Powering the Future: Criticality of System Engineering for E-Mobility and Automated Vehicles – A Roundtable Discussion

Organizers: Anne O’Neil, Jace Allen

Vehicles have greatly evolved from their early days as an assembly of electro-mechanical parts. Modern luxury vehicles can contain nearly 100 million lines of software code, all of which is processed by up to 100 microprocessors networked throughout the vehicle. Developing functionality and ensuring functional safety requires managing interactions and tradeoffs throughout design development and testing. Ever-increasing interdependencies and vehicle complexity drive the need to adopt System Engineering practices and expertise. As vehicles move towards autonomous driving, automation and e-mobility, the levels of integration only increase, as functionality depends upon interactions between Hardware, Software, Sensors, AI, Data analytics, and Chassis and Suspension systems. Hear experts discuss the critical role of System Engineering to manage the challenges of complexity in innovating vehicle solutions.

Short Bios of Organizers:
Anne O’Neil serves as a committed catalyst for building Systems capability among infrastructure sectors and advises global infrastructure leaders and forums. Her systems engineering firm, Anne O’Neil Consultants, advises organizations seeking to adopt Systems practices and apply Systems Engineering (SE) capability to achieve and improve business outcomes. They counsel an increasingly diverse range of infrastructure sectors facing complexity and integration challenges from automotive and ground transportation to water, buildings, energy and healthcare.

From 2005-2013 as the founding Chief Systems Engineer for MTA New York City Transit (NYCT), Anne established an SE capability to improve the agency’s capital project delivery. This required developing SE discipline expertise and modifying the agency’s business process and program development approach. It also necessitated effecting change and building systems awareness at an industry level – among peer transit properties, consultants, contractors and systems suppliers.

Jace Allen is the Director of ADAS/AD Engineering and Business Development at dSPACE, Inc., where he manages business for Autonomous Technology, Validation and Verification (V&V) Systems, and MBD Data management/processes.  He has designed and managed hundreds of simulation/test and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) system implementations for customers in various industries.  Over the past 25 years, he has handled many diverse modeling, controls, and simulation applications in the automotive, commercial vehicle, and aerospace areas.  His background includes system engineering and MBD product development for vehicle controls/testing, AV/safety/security, and data management systems.  A longstanding member of SAE and IEEE, he is also a member of AIAA and INCOSE.  Jace has several patents in advanced sensor technology and has published numerous SAE and AIAA Papers.


  1. Dante Crockett, Chief Engineer, Features – Systems Engineering, Product Development Center, Ford Motor Company
  2. Jace Allen, Director, ADAS/AD Engineering and Business Development, dSPACE Inc.
  3. Yue Guo, Professor and Chair of Battery Systems, Coventry University, UK.
  4. Joaquin Nuno-Whelan, VP of Hardware, Motional.