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Architecting 21st century systems: open systems on a closed planet

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4 February 2015

IET Special Interest Group for Electronics, Control & Informatics

IET Teacher Building, Glasgow G1 4DB

Date and Time TBC

Twenty first century systems are complex, dynamic and interconnected, offering great opportunities and benefits, but also great risks of unintended consequences and cascading failure. Systems architecting, once an arcane practice of the defence, aerospace and IT sectors, has now entered the mainstream and is key to exploiting the opportunities and containing the risks of 21st century systems.

About the Event

Please join defence expert and author Hillary Silitto along with CENSIS’ Technical Director Derek Liddle, for a lively presentation and conversation on how systems engineering has evolved – from the ancient Pyramids all the way through to the current ‘third age’ of systems engineering.

Beginning with a short history of systems engineering, Hillary’s talk will move on to look at how the various parts of these 21st century systems – when connected and placed in their operating environment – fit together, work together, achieve the required effect, do not produce unacceptable side effects, and can be kept operational over time and reconfigured to meet ‘reasonable unforeseen’ circumstances.

For the second part of the event, Derek Liddle, Technical Director of CENSIS, will join Hillary for a conversation with audience participation to discuss how architecting principles and skills might best and most usefully be introduced into the sensor and imaging system community, particularly to benefit the high-profile system-of-systems projects, and into the Scottish high tech scene more generally.

Please stay on after the lecture for informal networking and to continue the discussion.

Further Information & Registration

This event is part of an ongoing series of talks and lectures organised by the IET’s Special Interest Group on Electronics, Control and Informatics. You do not have to be a member of the IET to attend; the talk is free and open to anyone interested in discovering more about modern systems engineering.

If you are interested in attending, please complete our enquiry form.