“Elements of Systems Engineering” – Prof. Alfredo Garro, inizio corso 13.02.2017

Title: Elements of Systems Engineering

Instructors: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alfredo GARRO (University of Calabria, Italy) – Technical Director of the Italian Association on Systems Engineering (AISE) – INCOSE Chapter Italia.


Duration: 12 hour (4 lessons of 3 hours each).

Schedule: 13 February – 16 February 2017 – starting time: 09:00 AM – ending time: 12:00 PM.

Classroom: Aula Seminari DIMES (V piano, cubo 42C).



The course presents and discusses the basic elements of Systems Engineering.

The main course objective is to enable students to:

  • understand and apply the main Systems Engineering processes, tools and techniques;
  • define systems requirements and performance;
  • design system technical solution options;
  • use decision analysis techniques and trade studies to support critical project decisions;
  • allocate system functions to sub-systems and define the relationships among the sub-systems;
  • control internal and external interface definitions, designs, and changes for products and product components;
  • manage project risks and opportunities.

The course will be based on a problem solving approach: starting from real case studies, students will be required to concretely apply the introduced Systems Engineering processes, tools and techniques.


Biography: Alfredo Garro is an Associate Professor of Computer and Systems Engineering at the Department of Informatics, Modeling, Electronics and Systems Engineering (DIMES) of the University of Calabria (Italy). He was Visiting Professor (from January to October 2016) at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), working with the Software, Robotics, and Simulation Division (ER). From 1999 to 2001, he was a researcher at CSELT, the Telecom Italia Group R&D Lab. From 2001 to 2003, he worked with the Institute of High Performance Computing and Networking of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). On February 2005 he received the PhD Degree in Systems and Computer Engineering from the University of Calabria. From January 2005 to December 2011, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer and Systems Engineering at the DIMES Department (formerly DEIS) of the University of Calabria. His main research interests include: Modeling and Simulation, Systems and Software Engineering, Reliability Engineering. His list of publications contains about 100 papers published in international journals, books and proceedings of international and national conferences. In 2014, he founded the Departmental Research Laboratory “System Modeling And Simulation Hub Lab (SMASH Lab)”. He is vice chair of the Space Reference Federation Object Model (SRFOM) Product Development Group (PDG) of SISO. He is the Technical Director of the “Italian Chapter” of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering). He is a member of the Executive Committee and National Coordinator for Italy in the MODRIO European Project. He is the Technical Leader for UNICAL in the Open Source Modelica Consortium (OSMC). He is a Member of the CINI National Lab on Cyber Security and of the Technological District on Cyber Security (DCS). He is Member of the Executive Committee of the Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE) project, led by NASA. He is an IEEE senior member involved in the activities of the IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Reliability Society and IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.