11. October 2019
The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen, the Institute for Machine Elements and Systems Engineering (MSE) and the Chair of Software Engineering (SE) founded the Center for Systems Engineering (CSE) on RWTH Aachen Campus in collaboration with more than ten enterprises from a variety of industries – including automotive, wind and software – and their suppliers. The Center is under the scientific direction of Prof. Günther Schuh (WZL), Prof. Georg Jacobs (MSE) and Prof. Bernhard Rumpe (SE). The industry consortium researches the topic of model-based systems development in collaboration with this interdisciplinary team of scientists. The CSE will host the first ever Systems Engineering Congress in Aachen on November 12 and 13.

The Center for Systems Engineering in the Heavy Duty Drives Cluster combines processes, methods, tools and models in the area of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to develop and holistically test the required key technologies for tomorrow’s product development processes. The aim is to develop methods that will allow an agile and automated product development by connecting individual development steps and employed development tools in order to overcome the challenges of increasing interdisciplinarity in the development of cyber-physical products. Interested enterprises can get involved in consortial and bilateral research projects in the center and actively determine the research direction of the center.

The key for future innovation power and competitiveness of enterprises lies in the ability to master agile product development processes (PDP) for complex, increasingly digitally connected technical products. Digitalization and new production processes require the development of new tools that will allow increasingly faster PDP. “We will digitally map the functionality and usage potential of a product at every moment of its development and deployment. This will support decision-making in agile development processes and allow individually aligned operational strategies for digitalized products”, explains Prof. Jacobs with regards to the motivation of the center. This strategy will require a paradigm change for today’s PDP, in which the prevailing methodology of systems development based, on documents and geometry-based processes, is substituted with more performant and consistent processes. The MBSE offers the right prerequisites for this intention. The introduction of system models, based on functional parameters, creates a consistent development methodology, which offers complete transparency regarding the process status and any conflicts of objectives during the development process.

Prof. Bernhard Rumpe, Chair for Software Engineering, talks about the challenges of the Center for Systems Engineering: “The complexity of software in today’s systems is increasing significantly faster and requires a re-alignment of development processes. The time has come to combine the agile and model-based development processes from the IT with the design processes from mechanical engineering to pave the way for entirely new approaches for the development of innovative products, services and business models.”

Dr. Alexander Nyßen, Branch Manager at itemis AG, about the involvement of his company in the Center for Systems Engineering: “As a specialist for model-based development and software tools, our focus is mainly on the development of suitable methods and consistent tool chains – which matches the CSE’s objectives. Both of these topics are decisive success factors for our customers when establishing MBSE.”

The Center for Systems Engineering is also actively engaged in consortial benchmarking on the topic of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). The study is scheduled to be commencing by the end of November 2019 and was mainly defined by the CSE industry consortium. MBSE will also be the main topic of the inaugural Systems Engineering Congress on consistent model-based product development, which will be held in Aachen on November 12 and 13, 2019. Experts in this field will have an opportunity to exchange knowledge in industry-specific presentations, interactive workshops and community meetings for the implementation of conventional development processes, as well as on roles and data in the model-based approach. On this basis, they will be collaborating on the analysis of methods and tools for an agile, model-based systems development.


Find more information on the work of the Center for Systems Engineering at their website.

Caption: Member meeting of the Center for Systems Engineering

(l.t.r.) B. Menninger, MSE; A. Menges, WZL; Dr. H. Kesper, MAN Energy Solutions; A.-L. Berger, MSE; Stephan Wöhe, Schuh & Co; W. Schmidt, MSE; Inigo Op’t Roodt, ZF Wind Power; B. Jacobs, ZF Wind Power; Dr. J. Berroth, MSE; T. Pütz, Vaillant GmbH; Dr. M. Riesener, WZL; C. Muggeo, Contact Software; D. Schmalzing, SE; M. Dalibor, SE; Dr. A. Nyßen, itemis AG; Dr. W. Koch, Schaeffler AG, G. Höpfner, MSE; J. Sprehe, MSE; C. Dittmann, MSE; N. Kessler, WZL

Copright: MSE/CSE

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Center for Systems Engineering

Dr.-Ing. Michael Riesener

Center Director

E-mail: michael.riesener@cse.rwth-campus.com


Center for Systems Engineering

Dr.-Ing. Joerg Berroth

Center Director

E-mail: joerg.berroth@cse.rwth-campus.com