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Date/Time Organisation & Location Description
14/05/2001 -

Full Days
UK Chapter

Landmark Conference & Training Centre, Daventry, Northampton
Spring Symposium 2001 - Systems Engineering for the Third Millennium – Developing the Art and Science to face new challenges

Engineering evolved during the second half of the second millennium as a process for harnessing technology to produce products to support human-centric activity. As engineering became more specialised society’s expectations of engineering it increased. These fostered the need for an overarching process to co-ordinate and integrate engineering and related activities. From these beginnings, systems engineering has emerged in the last 60 years.

Systems engineering is the interface between engineering and its customers: commerce and society. It has proved so useful and successful that it has been adopted by non-engineering, more human-oriented disciplines. In order to meet the challenges of these new applications, systems engineering has broadened its tool set to embrace “soft” methods, many of which were originally developed in the human sciences. Thus systems engineering has evolved to provide an integrating conceptual framework for understanding stakeholder (including customer and user) needs; for exploring the solution space to determine the preferred solution; and for co-ordinating all the specialist activities that are needed to realise the selected solution.

The discipline of systems engineering now straddles the traditional boundary between the Sciences and Humanities. It has become subject to complex, sometimes contradictory influences. During the 2001 Spring Symposium we would like to explore both the achievements of systems engineering and the challenges facing it. What is the current state of systems engineering? How will it develop in the future? What are the driving forces behind the development of systems engineering? What new skills do systems engineers need to acquire? What new process concepts need to be developed to formalise the application of SE beyond the traditional ‘hard’ systems boundaries? What emerging technologies can be exploited to enhance systems engineering tool capabilities?


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