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National Symposium - The Need for System Integration Capability




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Organised by the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, City, University of London and the Institution of Engineering Designers.

The objectives of this seminar is to explore the current situation within the UK in the education and industrial experiences of Engineers, Product Designers and Computer Scientists in taking a systems approach to disciplinary integration. We wish to identify potential shortfalls and examine potential changes required in curricula and initial training to meet higher demands for system integration.

For over 150 years, engineering has been sub-divided into discipline groups by industry and area of expertise. Most larger projects today involve a number of those historic disciplines and are regarded as multi-disciplinary. Often, few have the breadth of understanding to ensure the integration necessary for a complex project to be a success. This can be a particular challenge where newer digital systems are being introduced into existing product fields. This system approach may require the individual historic disciplines to make compromises for the benefit of the whole design. The relevant expertise and understanding gained during design project work, both in academic courses and early training and experience, needs to be focussed to encourage understanding by novice engineers and those from related design disciplines.

Draft Programme

09:30Introduction and Opening Remarks
Session One: Gaps in current position and the need for change
10:00Dr Claudia Eckert, The Open University
10:15Dr. Benjamin W. Watson, Innovation Leader, Corporate Research & Development, 3M 
10:30Prof Jennifer Whyte, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College, Laing O'Rourke/RAEng Chair in Systems Integration 
10:45Refreshment break
11:00Discussion & Debate
Session Two: The Way Forward – New teaching and initial training proposals
13:30Prof Peter Childs FREng, Dyson Design School of Design Engineering, Imperial College
13:45Dr Stuart Burge, Director, Burge Hughes Walsh Limited
14:00Discussion & Debate
15:30Conclusions – Proposals for Change
16:00Close of event

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When and where

9.00am - 4.00pmWednesday 8th January 2020

ELG15 Drysdale Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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