Advancing in an Emergent Digital World


SETE is the premier conference for the Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) and the Southern Cross Chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) extending in 2024 to include Simulation Australasia (SimAust) as a collaborative partner.

The SETE24 theme “Advancing in an Emergent Digital World” invites submissions to explore the interplay between society, systems and an increasingly interconnected world. The theme is positioned to challenge the systems engineering, test & evaluation, and modelling & simulation communities to consider the dual ideas of how the digital world is advancing these fields, and how these fields are advancing the digital world.

SETE is a transdisciplinary forum for participants to extend networks, share current and future best practice in the engineering of complex capabilities, and learn from leading practitioners and academics across domains and sectors.

SETE24 is to be held Pullman on the Park in Melbourne from 22-25 September.

Conference Program Summary:

- Tutorials on Sunday 22 September (optional)
- Full Day Conference Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 September

Social Functions:
- Welcome Reception on Monday 23 September
- Gala Dinner on Tuesday 24 September


*Early Bird Registration is EXTENDED until Sunday 21 July 2024*


Key Dates

Early Bird Registration Opens 17 May 2024
Call for Submissions Close 10 June 2024
Notification to Authors From 24 June 2024
Preliminary Program Launched 5 July 2024
Early Bird Registration Closes *EXTENDED* 21 July 2024
Full Program Released 23 August 2024
SETE 2024 Conference 22 - 25 September 2024

*Dates subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Organising Committee

Preliminary Program

The information below is provided as a guide only and is subject to change


Speakers Include:

Mick Spiers

Mr Spiers is the Chief Operating Officer, Rail Infrastructure, Siemens Mobility, Australia & New Zealand and is a technologist at heart and is driven to ensure that technology is used to solve the world’s biggest problems and to leave the planet better than the way we found it.

Mr Spiers will be discussing, 'The future of emerging technology through an ethical lens: What have we just made possible?'.

Mr Sam Evans aka The Electric Viking

Mr Sam Evans, famously known as The Electric Viking, is Australia's YouTube blogger with 213K subscribers. Mr Evans brings you ev news, stock prices, stock analysis, quality tech tutorials, tips & tricks, how-to videos, and gadget reviews. 

Mr Evans will be discussing an overview of the current state and trends of renewable energy in Australia and the World. 

Bart van Luling

Mr van Luling currently serves as the Technical Director of the Dutch INCOSE chapter and is a co-owner of the Dutch Boosting Group, where he has been a Principal Consultant and Coach since 2013. Notably, Bart chaired the working group responsible for creating the Dutch “Guideline for Systems Engineering.”

Mr van Luling will be presenting 'A Systems Approach to Procurement of a large Power Transmission Program in Europe'.

Brigadier Damien McLachlan

Brigadier Damien McLachlan, CSC and Bar is the Director General Landworthiness – Army Headquarters | Department of Defence.

BRIG McLachlan will discuss Advances in Approaches and will also join a panel session on Digital Engineering Defence. 

Mr Lucio Tirone

Lucio Tirone is the Assembly, Integration and Verification Lead Engineer for the Square Kilometre Array Observatory, with responsibility over the integration and verification phases of the low frequency radio telescope SKA-Low.

Mr Tirone will be presenting 'Digital tools for the SKA Observatory, a truly global scientific enterprise: building the world's largest radio telescope in the Western Australia's outback'.


Bohdan W. Oppenheim, Ph.D.

Bohdan "Bo" W. Oppenheim is a Professor Emeritus, Director (Ret.) and Founder of the Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) graduate Program at LMU in Los Angeles; and a Faculty Member of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.  Created in partnership with a Kaiser Permanente the HSE Program is regarded as a premiere HSE program in the nation.  Oppenheim authored seven books, authored and co-authored chapters in six other books and published 30 journal papers.

Prof Oppenheim will be presenting 'The Lean Healthcare Systems Engineering (LHSE) Process'.

International Representation

Michael D. Watson

Michael D. Watson is the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) President-Elect and the Systems Engineering and Integration Branch Manager at Leidos Dynetics Space Division.

He served as the Lead Systems Engineer (LSE) for the Leidos Dynetics Human Landing System and serves as LSE or advisor for other defense projects. He retired from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) as the Advanced Concepts Office Technical Advisor responsible for systems level assessments. He led the NASA Systems Engineering Research Consortium defining advanced systems engineering approaches and basis and served as the NASA Systems Engineering Technical Discipline Team Research and Technology lead.

SETE24 thanks Mr Watson for his attendance at the conference. 

Dr. Erika Palmer

Dr. Erika Palmer is the Director of Technical Products and Services at the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Dr. Palmer's research and teaching at Cornell University has focused on sociotechnical systems including the modeling and simulation of policy systems across domain applications with an emphasis on ethics at the intersection of technology and society. She is the founding chair of the Social Systems Working Group at INCOSE and has held leadership roles in Empowering Women Leaders in Systems Engineering (EWLSE).

SETE24 thanks Dr Palmer for her attendance at the conference. 

Mark Phillips, CTEP

Mark Phillips, is the Chairman of the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA). 

SETE24 thanks Mr Phillips for his attendance at the conference. 

Conference Program & Abstract Submissions

Thank you to all who submitted abstracts, the submission period is now closed and we look forward to sharing a preliminary program soon. 

The conference program will encompass themes and topics on the below Streams:

Advances in Domains & Applications
Electrification, Energy futures, Healthcare & biomedical systems, Mission Engineering, Systems Security, Test & Evaluation: Advancing Strategy, Transport & Infrastructure

Advances in Approaches
Human systems, Future of Systems Engineering, Modelling and Simulation Advances, Simulation-based Learning & Serious Games, Sociotechnical Systems, Systems of Systems Engineering Applications, Systems Thinking & Complex Systems, Tailoring: frameworks and applications, Test & Evaluation of Systems of Systems

Emerging Digital Futures
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Autonomy, Capability Engineering for Industry 4.0, Digital Transformations, Education for Digital Natives, Modelling approaches, Technical Leadership in a Digital Future


Domains of application include but are not limited to:

•   Cities, Transport & Infrastructure

•   Defence & Cybersecurity

•   Energy & Nuclear Technologies

•   Healthcare & Biomedical

•   Modelling & Simulation

•   Project Management & Leadership

•   Sustainability & the Environment

•   Telecommunications & Information systems

•   Test & Evaluation

•   Training, Certification, Education & Research

Registration - Early Bird Registration Extended until Sunday 21 July 2024


Early bird registration is now open! Register early, secure your seat and save!

Members of the following Technical Associations are welcome to register at the member registration rate: 

- Engineers Australia, SESA, ITEA, SimAust and INCOSE. 

Earlybird registrations are now open.

Select a registration type

Full Conference Registration

- Full Day Conference Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 September

Social Functions:
- Welcome Reception on Monday 23 September
- Gala Dinner on Tuesday 24 September

*Does not include registration to the pre-conference Tutorials

Earlybird Regular
Member $1075 $1290
Non-Member $1260 $1510
Student $315 $375

Tutorials Only - Full Day - Sunday 22 September


- Full Day Tutorials on Sunday 22 September only


*Does not include conference registration

Member $500
Non-Member $500
Student $500

Tutorials Only - Half Day - Sunday 22 September


- Half Day Tutorials on Sunday 22 September only


*Does not include conference registration

Earlybird Regular
Member $250 $250
Non-Member $250 $250
Student $250 $250

Accommodation Information

Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Pullman Melbourne on the Park is the conference venue and is located on the threshold of Melbourne’s business, dining, sports and cultural precincts. 

Additional accommodation offerings can be viewed here.



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