Daniel KROB

Lecture Title: Systemic Digital Twins: the Example of the Transformation of Dunkirk’s Port

Lecture Summary/Abstract:

Systemic digital twins allow to pass in a smooth way from model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to system simulation, based on the system formal specification language S and on the WordLabä technology.

We shall illustrate this approach on the case study of Dunkirk’s port where it was applied with success in order to analyze and quantify the impacts along the next 10 years of a structuring transformation – replacing coal traffic by container traffic – on the various port logistic infrastructures, allowing to secure the investment strategy of the port for the forthcoming decade.


Daniel Krob is currently president of CE.S.A.M.E.S. (Centre of Excellence on Systems Architecture, Management, Economy & Strategy), the leading French company in systems architecting & engineering.

Graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure (1981-1986), he received his PhD thesis (1988) and his second thesis in Computer Science (1991) from University Paris 7.

Daniel Krob had several key academic positions : he was scientific secretary of the 7th section (Information sciences & technologies) of the French National Committee for Scientific Research (1991-1995) ; he directed the national research network in “Mathematics and computer science” (1995-1997), involving around 1,000 researchers ; he was founder and director during six years of the main laboratory of computer science of University Paris 7 (LIAFA; 1997-2002), bringing it in the top-3 French laboratories in its domain. From 2001 to 2013, Daniel Krob also founded and directed the master department of the most important French software engineering school (EPITA). Finally, he was founder & head of the Ecole Polytechnique – Thales industrial chair “Engineering of complex systems” (2003-2015) and institute professor in computer science at Ecole Polytechnique, the most prestigious French engineering university up to 2019. Currently he is also distinguished visiting professor at Tsinghua University (2022-).

Internationally known in several scientific domains, Daniel Krob wrote more than 100 papers on various topics such as algorithms, algebraic & enumerative combinatorics, control theory, discrete mathematics, mobile communications, quantum groups, signal processing, system theory or theoretical computer science. He is the author of several books and of five patents in various domains (computer security, mobile communications, traffic optimization, digital twin architecture). Daniel Krob was head during 10 years of the steering committees of two main international scientific conferences in combinatorics and theoretical computer science. He also created & chaired the “Complex Systems Design & Management” international conference since 2009. More recently, he established the “Digital Twin Design & Operation” conference whose first edition will be organized in Paris by December 2023.

Nowadays Daniel Krob specialized in systems architecting, engineering and modelling. He worked for major companies (e.g. Airbus, Alstom Transport, Ariane Group, AVIC, Bouygues, COMAC, EDF, Framatome, Huawei, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nissan, Renault, Safran, Schneider Electric, Stellantis, Société Générale, Sony, etc.) in many areas such as aeronautics, automotive, bank, energy, high tech, railway, services and space. He is one of the leading professional experts in systems engineering in the world, recognized as a Fellow by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Within CESAMES, he trained more than 10,000 engineers around the world in systems architecting, especially through dedicated on-the-job trainings. He conducted lots of consulting missions in systems architecting & engineering around the world, advising the top managers in these domains, and directed two important digital industrial transformation programs – in Airbus and PSA – dedicated to the installation of model-based systems engineering at enterprise levels. He also developed the CESAM (CESAMES Systems Architecting Method) methodology and created with Antoine Rauzy the S system specification language and the WorldLab systemic digital twin technology.