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The safety and well-being of all conference participants is our priority. IEEE has been monitoring the developing COVID-19 pandemic (Coronavirus).
The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to be a pandemic, many governments have enacted travel bans and numerous state and local governments are prohibiting large or even moderately-sized public gatherings. Such bans on travel and public gatherings are likely to increase in number and scope in the coming weeks.
After studying and evaluating the announcements, guidance, and news released by relevant national departments, we are sorry to announce that the in-person gathering of IEEE ISSE 2021, scheduled to be held September 13-15, 2021 in Vienna, Austria has been cancelled.
IEEE ISSE 2021 will now be held as a virtual conference, to be held September 13 – October 13, 2021.
We will be offering virtual presentations by all of our ISSE 2021 authors and plenary speakers. The papers of all approved authors will be sent to IEEE with intent to publish in the IEEE XPLORE Library, and the presentations of all who present virtually will be available on the conference website.
We believe that going to a virtual conference for this year will give our loyal authors and attendees the opportunity to still present your excellent work and have your work submitted to IEEE for publication in Xplore AND to deliver your paper to an audience via recorded video presentation, thereby offering a similar experience to actually having attended in person.
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Mark Your Calendars

Important Dates

June 25, 2021

Abstract (Industry papers)

June 25, 2021

Manuscript (Academic/ Research papers) Submittal

June 25, 2021

Special Session Proposals Deadline

August 10, 2021

Final Paper Submission

July 15, 2021

Acceptance Notification

Call for Papers

About the Symposium

This symposium seeks to create an interactive forum for the advancement of the practice of systems engineering across the multiple disciplines and specialty areas associated with the engineering of complex systems. The symposium will provide a venue for systems engineering practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators to exchange innovative concepts, ideas, applications and lessons learned addressing:

  • Applications-oriented topics on large-scale systems and systems-of-systems in topics
  • Systems engineering, education, standards, processes and methodologies for the system-of systems environment
  • Research opportunities and results relating to

Topics for IEEE ISSE 2021

  • System Architecture and Architectural Frameworks
  • Engineering Systems-of-Systems
  • Risk Management of Complex Systems Environment
  • Systems Reliability
  • Engineering Processes for Complex Systems – Includes Process
  • Improvement and Quality Management
  • Product Lifecycle Management Processes and Tools for System-of Systems (Includes Configuration Management)
  • (CM), Requirements management, Data Management Strategy
  • (CMS) and Integrated Logistics Support
  • Service Oriented Architectures
  • Cyber Security Issues and Approaches for Complex Systems
  • Enterprise Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Agile Development Methods of System-of-Systems
  • System-of-Systems
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Systems Verification and Validation
  • Systems Engineering Competency, Education and Training
  • Program/Project Management for Complex Systems
  • “Systems thinking” Benefits
  • Technology Transfer Between Academia and Industry
  • Societal and Political Impacts of Systems and Systems Design
  • Diagnostics, Prognostics, and Enterprise Health Management
  • Research in Systems Engineering
  • Software Systems Engineering
  • System-level design
  • HW/SW co-design
  • Virtual prototyping

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Isse Keynote
Alessandro Golkar

Associate Professor

Shedding Light On Agile System Development

Engineering teams around the world are experimenting new Agile approaches in their system development projects. In this keynote speech we will investigate the question on whether it is possible to effectively implement Agile frameworks, such as Scrum, in complex system developments including hardware, as opposed to (or complementary to) the well established systems engineering frameworks such as the systems engineering V-model.

Agile Scrum is a product development framework based around the idea of weekly sprints (iterations) and development of incrementally evolving Minimum Viable Products. Scrum is supposed to deliver products that are more adaptable to changing customer needs, and are developed faster compared to traditional development approaches.

Can the benefits of Scrum be transposed vis a vis to system development projects, including hardware? The short answer is – it depends, and not always. We will explore this question in depth, looking at the role of system development variables such as cost of iteration, time of iteration, and other key factors in the development.

This talk will provide a comprehensive overview of the research program that our team has been developing since 2018 on this topic, shedding light on the alleged benefits of Agile and providing for the first time a systematic investigation of its benefits when applied to complex engineering systems development.

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