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Program committee

Academic co-chair of the Program Committee


Eric Bonjour

Eric Bonjour is a full professor specialized in systems engineering, at the Université de Lorraine / Graduate School of Innovation and Systems Engineering (ENSGSI). He has been a mechanical engineer since 1993. He received his PhD degree in Automation and Industrial Engineering in 1996. In summary, his main research interests touch upon the fields of innovation, model-based systems engineering, product architecture, product family, knowledge management, project organization and team building. He has supervised 9 PhD thesis related to these topics. He is an associate editor of high quality journals: Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing and Knowledge-Based Systems. He is a Vice-chair of the French chapter of INCOSE (AFIS), responsible for “Research – Training” topics (since 2012) and a co-head of the “Knowledge management and competence management in industrial companies” working group, affiliated to the National Research Council GDR MACS/CNRS (since 2007). He has published more than 80 papers for conferences, journals and books. In 2015, he received the lNCOSE Outstanding Service Award.

Other members of the Academic Program Committee


Vincent Chapurlat

Vincent Chapurlat is currently Professor of Ecole des Mines d’Alès and head of the research team Interoperable Systems and Organization Engineering (ISOE) at the Laboratory of Informatics and Production Systems Engineering (LGI2P). He received a habilitation level for research direction in 2007 and a PhD in control command systems specification and verification in 1994 from the University of Montpellier II. His research aims to develop and to formalize concepts and tools allowing to supply complex systems designer teams to verify by properties proof and to validate design models by using advanced simulation techniques. The concerned application domains are Enterprise Modeling and System Engineering (SE) domains. He is member of the French chapter of INCOSE namely AFIS (Association Française d’Ingénierie Système), of the Technical Committee 5.3 ‘Enterprise Networking’ from IFAC Board, of the Working Group ‘Enterprise interoperability’ from IFIP Board, and from various working groups from French CNRS (Scientific National Research Agency) and from InteropVLab.


Eric Coatanéa

Eric Coatanéa is currently Adjunct professor in INP Grenoble and Research Fellow in Aalto University. Eric Coatanéa has received is double doctoral degree in Engineering design in October 2005 from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland (nowadays Aalto University) and from University of West Brittany (France). Before embarking in doctoral studies, Eric Coatanéa has worked during 11 years has a manufacturing engineering teacher in University of West Brittany. He studied in University of West Brittany, INSA Toulouse and in Ecole Normale Supérieure Cachan. From 2005 to 2007, he has been a Marie Curie fellow. From 2008 to 2013, he has been fixed term professor of product development in Aalto University where he has established a new research group with a focus on modeling, simulation and decision making at early development stages with a system perspective. His research interests are including:
- Capturing and analyzing the quality of requirements using methods such as Natural Language processing,
- Analyzing initial concepts of solutions using methods such as dimensional analysis, causal ordering, graph theory,
- Eco-design by focusing on aggregative metrics to measure material consumption and environmental impact,
- Early integration in development process of manufacturing processes focusing on additive manufacturing (AD) and especially on the use of AD in production processes.
- Servicification as an enabler for sustainable solutions. The overall objective, of our researches is to support the engineers by developing tools (when possible computer tools) to diminish their cognitive load. For this purpose we are trying to take benefit of the natural cognitive patterns of humans such as analyzing context and situations from a cause-effect point of view.


Olivier De Weck

Prof. de Weck is an international leader in Systems Engineering research. He focuses on how complex man-made systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, printers, consumer products and critical infrastructures are designed, manufactured and operated and how they evolve over time. His main emphasis is on the strategic properties of these systems that have the potential to maximize lifecycle value. His group has developed quantitative methods and tools that explicitly consider manufacturability, commonality, flexibility, robustness, and sustainability among other characteristics. Significant results include the Adaptive Weighted Sum (AWS) method for resolving tradeoffs amongst competing objectives, the Delta-Design Structure Matrix (DSM) for technology infusion analysis, Time-Expanded Decision Networks (TDN) and the SpaceNet and HabNet simulation environments. These methods have impacted complex systems in space exploration (NASA, JPL), oil and gas exploration (BP) as well as sophisticated electro-mechanical products (e.g. Xerox, Pratt & Whitney, GM, DARPA). He has authored three books and about 250 peer-reviewed papers to date. His book “Engineering Systems: Meeting Human Needs in a Complex Technological World” was the bestseller at the MIT Press Bookstore in 2012 and has been translated to Japanese. He is a Fellow of INCOSE and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. Since January 2013 he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems Engineering. From 2011 to 2013 he served as Executive Director of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project. He is currently co-director of the Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES) at KACST and MIT.


Timothy Ferris

Timothy Ferris holds the degrees B.E.Hons, B.Th., B.Litt.Hons. Grad.Cert.Ed., and PhD from University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Deakin University, Queensland University of Technology and University of South Australia, all in Australia, respectively. He is a member of the School of Engineering at the University of South Australia, with responsibility for all the research degree students in the School. He teaches courses in systems engineering, research methods and electrical engineering and is supervising several PhD students in systems engineering. He was a member of the BKCASE project and the lead author of the Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Systems Journal and the Associate Director: Academic Research in INCOSE.


Alfredo Garro

Alfredo Garro is an Associate Professor of Computing Systems at the Department of Informatics, Modeling, Electronics and Systems Engineering (DIMES) of the University of Calabria (Italy). From 1999 to 2001, he has been a researcher at CSELT, the Telecom Italia Group R&D Lab. From 2001 to 2003, he collaborates with the Institute of High Performance Computing and Networking of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). On February 2005 he received the PhD Degree in Systems and Computer Engineering from the University of Calabria. From January 2005 to December 2011, he has been an Assistant Professor of Computing Systems at the DIMES Department (formerly DEIS) of the University of Calabria. His main research interests include: systems and software engineering, reliability engineering, modeling and simulation. His list of publications contains about 80 papers published in international journals, books and proceedings of international and national conferences. He is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society from 2005, he is a member of the IEEE Reliability Society and IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. He is a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He has been elected for the 2014 in the SPACE Forum Planning and Review Panel (PRP) of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO). He is member of the Executive Committee of the MODRIO (Model Driven Physical Systems Operation) ITEA2 Project and the Technical Contact for his Institution in the Open Source Modelica Consortium (OSMC).


Nil Handen Ergin

Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at Penn State University’s Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. Prior to joining Penn State University, she worked as a Research Assistant Professor within the Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (RIMES) at the University of Texas at El Paso where she taught for the systems engineering graduate program and served on industry funded research contracts. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at Missouri University of Science & Technology. Nil Ergin received her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering and M.S. in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science & Technology. She also holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. Her research interests include model-based systems engineering, system of systems engineering, complex adaptive systems, and multi-agent systems. She is also a researcher at the DoD-Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a federally funded University Affiliated Research Center. She is a member of INCOSE and IEEE.


Mickaël Henshaw

Michael Henshaw is Professor of Systems Engineering and the Head of the Systems Division at Loughborough University, UK. Following a PhD in applied physics with research in laser-plasma interactions, he joined British Aerospace (later BAE Systems) in 1989 where he worked in aeronautical engineering with a particular research focus on modelling fluid-structure interaction for aeroelastic applications. With an increasing interest in multi-disciplinary research, he joined Loughborough University in 2006 to direct a major research programme in Network Enabled Capability. He is a co-chair of the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Systems of Systems and a member of the BKCASE Editorial Board. He led the FP7 support action T-AREA-SoS that has defined a research agenda in Systems of Systems Engineering.


Paulien Herder

Paulien Herder is Professor of Engineering Systems Design in Energy & Industry at Delft University of Technology and Director of the Delft Energy Initiative. She is the Research director for the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of the TUDelft. She is an expert in design of large-scale complex systems and strategic asset management, mainly in the area of industrial and energy infrastructures.


Claude Laporte

Dr. Claude Y Laporte has worked in defense and transportation organizations for over 20 years. He is a professor, since 2000, at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), a 7,600-student engineering school in Montréal, where he teaches software engineering. He is the Project Editor of ISO/IEC 29110 set of systems and software engineering Standards and Technical Reports. He is the co-author of 2 French textbooks about software quality assurance published by Hermes-Lavoisier in 2011. He is the co-author of a textbook about software quality assurance which will be published by John Wiley & Sons in 2015.

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Eric Levrat

Eric Levrat received his Ph. D. in 1989 from the Université H. Poincaré Nancy 1, where he currently holds a position of an assistant professor. In 2013, he received the HDR in University of Lorraine. He has been researcher at the Research Centre for Automatic Control of Nancy since 1990. Since 2003 he works in Maintenance and Logistic Support area, his research deals with dependability, maintenance decision in a proactive maintenance strategy, maintenance organisation, e-maintenance. He was/is involved in French and International projects/groups on e-maintenance such as the CNRS MACOD working group (Modelling and Optimisation of Distributed vs. Collaborative Maintenance), the French scientific interest group 3SGS on “Dependability of Complex Systems”, where he’s leader of the project DEPRADEM2 (Degradation and Prognosis Modelling for Maintenance Decision Making), the Integrated Project DYNAMITE (Dynamic Decision in Maintenance), and the international project DEPEN-IMPRO (Modelling Policies for the improvement of Production Systems’ Dependability). He was involved in several industrial projects with EDF, DCN, ALSTOM… His current research interests include prognosis (data driven and reliability driven prognosis), maintenance decision (opportunistic maintenance based on odds algorithm), dependability assessment, Integrated logistic support. He is involved in the working group on “Integrated Logistic support” in the french chapter (AFIS : French Association on System Engineering) of the INCOSE (International Council on System Engineering).

Since 2013 he is the held of the Master on “Complex Systems Engineering” from University of Lorraine.


Maik Mauer

Dr.-Ing. Maik Maurer studied mechanical engineering at the Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany and received a PhD in 2007 for his research in complexity management. Maik Maurer teaches complexity and quality management as well as Systems Engineering at the TUM and leads research projects in systems engineering, complexity management and knowledge management. In 2010 he received the ring of honor from the Association of German Engineers (VDI). In 2011, he was awarded the prize “Ernst Otto Fischer-Lehrpreis” and received the Award “Goldene Lehre” in 2013. Maik Maurer co-chairs the German chapter of INCOSE, is involved in the Design Society and has co-authored the book “Structural Complexity Management”. In 2006 he co-founded the company TESEON, a software and consultancy company for managing complex systems. In 2012, he co-founded Spritz Technology, a company developing new reading technologies for content delivery on modern devices.


Patrick Millot

Patrick Millot is born on April 11, 1953. He received a PhD in Automatic Control (on September 21, 1979) and a State Doctorate in Sciences (on September 16, 1987). He is full Professor at the University of Valenciennes, France (UVHC) since 1989 and Research Director at LAMIH (Laboratoire d’Automatique de Mécanique et d’Informatique industrielles et Humaine). He conducts research on Automation Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, Supervisory Control, Human-Machine Systems, Human Reliability, Security with applications to production, telecommunication and transport systems (Air Traffic Control, Car Traffic, Trains Metro…). His scientific production covers about 200 publications, book, collective books, editor of conference proceedings, and reports. He has been research supervisor of 38 PhD students and 10 HDR since 1989, reviewer of 51 PhD Thesis and 10 HDR from other universities.

Professional experience:

Prof. Patrick Millot was successively head of the research group “Human Machine Systems” in LAMIH (1987-2004, 25 researchers), head of LAMIH (1996-2005, 222 researchers and engineers) and vice President of the University of Valenciennes (2005-2010) in charge of research. He was visiting Professor at Human Centered Design institute (HCDi) headed by PR G. Boy at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT Melboune FL) for one year (2011-2012). He is currently co-head with G. Boy of the joint research lab on Risk Management in Life Critical Systems between HCDi/FIT and LAMIH-TEMPO/UVHC funded by the French-American Partner University Fund (PUF) for 3 years (2012-2015).

He was member of the scientific board / Manager of several regional research groups on Supervisory Control (GRAISYHM 1996-2002) on Transport (GRRT since 1987) and head of the ST2 program on Transport System Safety (2001-2006, 80 researchers of 10 labs). He was also member of the French Council of the Universities (CNU 1996-2003), member of the scientific board of the French national research group in Automation Sciences supported by CNRS (1996-2001). Partner of several European projects and networks: 2 Human Capital and Mobility networks 1993-1996, 2 projects since 2002 on Urban Guided Transport Management Systems (UGTMS followed by MODURBAN) 1 project on car driver modeling (ITERATE) and the Network of Excellence EURNEX since 2004. He was IPC member of several International Conferences and Journals, member since 2000 and Vice Chairman since 2009 to 2011 of the IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) Technical Committee 4.5 Human-Machine Systems.


Chris Paredis

Dr. Chris Paredis is Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, and in the H.M. Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA. He is a Woodruff Faculty Fellow and Director of the Model-Based System Engineering Center. He holds graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Paredis’ research focuses on Model-Based Systems Engineering, combining aspects of decision theory, information technology, simulation, and systems theory to support the design of complex mechatronic systems. In these areas, he has published more than 140 refereed book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. He has made significant contributions to the development of the theory, methods and tools for decision making in design and systems engineering, and has developed several decision support tools using the SysML and Modelica languages. As Director of the Model-Based Systems Engineering Center, he leads a group of 11 faculty members towards the development of a next generation of systems engineering methods that are value-driven, model-based and human-centered.

He is active within the Object Management Group (OMG), where he served on the SysML Revision Task Force and where he has led the development of the SysML-Modelica Transformation Specification. He was a founding board member of the North America Modelica Users’ Group, and is a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Integrated Model-Centric Engineering Program at NASA/JPL. He is past Chair of the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering division and has served as Conference Chair for the 2013 Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER’13) and the 2007 Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE’07). Dr. Paredis has served as Associate Editor for the SAE Journal of Commercial Vehicles and the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. He currently serves as co-Editor of the ASME book series, "Advances in Computers and Information in Engineering Research." He received the 2007 CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, the 2007 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, and the 2011 ASME CIE Excellence in Research Award.


Brian Sauser

Brian Sauser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the University of North Texas (UNT). He currently serves as the Director of the Complex Logistics Systems Laboratory and Associate Director of Research for the Center of Logistics Education and Research. Before joining UNT, he held positions as an Assistant Professor with the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology; Project Specialist with ASRC Aerospace at NASA Kennedy Space Center; Program Administrator with the New Jersey – NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and Laboratory Director with G.B. Tech Engineering at NASA Johnson Space Center. Dr. Sauser’s research interest is in the governance of complex systems. He teaches or has taught courses in Advance Logistics Management, Project Management of Complex Systems, Designing and Managing the Development Enterprise, Logistics and Business Analytics, Theory of Logistics Systems, Systems Thinking, and Systems Engineering and Management. In addition, he is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Faculty Fellow, Professional Development Institute Business Fellow (2015-16), IEEE Senior Member, Associate Editor of the IEEE Systems Journal, and Associate Editor of the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge.


Dinesh Verma

Dinesh Verma received the Ph.D. and the M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is currently serving as the Founding Dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises and Professor in Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, concurrently he serves as the Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a US Department of Defense sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) focused on systems engineering research. During his twelve years at Stevens he has successfully proposed research and academic programs exceeding $150m in value. Verma concurrently serves as Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven, Holland. Prior to this role, he served as Technical Director at Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems, in Manassas, Virginia, in the area of adapted systems and supportability engineering processes, methods and tools for complex system development and integration.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Verma worked as a Research Scientist at Virginia Tech and managed the University’s Systems Engineering Design Laboratory. While at Virginia Tech and afterwards, Verma continues to serve numerous companies in a consulting capacity, to include Eastman Kodak, Lockheed Martin Corporation, L3 Communications, United Defense, Raytheon, IBM Corporation, Sun Microsystems, SAIC, VOLVO Car Corporation (Sweden), NOKIA (Finland), RAMSE (Finland), TU Delft (Holland), Johnson Controls, Ericsson-SAAB Avionics (Sweden), Varian Medical Systems (Finland), and Motorola. He served as an Invited Lecturer from 1995 through 2000 at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. His professional and research activities emphasize systems engineering and design with a focus on conceptual design evaluation, preliminary design and system architecture, design decision-making, life cycle costing, and supportability engineering. In addition to his publications, Verma has received three patents in the areas of life-cycle costing and fuzzy logic techniques for evaluating design concepts.

Dr. Verma has authored over 100 technical papers, book reviews, technical monographs, and co-authored three textbooks: Maintainability: A Key to Effective Serviceability and Maintenance Management (Wiley, 1995), Economic Decision Analysis (Prentice Hall, 1998), Space Systems Engineering (McGraw Hill, 2009). He is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He serves as on the Core Curriculum Committee of the Delft University’s Space Systems Engineering Program (Holland). He was honored with an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) in Technology and Design from Växjö University (Sweden) in January 2007; and with an Honorary Master of Engineering Degree (Honoris Causa) from Stevens Institute of Technology in September 2008.

Industrial Co-Chair of the Program Committee


Gérard Auvray

Gerard Auvray belongs today to the ASTRIUM Space Transportation. For the last 35 years he has been involved in major defence and space programs, working in different fields: avionics architecture, ground systems, verification & validation, etc. Firstly he was in charge of launch systems for the French deterrence system. Later he took responsibility of the Ariane 5 launcher qualification. He also worked during several years in ARIANESPACE as ground system specialist for launcher operations.

Coming back to ASTRIUM, he headed a department dedicated to Electrical Ground System, in charge of definition and realization of qualification facilities for various programs (M51, Ariane 5, Automatic Transfer Vehicle – ATV , etc.), and for system validation. Besides, he has also been involved in “System of Systems” program for NATO customer (Active Layer Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence – ALTBMD).

Gerard is now System Engineering Senior Expert, in charge of ASTRIUM ST System Engineering strategy & road-map, and promotion of new SE improvements such as extended MBSE approach and virtual validation. He is also directly involved in several ASTRIUM improvement projects such as CMMI and Lean engineering initiative.

Despite the above professional activities, Gerard remains dynamic in social networking as the Technical Director of the INCOSE French chapter: AFIS. Also in term of transfer of know-how to the young people, he teaches “System Engineering” courses and training programs at different Engineering schools. He graduated both from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers and the Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aérospatiales.

Other Members of the Industrial Program Committee


Henrik Balslev

With a strong technical profile and a personal dedication to create a common language among all technical disciplines, Henrik Balslev is a lead designer of implementing systems awareness in many industries. He is a specialist in system-of-systems, system integration and implementation of Systems Engineering for economic and technical benefits. Henrik Balslev enables the bridge between practical engineering disciplines and the theory and rules anchored in International Standards (ISO & IEC). He is an international expert in Reference Designation Systems (RDS) in accordance with ISO/IEC 81346, which supports SE and design of system-of-systems. Holding the position of trust as the President of INCOSE Denmark, he has a personal dedication to promote systems engineering as an essential tool to Danish engineers and industries, and to make the Danish profile in the International network of Systems Engineering. See and for more information and free downloads.


Richard Beasley


Richard Beasley graduated with a Physics Degree from Bristol University in 1986, and then joined Rolls-Royce as an engineer. He spent 14 years in Installation Aerodynamics for Military Engines, during which time he gained an MSC in Gas Turbine Engineering from Cranfield University. He then worked on Life Cycle Cost, Reliability and aspects of designing products for Aftermarket / Service. He is now the Global Chief of Systems Engineering, which includes being corporate skill owner for Systems Engineering in Rolls-Royce, and in 2011 was made a Rolls-Royce Associate Fellow in Systems Engineering. He is a president of the UK INCOSE chapter, and was part of the BKCASE SEBoK author team. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a Visiting Fellow to the Systems Centre at Bristol University.


Jean-Pierre Daniel


After his education as Aeronautical engineer, specialized in automation and avionics, Jean-Pierre Daniel took part for 30 years in the successful development of European transport aircraft, namely with Airbus.

He learned to dare innovation though with professionalism, when introducing fly-by-wire. He developed altogether products and processes leading to acceptance by authorities and successful entry into service. He exercised an holistic systemic approach looking for outer solutions to practical issues.

Jean-Pierre Daniel is now with AREVA trying to translate lessons learned in aeronautics to the domain of nuclear plants.

«There are many similarities and I have good hope that proven solutions can apply, despite distinct domain technologies, a different vocabulary and deeply rooted enterprise culture.»


Alain Dauron

Alain Dauron graduated Engineer from Ecole Polytechnique in 1984 and then obtained a PhD degree at Université de Paris IX Dauphine in the area of Automatic Control applied to internal combustion engine. It was his first job as a Renault research engineer, in the framework of a collaboration with INRIA (Institut National de la Recherche en Informatique et Automatique). He then built and led a research group in charge of Automatic control activities for R&AE projects. After moving to Powertrain Engineering division in 1998, he had several management positions in Powertrain Control development and tuning activities, and then he became Department leader of powertrain control systems. Coming back to advanced engineering in 2007, he led the upstream Systems Engineering department, aiming at applying SE in R&AE projects and at improving SE methods & tools. From 2011 to 2013, he also led a Research project about long range mobility based on Electric Vehicle. He is now General Manager in charge of Systems Engineering processes, methods and tools. His main interests in Systems Engineering are Requirements engineering, Systems V&V, SE in the context of large product lines, MBSE, and coupling of SE with calculation/optimization. He represents Renault in the AFIS (French INCOSE Chapter) Board of Directors, and is one of the two co-chairs of the INCOSE Automotive Working Group.


Gauthier Fanmuy

Gauthier FANMUY is a Systems Users Experience Director at Dassault Systems ( He is is charge of a Systems Engineering tools portfolio for Requirements Engineering and Architectural Design. He previously worked in a consulting company ADN ( where he created and developped a department on Systems Engineering consultancy and tools reselling. He has worked in the past years in the Automotive Industry at PSA Peugeot Citroen where he has deployed Requirement engineering and DOORS. He also worked in the Aeronautic Industry at Dassault-Aviation where he managed several projects such as integration of electro-optics sensors on military aircrafts, development of complex system functions and re-engineering of MMI in object oriented approaches. He represents Dassault Systems at AFIS (French association on Systems Engineering, He also serves as AFIS Deputy Technical Director and represents AFIS at AFNOR. He was previously chairman of Global processes Technical Committee of AFIS and also managed during 10 years of this organization the Requirements Engineering Working Group. He represents Dassault Systems in INCOSE (International Council On Systems Engineering, He is co-founder of the SPECIEF association for the promotion of Requirements Engineering in French ( and is porting within this association the overall IREB certification scheme in French speaking regions.


Sanford Friedenthal

Sanford Friedenthal is an industry leader in model-based systems engineering (MBSE) and an independent consultant. Previously, as a Lockheed Martin Fellow, he led the corporate engineering effort to enable Model-Based Systems Development across the company. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing and implementing strategies to institutionalize the practice of MBSD across the company, and provide model-based systems engineering support to programs.

His experience includes the application of systems engineering from conceptual design through development and production on a broad range of systems. He also has been a systems engineering department manager responsible for ensuring that systems engineering is implemented on programs. He was a lead developer of advanced systems engineering processes and methods, including the Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Method (OOSEM). Sandy was a leader of the industry team that developed SysML through its adoption by the OMG, and is co-author of ‘A Practical Guide to SysML’.He also led the effort to develop the Systems Engineering Vision 2025 for INCOSE.


Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson is the Manager of Systems Engineering for the Optoelectronics and Instruments business unit of RUAG Space, Zürich. He is one of the founders of the Swiss Chapter of Systems Engineering (SSSE) and was the President for its first three years, 2011 - 2014. He is a Chartered Engineer through the Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET) and gained the CSEP accreditation in 2014. He has worked between the Defence and Space Industries on projects ranging from the Future Integrated Soldier Technology (Thales UK) programme to a variety of space imaging and communications projects (RUAG Space). He is passionate about requirements management, system functionality and spreading the word about the benefits of good Systems Engineering practices.


Jörg Lalk

Jörg Lalk is a registered professional electrical and electronic engineer, holds various degrees from North West University and the University of Pretoria in South Africa as well as a PhD in electronic systems design from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. He currently is a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Graduate School for Technology Management where he participated in the founding of the university’s new Institutional Research Theme on Energy. In addition he consults widely to industry. His current research interests include systems engineering and the techno-economic modelling of energy systems. Prior to his academic career he held various senior management and systems engineering positions in industry. He has more than 30 years’ experience in systems engineering, engineering management, project management and the management of strategic technology programmes in the aerospace, automotive, ICT, consulting and energy industries.


Juan Llorens

Juan Llorens is Professor at the Informatics Department of the Carlos III University of Madrid – Spain ( He received his MS degree in Industrial Engineer from the ICAI Polytechnic School at the UPC University in Madrid in 1986, Spain, and his PhD in Industrial Engineering and robotics at the Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain in 1996. In 1987 he started his own company dealing with Artificial Intelligence applied to Database systems, named Knowledge Engineering SL (KE). Dr. Llorens worked as technical director in KE and as Marketing Director in Advanced Vision Technologies until 1992, when he joined the Carlos III University. Since 2003 he is Professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid. His main subject is Knowledge Reuse, which he teaches in the Informatics studies at the University. Dr. Llorens is the leader of the KR Group (Knowledge Reuse Group) within the University. In 1998 he was invited to the Högskolan på Åland (HÅ) (Åland, Finland). From 1998 to 2008 he split his educational activities between Madrid’s University and the HÅ, where he taught different Software Engineering subjects. Since 2008, based on a funded agreement, The REUSE Company (, a brand of the spin-off organization named CISET, has outsourced all its R&D activities to the Knowledge Reuse Group of the Carlos III University. In this context, Dr Llorens can defend TRC’s CTO role within his professorship. His current research involves the study of knowledge technologies and system engineering techniques integration towards Software and Information quality measurement and Reuse. He is member of INCOSE’s (International Council on Systems Engineering, Requirements Working Group and he is the Technical Director of the Spanish INCOSE Chapter (AEIS -


David Long

For over twenty years, David Long has focused on enabling, applying, and advancing model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to help transform the state of the systems engineering practice. David is the founder and president of Vitech Corporation where he developed and commercialized CORE®, a leading systems engineering software environment used around the world. A committed member of the worldwide systems community, David is president of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), a 10,000 member professional organization focused on sharing, promoting, and advancing the best of systems engineering. Throughout his career, David has played a key technical and management role in refining and extending systems engineering to expand the analysis and communication toolkit available to systems practitioners. He continues to lead the Vitech team as they deliver innovative, industry-leading solutions to help organizations develop and deploy next-generation systems. David has served INCOSE since 1997 including a term as the Washington Metropolitan Area chapter president and international roles including Member Board Chair, Director for Communications, and Director for Strategy. He is a frequent presenter at industry events worldwide delivering keynotes and tutorials spanning introductory systems engineering, the advanced application of MBSE, and the future of systems engineering. His experiences and efforts led him to co-author the book A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering to help spread the fundamental concepts of this key approach to modern challenges. In 2006, David received the prestigious INCOSE Founders Award in recognition of his many contributions to the organization. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics, as well as a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.


Clotilde Marchal

Since May 2011, Clotilde Marchal belongs to EADS Chief Technical Office (CTO) organization, where she is, as head of the “EADS Systems Engineering group capabilities”, EADS CTO Systems Engineering Representative inside and outside EADS. She represents EADS at INCOSE CAB and is in charge of promoting INCOSE certification at AFIS (French INCOSE Chapter) board. She chairs the EADS Systems Engineering Steering Group (SESG), which coordinates all EADS divisions activities in Systems Engineering, including strategy, benchmarking, processes maturity assessment, best practices sharing, training and certification, standardization, R&T, and technical policies. She delivers Systems Engineering expertise at regular technical assessments of EADS Divisions projects. Scope of her activities also includes software engineering (coordination of EADS divisions group as previous SESG group).

She has previously worked 20 years in the field of Software Engineering mainly in Defence Market (at Matra and EADS) at various positions from design to project management and line management of international teams . She moved 5 years ago to Systems Engineering field and created an international Systems Engineering Center of Competence for the EADS Cassidian Security Market. She is graduated from engineering school ENSIMAG (Grenoble) and is INCOSE Certified (CSEP level).


Garry Roedler

Garry Roedler is a Fellow and the Engineering Outreach Program Manager for Lockheed Martin. His systems engineering experience spans the full life cycle and includes technical leadership roles in both programs and systems engineering business functions. Garry holds degrees in mathematics education and mechanical engineering from Temple University and the Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) certification from INCOSE. Garry is an INCOSE Fellow, has numerous publications and presentations, and is the recipient of many awards, including the INCOSE Founders Award, Best SE Journal Article, IEEE Golden Core, Lockheed Martin Technical Leadership Award and Lockheed Martin NOVA Award. His leadership roles across many technical organizations include Chair of the INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board and editor of ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288, Systems Life Cycle Processes and several other standards. He maintains leadership roles in the development of standards for both ISO/IEC and IEEE and has been a catalyst for the harmonization of Systems Engineering resources across the industry. Garry was the lead for Part 3 of the BKCASE SEBoK product and a contributor to the GRCSE product.


Jean-Claude Roussel

Jean-Claude Roussel is a Senior Expert in Systems Engineering at Airbus Group Innovations (Toulouse, France) in charge of Research projects on Systems Engineering with 32 years of experience in different Aerospace Programs.

From 2001 to 2009, Jean-Claude was responsible for Systems Engineering within Airbus where he defined the Policy which has been deployed on new aircraft (A380, A400M and A350). From 1995 to 2001, he was in charge of Project Management within Airbus and wrote the directive for Aircraft Project Management while setting-up the related components for A380 Program. From 1988 to 1995, he was dedicated to Configuration Management and defined the CM Plan for aircraft (A400M, VLCT, A330/A340) and the Hermes Space Vehicle for the ESA Space Program. His career began at Airbus in 1981 by developing Product Data Management application and data exchange standard for CAD/CAM tools.

He has been a member of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) since 2001 where he took an active role in the Requirements Working Group, extending it to European members. He was President of AFIS (Association Française d’Ingénierie Systeme), the French INCOSE Chapter, in 2007 and 2008, and received the Gold Circle Award of INCOSE.

Jean-Claude was the Technical Director of INCOSE from Jan 2011 till Jan 2013 and has been elected in Nov 2013 Director of the sector EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) of INCOSE for 3 years (Jan 2014 till Jan 2017). He is a member and co-author of the BKCASE project (Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering) launched in Dec 2009 (see and is certified ESEP (Expert Systems Engineering Professional) from INCOSE.

He is a graduated Engineer (1980) from Polytech’ Lille. Born in 1957, he is married with 2 children (33 and 29) and one grand son (18 months)


Sven-Olaf Schulze

Sven-Olaf Schulze holds a diploma in Aerospace and Space with a focus on aircraft structure and light weight design. He has been working in the space/aerospace industry since 1996 with project responsibilities in Ariane 4, Ariane 5, ISS, MIR, Airbus A380 and A400M. From 2009 until mid of 2010 Sven-Olaf joint Berner & Mattner Systemtechnik GmbH where he was in charge of the Aeronautics team and the Hamburg office with customers from aerospace, ship building, renewable energy, navy and general mechanical engineering. From August 2010 he joined for 2 years Suzlon Energy GmbH as the Vice President Systems Engineering in the Technology Group. Since 2012 he is working as the Senior Expert for UNITY Consulting GmbH. From 2007 until 2013 Sven-Olaf delivers a lecture in Systems Engineering at the University of applied science in Hamburg. He is a member of the German Chapter of INCOSE and was from 2003 onwards the Vice President. He has been the president of the German Chapter of INCOSE since 2008.


Robert Swarz

Dr. Robert S. Swarz is Co-Director of the Systems Engineering Practice Office of The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit research and development center chartered to work in the public interest. There, he is involved in developing methodologies for systems security engineering and other systems engineering practices for the entire MITRE staff. Before joining MITRE, Bob was a researcher at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and an engineer at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. He has taught on the adjunct faculty of Worcester Polytechnic Institute for over thirty years, where he has developed and taught courses on systems engineering and computer architectures. Most recently, Bob developed new courses on Dependable Systems and System Security Engineering. He is Chair of their Systems Engineering Advisory Council. Bob is co-author of the textbook Reliable Computer Systems: Design and Evaluation, now in its third edition, and is the author of other published papers on reliability and fault tolerance. He has had a lengthy association with the Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance community, most recently as General Chair of DSN 2012 in Boston. Bob is also an active member of the International Council for Systems Engineering (INCOSE), where he serves as Assistant Technical Director for the past four years. Bob holds a Ph.D. degree from New York University, a Master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.E. from NYU, all in electrical engineering, and an M.B.A. from Boston University.