Working Groups

The Australian Systems Engineering Workshop (ASEW) is the annual working meeting of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia.  The ASEW provides opportunities for practitioners, researchers, managers and others interested the field Systems Engineering to network, develop practice, and communicate issues and ideas.


INCOSE System – Software Interface Working Group

At IS 2017 the INCOSE WG SE Systems-Software Interface Working Group (SaSIWG) had their first meetings and a draft charter has been created. INCOSE identified a need to understand better the interface between systems and software. The purpose of this working group is:   

To understand, clarify, and work to resolve issues with systems-software interfaces that challenge our ability to engineer today’s and tomorrow’s systems. 
These interfaces include physical, logical, data, and human aspects

To close the gap between systems and software bodies of knowledge as systems evolve into using more software and software evolves into needing and using systems engineering

The chair of this working group is Sarah Sheard from the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Please contact her at [email protected] if you would like to receive further information or join the group. This meeting will be conference call enabled while meeting in Brisbane.


Telecommunications Systems Engineering: Software-Defined Network Case Study

Facilitator: John Risson
Abstract: Modern communications networks are becoming more adaptable and cost-effective, with richer analytics to improve their operation. This Telstra case study describes the delivery of a national, production software-defined network. It describes existing and planned systems engineering processes for continuous delivery, with attention to model-based systems engineering, lifecycle management, requirements management and systems engineering competencies. The workshop will provide a forum for participants to identify common needs, to plan stronger ties between the telecommunications industry and the International Council on Systems Engineering.

Format: 20 minute case study; 10 mins Q&A; 15 mins working groups; 15 mins report back with action plan (1 hour in total).


Systems Summit on Critical Problem Definitions

Facilitator: Roger McCowan [email protected]

Abstract: Structured as a collaborative exchange, rather than SME presentations, two breakout groups will investigate two selected unresolved issues of pressing interest – with the intent of understanding the problem space requirements sufficiently to drive post-Summit solution/project work.

Participants will share their perceptions of impediments to recognition of the issues, outline requirements for mutually compelling solutions, and perhaps plan follow-on project work.

The intent is to develop a multi-perspective understanding of the problem space, identifying the fundamental requirements that broadly embraceable solutions must address – not just in technical requirements, but importantly in social and organizational requirements. What impedes the realization of the problem and the commitment to attention and solution – and what requirements will overcome those impediments.

Two topics have been selected for parallel breakouts:

  1. What impedes and enables “capability” appreciation and development during business or mission needs analysis?
  2. What prevents and promotes broad appreciation and respect for systems engineering?

These two topics supplement a further two which were investigated during the recent IS2017, being:

  1. What blocks and enables integrating project management and systems engineering?
  2. What are the organizational challenges and opportunities for transforming to a systems engineering culture?

At the end of the workshop, participants should have an embraceable problem understanding that illuminates a compelling solution-requirements path to entice solution investigation.

The proposed process is to:

  • Articulate a bounded unresolved problem concisely.
  • Identify multi-perspective organizational and cultural impediments to recognising the problem as one in need of attention and solution.
  • Concisely articulate a broadly embraceable value proposition for solving the problem.
  • Converge on broadly acceptable requirements for an embraceable solution.
  • If appropriate, roadmap for subsequent solution collaborative action.


Systems Engineering and Modelling & Simulation

Content Overview/Abstract

This session will focus on the application of Systems Engineering to the Modelling & Simulation domain, comprising an initial presentation followed by an open-forum discussion.

The presentation scope will cover the following aspects:

  • Establish a baseline understanding of Modelling & Simulation in terms of definitions and applications;
  • Consider the refinement of Systems Engineering processes across the capability life-cycle, when applied to Modelling & Simulation; and
  • Provide an overview of Simulation Australasia, the peak association for the simulation community in the Australasian region.

An open discussion forum will follow, allowing for questions, clarification, discussion and towards identifying potential future initiatives related to the better understanding and integrating the application of Systems Engineering and Modelling & Simulation.

For further information, please contact Jawahar Bhalla [email protected]


Healthcare Working Group – Systems Engineering applications in medical devices

This workshop aims to answer the question “What is the role of Systems Engineering in medical device development?”

Systems Engineering can sometimes be relegated to the role of managing requirements in the medical device development process. This is because managing requirements in any medical regulatory environment is mandatory and requirements engineering is seen to be part of the Systems Engineering process. However, the full benefit of the Systems Engineering approach is not realised.

Companies where product development is incremental, based on a core technology, can still succeed. However, in today’s modern clinical environment where multiple complex technologies need to work together the need for a Systems approach is more important than ever.

The workshop shall be structured as a collaborative exchange between workers in the industry with a short presentation upfront to frame the question. The Australian situation also has its challenges with a relatively small medical device industry and limited opportunity for cross fertilisation between engineers and scientists who work in the systems role.

Ancillary questions

What challenges would have more easily been overcome if a systems engineering approach had been taken?

Model Based Systems Engineering is maturing and what does it offer to medical device development?

For further information, please contact Edmund Kienast [email protected]


Decision Analysis and the Lifecycle

‘All systems engineering activities should be conducted in the context of good decision-making. If a systems engineering activity cannot point to at least one of the many decisions embedded in a system’s lifecycle, one must wonder why the activity is being conducted at all.’ –Trade-Off Analytics, edited by Gregory Parnell, Wiley, 2017.

This session presents some significant insights from the INCOSE Decision Analysis Workshop captured in the reference above.

A tutorial session will explore how Australian Systems Engineers approach decision analysis in the lifecycle, starting with the conceptual and synthesis phases of system development. We will seek experiences from practitioners and suggestions from academics on current practice and research.

A workshop session will be used to get a better understanding of selected techniques for decision analysis.