Call for Proposals for Participation in Panels

Design of Large-Scale Ultra Complex Engineering Systems


  • John S. Baras, Professor and Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland at College Park, USA
  • Marta Kwiatkowska, Fellow of Trinity College, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, UK
  • Clifford Whitcomb, Systems Engineering Department, Naval Postgraduate School, US
  • Tomasz Szmuc, AGH University of Science & Technology, Poland
  • Richard Zurawski, ISAG, USA

This is a call for proposals for participation in the panel on design of Large-Scale Ultra-Complex Engineering Systems (LUES).

The future Large-Scale Ultra-Complex Engineering Systems (LUES) are envisaged to be beyond the size of systems of today such as avionics systems, control and monitoring systems of large chemical plants, national telecommunication network, national economies, etc. A good example of such a system (LUES) is in the concept of the City of the Future. Cities of the Future - unlike Smart Cities which are largely an ICT retrofit of the constituent legacy systems (electric energy grid, communication networks, transportation system, etc.) - are going to be predominantly designed from scratch to a specification. At least the kernel of the urban ecosystem; followed by a subsequent continuous growth at the fringes governed by somehow semi-chaotic and conflicting requirements of different stakeholders. The world wide web can be regarded to some extent as a precursor of a LUES.

Large-scale systems in operation today are mostly the result of engineering practice accumulated over decades of the development. Little science may have been involved in their development as systems. In this context, the scientific knowledge the design of large systems is based on may be of limited value for the design of future large-scale ultra complex engineering systems.

Large-scale ultra complex engineering systems are going to pose a challenge for the design, design validation, system operation, and evolution. Actually, the nature and extent of that challenge is not clear yet as no systems of that nature have (probably) been developed to date.

We are seeking proposals for participation from researchers and practitioners from academia and industry who may be in a position to contribute to understanding of LUES and their design. Specifically, but not limited to, we are interested in LUES characteristics and development challenges, differences between large systems of today and LUES; complexity dependent LUES design specificaspects; research areas and specific topics to underpin understanding and design of LUES; socio-technological and socio-microeconomic aspects of LUES with an impact on their design.

The proposals should be placed in the context of solutions, technologies, and systems that we envision for the future, rather then extensions to the existing ones. Radical forward-looking ideas embedded in the visions of the societal automation ecosystem of the future are strongly encouraged.

Arrangements are made for the material from the panel to appear in a special issue of a magazine, and an edited book volume.

A proposal is to provide the following information:

  1. Names, affiliations, and contact address of the proposer(s), including telephone and email address.
  2. Title of the presentation.
  3. Description of the presentation - 350 to 500 words. In a (two-line) summary, please tell us the focus: LUES characteristics or/and design, or others; and why applies to LUES.

Proposals and inquiries should be submitted to

The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 June 2020. However, interested parties are encouraged to contact organizers as soon as possible.

The authors of the selected proposals will be invited to participate in the two hour-long panel held during the SA2020 Conference.