2nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Complex Systems Design & Management
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Panel 2 by INCOSE Asia-Oceania

Panel 2 - Challenges of Understanding and Creating Operational Concepts for a Smart City

Speakers: led by Kerry LUNNEY with panelists Serge LANDRY, Bill PARKINS and Nikhil JOSHI (INCOSE Asia-Oceania)
Date and Time: Wednesday the 24 February 2016 – 15:30-16:10
Location: Auditorium of the Building 2 - Singapore University of Technology and Design, SUTD
Participants: opened to all conference participants


A smart city has a different meaning to all stakeholders. As such the importance of making a city “smarter” is largely influenced by the various needs and priorities of such stakeholders. And yet collectively this may not be achievable or reach the desired outcomes without mutual cooperation, defined interdependencies and integration of all operational concepts. For example, how will the operations of the electricity providers meet the operational needs of the traffic control providers, who in turn must support the critical emergency response teams. Likewise environmental controls and targets can impact the zoning of development projects, the materials used, and the consumption of materials and emission of gases and waste, and yet these may negate the goals and challenges of the power providers, the practices of urban planning, and so forth. This panel will discuss the challenges faced to develop the operational concepts for a smart city. Without an agreed set of “blue print operational concepts” the development of a smart city is unlikely to take on a holistic systems approach which is strongly desired for future survivability. Smart cities and regions are needed if a nation is to move towards the goal of being recognised as a smart nation.

Photos and Biographies of Panellists



Ms Kerry Lunney has extensive experience developing and delivering large system solutions, including design, software development, infrastructure implementation, hardware deployments, integration, sell-off, training and on-going support. She has worked in various industries including ICT, Gaming, Financial, Transport, Aerospace and Defence. The systems delivered include combat systems, mission systems, communication systems, road and rail ITSs, flight simulators, security systems, vehicle electronic systems, and gaming systems. Kerry’s career has taken her throughout the Asia-Oceania region and beyond including engineering leadership roles in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA and NZ.

Kerry is a Technical Director and Chief Engineer in Thales Australia. In this role she provides technical leadership and governance on bids and projects, delivers technical training programs, and participates on the Technical Board of Thales Australia. Recent roles include Chief Systems Engineer, Solutions Architect and Design Authority.

Kerry is currently the International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Director for Asia-Oceania, holding a Board position on INCOSE. She is also an INCOSE reviewer of Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) applications. Kerry has been the Sponsorship Chair and Master of Ceremonies at the INCOSE 2001 Symposium. In the past Kerry has held positions of both local state president and then National President (2008-2009) of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia, the INCOSE Australian chapter. Outside of these commitments and her work, Kerry has contributed to the engineering field through tutoring and guest lecturing at Universities, speaking at and participating with other technical societies and groups, and presenting at different symposiums, primarily with regards to the fields of Systems Engineering, Architecting and Engineering Leadership, across numerous domains.

Kerry holds a BE (Electrical) from the University of NSW and a MBA (Technology) from Deakin University. She is a member of IEEE, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow Member of Engineers Australia, and holds the Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) qualification from INCOSE.



Serge Landry currently serves as Head of Systems & Software Technical Domain in the Thales Research & Technology Lab of Thales Solutions Asia in Singapore. He acts as Technical Authority for System Engineering, provides Project Management expertise, and assists in developing Technology Roadmap for System and Software teams. His main interests are in the area of Software System Architecture and process automation.

Serge started his international career as a visiting lecturer in the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur in 1988. He has worked with the Thales group since 1989 and has been involved in building Mission-Critical intensive Software Systems in many domains, such as Land Defense, Civil Security, Automated MRT Systems and Maritime Security. Many of these systems have been deployed in Singapore and the region. His project and research assignments have led him to regular interactions with industry players and academics in both local and international contexts.

Serge received a Master of Science degree from the University of Caen in France in 1986, and later, a Postgraduate Degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris in 1987. He is a Certified System Engineering Professional (CSEP) awarded by the Institution of Engineers of Singapore (IES). Serge is the President of the INCOSE Singapore chapter for 2015-2016. He is also a Certified Information Security Professional awarded by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).



William A. (Bill) Parkins is the Chief Engineer of Rockwell Collins Australia, based in Sydney. In this role he leads an engineering team developing systems and software solutions for customers in the region, principally in the Australia and New Zealand Defence Industry.

Bill has previously been engaged in Systems Engineering Management roles for a number of major Australian Defence projects including Air Warfare Destroyer, High Frequency Communications System Modernisation (HF Mod), ANZAC Ship Combat System, and the Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar Network (JORN). Prior to this Bill served in the Royal Australian Navy, culminating in the role of Assistant Director, Naval Communications Design with the rank of Commander.

Bill was one of the founding members of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA), when a few engineers who had attended International Council of Systems Engineers (INCOSE) symposiums in the early 1990s banded together to form what has now become the Australian Chapter of INCOSE.

Bill is the National Secretary of SESA and represents the Australian Chapter in the INCOSE Region III- Asia Oceania Committee. One of the aims of this committee is to encourage participation in activities of other countries in the region in order to share the experience and transfer knowledge.

Bill has Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees from the University Of New South Wales and is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.


Nikhil JOSHI

Dr. Nikhil Avinash Joshi currently leads a small research group at John Deere India Private Limited. The group focuses on application of Systems Engineering techniques for understanding and analyzing agricultural systems, and the development of products and solutions for agriculture and construction. His work focuses on use of formal System Modeling, Architecture Analysis, and Model based Systems Engineering (SysML, OPM, DSM, Multi-attribute tradespace analysis, etc.).

His work also involves analysis of behavior of Complex Systems (involving man-made, natural and social sub-systems) through modeling and simulation using Agent Based Simulation, System Dynamics, and Discrete Event Simulation. I have also worked in the domain of uncertainty analysis and stochastic optimization. His areas of research also include Design for Environment, Product Lifecycle Management, Change Management (for product design), Design under uncertainty, and Feature recognition in Geometric CAD models.

Dr. Joshi got his a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Feb, 2007) and MIT SDM – Graduate Certificate in Systems and Product Development of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (Aug, 2011). He is an Executive Committee Member for the INCOSE India Chapter, since July 2015. He has been a reviewer for the INCOSE International Symposium, EAMEASEC, and various journals related to Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Sustainability.