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Welcome to PPI SyEN 17


A Quotation to Open On

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

Systems Engineering News

  • UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory chooses Artisan Studio
  • Special Issue IJCIM co-sponsored by INCOSE
  • EuSEC 2010 Registration Open
  • SSE Webinar with Sarah Sheard, INCOSE Fellow, on “Types of Complexity”
  • Kepler Receives Systems Engineering Award
  • INCOSE eNote: News and Notes from the INCOSE Network
  • INCOSE to Bestow Award
  • INCOSE Track at IEEE International Systems Conference 2010
  • The School of Systems and Enterprises presents an SSE Invited Talk – Lean Enablers for Systems Engineering

INCOSE Technical Operations – Model Driven System Design Working Group

Systems Engineering Software Tools News

  • Galorath SEER® for Hardware, Electronics & Systems Update Focuses on Affordability and Latest Technologies
  • Free URN tool: jUCMNav 4.2.0 now available
  • Cradle® February 2010 Newsletter

Systems Engineering Books, Reports, Articles and Papers

  • A Method for Tradespace Exploration of Systems of Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation of Systems Using MATLAB and Simulink
  • Systems Thinking in a Complicated World
  • MacArthur Foundation Funds Systems Thinking in Education Project
  • Systems Research Forum (SRF)
  • Competitive Engineering: A Handbook for Systems Engineering, Requirements Engineering, and Software Engineering Using Planguage
  • Introduction to Systems Engineering

Conferences and Meetings

Education and Academia

  • Significant Investment in New Systems Courses and Programs by the Open University UK
  • Rensselaer Introduces the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Tenured Faculty Position on Model Driven Engineering at École des Mines de Nantes

Some Systems Engineering-Relevant Websites

Standards and Guides

  • TBD

A Definition to Close on – TBD

PPI News

PPI Events

A Quotation to Open On


Feature Article


Robert J. Halligan

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email: rhalligan@ppi-int.com


Systems Engineering News

UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory chooses Artisan Studio

The UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) chooses Artisan Studio for a new project requiring compliance with the Ministry of Defence Architectural Framework (MODAF) and recently standardized UPDM Profile

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Special Issue IJCIM co-sponsored by INCOSE

Dr Ricardo Valerdi is co-editing a special issue of  the International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing with the theme “Managing Through-Life Costs”. The goal of this issue is to bring together the work that is currently being undertaken across the lifecycle phases and emerging research that considers integrated approaches for lifecycle costing. INCOSE members are encouraged to submit relevant papers on the subject of lifecycle costing. The deadline for manuscript submission is 5th March, 2010.

See the Call for Papers.

EuSEC 2010 Registration Open

Beginning January 25th until 31st March it is possible to register for EuSEC 2010 with an early-bird discount. More details available at the EuSEC website

SSE Webinar with Sarah Sheard, INCOSE Fellow, on “Types of Complexity”

Date: Mar 10, 2010

Time: Noon – 1:00 PM

Calendar: School of Systems & Enterprises

Contact: Deidre Moore

Location: Online via Wimba

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Kepler Receives Systems Engineering Award

“Systems engineering is a core competency of NASA’s highly skilled workforce and has been recognized as one of the ”secrets” of the Agencies success in the Apollo program and many other Programs and Projects since then.”

“The Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE) has established the first annual NASA Systems Engineering Award. Each center nominated several highly deserving projects and each was worthy of recognition. After a very difficult and competitive review process the OCE is pleased to announce the 2010 award recipients.”

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INCOSE eNote: News and Notes from the INCOSE Network

Vol 6 Issue 9 – 1 Dec 2009 (01 Dec 09)

INCOSE to Bestow Award

In a special awards ceremony conducted during the International Workshop in Mesa, Arizona, USA, INCOSE will recognize 14 employees as Expert Systems Engineering Professionals (ESEP).

Included in the ceremony will be Eileen Arnold, Jerry Fisher, Kevin Forsberg, Terje Fossnes, Karl Geist, John Gill, David Hall, Chuck Halligan, Ken Kepchar, Bill Mackey, John Muehlbauer, Yoshi Ohkami, Garry Roedler, Mr. Hillary Sillitto, Dan Surber, Bob Turk and Mark Wilson.

“The ESEP serves to validate the credibility of systems engineers who are leaders within their respective organizations, to give them visibility as role models for other systems engineers, and to acknowledge their status among their peers, superiors, clients, and customers,” according to David Walden, INCOSE Certification Program Manager.


INCOSE Track at IEEE International Systems Conference 2010

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

This year, INCOSE and IEEE have established an INCOSE Track at the IEEE International Systems Conference. There are twelve 30-minute open presentation slots. This notice is a call for abstracts and biographies for evaluation to fill those slots.

Theme: Engineering of Complex Systems – to include Systems-of-systems, Systems Engineering, Systems Integration, and Systems Thinking

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The School of Systems and Enterprises presents an SSE Invited Talk – Lean Enablers for Systems Engineering

Dr. Bo Oppenheim

Winner of Best INCOSE Product Award 2010, and Professor of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, and Graduate Director of Mechanical Engineering at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 12:00pm-1:00pm (EST)

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Featured Society – TBD


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INCOSE Technical Operations

Model Driven System Design Working Group



Characterize model driven system design and identify transition strategies from present document driven approaches.


Chair: Phil Spiby

Co-Chair: Roger Burkhart

Contact Model-Driven System Design Working Group for additional information or to join this group.


  • Publicity for MDSD and INCOSE model-driven support activities
  • Requirements, evaluation, and ongoing user feedback for modeling frameworks e.g. AP233 and SysML
  • Inputs and products from research and demonstration activities of MBSE Initiative
  • Educational and example material

Planned Projects

  • Organize electronic communications and work sites
  • Develop white paper on AP233 and SysML relationship
  • Develop capability roadmap for progressive linkage of model-driven methods
  • Develop requirements and process roles for PLM support of Systems Engineering

Microsoft Powerpoint  2008 International Workshop Model Driven System Design WG Summary Presentation (Size: 200K)

Systems Engineering Software Tools News

Galorath SEER® for Hardware, Electronics & Systems Update Focuses on Affordability and Latest Technologies

Galorath Incorporated announced major enhancements to its SEER For Hardware, Electronics & Systems ( SEER-H™ 7.1) software release. Galorath has added numerous enhancements and refined estimation of development labor, materials, cost schedule and reliability; production labor, material, reliability; and operations and support effort, schedule support approaches.

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Free URN tool: jUCMNav 4.2.0 now available

jUCMNav is a free, Eclipse-based graphical editor and an analysis and transformation tool for the User Requirements Notation (URN). URN is intended for the elicitation, analysis, specification, and validation of requirements. URN combines two complementary views: one for goals provided by the Goal-oriented Requirement Language (GRL) and one for scenarios provided by the Use Case Map (UCM) notation.

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Cradle® February 2010 Newsletter


Systems Engineering Books, Reports, Articles and Papers

A Method for Tradespace Exploration of Systems of Systems

Systems of Systems (SoS) are a current focus of many organizations interested in integrating assets and utilizing new technology to create multi-component systems that deliver value over time. The dynamic composition of SoS along with the managerial independence of their component systems necessitates systems engineering considerations and methods beyond those of traditional systems engineering, particularly for SoS concept design. Qualitative and heuristic-based guidance is available in the literature, but there is a need for a method that will allow decision makers to quantitatively compare diverse multi-concept SoS designs on an equal basis in order to select value robust designs during concept exploration. Development of a quantitative method for SoS conceptual design will enable the consideration of many more architecture options than is possible through qualitative methods alone, facilitating a more complete exploration of a SoS design space. In this thesis, a quantitative method for SoS conceptual design, known as System of Systems Tradespace Exploration Method (SoSTEM), is presented. This method is based on the existing Dynamic Multi-Attribute Tradespace Exploration (MATE) which is a formal methodology for tradespace exploration during system design that allows the decision maker to make trades between both stakeholder preferences and systems early in the design process and includes the consideration of dynamic issues such as unarticulated stakeholder preferences and changing system context.

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Modeling and Simulation of Systems Using MATLAB and Simulink

By Devendra K. Chaturvedi

Publisher: CRC Press, Publication Date: December 16, 2009

ISBN-10: 1439806721, ISBN-13: 9781439806722


  • Provides a basic understanding of systems and their modeling and simulation
  • Presents a step-by-step procedure for modeling using top-down, bottom-up, and middle-out approaches
  • Develops models for complex systems and reduces their order so they can be applied effectively in online applications
  • Uses soft computing techniques for modeling nonlinear, ill-defined, and complex systems
  • Contains extensive references and related literature for further study
  • Includes a CD-ROM with simulation code in MATLAB and Simulink, enabling quick and useful insight into real-world systems

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Systems Thinking in a Complicated World

…But I think the world in which this mechanistic, linear, “if this, then that” thinking works is quickly coming to a close. Or, at least, that thinking may need to be applied in a different way…

…The problem with linear and mechanistic solutions is that when things get complicated – when the world becomes a dense ball of complexity and interconnection – those kinds of solutions often become Band-Aids that treat the symptom, but miss the root cause…

…This much is obvious: the society-environment relationship is a complex system. It might even be the most complex system, period. When problems within the system come to our attention, they deserve some serious thinking – not just a wave of the hand, followed by “Eh, technology’ll take care of it.”…

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MacArthur Foundation Funds Systems Thinking in Education Project

In this time of budgetary constraints and funding cutbacks, the news that the MacArthur Foundation is funding research on the development of systems thinking in middle school students is a heartening turn of events. According to a press release from Indiana University, professors Melissa Gresalfi and Kylie Peppler will be principal investigators on the three-year study called “Grinding New Lenses: A Design Project to Support a Systems View of the World.” They are partnering with Nichole Pinkard, visiting professor at DePaul University, and Katie Salen, executive director of the Institute of Play, to create curricula to help sixth graders see and interpret the world with a “systems thinking disposition.”

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Systems Research Forum (SRF)
Volume: 3, Issue: 2 (December 2009)


  1. The Art and Science of Systems Engineering by Michael Ryschkewitsch, Dawn Schaible and Wiley Larson
  2. Smart Systems Architecting: Computational Intelligence Applied To Trade Space Exploration And System Design by Cihan H. Dagli, Atmika Singh, Jason P. Dauby And Renzhong Wang
  3. Model-Based Technical Planning: An Evaluation Of Description Techniques by Jonas Andersson And Tomas Huldt


  1. System and Context Modeling — The Role of Time-Boxing and Multi-View Iteration by Gerrit Muller

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Competitive Engineering: A Handbook for Systems Engineering, Requirements Engineering, and Software Engineering Using Planguage

By Tom Gilb

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann, Publication Date: June 25, 2005

ISBN-10: 0750665076, ISBN-13: 978-0750665070

Front CoverBook Overview:

Competitive Engineering documents Tom Gilb’s unique, ground-breaking approach to communicating management objectives and systems engineering requirements, clearly and unambiguously.

Competitive Engineering is a revelation for anyone involved in management and risk control. Already used by thousands of project managers and systems engineers around the world, this is a handbook for initiating, controlling and delivering complex projects on time and within budget. Competitive Engineering copes explicitly with the rapidly changing environment that is a reality for most of us today.

Elegant, comprehensive and accessible, the Competitive Engineering methodology provides a practical set of tools and techniques that enable readers to effectively design, manage and deliver results in any complex organization – in engineering, industry, systems engineering, software, IT, the service sector and beyond.

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Introduction to Systems Engineering

By Andrew P. Sage

Publisher: Wiley-Interscience, Publication Date: March 27, 2000

ISBN-10: 0471027669, ISBN-13: 978-0471027669

Introduction to Systems Engineering (Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management)Product Description

An easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to systems engineering methods.

Systems engineering (SE), or the engineering of large-scale systems, is key to achieving reliable, efficient, cost-effective products and services in diverse fields, including communication and network systems, software engineering, information systems, manufacturing, command and control, and defense systems acquisition and procurement. This book offers a unique introduction to the world of systems engineering, focusing on analysis and problem-solving techniques that can be applied throughout the life cycle of product systems and service systems. While the authors provide a framework for the functional levels involved in systems engineering processes and system management, the bulk of the discussion is devoted to the practical application of formulation, analysis, and interpretation methods.

Through the use of real-world examples and useful graphs, readers will learn to:

  • Choose the most appropriate methods and tools for a given project
  • Apply issue formulation methods to assure that the right problem has been identified
  • Work with formal analysis methods to assure that the problem is solved correctly
  • Apply issue interpretation methods to insure that decisions reflect human values and technological realities, and thereby make interpretation work for them in the decision-making process
  • Develop an appreciation for the engineering and troubleshooting of large systems

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Conferences and Meetings

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of INCOSE – Monthly Meeting

A Systems Engineering Expert System – Performance, Capability, Cost, and Schedule for Pre Milestone-A Decisions – Joseph Lavender

February 11, Santa Clara University


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


NDIA Systems Engineering “Top Systems Engineering Issues” Workshop

March 17-18, 2010, National Defense Industrial Association, 2111 Wilson Blvd, Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201


Automatic Verification and Analysis of Complex Systems

1st AVACS Spring School

15-19 March 2010, Oldenburg, Germany


Systems Engineering “Top Systems Engineering Issues” Workshop

March 17-18, 2010, NDIA


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


Systems Research Showcase, INCOSE UK, Bristol Local Group

24th March 2010, University of Bristol, exact location MVB/KES


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


10th Annual Cornell University Systems Engineering Forum 2010

April 7-8, 2010, Statler Hotel Amphitheater


Introduction to Dynamic Modeling with STELLA and iThink

April 7-9, 2010, Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, Orlando, FL


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

April 10 – 15, 2010, Atlanta, GA, USA


CHI 2010 Workshop: Context-Adaptive Interaction for Collaborative Work

April 10, 2010, Atlanta, GA, USA


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

Organised at CHI 2010

April 10 – 15, 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

First Workshop on Green and Smart Embedded System Technology: Infrastructures, Methods and Tools – GREEMBED 2010

In conjunction with CPSWEEK 2010

April 12th, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden


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

Washington, DC  (April 26-27, 2010)

San Diego, CA  (May 13-14, 2010)

Las Vegas, NV  (June 3-4, 2010)


The Second International Conference on Complexity, Systems Thinking, and Social Entrepreneurship

April 30 – May 2, 2010, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York


Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation (SETE) 2010

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


Model-Based Engineering of Real-time and Embedded Systems

(MoBE-RTES 2010)

(organized in conjunction with ISORC 2010)

May 4th, 2010, Carmona (close to Sevilla), Spain


ISORC 2010 Symposium – 13th IEEE Computer Society symposium dealing with the rapidly expanding field of object/component/service-oriented real-time distributed computing (ORC) technology.

May 5-6, 2010, Carmona (close to Sevilla), Spain


International Workshop on Advances and Applications of Problem Orientation (IWAAPO-2010) at ICSE

May 8th, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa


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


3rd International Conference – From Research to Teaching Formal Methods: The B Method (TFM-B’10)

June 7, 2010, Nantes, France


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

June 07-11, 2010, Hammamet, Tunisia


Exploring Modelling Methods for Systems Analysis and Design (EMMSAD 2010)

In conjunction with CAiSE 2010

June 7-8, 2010, Hammamet, Tunisia


11th Workshop on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support (BPMDS’10)

In conjunction with CAiSE 2010

June 7-8, 2010, Hammamet, Tunisia


Fourth International i* Workshop – istar 2010

In conjunction with CAiSE 2010

June 7-8, 2010, Hammamet, Tunisia


6th International Workshop on Enterprise & Organizational Modeling and Simulation (EOMAS 2010)

In conjunction with CAiSE 2010

June 7-8, 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


3rd Workshop on Model-based Testing in Practice

15/16 June 2010, Paris, France, in conjunction with ECMFA 2010


6th European Conference on Modelling Foundations and Applications

(ECMFA 2010)

June 15-18, 2010, Paris, France


2nd International Workshop on Abstractions for Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency

a satellite event of Petri Nets 2010

June 21, 2010, Braga, Portugal



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


IEEE International Conference on Systems of Systems Engineering

22 June 2010 to 24 June 2010, Henry Ford College, Loughborough University, UK


ISARCS 2010 – 1st International Symposium on Architecting Critical Systems

Federated with CompArch 2010

June 23-25 2010 Prague, Czech Republic


1st International Workshop on Collaborative Modeling & Simulation – CoMetS’10

June 28 – 30, 2010, TEI of Larissa (Greece)


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

30 June – 2 July, 2010, Essen, Germany


Transformation Tool Contest 2010

Satellite workshop to TOOLS 2010, Malaga.


2010 International Conference on System Science and Engineering (ICSSE2010)

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


Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC 2010)

July 11–14, 2010, Ottawa, Canada


4th ACM International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems (DEBS 2010)

July 12-15, 2010, Cambridge, United Kingdom


20th Annual INCOSE International Symposium

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


4th IEEE International Workshop on Requirements Engineering For Services (REFS’10)

In conjunction with COMPSAC 2010

Seoul, Korea, July 19 – 23, 2010


1st International Workshop on Complexity and Real World Applications Using the Tools and Concepts from the Complexity Sciences to Support Real World Decision-making Activities

July 21-23, 2010, Southampton, England



System Dynamics Society 2010 Conference

July 25 – 29, 2010, Seoul, Korea


The 2nd International Workshop on Enterprise Architecture Challenges and Responses

To be held in conjunction with ICIS 2010

August 18 – 20, 2010, Yamagata University, Yonezawa, Japan


The Second International Conference on Advances in System Testing and Validation Lifecycle (VALID 2010)

August 22-27, 2010 – Nice, France


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


1st International Workshop on Reuse in Business Process Management (rBPM 2010)

September 13, 2010, Hoboken, New Jersey – USA


7th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems (QEST) 2010

September 15 – 18, 2010, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA at the College of William & Mary, Computer Science Department,


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

21-24 September 2010, Singapore


EPEW 2010: 7th European Performance Engineering Workshop

University Residential Center of Bertinoro, Italy

23-24 September 2010


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


PDMC 2010

9th International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Methods in verifiCation

joint with 2nd International Workshop on High Performance Computational Systems Biology (HiBi 2010)

September 30 – October 1, 2010, Twente, The Netherlands

Co-locating with

5th International Conference on Graph Transformation (ICGT 2010) , 29 September – 1 October, 2010

17th Annual workshop on Software Model Checking (SPIN 2010), 27 September – 29 September, 2010


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


FMCAD 2010 – Formal Methods in Computer Aided Design

October 20 – 23, 2010, Lugano, Switzerland


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


ICISE 2010: International Conference on Intelligent Systems Engineering

December 18, 2010, Bangkok, Thailand


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

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


Education and Academia

Significant Investment in New Systems Courses and Programs by the Open University UK

The overall program will comprise three possible awards. The first is a Postgraduate Certificate in Systems Thinking in Practice (C72) of 60 OU credit points. A new course due for first presentation in May 2010, ‘Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change’ (TU811) is a compulsory 30 point course for this award together with another 30 point OU option, or where credit transfer has been arranged, a partner option.

The second award is a Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice (E28) of 120 OU points. To be awarded the PG Diploma the PG certificate plus another 60 points of study must be completed. ‘Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction’ (TU812) is a 30 point compulsory course with TU811 (above).

The third award is the MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice which is made up of the PG Diploma plus a further 60 points of study.

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Rensselaer Introduces the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announced today its Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems (DSES) will be renamed the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE). The change, effective immediately, was approved recently by the Board of Trustees upon recommendation of the department and the dean, and with the support of the provost and the president.

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Tenured Faculty Position on Model Driven Engineering at École des Mines de Nantes

École des Mines de Nantes (EMN) has opened a new permanent faculty position in the field of Model-Driven Engineering. The selected candidate will become part of the joint INRIA-EMN research team AtlanMod (http://www.emn.fr/x-info/atlanmod).

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Some Systems Engineering-Relevant Websites


Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri) brings together a set of sponsored research projects and a consortium of systems engineering leaders from industry, government, and academia. SEAri is uniquely positioned within theEngineering Systems Division (ESD) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a new kind of interdisciplinary academic unit that spans most departments within the School of Engineering, as well as the School of Science, the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the Sloan School of Management


The Systems Engineering Research Center is the first DoD University Affiliated Research Center focused on Systems Engineering Research in the United States.

What is the mission of the Systems Engineering Research Center?

The mission of the Systems Engineering Research Center is to enhance and enable the Department of Defense’s (DoD) capability in Systems Engineering for the successful development, integration, testing and sustainability of complex defense systems, services and enterprises.


Systems Thinking Essays and Term Papers

Standards and Guides

ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Plenary meeting

23–28, May 2010, Niigata, Japan


Information Processing Society of Japan /Information Technology Standards Commission of Japan(IPSJ /ITSCJ)



Organizer contact: Jacky Takahashi at: inq-sc7niigata@itscj.ipsj.or.jp

Meeting location

Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center

Address: 6-1, Bandai-jima, Niigata-city, 950-0078, Japan

Web: http://www.tokimesse.com/english/

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PPI News



PPI Events (see www.ppi-int.com)

Systems Engineering Public 5-Day Courses (2010)

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Requirements Analysis and Specification Writing Public Courses (2010)

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Software Engineering Public 5-Day Courses (2010)

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OCD/CONOPS Public Courses (2010)

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Cognitive Systems Engineering Courses (2010)

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PPI Upcoming Participation in Professional Conferences

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