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Fundamentals of engineering - 2022

Architecture and System-Of-Systems-Engineering (SOSE)


This course teaches concepts, methods and tools necessary for managing the architecture and engineering of systems-of-systems.

  • This course adopts a multidisciplinary approach and integrates issues in social and law sciences, in order to offer a coherent and systemic approach.


The course lasts 4 days, i.e. 24 hours.


The goal is to complete the various courses dedicated to systems engineering within the EUROSAE course list by focusing specifically on systems-of-systems.

Indeed, the bank industry as well as health, transportation, defence, space, aeronautical systems have seen the development of more and more complex systems these last decades. The increasing maturity of information and communication technologies allows the networking of systems and the emergence of new services through the coupling of the systems’ functionalities. It is necessary to manage the increasing resulting complexity in order to take advantage of these integration modes. This course is a multidisciplinary  consideration of that notion that is at the core of many domains today. After giving the main definitions and discussing illustrations in several application domains, it yields the keys in order to understand when one faces a system-of-systems and how one can manage its complexity.

This course aims at giving the basics for architecting and engineering a system-of-systems (SoS). It concentrates on the key issues and illustrates them on a case study dedicated to emergency situation management.


Level: Specialization

The attendees know the basics of systems engineering and have some practical knowledge. The key notions of systems engineering are assumed known and mastered.


Dominique LUZEAUX:

Dr. Hab., Ministry of Defence, Major General, Armament Corps, former Chairman of AFIS (French chapter of INCOSE).



The topics taught are:

  • Definition and characteristics of systems-of-systems
    • SoS and history, overview of the main definitions
    • Definition of systems-of-systems
    • Illustration in various domains
  • SE methods applied to SoS
    • Introduction to architecture frameworks (this course is not a substitute for the course dedicated to NAF)
    • Service oriented architecture
    • Service management
  • Standards applied to SoS
    • Standards for engineering processes, and their evolution in order to take SoS specificities into account
    • Product oriented standards, more specifically dedicated to interoperability
  • Organization and human factors adapted to SoS
    • Organizational and cultural issues
    • Organization networks and organizational interoperability
    • Common Operational Picture; collective representation
    • Human factors and systems engineering
  • Introduction to complex systems
    • What is complexity (non-linearity...)?
    • Impacts of complexity on concepts and methods of systems engineering
  • Formal models adapted to SoS
    • Automata, graphs and networks
    • Modal logics
    • Emergence of patterns and behaviours
  • Simulation-based acquisition (SBA)
    • Models and distributed simulations, Battle-labs
    • Model-driven engineering
  • Law aspects
    • Rules adapted to the diversity of delivered products and services (hardware, software, service…) and their integration
    • Various legal entities: private and public firms
    • Customer/contractor/supplier/manufacturer/distributor
    • Protection of personal data
    • Basic principles for intellectual and hardware property

The attendees learn the concepts and methods by applying them on a case study elaborated by the course teachers.

  • Application to emergency situation management
    • Elicitation of needs and expected capabilities
    • Elaboration of the reference operational scenario
    • Model of the SoS architecture (service oriented architecture)
    • Elaboration and management of the interoperability reference
    • Incremental capability development


Scheduled in French:

PARIS: 7 to 10 November 2022


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€2,020 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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