The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)

A University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of the US Department of Defense, leverages the research and expertise of faculty, staff, and student researchers from more than 20 collaborating universities throughout the United States. SERC is unprecedented in the depth and breadth of its reach, leadership, and citizenship in Systems Engineering.


The SERC research portfolio is structured into four thematic focus areas:


Assist 2 Develop Present A: Systems Engineering Challenge for NASA

NASA Mission Architects need a library of SysML elements for common physical and functional elements that can be used across NASA missions. Show us your architecture and systems engineering modeling skills, to help develop common models that can be used for more effective and efficient systems engineering… and also have a chance to win some nice prizes. Individuals and teams are welcome to participate.

Call for Papers: AAAI Spring Symposium Series – AI Welcomes Systems Engineering:

The IEEE-INCOSE-NDIA Systems Security Symposium seeks research papers and application studies which focus on the development of secure, safe, and resilient systems. This symposium attempts to address the convergence of cybersecurity, safety, and engineering with interest in the effective application of security principles, methods, and tools to complex systems such as cyber-physical systems, autonomous systems, transportation vehicles, medical devices, large IoT systems, and other systems of interest.

SERC TALKS: “How Can System Architecture and Cost Models be Integrated for UAS Tradespace Analysis?”

The Naval Postgraduate School and Air Force Institute of Technology have developed affordability tradeoff analysis methods employing architectural and parametric cost models applied to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). A focus is at the interface of cost and architecture models for the automatic extraction of system size attributes from the architecture models at the levels of software, system and UAS domain product line. Costs can then be associated with architecture variants to assess tradeoffs between affordability and other ilities. Cost models have been extended for integration with formal Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methods including SysML, Orthogonal Variability Modeling (OVM), discrete event simulation, and system behavioral modeling with Monterey Phoenix (MP). Relevant case studies for small UAS are continuing as the methods are being refined. Existing models were applied to demonstrate tradeoff analyses, and new models were created to better represent actual conditions empirically observed in practice. The talk will overview the modeling methods and their interfaces, case studies applied to single system architectures, and current investigations with UAS domain reference architectures developed by AFIT.


Systems Engineering Research Center

Stevens Institute of Technology
1 Castle Point on Hudson
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Phone: 201-216-8300
Fax: 201-216-8550