Giant Leaps With Systems Engineering


The Program Committee for the 13th Annual INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conference (GLRC13) is pleased to announce the Call for Submissions to this year’s conference. In recognition and celebration of with the 50th Anniversary (1969-2019) of the Apollo Moon Mission, the theme for the 2019 GLRC is Giant Leaps With Systems Engineering.

IMPORTANT Note to Submitters:
The Call for Submissions is CLOSING soon. The deadline for initiating a submission was June 23, 2019. The target date for completing Late and Partial Submissions is June 30, 2019.  

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NOTE: All SE Related Topics Are Welcome! 
Given the connection of the theme to the Apollo anniversary we would like emphasize that submissions related to any and all topics having to do with Systems Engineering are welcome. However, creative connections to the conference theme are a plus! For example, a medical and healthcare track called "Healthcare in Space (and on Earth)" is planned. 


The planned schedule for the GLRC Program is as follows:
    - Core Program (technical presentations): Wed. and Thurs. Oct. 23-24, 2019
    - Tutorials and Workshops: Tues. and Fri. Oct. 22 and 25, 2019
    - SE Professional Development Day Track: Thurs. Oct. 24, 2019
    - INCOSE SEP Exam: Friday Oct. 25, 2019

Systems Engineering (SE) is a relatively new engineering profession. Half a century ago, the Apollo program pioneered the way for many of the practices with think of as systems engineering today. However, we live in evolving times with ever increasing access to knowledge and data. New and emerging technologies are expanding and enhancing engineering and scientific capabilities.  Many challenges exist in security, increasing speed to market, increasing reliability, better safety, greater sensitivity to environmental needs, and optimizing system costs. A wide range of industries  have these challenges from aerospace, to manufacturing, to healthcare and are at various stages of utilizing a systems approach.

The GLRC Program Committee invites participants to submit proposals for: 

Presentations (Individual presentations 40 min long including a 5 min Q&A)
Proposals for presentations are sought that will help improve systems engineering discipline or practice. Presentations may have accompanying papers which will be published as part of the conference proceedings.
Panel discussions (Moderated discussion with 2 to 4 panel members 1 hour long)
Proposals for panel discussions are sought on significant or controversial subjects in systems engineering, about which different points of view are held. Proposals for panel discussions should nominate knowledgeable, eloquent, polite members who can forcefully and succinctly advocate different positions on the panel topic.
Tutorials (hands on/didactic sessions can range from half to full day session)
Proposals for tutorials (half- or full-day) are sought that will teach systems engineering skills, tools, techniques, and knowledge. Proposals for tutorials should specify what will be gained by those attending.


This year's GLRC will feature keynote presentations from SE thought leaders, papers from SE practitioners and academia, panels on important SE topics, and world-class tutorials from SE experts.  Those delivering content will cover a breadth of information around key decisions or 'cross-roads' that are common in multiple product domains and applications.

The 2019 GLRC will also offer an INCOSE SE Professional Development Day (SE-PDD) Track. This will be a virtual extension of the conference, with featured sessions broadcast to various satellite sites. This is the 4th year  Over the past year over 100s people beyond the on-site conference attendees participated in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Development Day (SE PDD).  INCOSE Past President David Long was a key note speaker and topics spanned from SE fundamentals, risk management, systems of systems, MBSE, to the work of INCOSE on an ISO Standards initiative.  The INCOSE (Systems Engineering Professional) SEP Knowledge Exam will be administered at the conference for those seeking certification. Proposal submittals are also invited to participate in the INCOSE GLRC Systems Engineering Professional Development Day (SE-PDD) track as the technical program is formed.


8 April 2019 Call for Submissions Opens (Presentations, Panels, Tutorials) 
NOTE: GLRC is seeking Presentations NOT papers! However, all conference material is peer-reviewed.
23 June 2019
(Late and Partial submissions - See Note 2 at right)
Call for Submissions Deadline to Initiate an Abstract in EasyChair 
Note 1: EasyChair allows you to initiate your Abstract, log out, and then log back in later to update, edit, and finalize. Note 2: The target date to complete late and partial submissions is Sunday June 30, 2019.  
5 August 2019 Notification of Acceptance
31 August 2019 Deadline for Initial DRAFT Presentations to EasyChair
16 September 2019 Feedback on Initial DRAFT Presentations
29 September 2019 Deadline for Final Presentation Submissions to EasyChair
23-24 October 2019 Core Conference Dates (Keynotes, Session Tracks, Panels)
24 October 2019 GLRC Interactive SE-PDD Livestream to Satellite Sites (8 CEUs)
22 and 25 October 2019 GLRC Workshops, Tutorials, Tours, Special Events, etc.


This is provided for generating submission ideas, and is not an exhaustive list. The abstracts submitted preferably should in some way relate to (directly or indirectly) "Giant Leaps With Systems Engineering" (significant accomplishments or insights gained) through Systems Engineering in your product domains and applications of Systems Engineering.

Strategy, methods, processes, or tactical deployment of Systems Engineering topics are requested with examples of how those problems were solved within aerospace, agriculture, automotive, biomedical & healthcare, defense, education, energy, government, information, infrastructure, safety & security, space, or transportation domains.

    ● Online and on-site challenges in teaching
        ○ Teaching students specializing in systems engineering, in other areas of engineering including engineering management, and those not specializing in engineering, e.g. project management or business
        ○ Teaching students with no work experience or continuing education of students with considerable experience either in systems integration or as suppliers to systems integrators. 
        ○ Effective methods, e.g. regular lecture, flipped classroom, class projects
        ○ Effective materials, e.g. model-based systems engineering software, case studies and readings, appropriate topics (risk analysis, systems dynamics, etc)
    ● Strategy
        ○ Promotion of Systems Engineering Benefits to C-suite
        ○ Digital Engineering
        ○ Systems Engineering and Industry 4.0 / Industrial Revolution 3
        ○ Formation of an Ongoing Collaboration on Digital Engineering
        ○ Political influences on engineered product development
    ● Methods
        ○ Systems Engineering and Systems Science (foundational principles)
        ○ Lean systems engineering
        ○ Agile approaches
    ● Processes
        ○ Requirements capture & management
        ○ Risk capture & technical impact
        ○ Systems optimization
        ○ Design (& peer) Reviews
        ○ Decision analysis
    ● Tactical
        ○ Middleware / systems integration of enabling software for SE
        ○ Integration of Systems (especially between open and closed systems)
        ○ Model based systems engineering (MBSE)
    ● Collaboration / Organization
        ○ Collaboration across professional organizations
        ○ Emerging standards – ISO
        ○ Systems Engineering and Organizational Change Management / Organizational Design



All proposals will be submitted through EasyChair, and must include:

Abstract, which clearly and concisely describes the subject
Presenter's or instructor’s name, affiliation, contact information, and brief biography
Whether a white paper (optional) is to accompany the presentation will be submitted for inclusion in conference proceedings (NOTE: Draft white papers are welcome, but not required, at the time of proposal)
Additional presenters or instructors, if any
For panels: why the topic is relevant; nominations for panel participants, summary of position statements
For tutorials and workshops: Benefit for tutorial/workshop attendees; top-level learning objectives; outline; proposed duration (half- or full-day)

Abstracts have no word limit, but should be a concise paragraph, summarizing the proposed presentation/tutorial/discussion clearly and convincingly to entice conference participants to attend and provide enough detail for evaluation.

Presenters must obtain all necessary authorizations and clearances from their organization(s), prior to the start of the conference.
Presentations shall be unclassified and cleared for release to the public.
At least one presenters/instructors and the panel chair and all panelists must register for the conference and pay the applicable registration fee.
Presenters grant INCOSE the right to record, publish, and distribute their presentations, including audio, video, and slide-show content, unless expressly denied in writing.
Download the GLRC13 IP release form (available soon)

For questions and comments, please contact:
GLRC13 Technical Program Submissions Contact
Kevin Devaney