Research in the Section

Engineering systems are socio-technical systems that provide solutions to central economic and societal challenges. Examples include generation and distribution of energy, enabling global communication, creating affordable healthcare, managing global manufacturing and supply chains or building and maintaining critical infrastructure.

Such systems are characterised by challenges and three major research themes:

  • technical and organisational complexity,
  • social intricacy of human behaviour, and
  • uncertainty of long life cycles.

In addressing these challenges, we employ an interdisciplinary approach in research, education, and outreach. Our work focusses on:

  • Interdisciplinary Design of Engineering Systems: We investigate how design activities during initial or adaptive design of engineering systems can be described, analysed and improved, e.g. through engineering design, systems engineering, and systems ergonomics.
  • Management of Engineering Systems throughout their life cycle: Including analysis of requirements, design activities, deployment or implementation, as well as operation and end-of-life transition activities, e.g. through project- and risk management.
  • Aligning Business Strategy and Public Policy for Engineering Systems: While business, finance and technology developments define what is feasible, public policy defines priorities and regulatory frameworks. Additionally, when engineering systems are publicly funded or subsidised (e.g. transportation or energy infrastructure, defense systems), communication, contracting and coordination is particularly challenging.



Anja Maier
Professor, Deputy Head of Division, Head of Section
DTU Management
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