Dr. Istvan David – Faculty of Engineering
Istvan David

Dr. Istvan David


Sustainable systems engineering, modeling and simulation, digital twins, cyber-biophysical systems, model-driven engineering, multi-paradigm modeling, collaborative modeling, software engineering
  • Assistant Professor

    Computing and Software


I joined the Department of Computing and Software as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in July 2023.

My research is situated under the broader umbrella of systems engineering, with a particular interest in sustainable systems engineering by and for digital accelerators, such as digital twins and the digital thread. The mission of my program is to promote circular systems engineering, the paradigm of truly sustainable systems engineering. I maintain additional lines of research in select topics in modeling and simulation, including modeling and simulation of cyber-biophysical systems, automated simulator engineering, collaborative modeling, consistency management, and model transformations.

I am a dedicated servant of the modeling and simulation community: a frequent reviewer for top journals and organizer of important scientific events.

Previously, I spent 2.5 fantastic years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research (DIRO) of the University of Montréal, Canada; and before that, some time as a postdoc in the Software and Sustainability group of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I received my PhD in Computer Science in 2019 from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, for my work on inconsistency management in complex multi-paradigm engineering settings. During my Master’s years, I worked on reactive and streaming model transformations, and complex event processing with the VIATRA/IncQuery team at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary.

I’m also active outside of academia, mainly in innovation consulting. During my sabbatical, I served as the Head of Innovation for a multinational quality engineering company. Previously, I have worked for several service-oriented companies as a software engineer.