Conference Program

Tuesday, October 13

Welcome to conference!

10:00 am – 10:15 am (US EDT)

Steven Eppinger

DSM Tutorial

Tyson Browning

The DSM tutorial will provide an introduction to DSM and examples of mainstream applications to product, organization, and process architectures.  It also includes a basic introduction to DMM and MDM.  It’s primarily for those new to DSM methods and applications, but it also provides a helpful reorientation for those who have used DSM methods more specifically or sporadically.  The main objective is to prepare people to appreciate the presentations they will see through the remainder of the conference.

Dr. Tyson R. Browning (Ph.D., M.I.T.) is a full Professor of Operations Management in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, where he conducts research on managing complex system development projects (integrating managerial and engineering perspectives) and teaches in the MBA program.  Previously, Tyson worked for Lockheed Martin, the Lean Aerospace Initiative, Honeywell Space Systems, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.   He co-authored the book Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications.

Solution Space Engineering – a Framework for Quantitative Systems Design

Markus Zimmermann

Top-down development following the V-model of systems engineering can help to deal effectively with complexity and uncertainty in systems design. Often in industrial practice, however, it does not support concrete decisions, quantitative requirement decomposition and design measures. This talk presents a simple but effective framework for systems engineers to connect the V-model theory with quantitative design methods, thus enabling a structured process for the systematic distributed design of multi-disciplinary systems subject to uncertainty. The framework includes three distinct steps: first, the system structure is modelled by arranging all dependencies between relevant properties in a polyhierarchy without loops.  Second, quantitative bottom-up mappings between properties are established by physical or mathematical models. Third, quantitative top-down mappings are used to compute regions of permissible designs, so-called solution spaces, that are used as requirements. They encompass variability related to epistemic uncertainty and are maximized for the integration of requirements from different disciplines. Several examples with application to concept and product family design are shown to demonstrate the general applicability and the effectiveness of the approach.

Markus Zimmermann‘s (*1976) research is concerned with the design and optimization of complex technical systems, in particular with a focus on structural mechanics and mechatronics. He develops methods and optimization techniques that are applied, e.g., in interdisciplinary automotive vehicle development. Markus Zimmermann received his PhD from MIT in Cambridge, U.S., in mechanical engineering in 2005. He is also a graduate of the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, U.S. (Master). For his research, he spent one year at the École Polytechnique in France. Before he was appointed university professor at TUM as Head of the Laboratory for Product Development and Lightweight Design in November 2017, he spent 12 years at BMW in the departments for vehicle body development, vehicle safety and vehicle dynamics. At BMW, he was responsible for projects to develop and implement new methods for multidisciplinary design with particular focus on uncertainty and complexity.

Keynote Session

Ricardo Vargas

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Passionate about transforming ideas into action, Ricardo Vargas is a chief advocate in the project economy. Specializing in implementing innovative global initiatives, capital projects and product development, Ricardo has directed dozens of projects across industries and continents, managing more than $20 billion in global initiatives over the past 25 years. Ricardo shares his expertise with millions of professionals around the globe through his “5 Minutes Podcast,” which he’s hosted since 2007. He has written 15 books on project management, risk and crisis management, and transformation, which have been translated into six languages and sold more than half a million copies. His influence on the sector was affirmed when he became the first Latin American to be elected Chairman of the Project Management Institute. Ricardo directs the Brightline Initiative, a Project Management Institute think tank bringing together leading organizations into a coalition dedicated to helping executives bridge the expensive, unproductive gap between strategic design and delivery. Prior to his work with Brightline, Ricardo was Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Infrastructure and Project Management Group, leading more than 1,000 projects and $1.2 billion in humanitarian and development projects. Ricardo holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Federal Fluminense University in Brazil and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

Industry Session

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm (US EDT)

Session Chair: Mike Stowe

Systems Engineering at SAIC

Michael Vinarcik

DSM Symbiotic Tool Presentations


Frank Waldman, Sean Barow


Mark Irving, Elke Scheurmann


Martin Strattner

Wednesday, October 14

Welcome Session

10:00 am – 10:15 am (US EDT)

Session Chair: Steven Eppinger

Process Architecture

10:15 am – 11:15 am (US EDT)

Session Chair: Tyson Browning

Structuring a Product Design Process for Optimizing the Scale of Derivative Development

Komano, Yuichi; Oizumi, Kazuya; Katsu, Fuyuku; Hattori, Yasushi; Miyoshi, Hiroyasu; Aoyama, Kazuhiro

A Role-Activity-Product Model to Simulate Distributed Design Processes

Wöhr, Ferdinand; Königs, Simon; Ring, Philipp; Zimmermann, Markus

Optimizing Distributed Design Processes for Flexibility and Cost

Daub, Marco; Wöhr, Ferdinand; Zimmermann, Markus

Using DSMs for the Visualization and Analysis of Decision Models in Business Processes

Campagna, Dario; Kavka, Carlos; Nicastro, Sara; Poloni, Carlo; Turco, Alessandro

Product Architecture

11:45 am – 12:45 pm (US EDT)

Session Chair: Steven Eppinger

Towards A Module-based Product Platform For Ship Locks Using DSM Methods

Knippenberg, S.C.M.; Etman, L.F.P.; Rooda, J.E.; Wilschut, T.; Vogel, J.A.

Sequencing of Information in Modular Model-based Systems Design

Rötzer, Sebastian; Rostan, Nicky; Steger, Hans Christian; Vogel-Heuser, Birgit; Zimmermann, Markus

Concurrent Modeling Of Positive And Negative Dependencies In The Design Structure Matrix Using Complex Numbers

Chouinard, Ugo; Law-Kam Cio, Yann-Seing; Vadean, Aurelian; Achiche, Sofiane

A Simulation-Based Decision Support Method For Modular Product Architecture Alternatives

Seiler, Florian Michael; Kuhl, Juliane; Krause, Dieter

Scientific Poster Presentations

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm (US EDT)

A Matrix-Based Blueprint for System Architecture Design – A Case Study with an Industrial Partner

Lender, Benjamin Nils Johannes; Trauer, Jakob; Schweigert-Recksiek, Sebastian; Spreitzer, Karsten; Chmielewski, Nils; Zimmermann, Markus

Analysis of Systems Structural Relationships Through a DSM-Based Approach

Menshenin, Yaroslav; Brovar, Yana; Crawley, Edward; Fortin, Clement

A Digital Twin for Risk Modeling and Decision-Support in a Smart Energy Grid

Johansson, Mats; Eklund, Patrik

Using Dependency and Structure Modeling (DSM) for Temporal Decision Making in Set-Based Design (SBD)

Rapp, Stephen Horton; Witus, Gary

A Design Structure Matrix Based Method for Organizing Components in Software Systems

Shahadat Hossain, Sharmin Islam

Thursday, October 15

Project Management

10:00 am – 11:00 am (US EDT)

Session Chair: Franck Marle

DSM-based Knowledge Transfer Modeling Between Projects for Multi-project Clustering Analysis

Bi, YingXin; Yang, Qing; Chang, MingXing

Matrix-Based Landscapes for Communication between Market and Product Perspective

Riesener, Michael; Dölle, Christian; Lender, Benjamin Nils Johannes; Schuh, Günther

A Networked Approach for Assessing Risks to the Electric Grid

O’Connor, Patrick; Gest, Johnny; Dister, Carl; Browning, Tyson

Organizational Architecture

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (US EDT)

Session Chair: Nitin Joglekar

Modeling Agile Organization Under Scrum Approach and Coordination

Benkhider, Naima; Kherbachi, Sonia

Enhancing Visibility in Agile Program Increment DSMs

Bajpai, Siddharth; Joglekar, Nitin; Eppinger, Steven

Model Based Early-Stage Assessment for Modular New Product Development

Küchenhof, Jan; Seiler, Florian; Krause, Dieter

Descriptive Design Structure Matrices for Modelling Infrastructure Interdependencies in Community Recovery

Qureshi, Rameez; Ford, David N.; Wolf, Charles M.

Integration Architectures

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm (US EDT)

Session Chair: Fabiano Armellini

Applying the IFM Framework and FIDD Method on Industrial Production Systems

Krüger, Merlin Frederik; Zorn, Stefan; Wichmann, Robert Lawrence; Gericke, Kilian

Graph-Based Collaboration Analysis of an Agile Medical Engineering Project with Structural Metrics

Schweigert-Recksiek, Sebastian; Idrissov, Agzam; Bharadwaj, Tilak; Lindemann, Udo

Characterizing Systems Of Systems Change And Failure Via Network-based Metrics

Fakhfakh, Sarra; Hein, Andreas Makoto; Chazal, Yann; Jankovic, Marija

Closing Session

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm (US EDT)

Session Chair: Steven Eppinger