While preparing the ESI symposium, the coronavirus and the taken measures internationally have forced us to reconsider the organization of the ESI symposium. The good news is: the symposium will take place, in two parts! On the original date of October 6, there will be an on-line preview in the form of multiple webinars. The actual, physical ESI symposium, will be rescheduled for April 20, 2021, in the familiar format, including keynotes, parallel sessions and the challenging innovation market.


Tuesday October 6, 2020: ESI symposium on-line preview

Tuesday April 20, 2021: ESI symposium in theater De Schalm in Veldhoven

The theme for both events will be "digital enablement". Details, invitation and registration for the ESI symposium on-line preview will follow.

We look forward to seeing you virtually in October and live in April 2021!

We are excited to announce the next edition in the successful series of ESI symposia.

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Venue: Theatre De Schalm in Veldhoven, The Netherlands route

Register: here

Theme: Digital Enablement

Over the past decades, the high-tech industry has fully experienced the digitalization of their products and processes. As a consequence, innovation in high-tech industry is now largely enabled by digital technologies. For example, the expansion towards more complex systems and system of systems integrated in a customer context. Or, the renewed focus on life cycle management with continuous upgrades and keeping the product fit for purpose.

During the 2020 ESI symposium we will discuss the systems engineering approaches and engineering workforces required to be ‘digitally enabled’. 

The symposium will again feature two internationally renowned keynote speakers:

Bill Shepherd, SERC, Stevens Institute and former NASA Astronaut

When computers do the wrong thing.


Jim Koonmen, Executive VP, Applications business at ASML

Delivering value in an increasingly complex customer environment.
ASML's holistic lithography strategy.

Bill Shepherd (left) and Jim Koonmen (right)

Left: Bill Shepherd, right Jim Koonmen

Presentation tracks

  1. MBSE - what problem does it solve?

  2. Managing your legacy

  3. Remote engineering and training

  4. Reference architectures and value-based architecting

  5. Verification, validation, configuration

  6. Intelligent diagnostics

Moreover, there will bedemonstrations, and ample opportunities for discussions and networking.

More information regarding the program will follow in the coming months, stay tuned. For an impression of the last ESI symposium, please follow this link.

Looking forward to meeting you at the ESI symposium 2020!
Wouter Leibbrandt and Frans Beenker

Frans Beenker

Business Director
+31 (0)88 866 54 20

Wouter Leibbrandt

Director Science and Operations
+31 88 866 55 60

“Continuous innovation in methodologies, system architecture thinking and cross-disciplinary ways of working to master the ever increasing complexity are crucial to maintain and extend Europe’s and Dutch competitiveness in this strategic domain.”