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.


Symposium on Whole System Evolution

Instructor: Scott Tilley (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)

Abstract: WSE began in 1999 as the Web Site Evolution series of events, which provided a vibrant forum to present original work and promote discussion on topics related to the disciplined evolution of large-scale web-based systems. IN 2009, a decade later, WSE broadened its focus to become the IEEE International Symposium on Web Systems Evolution. WSE ran for 15 years, culminating in WSE 2013, which was co-located with ICSME 2013 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Now, after a five-year hiatus, WSE is returning with an expanded theme of Whole System Evolution with IEEE Syscon 2018. WSE 2018 will be a half-day symposium structured as a mix of invited presentations and facilitated discussions on the subject of whole system evolution. The goal is to foster a holistic approach to the disciplined evolution of complex systems involving people, process, and technology. Modernizing existing systems requires addressing software, hardware, and network connections in totality. The current drivers for migration include topics such as security hardening, big data analytics, and cyber-physical system integration. Nevertheless, there are timeless principles related to legacy systems that are relevant to today's challenges. Over the years, WSE has focused on enduring themes such as architecture, migration strategies, usability and human factors, testing, and security. WSE 2018 will resurrect these themes in the context of modern, large-scale, software-intensive systems. The PI, Scott Tilley, has had 8 papers published in past IEEE SysCon conferences. SysCon would be an excellent host for this new edition of WSE.