Conference Chair 2017


Highlights 2017

How we can quantify impact of variance management in early phase development? (tbc)

Georg von Falck is currently Head of Plant & Production Engineering at AVL and has been working in the automotive industry for over 27 years.

Variety managing of systems in operation phase – How to handle variety in self-X systems of Industry 4.0?

Dr.-Ing. Christian Tschirner is Head of Department Digital Engineering and Collaboration at the Fraunhofer Research Institute Mechatronic Systems Design IEM in Paderborn. After studying Industrial Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing he received his PhD (“Dr.-Ing.”) at Heinz Nixdorf Institute, Paderborn in Systems Engineering. Dr. Tschirner is doing applied research and consulting on deployment strategies for Model-Based Systems Engineering to realize Intelligent Technical Systems. In addition, Dr. Tschirner is Vice President INCOSE Germany („GfSE“) – an international network of Systems Engineers.

The New Virtues of Engineering and the Need for Change in the Engineering Curriculum

Bruce Cameron is the Director of the System Architecture Lab at MIT and a co-founder of Technology Strategy Partners, a consultancy. His research interests include technology strategy, system architecture, and the management of product platforms. Previously, Dr. Cameron ran the MIT Commonality study, a 30-firm investigation of platforming returns, which concluded that firms face systemic downward pressure on commonality, partially resulting from challenges capturing the costs of variety. Dr. Cameron has supervised over 40 graduate students, and has directed research projects for BP, Sikorsky, Nokia, Caterpillar, NSTAR, AMGEN, Verizon, NASA, and Amazon. Current research efforts include:

  • Platform management in large R&D organizations
  • System architecture of complex systems
  • Strategic management of stakeholder needs in international partnerships
  • Network analysis of customer requirements priority

Dr. Cameron teaches the System Architecture core class for the System Design and Management program, where he has taught over 500 students. Dr. Cameron’s teaching in Sloan Executive Education has been tied for the highest rated Executive Education program at MIT for several years. Additionally, Dr. Cameron is the Faculty Director for MIT’s Architecture and System Engineering online certificate, which has taught over 2500 participants.


As a consultant, Dr. Cameron works with companies to develop strategies for entering new markets, building flexible product lines and achieving cost savings. Dr. Cameron's clients include Fortune 500 firms in high tech, aerospace, transportation, and consumer goods.


Previously, Dr. Cameron worked in high tech and banking, where he built advanced analytics for managing complex development programs. Earlier in his career, he was a system engineer at MDA Space Systems, and has built hardware currently in orbit. He is a past board member of the University of Toronto.

Global platform and modularization management (tbc)

Currently Global Product Manager at PALFINGER
2012 – July 2017, Manager Global Product Architecture Mid Tractor, John Deere AG
2009 – 2012, Manager Product Architecture, John Deere AG
2005 – 2008, AG Division Implementation Lead Mannheim, John Deere AG
1995 – 2005, Head, Schuh & Co GmbH

Configuration based planning in mass customization: Methods for demand planning

June 2008 – today: Engineer, Mercedes Benz Research and Development, India
July 2006 – June 2008: Teaching Assistance, IIT Bombay


Speakers 2017


Speakers 2016


The Brightest Minds in Complexity Management - Speakers & Moderators 2016

Manager Department Complexity Management, Volkswagen AG / Germany
Vice President of Customer Success, BigLever Software / USA
Director System Architecture Lab - Department of Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology / USA
Manager Global Product Architecture MID Tractor, John Deere GmbH / Germany
Complexity Manager, Audi AG / Germany
Vice President Sales, CONWEAVER GmbH / Germany
Senior Engineer Specialist, General Motors / USA
Chief Architect Next Generation Tools, General Motors / USA
Head of Software Variantsmanagement, Daimler AG / Germany
Engineering Data Specialist, Volvo GTT - Group Trucks Technology
Technology Specialist, Volvo GTT - Group Trucks Technology
Department Head Embedded Systems Development, Fraunhofer IESE / Germany
Manager Core Program Management, Ford-Werke GmbH / Germany
Director of Corporate Engineering Solutions (CES), Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.
Senior Manager, STAUFEN AG / Germany
Department Leader ECU Software, ThyssenKrupp Presta Hungary Kft. / Hungary
Product Configuration Technical Specialist, Jaguar Land Rover / UK
Testing Cross Function Methods & Processes, Car Powertrain Technology, ZF Friedrichshafen AG / Germany
PLM Functional Consultant, FAURECIA - Group Information Systems / Tunisia
Research Engineer, Volvo Technology / Sweden
CEO and Founder, Configit / Denmark
L4B Team Leader, Logic4Business GmbH – Member of the Prostep Group / Germany
Director, Global Strategic Planning & Organizational Development Driveline Systems, MAGNA Powertrain AG, Austria
Vice President Business Development, BROSE Fahrzeugteile GmbH & CO. KG. / Germany

...and many more. Stay tuned for more updates on our speakers & moderators!

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