Industry Track

Have you alredy planned your professional qualification activities for 2019?

REFSQ 2019 is an excellent qualification option if you are working as a professional Requirements Engineer, Requirements Manager, Requirements Engineering Coach, Business Analyst, ...

Compared to previous years we will expand the industry activities.

The 2019 REFSQ industry track includes:

Industry Keynote

Held on Wednesday morning

Robert Karban

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

‘Requirements Analysis and Verification for the Thirty Meter Telescope with OpenMBEE and the OpenSE Cookbook’

This talk focuses on leveraging the Executable System Engineering Method (ESEM) which automates requirements verification (e.g. power and mass budget margins and duration analysis of operational modes) using executable SysML models. It demonstrates how the ESEM is applied in conjunction with OpenMBEE (an open source Model Based Engineering Environment) to create key engineering products (e.g. operational concept document) and specify, analyze, and verify requirements of the Alignment and Phasing System (APS) and the Narrow Field Infrared Adaptive Optics System (NFIRAOS) within the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project. TMT is under development by the TMT International Observatory (TIO). In these applications, implicit dependencies are made explicit in a formal model through the use of ESEM, OpenMBEE, and SysML modeling constructs. The value proposition for applying this MBSE approach is to establish precise requirements and fine-grained traceability to system designs, and to verify key requirements beginning early in development. The integration of ESEM and the OpenMBEE tooling infrastructure (providing linked-data and web-operability) is a significant added value for the MBSE approach. The APS team used several modeling patterns, documented in the OpenSE Cookbook, to capture information such as the requirements, the operational scenarios, involved subsystems and their interaction points, the estimated or required time durations, and the mass and power consumption.


Robert Karban is a Project Systems Engineer in the Systems Engineering and Formulation Division at NASA/JPL. Robert leads the team providing the Systems Environment (based on OpenMBEE) to JPL users, and applies modeling on the Thirty Meter Telescope project. Prior to that, he developed control and instrumentation systems for large telescopes at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), applying model driven technology, and for particle accelerators at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Robert is a Challenge team lead of INCOSE's MBSE Initiative, an OMG certified SysML professional, and co-chair of the OMG's revision task force for SysML. He started his career at Siemens Medical Devices developing System Software and received is M.S. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Vienna/Austria.

Industry Talks

Held on Wednesday

Like every year the industry track will feature a set of high-quality invited presentations. This year presentations will mainly focus on challenges, i.e. topics that require new attention in industrial RE. The talks will be held on wednesday.

Mini Tutorials

Held on Monday

Details will follow soon.

Natural-Language Processing Deep-Dive

Held on Monday

We will feature a deep-dive into Natural-Language Processing (NLP) Tools (including tool demos of commercial NLP tools). It is planned to have the NLP tool deep dive together with a NLP4RE workshop. Further details will follow soon.