"Systems architecting is the process by which we understand a complex need, and design elegant and harmonious ways to meet that need."
Peter Jackson joined the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in 2016 as head of the Engineering Systems and Design pillar. He has served as the Director of Aviation Studies Institute since its formation in 2019. Prior to coming to SUTD, Prof. Jackson served as the Director of the Cornell University Systems Engineering Program. He led the introduction of its online M. Eng. degree program in systems engineering which was subsequently ranked in the top eight such programs by US News and World Report. He is the author of an introductory text on systems engineering, Getting Design Right: A Systems Approach. He is a celebrated instructor of industrial engineering and the creator of dozens of experiential learning games and tools. He has consulted extensively with industrial ﬁrms, developing systems for production-inventory optimization, transportation scheduling, readiness-based sparing optimization, business simulation, and vendor-managed inventory optimization among others. He was named a “most valuable colleague” by General Motors in 2012.
I have spent the past 20 years developing a simple, repeatable process for design and systems architecting. I can create and deliver a customized course to meet your needs and even help you to develop your own unique design methodology.
I can develop custom games as part of your change management process to engage all levels of personnel in new ways of doing business.
I can develop data-driven optimization-based engines together with user interface prototypes for sales forecasting, production planning, transportation scheduling, and inventory management.
I am currently developing online materials to teach data science using R and can easily customize short courses for the "citizen data scientist" audience.
I developed the following games to introduce students to concepts in decision and data science and to interest prospective students in the study of Engineering Systems and Design. These games are hosted on a separate website so they will open in a new browser window. Most games have a separate tutorial and are typically used in instructor-led workshops. I can work with you to develop custom games to engage your employees in new ways of doing business.
Game Synopsis: The ‘Who Am I’ game helps you to perceive probabilities in terms of sets of features: The “chance” is a randomly-drawn mystery card with the identity of one of the characters hidden. The “choices” are what questions you ask to eliminate characters from consideration, based on their features. By a process of elimination you can identify the mystery character. The “consequences” are the number of questions it takes for you to identify the character. This is your score. You can be lucky or unlucky but, if you play multiple times, it is your skill at choosing the right questions that determines how well you do in the long run. See how computing conditional probabilities pays off. You can choose to play the basic or conditional game. The game can be played in Firefox or Chrome.Tutorial Play basic version play with conditional probabilities
Game Synopsis: Design, analyze and optimize your own amusement park. It looks simple: just drag and drop attractions onto a design layout of the park. But there are complexities: you need to please three different groups of consumers (families, teens, and seniors). You can grow your ticket sales but be careful: queues for the attractions can grow rapidly and ruin the experience for all. Finding a good balance for your objectives is an important part of any design. In lecture or a workshop we will explain the tools used in constructing the game: consumer choice models, queueing network models, and feedback control.Tutorial Play
Game Synopsis: Jack Muckstadt’s Multi-Item Kanban Game illustrates an innovative way to manage inventories in multi-item capacitated production systems. You start with managing a simple single-item system and progress to a sophisticated multi-item system using the CONWIP principle. Your challenge is to minimize the finished goods inventory needed to achieve a target fill rate. You may even discover for yourself the so-called “No B/C Policy” which we teach in our courses.Tutorial Play
Game Synopsis: “Plans are nothing but planning is everything.” When a disaster strikes you must marshal vehicles, equipment, teams and supplies to meet the needs. You must quickly put into place a multi-day plan. But as the disaster evolves you must update your plan and re-prioritize the use of your resources. Multiple disaster scenarios are available, from the simple to the complex.Tutorial Play
Game Synopsis: The Distribution Game is a classic game in optimizing the use of inventories in a product distribution network. You control a central warehouse and allocate your inventory among multiple retailers making sure they do not run out of stock while maximizing your profit. The game also introduces the Cumulative Flow Plot which is an effective graphical tool for revealing inventory policies from data.Tutorial Play
Game Synopsis: The Hospital Patient Flow Game is a flow analysis game in which you must pick up patients and move them through a hospital from one treatment area to the next until they are finally discharged. Whoever moves the required number of patients through the hospital fastest wins. It sounds simple but it is a fast-paced game and there are tricks to saving time. But it is also an educational game: you will learn a fundamental concept of analysing flow in engineering systems: the so-called “Little’s Law.” So come take a first step into engineering systems analysis and have fun doing it.Tutorial Play
Game Synopsis: The Schedule Crasher Exercise comprises of a project with seven activities, and your aim is to complete this project in less time than originally planned. Some project activities must be completed before other activities can start. You can crash a project schedule by adding people to help on the different project activities but you will have to deal with concepts of ‘decreasing returns to scale’ and ‘slack vs critical activities’ in project scheduling. Learn the optimization technique of marginal analysis to achieve an optimized solution!Tutorial Play