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The vision of the Center for Systems Engineering entails the development and validation of necessary key technologies for tomorrow’s product development process (PDP).

The interlinking of individual development steps and implemented tools allows a highly iterative, agile and in part automated product development.

A company’s competitiveness and innovation capabilities will in future depend more than ever before on its ability to master the increasing complexity of products embedded in growing digital networks. Current methods used in the product development of technical systems do not offer the necessary agility to adequately fulfill these requirements.  That is why CSE aims to develop a new, highly efficient, digital and seamless product development process (PDP). Current PDP requires a paradigm change, which replaces the currently predominantly document-based product development with visionary, highly performant processes and methods found in model-based product development. The model-based development of technical systems also offers the foundations for comprehensive digitization and automation.

Our objective is the functional and seamless interlinking of all existing information about a product as part of PDP. A standardized system language and architecture form the basis for seamless and transparent data networking across all company divisions, facilitating full transparency regarding the process status at all times during the development process, while mapping possible target conflicts.

Digital shadows form the essential basis. They are partial models that are consistently interlinked, while offering a filtered view of the system model for each stakeholder.

The PDP of tomorrow will contribute significantly to lower development costs, shorter time-to-market and more sustainability.

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The Center for Systems Engineering supports industrial partners in the development of more efficient PDPs in the fields of industrial machine engineering. Modern processes facilitate the control of current challenges in terms of efficiency, cost minimization and time-to-market, as well as increasing product complexity in the development of new products, while ensuring the ability to respond agilely to change.

This approach focuses on model-based systems development. Based on model-based systems engineering, the CSE and its partners work on innovative, digital, seamless and model-based methods, processes, tools and models. Unlike document-based processes, our model-based approach creates a seamless network of all stakeholders and tasks, which extends model-based product development across the entire PDP: A customer-oriented needs analysis and the development of functional specifications are the first process steps in the creation of a seamless system model. The next steps involve domain-specific system designs and the delivery of the complete mechatronic system to the production department. The final steps of the system model consist of the verification and validation of returned metering data from beta testing and go-live.

The migration to model-based systems development will require a single, cross-domain methodology to allow the integration of development models,
processes and methods.

We are developing this method in an interdisciplinary network and ensure short cycles for the transmission of results to benefit industrial operations.

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The Center for Systems Engineering bundles the expertise of RWTH Aachen and innovative industry partners in an industrial consortium engaged in model-based systems engineering (MBSE). This interdisciplinary network will answer pertinent questions about the implementation of model-based systems engineering in industrial operations.
The strategy of the CSE is to bundle and continuously develop the know-how of companies and academic institutions in the area of MBSE with a view to overcoming current and future challenges. Companies and universities will be defining the direction of R&D activities for the coming years.

Companies will have the necessary capabilities to open up their innovative processes for external impulses, develop networks and increase the qualifications and skill sets of their existing staff. A close cooperation between academia and industry increases the speed with which knowledge is generated, as well as the relevance and quality of jointly developed research results. The close connection between the CSE and RWTH Campus ensures that a significant benefit of MBSE – namely the option of developing and tweaking developments in agile cycles – can be directly practically tested by demonstrators available on campus.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Jacobs

  • Head of Institut for Machine Elements and Systems Engineering (MSE) at RWTH Aachen University
  • Director Heavy Duty Drives Cluster
  • Center for Systems Engineering representative
  • Centers for Mobile Machinery representative
  • Centers for Wind Power Drives representative
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günther Schuh

  • Director of Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University
  • Chair for Process Engineering
  • Director Production Engineering Cluster
  • Director Complexity Management Academy (CMA)
  • CEO of RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH
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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Bernhard Rumpe

  • Director of Department for Software Engineering at RWTH Aachen University