Opening / Keynote: The future of systems engineering in the high-tech industry

Wouter Leibbrandt, Science and Operations Director, ESI (TNO)
09:00 - 10:00 hours
This presentation will be delivered in Dutch. If there's someone present who doesn't speak Dutch, the presenter will switch to English.

What is the similarity between high tech and cheese and why is this important for the development of systems engineering in the Netherlands?

The answer to this question is of great importance because the design and manufacture of highly complex high-tech systems The Netherlands occupies a leading position worldwide. Essential to this success is the presence in the industry of strong systems thinkers and systems engineers. This crucial role of systems engineering (SE) in the high-tech equipment industry has been long remained underexposed. In this presentation we discuss recent studies by, among others, TNO-ESI, SERC and Brainport Development in which the importance of this role is more prominent and also a number of characteristics emerge that SE in the Dutch industry distinguish it from SE practice in other domains and countries. It is striking that, despite this essential role, SE is hardly addressed in technical education in the Netherlands. That's how there is currently no SE specialization at Dutch universities or colleges. Why this is important will be explained, among other things, by examining the question of which one.

Work is now underway as part of the National Growth Fund program Next Generation High-Tech to put SE education in the Netherlands on a much stronger foundation. This collaboration between universities of applied sciences, technical universities, knowledge institutions and industry strives for a continuous and consistent learning path in SE, from MBO, via HBO and university level to training courses for industry professionals. The future success of the Dutch industry will be strong depend on sufficiently broad and well-trained systems engineers.

The adoption of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is another factor that will determine for the future success of the high-tech industry in the Netherlands. We present insights from a recent study by TNO-ESI together with leading industry parties into the applicability, potential and limitations of MBSE in the high-tech equipment industry. What expectations and needs are there, and where does the Dutch HT industry differ from industries where MBSE is already more is commonplace and what does this mean for MBSE methodologies?

About Wouter Leibbrandt

Wouter Leibbrandt

Wouter Leibbrandt is Science and Operations Director of ESI, an industry and academia sponsored research center part of TNO.

ESI focusses on the development of novel methodologies, often model-based, for design and engineering of increasingly complex high-tech (embedded) systems. It does so in strong partnership and close collaboration with leading high-tech equipment companies such as ASML, Philips, Thales, NXP, Canon PP, Thermo-Fisher and ITEC as well as with leading academic groups in the Netherlands and across Europe and the USA. Themes are: system architecting, digital twin, technical debt, big data in high-tech systems, impact of AI, (model-based) systems engineering and systems in context.
Before joining ESI in 2016 Wouter was with NXP Semiconductors for 10 years, where he managed the Advanced Applications Lab, investigating new application concepts around future advanced silicon products, driving secure connections for a smarter world.
Before joining NXP, he was with Philips Research labs for 14 years, managing a variety of projects and departments. From 2004 to 2006 he lived and worked in China, at the Philips Research labs in Shanghai.
He serves in steering and advisory boards to several academic departments and initiatives.
Wouter holds a PhD in physics from Utrecht University.

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