2nd European Conference on Interoperability for Embedded Systems Development Environments

Are you interested in interoperability among models, tools and other life-cycle assets in order to achieve more efficient embedded systems development?

Are you moreover interested in achieving synergy among the multiple efforts that are today addressing interoperability?

Then this conference, which takes place on December 3rd nearby Stockholm and collocated with the Artemis-ITEA2 cosummit 2013, is the right place to be!

Interested audience during the interoperability conference.
An interested audience during the keynotes of the interoperability conference.

The conference has two main goals:
1. Providing a meeting place for Interoperability
    Specifications (IOS) related efforts, fostering better    
    communication between the networks, and
    providing a first step towards a common understanding
    of the main IOS related challenges to overcome.
2. Proposing and discussing ways forward to achieve
    sustainable interoperability for embedded systems

The conference features the following keynotes:

  • Mattias Johansson, COO, EUROSTEP AB - Title: Interoperability experiences and lessons learned - perspectives from STEP/PDM/PLM

Short bio:
Mattias is Managing Director, Eurostep AB, and Chief Operating Officer, Eurostep Group AB. The focus is on operations management, which means Mattias is responsible for the development, design, operation, and improvement of the processes that create and deliver the Eurostep products/services.

Formerly Mattias worked as Director of Software Products at Eurostep AB. In this position Mattias was responsible for the overall design of the product, the planning and execution of the Share-A-space™ product implementation and the marketing and sales of Share-A-space.

Along with the responsibility as manager Mattias acts as expert for process development, pre-study or implementation projects at customer sites. In this work Mattias main area of expertise is information management in the product life-cycle. Mattias has an in-depth knowledge of information modelling and exchange in product, process, manufacturing system and maintenance development. Mattias has extensive knowledge in business process development and information management for Extended Enterprise and Engineering and Support Supply Chain businesses spanning across the product life-cycle from requirements to in-service information management.

Mattias completed his Ph.D. thesis at Woxéncentrum within the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. The research has a main focus on the use of standard information models for integrated product, process and manufacturing system development and has had a significant impact on the ISO10303-214 standard. Mattias has worked extensively as an expert on the ISO10303-214 development team making him a leading expert on the AP214 standard.

Abstract: Dr Mattias Johansson’s presentation will cover the history of ISO 10303 as well as experiences from the development of the ISO 10303-214 "Core data for automotive mechanical design processes”. The STEP standard has been used by industry business critical applications for more than 15 years and lessons learnt from this period will be described and analyzed. Dr Johansson has a long experience of the 10303-233 "Systems engineering” and 10303-239 "Product Life Cycle Support” and he will also present these STEP standards. 

The STEP standard has been implemented in many different ways over the years and different implementation methods will be defined and elaborated on. Moreover, based on the experience from the development and marketing of the Eurostep product Share-A-space®, a tool used for collaborative Systems Engineering and PLM, different principles of information integration over the life cycle of a product will be presented and discussed. The concept of Openness is a fundamental part of information integration today and as an answer to openness, the Codex of PLM Openness will be described and positioned.


  • Sky Matthews, IBM - Title: Interoperability experiences and lessons learned - perspectives from ALM and OSLC

Short bio: Sky is currently the CTO for Systems Solutions in IBM Rational. He is responsible for technical strategy and initiatives across the portfolio of tools for Systems and Software Engineering and industrial sector. Sky has lengthy experience working with clients in complex and embedded systems development across many industries, including telecom equipment, aerospace/defense, automotive, and electronics.

His current areas of focus include design methods and technologies for machine-to-machine/internet-of-things, and product line architecture. Prior to his current role, he was the technical lead for integrating the Telelogic tools in to the Rational portfolio. He has over 20 years of experience working on tools for engineering of complex and embedded systems. Sky is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and holds a BSc in Computer Science.

Abstract: Loose coupling and encapsulation have been the guiding stars of software engineering since the early days of large scale systems development. Modern engineering environments needed for product development certainly qualify as "large scale systems". Loose coupling and encapsulation principles, combined with best practices learned from the evolution of the World Wide Web, have strongly influenced the integration philosophy embodied by the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) initiative. The "Linked Data" approach adopted by OSLC encourages linking of artifacts rather than import/export, and employs standard HTML/web user interface techniques for decoupling the data location and source from its presentation. The experiences of developing cross-ALM integrations over the past few years have also led to a new standards governance process for OSLC based on Agile/Lean concepts, and leading to an evolving standard that values real-world adoption and continuous evolution.


  • Invited technical talk: Experiences on tool interoperability, by Mats Berglund, Ericsson

Abstract: The Agile & Lean transformation in the industry as well as within Ericsson has moved silo oriented ways of working into team collaboration. This has led to loads of yellow stickers, but also an explosion of new tools in the landscape. Those tools are often poorly coordinated between teams and projects, and must at the same time coexist with legacy systems. How can this be managed? What changes to the tools landscape must take place? Is streamlining to fewer solutions, or integration of tools the answer?

This presentation will guide you through a set of conceptual models of the tools landscape, introduce you to integration strategies and techniques (in particular the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration), and present an example of implementation at Ericsson.

The conference moreover features:
  • experience presentations from several industrial and academic domains,
  • an exhibition including demos and posters
  • a panel debate on how to progress towards sustainable tool interoperability
Conference schedule:
  • 08.30-09.30: Registration and payment (coffee from 09.00)
  • 09.30-09.40: Introduction and welcome
  • 09.40-16.45 (Lunch served 12-13)
    - Keynotes by industrial leaders
    - Experience presentations 
  • 16.45-17.30: Panel debate 
  • 17.30-17.40: Conclusions and closing
  • - 18.00: Closing mingling and discussions with refreshments.

Mingling and discussions during the exhibition of the interoperability conference.

BACKGROUND: The evolving functionality and scope of embedded systems based products is challenging current development paradigms by involving more and more specialists, often in distributed teams, that make use of a wide variety of tools, and generate a multitude of information that needs to be appropriately managed. The information produced as well as the tools, are heterogeneous, reflecting the different concerns and diversity of the involved stakeholders. 

This conference is concerned with promoting interoperability among such heterogeneous tools and information artefacts.

The potential gains in achieving cost-efficient interoperability are enormous by reducing waste in trying to find information, providing standardized methods and techniques to set-up or maintain (previously ad hoc) integrations, paving the way for new added-value services such as change analysis, providing new market opportunities for tool vendors, reducing lock-in allowing end-users to choose preferred tools, etc.

Achieving interoperability is however a complex task sometimes appearing as a 'catch 22' setting. Progressing towards sustainable interoperability will require establishing some suitable level of consensus regarding how to achieve integration, pushing standards and creating a momentum for

Given the strong industrial needs to overcome current integration problems, a multitude of efforts are now addressing interoperability. They range from industrial efforts, commercial developments, Artemis research projects such as Crystal, iFEST and MBAT, or other initiatives and organizations such as Eclipse, OMG and OSLC.

The conference provides a continuation of the Artemis technology conference held in March 2012

Ludmilla Ohlsson, Ericsson 
Tiberiu Seceleanu, ABB
Werner Damm, OFFIS
Gray Bachelor, IBM
Koen Bertels, Delft Univ.  
Thomas Söderqvist, Volvo
Christian El Salloum, AVL   
Heinrich Daembkes, Cassidian
Axel Reichwein, Koneksys
Matthias Frische, Siemens
Martin Törngren, KTH
Andreas Keis, EADS
Rainer Ersch, Siemens
Frederic Loiret, KTH/Offis
Parham Vasaiely, EADS

Martin Törngren, KTH (martint@kth.se)
Andreas Keis, EADS
Ingrid Kundner, AVL
Rainer Ersch, Siemens 
Frederic Loiret, KTH/OFFIS (floiret@kth.se)

The event is organized in collaboration with the ARTEMIS projects CRYSTAL and MBAT, and the EIT ICTLabs project CPSE.