Systems Thinking: Sensitizing for Systems Engineering - Experiences from Academic Teaching and Industry Workshops

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: GAUSEMEIER,Juergen; TSCHIRNER, Christian; VASSHOLZ, Mareen
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Heinz Nixdorf Institute, University of Paderborn, Germany
Section: Service and Systems Design
Page(s): 801-806
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


Today’s products are based on the close interaction of mechanics, electronics and software engineering. This is aptly expressed by the term mechatronics. The conceivable development of information and communication technology will enable advanced mechatronic systems that react autonomously and flexibly on changing environmental conditions. The design of such systems is a challenge – established design methodologies are not adequate to this task as they restrain systems thinking. Systems thinking is essential for the successful systems development. We developed a specification technique for the engineering of these systems in the conceptual design phase and tested its performance supporting systems thinking as well as its acceptance within several workshops for students and practitioners.

Keywords: Systems thinking, systems engineering, model-based systems engineering, academic teaching, industry workshops


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