System Architecture Design

AIEDAM Special Issue, Summer 2016, Vol.30, No.3

Guest Editors: Claudia Eckert & Marija Jankovic

In the early design stages of design processes system architecture defines the interaction between product, process and company organization as well as the integration across different domains of design such as mechanical, electrical, software engineering. During system architecture design, companies decide the balance between innovative and incremental development. System architecture decisions impact fundamentally on overall project and company success, especially in complex systems.

Effective decision on system architecture has to consider the wider context of the product and its design process and therefore has to engage issues such as product planning, product platforms, product families and variants, designing for changing market underlying the need for flexible design. However, in complex systems it is also essential to carefully chose new technologies and innovations, and therefore value engineering related to reuse target. The notion of commonality and diversity become also important. In the context of complex systems design is often characterized by a high level uncertainty arising from changing user environments and operating conditions. System architectures are developed by heterogeneous teams and bridge knowledge across domains. Hence, there is a strong need to develop formalized system architecture models to support design teams.

This special issue aims at to bring together the state of the art on system architecture design, from a variety of perspectives. This special issue welcomes papers addressing theory and methods as well as case study and review papers. Some of the areas of interest include:

  • System architecture and product architecture generation and selection,
  • Product planning and platform design,
  • Design for flexibility, robustness and managing engineering change,
  • Trade-off management and multiple domain optimization,
  • Risk management,
  • Set based design,
  • Value engineering,
  • Function modelling,
  • Requirement engineering.

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least three reviewers. The selection for publication will be made on the basis of these reviews. High quality papers not selected for this special issue may be considered for standard publication in AIEDAM.

Information about the format and style required for AIEDAM papers can be found at

Important dates:
Intend to submit (Title & Abstract):As soon as possible
Submission deadline for full papers:30 April 2015 <-- New Deadline!!
Reviews due:15 May, 2015
Notification & reviews due to authors:15 June 2015
Final version due:1 February 2016
Guest editors:
Dr. Claudia EckertDr. Marijia Jankovic
Department of Building TechnologyLaboratorie de Genie Industriel
Open UniversityEcole Centrale Paris
Email: c.m.eckert @ marjia.jankovic @