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Event Title: Engineering Connected Systems 

Event Date: 30/10/2019 

Event Time: 18:30-21:00 

Event Location: BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG  

Event Details


 The world of systems and projects is joining up at such a pace that there is now a danger of practice running ahead of established theory. This problem is already evident in the field of Systems of Systems (SoS), where definitions have become problematic, and the distinction between systems and SoS increasingly hard to sustain.

 This talk will illustrate the problem with reference to examples drawn from real-world systems, and put forward a new synthesis which places interdependence at the centre, rather than other more usual factors such as independence. What emerges is a more integrated treatment, in which product families, componentisation, supply chains and operationally connected systems form part of a broad continuum, sharing a number of common features, with differences caused by such factors as point of integration, scale and intentionality. There will be some discussion of architectural issues, enterprise collaboration and emerging life cycles. The talk will conclude with some speculation about the boundaries for traditional systems engineering and what might lie beyond.

 Peter Brook Biography

 Peter has worked for over 40 years in the world of large-scale distributed systems, mainly in defence and security. He was Director of Systems Engineering for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in the late 1990s before being seconded to MOD to establish and run the Integration Authority, responsible for ensuring joined-up operation in a networked environment. Since then he has consulted widely across Government. In 2015-16, he undertook a series of NATO lectures on Systems of Systems, alongside Dr Judith Dahmann and Prof Mike Henshaw, focusing on Architecture and Enterprise issues.

 He is also a long-standing member of INCOSE having served on the Board of Directors between 1996-2000. He has been visiting professor at the Defence Academy, is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an INCOSE Fellow.



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