List of Speakers and Links to their Websites

Monday - The Systems Landscape from Multiple Perspectives

  • Dr David Rousseau, current President of the ISSS,  a Visiting Fellow in the Centre of Systems Studies in the University of Hull, and Scientific Council Member of the Bertalanffy Centre for the Study of Systems Science, and Chair of the ISSS’s SIGs on ‘Systems Philosophy’ and on ‘Research towards General Theories of Systems’.  David will outline a vision for, and discuss progress towards, collaboration and integration across the fields of general systems science, complexity science, specialised systems disciplines and systems engineering.  He will argue that such convergence is essential if we are to effectively meet the social challenges resulting from political and ecological instability and the emergence of the fourth industrial revolution.        
  • Garry Roedler, current President of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and Fellow and Engineering Outreach Program Manager at Lockheed Martin.  Garry will discuss the systems science needs for supporting systems engineering of the future, which will have to incorporate new technology advances that are driving systems into a more dynamic, non-deterministic, stochastic and evolutionary environment.
  • Peter Roolf and Prof. Wayne Wakeland.   Wayne is current Director of the longest-running Systems Science PhD Programme in the history of the systems sciences.  This programme has been ongoing for nearly five decades at Portland State University.  Pete is a current PhD student in this programme.  The presentation will review the achievements and scope of the PDU programme, and present views on the trends, future challenges and opportunities for systems science in academia.  

Tuesday - Systems Principles in Engineering and Practice

  • Dr. Michael Watson is in the NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) System Engineering Management Office, and leads the NASA Systems Engineering Research Consortium.  He is also Co-Chair of the Complex Systems Working Group of INCOSE.  Mike will discuss the need for elegance in systems design and systems engineering, and present an overview of the principles for elegant systems engineering developed by the NASA Consortium.
  • Prof. Charles Keating is a Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering in Old Dominion University and Director for the National Centers for System of Systems Engineering.  He will be presenting a governance framework for complex system acquisition.  This framework is informed by an analysis of systems principles and laws and identification of the systems pathologies that arise in systems and in systems of systems when such principles and laws are ignored or opposed.
  • Dr Javier Calvo-Amodio is Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, Director of the Change and Reliable Systems Engineering and Management (CaRSEM) research lab at OSU, and Chair of the ISSS SIG on Systems Modelling and Systems Engineering.  He will give a presentation discussing results and potentials from his research into how systems principles can be used to support  the development of team culture in the context of rapid technological change.           
  • William D. (Bill) Schindel is President of ICTT System Sciences, President of the INCOSE Crossroads of America Chapter, Chair of the INCOSE Patterns Working Group, and a an active member of the ASME Model VVUQ Standards Committee working on guidelines and standards for establishing the credibility of models.  He will be presenting an argument that the specialised engineering disciplines all depend on an underlying systems phenomenon, which is already captured in science by the implications of Hamilton’s Principle and Noether’s Theorem.  The systems phenomenon thus described can provide a theoretical foundation for systems engineering that would be impactful on a par with how other engineering disciplines are empowered by specialised scientific foundations.   

Wednesday - Systems Principles in Society and Culture

  • Tom McDermott, Deputy Director and Director of Research at Georgia Tech Research Institute.  Tom supervises all laboratory operations and business development for GTRI’s $131 million research program.  He’ll be giving a presentation about how principles from the aesthetic interpretation of art can improve the systems thinking skills of systems architects.
  • Dr John Vodonick, Director of Two Ravens Consulting and Chair of the ISSS SIG on “Systemic Ethics”.  He holds doctorates in Organisational Systems and in Law, a Masters in Ethics and Social Theory, and a BA in Business Administration and Management.  John will discuss the relevance of systems principles in ethics, drawing on cases from his own research and practice.
  • Prof. Debora Hammond is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies in Sonoma State University, Berkeley, Program Director of the Hutchins School’s MA in Organization Development., and a Past President of the ISSS.  She will discuss problematic large-scale trends in current society, and outline systems principles evident in cultural change and social transformation.  She will discuss how understanding of such principles can help us work towards a more equitable society.  

Thursday - Systems Principles in the Sciences

  • Prof. Martin Zwick, past Director of the Systems Science PhD Program at Portland State University.  Martin will present an overview of Reconstructability Analysis, a technique for analysing the relationship between an overall system (the whole) and potential subsystems (the parts) in order to find a simplified model of the overall system, and discuss emerging applications such as managing the stability of self-organized teams.
  • Dr. Linda Holbeche  is Co-Director of the Holbeche Partnership, Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, a Visiting Professor at City University's Cass Business School, at the University of Derby, and at London Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law where she is Co-Director of the Centre for Progressive Leadership.  She will give a presentation about systems principles for the design of organizations that are both agile and resilient.
  • Dr Rika Preiser is a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at the University of Stellanbosch, South Africa. Her research explores conceptual development of complexity and how the study of the features and dynamics of Complex Adaptive Systems inform novel ways for thinking and anticipating more equitable social-ecological transformation processes toward resilient Anthropocene futures. In her presentation Rika will provide a topology of organizing principles that informs the classification of the features, mechanisms and behaviors of complex adaptive systems, and discuss how these principles hold important conceptual and practical implications for the appropriate application of systems thinking and practices to real-world problems.
  • Prof. Peter Niewiarowski is a researcher at the University of Akron Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center, where his principal research is focused on the ability of geckos to adhere to surfaces of different types and orientations. His presentation will focus on contemporary ways in which the study of living systems inspire solutions to problems in the human built environment (Biomimicry/Biomimetics/Bioinspired Design: BBBD for short). Although such work has an ancient lineage it is still nascent as a formally recognized field. Disagreement, debate, negotiation, and dissonance among those engaged in BBBD arise for many reasons, reflecting different conduct and perspectives of the contributing disciplines. Peter will explore some features of disciplinary intersections in BBBD, especially where the understanding of participants might differ with respect to assumptions and definitions regarding concepts such as function, mechanism, control, and system.

Friday - The Future of Systemology

The morning will be devoted to integrating the inputs from the plenaries, SIG presentations and special workshops into a vision and action plan for systems research.  This will be an interactive session involving audience participation and on-stage facilitators.  This activity will include the definition of a Research Agenda, the formation of collaborative inter- and cross-disciplinary teams for developing detailed project proposals, funding applications, and undertaking research, and planning for ongoing meetings, workshops and dissemination events to facilitate and communicate the work of these teams.