System of Systems Engineering Research Group

The system of systems engineering research group focuses on the development of methods and tools for the systematic analysis, evaluation and design of complex system structures as well as the related subsystems. Products, machines and systems are increasingly intelligent and connected with their environment. As a result, previously independent, distributed and developing constituent subsystems are combined to the more complex systems of systems. They combine the capabilities and resources of the subsystems and through intelligent collaboration offer more functionality than the sum of the individual systems (emergent behavior). An example of such a system of systems is the mobility system, which is increasingly connected to other systems such as the energy system or the communication system, e.g. through electric mobility and sharing concepts.

For companies, the trend towards system of systems offers the opportunity to develop new data based business models by generating and evaluating comprehensive data volumes. At the same time, competition is increasingly shifting from individual products to product systems to the complex systems of systems. In order to make use of the potentials of the intelligent networking of systems and to avoid systemic inefficiencies through problem shifts beyond the system boundaries, suitable methods and tools are required. The fields of research are amongst others the data-driven engineering of novel business models, product service systems, new mobility systems, as well as innovative forms of cooperation between companies in the sense of an industrial symbiosis.

Databased Engineering

Busines models for digital
economic systems

Product Service Systems

Systematic engineering of hybrid
product service systems

Smart Mobility Systems

Planning and design of innoative
mobility systems

Industrial Symbiosis

Circular economy through innovative forms of collaboration

Projects (Selection):

  • ISUrF-HUB - Industrial Symbiosis and Urban Factories Hub - Establishment of a research group in Singapore
  • MODAKModel-based real-time data analysis for information transparency and decision support in the cold chain
  • SmartHybridHybrid value creation through product service systems
  • Lautlos und einsatzbereit - Integrated planning and control of fleet, energy and charging infrastructure
  • SynErgie - Synchronized and energy-adaptive production technology for the flexible alignment of industrial processes to a fluctuating energy supply
  • Urban Factory - Resource efficient factories in the city
  • QuiCar-electric - Identification of an energetically optimised and profitable concept for e-car sharing operation
  • Fleets Go Green – Integrated Analysis and Evaluation of the Environmental Performance of Electric and Plug-in-Hybrid Vehicles in Everyday Usage on the Example of Fleet Operations
  • SynProd - Synergetic product development in value chain networks
  • STROM - Strategic options of the automobile industry for the allocation of measures for the mitigation of sustainable drive trains in established and emergent markets
  • CycleNet - Design and control of material flow networks for the recycling of complex composite products
  • STREAM - Material flow-based supply chain management for the closure of material cycles
  • GINA - Holistic innovation processes in modular corporate networks


Dr.-Ing. Mark Mennenga
Mark Mennenga

+49 531 391 - 7150



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