Third Swedish Workshop on the Engineering of Systems-of-Systems

Linköping, November 22 2018

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The proceedings of the workshop are available here.


Systems-of-systems (SoS) is a topic of increasing importance as the digitalization of society accelerates. An SoS refers to a situation where a number of independent systems collaborate to create a value that they cannot achieve individually.

The Swedish Workshop on the Engineering of Systems-of-Systems (SWESoS) has the primary purpose of creating a meeting place for researchers and practitioners interested in systems-of-systems. The workshop is an informal event, focusing on presentation of results and ongoing research, to stimulate interaction among researchers and practitioners. Following two successful events in Stockholm (2015) and Göteborg (2016), the third workshop in the series will be held in Linköping on November 22, 2018.

Topics of interest

The scope of the workshop is all aspects related to systems-of-systems engineering. This includes, but is not restricted to, the following topics when applied to systems-of-systems:

Participation and venue

The workshop will take place at the Department of Computer Science, Linköping University, in room Alan Turing.

Participation is free of charge. All participants (including presenters) need to register for the workshop.

If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact the organizers.

Submission guidelines

Researchers and practitioners interested in presenting at the conference should submit an extended abstract (500-1000 words) in English prior to the submission deadline. The proceedings will use IEEE template, so we highly recommend to apply this formatting already in the first submission. Papers should be submitted using EasyChair.

The selection of contributions will be based on:

Note that there are no requirements on uniqueness, so it is possible to reuse or extend material that has already been presented elsewhere but that may not be known to a Swedish audience.

Each paper will be given a presentation slot of approximately 20 min. The conference language is English.

Important dates (all dates are firm, no extensions will be given):


The preliminary program is as follows.

9.00-10.30 Session 1: SoS overview and challenges

10.30-10.50 Coffee break

10.50-12.30 Session 2: SoS platforms and tools

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.35 Session 3: SoS for urban mobility

14.35-14.55 Coffee break

14.55-16.50 Session 4: SoS for smart systems

16.50-17.00 Closing remarks

More details about the keynote presentations are provided below.

Introductory presentation: Overview of SoS activities in Sweden and internationally

Abstract: In this presentation, an overview of activities in SoS engineering will be given, to put some of the discussions at the workshop in a context. This will include findings from the development of an SoS research agenda for Sweden in 2015, as well as more recent projects and some larger initiatives currently ongoing in Sweden. An international outlook will also be provided.

Presenter: Jakob Axelsson is a professor of computer science at Mälardalen University, and a senior research leader at RISE SICS. In both his role, he is focusing on research in SoS engineering. He has a background of almost 15 years in industry, primarily at Volvo Cars and AB Volvo.

Keynote: SoS overview from SAAB, holistic process and challenges

Presenter: Christopher Jouannet is a principal engineer of aircraft concept design at Saab Aeronautics. and also a senior lecturer at Linköping University. His research interests include model based design, system modelling and simulation, design optimisation, aircraft conceptual design, aerodynamics.

Keynote: Towards a harmonized infrastructure for distributed simulation

Abstract: Distributed simulation is more commonly seen as a very important tool to support activities ranging from research and design activities through test and verification of various systems to the training of system operators. The need to reuse components and take advantage of COTS technology and upcoming technologies coming from the gaming industry or other areas is becoming greater and greater as our requirement grow to represent more and more of the surrounding environment and have access to better visualization and analysis tools.

Within NATO the Science and Technology (STO) Organisation the Modelling and Simulation Group have been tasked with trying to standardize and approach to distributed simulation to enable NATO to take advantage of national training solutions and combine them into joint, larger scale exercise. An Architecture and Design framework have been agreed and published in the upcoming NATO STANREC 4800 and both the French and the UK government have larger simulation technology acquisition programs that refers to the standard.

Other areas are pursuing similar visions and the upcoming Space FOM is a good example that is currently supported and developed by NASA, ESA and the Russian Space Administration. Another example is ED147 RIM that is developed by the Air Traffic Management community.

This presentation aims to discuss commonalities between different approaches to standardised distributed simulation in various domain and how new tools are becoming available on the market as COTS solutions.

Presenter: Stefan Sandberg is the President of Pitch Technologies, the leading provider of innovative and standards based interoperability products and services. Before joining Pitch he has a long experience in working with flight simulators at Saab Aerosystems where he established a program to provide Mission Flight Simulators to all operators of the Gripen fighter aircraft. He has also managed a Swedish government IPT with the aim to coordinate all simulation resources and software development tools used in the development process for the Gripen Aircraft. He has served on the RAeS Flight Simulation Group Committee (FSGC) for a number of years and is active within SISO in the Executive Committee and SISO inc. Board of Directors. Stefan Sandberg has studied industrial Engineering and Management at the Linköping Institute of Technology and is a holder of a PPL flight certificate.

Keynote: 5G and Machine Intelligence to Enable SoS

Abstract: The Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) are seen as a key enabler for diverse-natured industry verticals (such as automotive, manufacturing, mining, utility, health, etc.) by providing a platform to support heterogeneous sets of network quality requirements. The presentation will discuss a paradigm shift in mobile network implementation and will discuss how 5G can support different industries, using core network slicing that will enable priority service provisioning. The work is focused on automating multiple SoS use cases using 5G and Machine Intelligence.

Presenter: Rafia Inam is a senior researcher in Machine Intelligence and Automation at Ericsson Research. She is Single Point of Contact for Scania from Ericsson Research. Her research interests include 5G network slices and management, use cases applied to 5G, service modeling for Intelligent Transport Systems, automation and safety for CPS, reusability of real-time software and ITS. She received her Ph.D. from Mälardalen University, Sweden, in 2014. Rafia has co-authored 38+ scientific publications and 25+ patent families.

Keynote: Smart heterogeneous systems

Presenter: Gunnar Holmberg is Director Business Development Future Air Systems at Saab Aeronautics and an adjunct professor at Linköping University.

Proceedings and presentations

The extended abstracts will be put into a proceedings document and published as a technical report. The presentations will be posted on this page.


General chair: Jakob Axelsson, RISE and Mälardalen University (jakob.axelsson (a)

Program committee:


The lunch will be sponsored by Saab Aeronautics, and coffee breaks and other arrangements are sponsored by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.