engineering alongside representatives from CAB companies Rockwell Collins and Northrop Grumman. INCOSE is also mentioned. The entire article can be found at http://www.diversitycareers.com/articles/pro/09-decjan/chg_tech_systems.htm

NASA 2010 Systems Engineering Excellence Award

NASA’s Office of the Chief Engineer has announced the recipients of the first NASA Systems Engineering Award, including two people from NASA Ames Research Center. Bill Borucki, will receive a methodology award for the Kepler mission, and Daniel Andrews will receive a project award for the LCROSS mission.

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EuSEC 2010 Newsletter #2


Overhauling Europe’s Increasingly Crowded Airspace

European airspace is among the busiest in the world and faces a number of challenges: growing demand for air travel (beyond the current economic downturn), the European governments’ strong political will to tackle environmental and global warming issues, the need to significantly reduce ATM costs (which amount to some €8 billion each year in Europe), the nationally rather than globally designed air routes and air navigation service provision, and the constraints linked to the large areas of European airspace reserved for military use.

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Systems Engineering – Volume 13 Issue 1 (Spring 2010)

Now available:

  • Obstacles to the flow of requirements verification (p 1-13) – Alan B. Marchant
  • The Concept of Reference Architectures (p 14-27) – Robert Cloutier, Gerrit Muller, Dinesh Verma, Roshanak Nilchiani, Eirik Hole, Mary Bone
  • Development of the multiregional inoperability input-output model (MRIIM) for spatial explicitness in preparedness of interdependent regions (p 28-46) – Kenneth G. Crowther, Yacov Y. Haimes
  • Harmonizing high performance computing (HPC) with large-scale complex systems in computational science and engineering (p 47-57) – Clyde Chittister, Yacov Y. Haimes
  • Assessing stakeholder evaluation concerns: An application to the Central Arizona water resources system (p 58-71) – L. Robin Keller, Craig W. Kirkwood, Nancy S. Jones
  • Human view dynamics – The NATO approach (p 72-79) – Holly A. H. Handley, Robert J. Smillie
  • SysML modeling of off-the-shelf-option acquisition for risk mitigation in military programs (p 80-94) – James A. Constantine, Senay Solak
  • Systems analysis of emerging IPTV entertainment platform: Stakeholders, threats, and opportunities (p 95-107) – Shantnu Sharma

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EU project readies UML/SysML-based HW/SW codesign tool

Anne-Francoise Pele

EE Times

(01/06/2010 11:49 AM EST)

PARIS — A first technology solution has emerged from the European Union’s Framework7 SATURN project: a UML/SysML-based hardware/software co-design solution based on Artisan Studio, a modeling suite from Artisan Software Tools Ltd. (Cheltenham, England).

The UML/SysML-based hardware/software co-design solution uses an enhanced SysML profile linked to a SystemC code generator for Artisan Studio, the company claimed. This generates executable SystemC which is then translated into VHDL for execution in an FPGA.

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Featured Society – TBD


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INCOSE Technical Operations

INCOSE Human Systems Integration (HSI) Working Group



Human Systems Integration: interdisciplinary technical and management processes for integrating human considerations within and across all system elements; an essential enabler to systems engineering practice.


To facilitate embedding Human Systems Integration within Systems Engineering, promoting the benefit of placing the proper focus on the role of people in the development and operation of systems. Our vision is to see Human Systems Integration embedded in Systems Engineering practices, leading to the efficient delivery of effective systems.


Co-Chair: Jen McGovern Narkevicius, Jenius LLC

Co-Chair: Ajoy Muralidar, Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren

Contact HSI Working Group for additional information or to join this group.


  • Appendix M: Human Systems Integration, SE HDBK v3.1
  • HSI Seminars delivered at IS07, IS08, IS09
  • HSI Theme Issue of INSIGHT, Apr08
  • Cognition Theme Issue of INSIGHT, Apr09
  • HSI Tutorials delivered at IS08, IS09

Current Projects

  • Project 1: Defining relationships between systems engineering practice and HSI practice
  • Project 2: Clarifying HSI and contributing domains acronyms and word use
  • Project 3: Influence HSI inclusion in SE documents and standards
  • Project 4: Outreach – Joint INCOSE/HFES HSI Interest meeting at Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Meeting October 2009
  • Project 5: Identify potential HSI Key Performance Parameters, Measures of Performance, Measures of Effectiveness, and requirements

Systems Engineering Software Tools News

3SL/Cradle: January 2010 Newsletter


Artisan Systems Engineering Webinar – Tue, 26 January 2010

The systems engineering webinar covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to systems engineering
  • Defining systems engineering
  • The need for systems engineering
  • Systems engineering best practice
  • Key concepts: life cycles, process, systems and projects
  • Systems modeling
  • Systems engineering competency
  • Further information sources

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Systems Engineering Books, Reports, Articles and Papers

Open System Engineering Environment (OSSE)

The Open System Engineering Environment (OSEE) project provides a tightly integrated environment supporting lean principles across a product’s full life-cycle in the context of an overall systems engineering approach. The system captures project data into a common user-defined data model providing bidirectional traceability, project health reporting, status, and metrics which seamlessly combine to form a coherent, accurate view of a project in real-time. By building on top of this data model, OSEE has been architected to provide an all-in-one solution to configuration management, requirements management, testing, validation, and project management. All of these work together to help an organization achieve lean objectives by reducing management activities, eliminating data duplication, reducing cycle-time through streamlined processes, and improving overall product quality through work flow standardization and early defect detection.

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Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity: A Platform for Designing Business Architecture

By Jamshid Gharajedaghi

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann, Publication Date: May 24, 1999

ISBN-10: 0750671637, ISBN-13: 978-0750671637

Product DetailsProduct Description:

In a nutshell, this book is about systems. This book is written for those thinkers and practitioners who have come to realize that while the whole is becoming more and more interdependent parts display choice and behave independently, and that paradoxes are the most potent challenge of emergent realities.

With a practical orientation and yet a profound theoretical depth, the book offers an operational handle on the whole by introducing an elaborate scheme called iterative design. The iterative design explicitly recognizes that choice is at the heart of human development. Development is the capacity to choose; design is a vehicle for enhancement of choice and holistic thinking. ‘Designers’, in this book, seek to choose rather than predict the future. They try to understand rational, emotional, and cultural dimensions of choice and to produce a design that satisfies a multitude of functions. They learn how to use what they already know and also about how to learn what they need to know.

The imperative of interdependency, the necessity of reducing endless complexities, and the need to produce manageable simplicities require a different mode of thinking, a holistic frame of reference that would allow us to focus on the relevant issues and avoid the endless search for more details while drowning in proliferating information. While organizations as a whole are becoming more and more interdependent the parts display choice and behave independently. This is the dilemma this book tries to resolve. It is a unique, cutting edge work, with a practical orientation and yet a profound theoretical depth, which goes far beyond what is currently available.

Leading edge systems thinking and practice that goes far beyond what is currently available

It deals with the whole, both conceptually and practically, written in a reader-friendly style

Five real cases cited to demonstrate practical application of theories discussed

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Essentials of Project and Systems Engineering Management

By Dr. Howard Eisner

Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition, Publication Date: March 14, 2008

ISBN-10: 0470129336, ISBN-13: 978-0470129333

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The Third Edition of Essentials of Project and Systems Engineering Management enables readers to manage the design, development, and engineering of systems effectively and efficiently. The book both defines and describes the essentials of project and systems engineering management and, moreover, shows the critical relationship and interconnection between project management and systems engineering. The author’s comprehensive presentation has proven successful in enabling both engineers and project managers to understand their roles, collaborate, and quickly grasp and apply all the basic principles.

Readers familiar with the previous two critically acclaimed editions will find much new material in this latest edition, including:

  • Multiple views of and approaches to architectures
  • The systems engineer and software engineering
  • The acquisition of systems
  • Problems with systems, software, and requirements
  • Group processes and decision making
  • System complexity and integration

Throughout the presentation, clear examples help readers understand how concepts have been put into practice in real-world situations.

With its unique integration of project management and systems engineering, this book helps both engineers and project managers across a broad range of industries successfully develop and manage a project team that, in turn, builds successful systems. For engineering and management students in such disciplines as technology management, systems engineering, and industrial engineering, the book provides excellent preparation for moving from the classroom to industry.

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UML 2 and SysML: An Approach to Deal with Complexity in SoC/NoC Design

OVERVIEW: UML is gaining increased attention as a system design language, as indicated by current standardization activities such as the SysML initiative and the UML for SoC Forum. Moreover the adoption of UML 2 is a significant step towards a broader range of modeling capabilities. This paper provides an overview of the impact of these recent advances on the application of UML for SoC and NoC development, proposes a model-driven development method taking benefit of the best techniques recently introduced, and investigates the design of power efficient systems with UML.

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A Structured Approach for Reviewing Architecture Documentation

Robert L Nord, Paul C. Clements, David Emery, & Rich Hilliard


This technical note proposes a structured approach for reviewing architecture documentation. Given the critical importance of architecture to software project success, it follows that the architecture cannot be effective unless it is effectively captured in documentation that allows the architecture’s stakeholders to understand and use the architecture in the way it was intended. The approach does not assume a particular architecture methodology or a particular architecture documentation practice, although it was conceived in the context of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Recommended Practice for Architecture Description of Software-Intensive Systems and the SEI Views and Beyond approach to documenting software architectures. Like both of them, our approach is centered on the stakeholders of the artifact, engaging them in a focused, guided way to ensure that the documentation carries sufficient quality to enable them to do their jobs and to help them point out gaps and weaknesses. Our approach is not intended as a complete framework for architecture evaluation; rather it is meant to be used within such a framework, when one is available.

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Change Impact Analysis for SysML Requirements Models based on Semantics of Trace Relations

Authors: ten Hove, D.; Göknil, A.; Kurtev, I.; van den Berg, K.G.; de Goede, K.

Editors: Oldevik, J.; Olsen, G. K.; Neple, T.; Kolovos, D.

Date: 2009-06-23

Summary: Change impact analysis is one of the applications of requirements traceability in software engineering community. In this paper, we focus on requirements and requirements relations from traceability perspective. We provide formal definitions of the requirements relations in SysML for change impact analysis. Our approach aims at keeping the model synchronized with what stakeholders want to be modeled, and possibly implemented as well, which we called as the domain. The differences between the domain and model are defined as external inconsistencies. The inconsistencies are propagated for the whole model by using the formalization of relations, and mapped to proposed model changes. We provide tool support which is a plug-in of the commercial visual software modeler BluePrint.

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Systems Thinking or Systems Engineering

Kate M. Gill

Abstract: The problem faced by most systems organisations is how to develop and sustain staff with the appropriate systems skills and experience. To date, much has been made of the delineation of systems thinking and systems engineering. In this research, the partitioning of ‘thinking’ and ‘engineering’ has been explored using Discourse Analysis (DA) of interviews with a small systems team working within the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). The research explores the perceptions of staff that are working and delivering in systems roles, and was undertaken to support systems capability development within Dstl and to answer the question ”what do we need to do know, to set the scene for the future?”.

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Systems of Systems — An Opportunity for Engineering and Society

Vernon Ireland

The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia


Abstract: Criticisms of engineers, as not being adequately aware of global political and societal issues, not understanding cross and multicultural issues, and, not understanding international business, is noted. The education of engineers is also criticised as not using a project approach rather than a more general problem solving approach. Current project models in use in the industry are examined for possible models for use and a relatively new model of system of systems (SoS) is focussed on. SoSs address the integration of independent autonomous systems.

They provide paradoxes and experience of these will develop engineers. Top-down requirements of SoS, rather than the bottom-up approach of systems engineering, brings engineers more into the public arena. The architecture of the SoS model may cope with the complexity of managing response to projects such as climate change; its breadth and greater prominence may attract a broader range of participants to engineering.

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Modeling: Archetypes vs. Stock & Flow

“I have come to understand from a number of sources that there exists some controversy regarding the basis of model development. As I understand it there are those that seem to feel there is great value in beginning with the Archetypes and elaborating them as warranted by the actual environment being modeled. And, there seem to be those that contend that it is better to begin with the basic Stock & Flow components and build the model from essentially nothing but an understanding of the environment being modeled. So which is best? Yes, you guessed it, “It Depends!

Does the value of something flow from what it is, or what it accomplishes? What I offer here is somewhat of an autobiographical journey to whatever level of understanding I now possess, on my way to whatever is to follow.”

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Five Maxims about Emergent Behavior in Systems of Systems

Author: John Morley

“A highway traffic tunnel is open on both ends. There are no traffic signals to control speed or obstacles to prevent vehicles from traveling at the posted speed limit. In fact, typically there are signs that encourage drivers to maintain their speed as they approach and enter a tunnel.

Yet, traffic often slows just before the entry to a tunnel. Why? What force causes this behavior? View the highway-tunnel-automobile combination as a system of systems, and you can call the slowing of traffic an emergent property.”

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International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems (IJIDSS)

Volume 2 – Issue 3 – 2009

Special Issue on Systems Engineering Education

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The Competencies of a Business Analyst

By Narain Balchandani

Competencies are described as the ability to do a particular activity to prescribed standard.

The competencies can be classified into three categories

1. Behaviour Skill and Personal Qualities

2. Business Knowledge

3. Techniques

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Assessing EA Maturity isn’t all that helpful – Here’s a Better Approach

“Most current discussions on EA Maturity focus on backward-looking metrics and score them based on levels that are similar to the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) process improvement system developed by the Systems Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Over the past several years we have started to develop a different opinion about using CMM-type assessments for enterprise architecture processes.”

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A Summary of the System Safety Systems-of-Systems (SoS) Workshop at ISSC 2009

by Howard Kuettner, Arch McKinlay and Dave West, Presenters

A tutorial on “Systems-of-Systems (SoS) Safety” was presented by Arch McKinlay and Dave West at the 27th International System Safety Conference on August 7, 2009. If you attended this workshop, you now understand the challenges facing the safety community when working Systems-of-Systems (SoS).

West began with a survey of the current status, maturity of the sub-disciplines and the opportunities for advancing state-of-the-art system safety as applied to SoS. West defined SoS as “a collection of physically disconnected systems, usually with functionally specialized capabilities, that operate in concert to accomplish a common objective.” McKinlay defined SoS as “a large widespread collection of networks of systems functioning together to achieve a common purpose.”

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SWAT – Seize the Accomplishment

By Timothy Johnson

Publisher: Lexicon Publications; 1st edition (January 10, 2010)

ISBN-10: 1934417025, ISBN-13: 978-1934417027

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Systems Working All Together

Are you accomplishing important things in your life and at work?

When it comes to accomplishment, Toby Donovan is stumped. He has been charged with leading a difficult team tasked with overhauling the call center, and his boss is breathing down his neck. But Toby has a secret weapon: his cousin and best friend, Rex, who is a SWAT Commander. Using the simple concepts of systems thinking, Rex shows Toby how to seize the accomplishment, whether it s a bad guy holed up in a stronghold or a business process which is slowing down the entire organization. Follow along as the story of Toby unfolds and he figures out how Systems Working All Together can be the best Special Weapons and Tactics available.

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Conferences and Meetings

From Systems Thinking to Systems Doing

19 January 2010, 15.30-18.30, IVA conference center “Bankettsalen”,

Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm


INCOSE 2010 International Workshop

February 07 – 10, 2010, Phoenix Marriott Mesa, Mesa, Arizona, USA


Semantic Models for Adaptive Interactive Systems

In conjunction with 2010 International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2010) in Hong Kong, China, on February 7th, 2010


1st Workshop on Semantically-Enabled Systems Engineering (SENSE-2010)

February, 15th – 18th 2010, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Cracow College, Krakow, Poland


IESS 1.0: First International Conference on Exploring Services Sciences

17-18-19 February 2010, Geneva, Switzerland


The 1st Workshop on Model Based Engineering for Embedded Systems Design

March 12, 2010 – Dresden, Germany


Aspect-Oriented Requirements Engineering and Architecture Design:

Early Aspects and Climate Change (Early Aspects at AOSD 2010)

15 March 2010


DoD Architectures: System of Systems Engineering Forum

15 – 17 March 2010, Washington, DC, United States


Automatic Verification and Analysis of Complex Systems

1st AVACS Spring School

15-19 March 2010, Oldenburg, Germany


CSER 2010 8th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research

March 17-19, Hoboken, NJ, USA


Sixth Workshop on Model-Based Testing (MBT 2010)

Satellite workshop of ETAPS 2010

March 21, 2010, Paphos, Cyprus


7th Workshop on System Testing and Validation (STV10)

In conjunction with IEEE ECBS 2010, Oxford, UK

March 22-26, 2010


The Third Edition of the Requirements Engineering Track (RE-Track’10)

Part of the 25th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing. (SAC 2010)

22 – 26 March 2010, Sierre, Switzerland



21 – 26 March 2010, Sierre, Switzerland


Systems Engineering Lean Enablers and Leading Indicators

03-23-2010, Laguna Cliffs Resort, Marriott Hotel – Dana Point


Quality of Model-Based Testing (QuoMBaT 2010)

Paris, France

April 10, 2010


2010 IEEE International Systems Conference

April 5-8, 2010, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego, CA


CHI 2010 (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems)

10 – 15 April 2010, Atlanta, GA, USA


5th International Workshop on Model-Driven Development of Advanced User Experience and UI Engineering

Organised at CHI 2010

10 – 15 April 2010, Atlanta, GA, USA


2010 Spring Simulation Multiconference (SpringSim’10)

April 11 – 15, 2010, Florida Hotel and Conference Center; Orlando, FL, USA


Symposium on Theory of Modeling and Simulation – DEVS Integrative M&S Symposium (DEVS’10)

April 11 – 15, as part of the 2010 Spring Simulation Multiconference at the Florida Mall Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, FL, USA

WER’10: 13th Workshop on Requirements Engineering

April 12-13, 2010 – Cuenca, Ecuador


Agent-Directed Simulation Symposium (ADS’10)

Part of the 2010 Spring Simulation Multiconference (SpringSim’10)

April 12-15, 2010, Orlando, Florida, USA


Second NASA Formal Methods Symposium (NFM 2010)

April 13 – 15, 2010, USA


COFES: Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES) 2010

April 15-18, 2010, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA – The Scottsdale Plaza Resort


Lean Software & Systems Conference 2010

April 21-23, 2010, Atlanta


2010 The 2nd IEEE International Conference on Systems Engineering and Modeling (ICSEM 2010)

23 to 25 April 2010, Bangkok, Thailand


22nd Annual Systems & Software Technology Conference (SSTC)

26-29 April 2010

Salt Lake City, Utah


Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation (SETE) 2010

3-6 May, 2010, Stamford Grand, Adelaide, Australia


The 2010 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS 2010)

May 17-21, 2010, The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA


Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination (SPICE) 2010

18-20 May 2010 – Pisa, Italy


EuSEC 2010: Systems Engineering and Innovation

23-26 May, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden


Siemens PLM Connection Americas 2010

Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN

May 24 – Thursday May 27, 2010


The 22nd International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE’10)

07-11 June 2010, Hammamet, Tunisia


2nd International Workshop on Future Trends of Model-Driven Development

(FTMDD 2010)

In conjunction with the 12th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS 2010)

8 – 12 June, 2010, Funchal, Madeira – Portugal


2nd International Workshop on Advanced Enterprise Architecture and Repositories

(AER 2010)

8 – 12 June, 2010, Funchal, Madeira – Portugal


21st IEEE International Symposium on Rapid System Prototyping

June 8-11, 2010, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA


The Fourth IEEE International Conference on Secure Software Integration and Reliability Improvement (SSIRI 2010)

June 9-11, 2010, Singapore


Model-Based Verification & Validation from Research to Practice

2nd Workshop in conjunction with SSIRI 2010

June 9-11, 2010, Singapore



June 21-25, 2010, Braga, Portugal


ACSD 2010: 10th International Conference on Application of Concurrency to System Design

Collocated with Petri Nets 2010

June 21-25, 2010, Braga, Portugal


ISARCS 2010 – 1st International Symposium on Architecting Critical Systems

Federated with CompArch 2010

June 23-25 2010 Prague, Czech Republic


16th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (RefsQ 2010)

30 June – 2 July, 2010, Essen, Germany


2010 International Conference on System Science and Engineering (ICSSE2010)

July 1-3, 2010, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan


20th Annual INCOSE International Symposium

July 11 – 15, 2010, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, IL, USA


2nd International Workshop on Model-Driven User-Centric Design & Engineering (MDUCDE’10)

September 1st & 2nd, 2010, Valenciennes/France


European Systems & Software Process Improvement and Innovation

1-3 September 2010, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France


8th International Symposium on Automated Technology for Verification and Analysis (ATVA 2010)

21-24 September 2010, Singapore


54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

September 27-October 1, 2010, San Francisco


The 18th International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE 2010)

Sep 27, 2010 – Oct 1, 2010, Sydney, Australia


Fifth International Conference on Graph Transformation

University Of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

27 September – 2 October, 2010


Fourth Asia-Pacific Conference on Systems Engineering (APCOSE 2010)

Keelung, Taiwan, October 4-6, 2010


Sixth Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI 2010)

October 16 – 20, Reykjavik Iceland


Complex Systems Design & Management 2010

October 27-29, 2010, Paris, France



29th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling

1-4 November 2010, Vancouver, BC, Canada


2010 IITA International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems Engineering (CASE 2010)

Nov 7, 2010 – Nov 8, 2010

Taipei, Taiwan


ICECSE 2011 “International Conference on Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering”

January 25-27, 2011, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Education and Academia

Immediate Postdoctoral Opening in Requirements Engineering at

Masdar Institute

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has an immediate postdoctoral opening in requirements engineering for sustainable systems in duration of up to 2 years (with possibility to extend).

Requirements: PhD with specialization in software engineering, systems engineering, or requirements engineering, and interest in applying your knowledge to advanced energy systems and smart power grids.

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NEW! Spring 2010 Course: SYS/SDOE 750 Advanced System and Software Architecture Modeling and Assessment

This course presents the fundamentals of complex systems architecting using the Object Modeling Group’s (OMG) SysML. It addresses the differences between functional decomposition and object oriented decomposition while architecting complex systems. Emphasis is placed on modeling mission objectives to the definition of the system level architecture. Topics include identification of system level architecture alternatives and considerations, including definition of objectives for physical (hardware) and logical (software) structure, information and system assurance, behavior, cost, performance and human integration based on the system concept at every level of system decomposition. System of System (SoS) architecture is examined, addressing composition of multiple systems and engineering new, emergent behavior in the SoS. Examples used will come from a variety of operational environments (e.g. communications systems, space systems, weapon systems, etc) Special consideration is given to the importance of effective construction and transitioning of the SysML models to software engineering for software intensive systems projects. Prerequisite: SYS 625 and 650.

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SystemWiki.org Online Courses on Systems Thinking and System Dynamics

An effort has been started to weave appropriate pieces of SystemWiki.org content into online courses relating to Systems Thinking and System Dynamics. Moodle is being used for course development and from the experience associated with creating the first course it is evident that course development is going to take quite some time. A long time not because Moodle is difficult to use, there is just a lot of definition involved in the process.

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Some Systems Engineering-Relevant Websites


Find authoritative definitions for software and systems engineering terms in SEVOCAB. A project of the IEEE Computer Society and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC7, SEVOCAB includes definitions from international standards. You can search for a term as defined in the standards, or for all the definitions in a source standard. To give you an understanding of related concepts, SEVOCAB will return any definition for the term, as well as all the definitions that use the term.


The NASA Project Management and Systems Engineering Competency Framework consists of five Project Management competency areas, three Systems Engineering competency areas, and five competency areas common to both the Project Management and Systems Engineering communities.

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ISO/IEC 16326:2009 – Systems and software engineering — Life cycle processes — Project management

ISO/IEC TR 24766:2009 – Information technology — Systems and software engineering — Guide for requirements engineering tool capabilities

ISO/IEC TR 20000-3:2009: Information technology — Service management — Part 3: Guidance on scope definition and applicability of ISO/IEC 20000-1

ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009: Information technology — Software asset management — Part 2: Software identification tag

ISO/IEC 26513:2009: Systems and software engineering – Requirements for testers and reviewers of user documentation

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ISO/IEC TR 24766:2009: Information Technology – Systems and Software Engineering – Guide For Requirements Engineering Tool Capabilities

Requirements engineering (RE) is an essential process of the systems and software engineering life cycles. RE has been established as an ISO/IEC standard life cycle process in both ISO/IEC 15288:2008, Systems and software engineering — System life cycle processes and ISO/IEC 12207:2008, Systems and software engineering — Software life cycle processes.

This Technical Report provides guidance on desirable capabilities of RE tools. It supplements ISO/IEC 14102:2008, Information technology — Guideline for the evaluation and selection of CASE tools, which details a set of evaluation criteria for CASE tools without referencing a specific activity or service area.

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