Special Sessions

Special Session on Applying Model-Based Engineering to Systems of Systems

Instructors: Garry Roedler (INCOSE); Judith S. Dahmann (MITRE Corporation, USA); Alan Harding (INCOSE, United Kingdom (Great Britain))

Abstract: System of systems engineering (SoSE) continues to be an increasingly important part of systems engineering today. When deployed, few, if any, systems operate independently; in most cases, systems as we know them are in effect elements of larger systems or 'systems of systems' (SoS). As defined in ISO/IEC/IEEE 12207, a system of systems is a "set of systems that interact to provide a unique capability that none of the constituent systems can accomplish on its own. Each constituent system is a useful system by itself, having its own management, goals, and resources, but coordinates within the SoS to provide the unique capability of the SoS." The SoS is typically composed of existing constituent systems that are evolving at their own pace, under their own authorities. Since the constituent systems can themselves be complex systems, the SoS can be large, complex, and dynamic with many emergent behaviors, both predicted and unpredicted. These factors all contribute to the challenges facing systems engineering in a SoS context. As systems engineering has adopted a model-based approach, SoSE is also looking to model-based engineering to better understand and manage the complexity and dynamics. By providing an unambiguous, standards-based description of the systems in a SoS including key behaviors and their interfaces, and of the way these systems interact to address SoS capabilities, SoSE models can provide a shared representation of the SoS architecture along with a computational base for analysis of SoS measures of performance, effectiveness, and outcomes. This session will be a panel that discusses the current efforts to apply MBE to SoSE, and address progress, opportunities and future challenges. The panel discussion will strongly focus on the challenges that need to be addressed in order to effectively apply MBE to SoSE and possible ways to address them.


Special Session on Human System Integration

Instructor: Holly Handley (Old Dominion University, USA)

Abstract: This session will align with our newly created IEEE System Council Human System Integration (HSI) Technical Committee. Papers presented as part of this session will address issues that arise at the intersection of the user with the system. We are requesting one regular paper track session, anticipating 3 or 4 papers to be presented on a range of HSI topics, such as interface design, training requirements, personnel capabilities and limitations, human task allocation, and work processes. Papers may be academic in nature or industry case studies. HSI is listed as one of the enablers of System Engineering in the System Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK); participants in this session will gain an understanding of some of the topics encompassed by the domain of Human System Integration.


Special Session on Data Mining and Machine Learning for Smart Systems

Instructors: Turki Turki (King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia); Jason Wang (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)

Abstract: Smart systems involve managing, mining, and interpreting Information from various types of data. With the exponential growth of data in many domains, it is highly desirable to find meaningful patterns from these data to identify events of interest. Many of these smart systems find successful applications. Examples of such applications include military target detection, tracking Infectious disease spread, monitoring parking space, mining traffic data, predicting social movements, and forecasting future crises. The success of these smart systems depends heavily on the utilized machine learning algorithms and the quality of the collected data.