The conference programme will include invited talks by:

Lydia Kaiser
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lydia Kaiser is head of the department Digital Engineering 4.0 at the Technische Universität Berlin and Einstein Center Digital Future. Her research focusses on Systems Engineering. At Fraunhofer IEM (2012 – 2021), she collaborated with numerous companies in research and industrial projects within the leading-edge cluster it´s OWL.

Unleashing the Potential of Systems Engineering: From Theory to Practice


In an increasingly interconnected and digital world, organizations are facing ever greater challenges in the development and implementation of complex systems. Systems engineering offers an approach to address these challenges and develop innovative solutions. The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is dedicated to this topic and brings together actors to develop standards and spread guidelines and best practices. In Germany, the Advanced Systems Engineering (ASE) initiative is addressing the transition of value creation, defining the focus areas and assessing the status Quo in Germany.

One focus of the keynote is to examine the implementation of systems engineering in organizations. For that purpose, the INCOSE activities and the ASE initiative will be presented first. Based on the experiences in the leading-edge cluster it's OWL - Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe, recurring hurdles will be identified and best practices highlighted. Beyond that, the keynote addresses current trends and developments in systems engineering and discusses the role of artificial intelligence and agility for the future of systems engineering.

The keynote will provide the audience with a comprehensive overview of systems engineering and encourage discussion on how systems engineering can become reality in organizations.

Andreas Freese
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Andreas Freese, DB Systel

Enterprise IT in a large organisation is a challenge. Even more challenging if the “large organisation” is Deutsche Bahn AG in the middle of the digital revolution.


DB Systel, the digital partner of Deutsche Bahn, has been on the pioneering fast track for several years: transforming the entire organisation with over 6,000 employees into an adaptive network of self-organising teams. At the same time, IT has been migrated from traditional data centres to the public cloud, and development platforms and DevOps have established modern, scalable IT production. Last but not least, the company has focused on IT-OT convergence due to the intense digitalisation of operational technology (OT) everywhere and the strong growth in OT assets through extensive rollouts, for example through Digitale Schiene Deutschland.

State-of-the-art IT production systems and the regulated, highly rules-driven world of railway infrastructure and its supervisory and approval structures come together on this fast track. This raises a number of questions that today's processes and rules may not be able to fully answer — for example, questions about the use of artificial intelligence, cloud technologies and agile methods in software development for security and safety-critical systems. But we will certainly be able to answer these questions using the processes and rules of tomorrow. What will those be? I would like to take you part on this fast track in my keynote address.

Aryldo Russo
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Continuous research for Innovation


In several domains, the inertia that can be seen while taking the risk and trying new ideas is bigger than what we could wish for, and tis is stronger as the risk of harming people increases. As we can imagine, this is the case in the railway domain, where a failure might lead to a hazard that potentially can cause several deaths. Luckily, this fear, even if it can slow down the attempts to put in place new ideas, do not block totally the quest for innovation.

These ideas are not only disruptive technologies, like hyperloops, or fully autonomous vehicles, but rather new and better ways to do trivial tasks, or even moving some steps away from the problem to have a view outside the box.

In this keynote we will present a bit of the evolution in the railway domain in terms of new technologies that were implemented or that will be, but also in terms of simple measures that could lead to innovation in terms of energy savings and other cool stuff.