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Sunday, August 2 • 09:00 - 17:00
INCOSE: Systems Philosophy and its relevance to Systems Engineering

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Systems Philosophy is the branch of the philosophy of science informed by the systems paradigm. The INCOSE Systems Science Working Group is exploring how Systems Philosophy can be used to support expansion of the theoretical foundations of Systems Engineering (SE). This workshop will present a basic introduction to Systems Philosophy, and use it to explore:

  • Perspectives on SE as a discipline and the place of SE in the systems disciplinary field;

  • How Systems Philosophy can help SE and other systems disciplines work together to develop mutually beneficial foundations;

  • How Systems Philosophy and SE can support the development of a General Systems Theory (GST), and how working with a GST can help unify and expand the theoretical foundations of SE;

  • How SEs could leverage expanded theoretical foundations to address increasing complexity of engineered systems;

  • Key programs and projects under way to improve/expand the systems sciences;

  • Emerging opportunities for richer engagement between Systems Engineering, Systems Science and Systems Philosophy.

The day will consist of seven presentations preparing the ground for four breakout sessions in which participants can explore and develop ideas and plans for strengthening SE using Systems Philosophy.


Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided.  Attendance will qualify for 8 PDU INCOSE credits
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For more details about the “Systems Philosophy for SE” project, please visit our webpage at: https://sites.google.com/site/syssciwg/projects/o-systems-philosophy 

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Gary R. Smith

Senior Technical Manager, Airbus Defence and Space
SIG Chair: Knowledge and Systems Sciences | | Analytical Chemist, Systems Analyst, Software Engineering, Engineering Project Management, Commercial Project Management, International Working, Process Improvement, IT, Defence and Security and Biological Systems experience. | | Specialties:Systems Engineering, Project Management

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Julie Billingham

Scientific Advisor, Centre for Systems Philosophy
Julie Billingham is Scientific Advisor to the Centre for Systems Philosophy (CSP) and an e-commerce business strategy consultant at Demandware Inc (under her married name Julie Rousseau)Her early career included 12 years modelling and simulation to support decision making, initially in the defence industry, subsequently in the environmental sciences and later in a range of enterprise spatial contexts. Having co-founded an online library... Read More →
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Stefan Blachfellner

Managing Director, stefan.blachfellner@bcsss.org
SIG Chair: Socio-Ecological Systems | | Stefan Blachfellner is the Managing Director of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS) in Vienna, a Vice President of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR), and the Conference Manager for the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR). He chairs the Special Integration Group on Socio-Ecological Systems and Design in the International Society... Read More →
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David Rousseau

Founder & Managing Director, Centre for Systems Philosophy
SIG Chair: Research Towards a General Theory of Systems | SIG Chair: Systems Philosophy | | Dr. David Rousseau is the Founder and Managing Director of the Centre for Systems Philosophy, which promotes the use of Systems Philosophy as a methodology for addressing problems that require both scientific and philosophical analysis. In particular, he is interested in how we can use systems thinking to bring matters of ultimate concern into the domain... Read More →
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Jennifer Wilby

Vice-President Administration, International Society for the System Sciences
Vice President Administration (2011-2016), Trustee and Vice President (2008/9) for the International Society for the Systems Sciences. | SIG Chair:    Critical Systems Thinking and Practice. | Jennifer Wilby is an emeritus senior researcher in management systems and sciences in The Business School, University of Hull. Jennifer's research interests include: developing systems resilience and flexibility in the management of complex systems... Read More →

Sunday August 2, 2015 09:00 - 17:00
Elk Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

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