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Information Models and Ontologies to Enable Digital Engineering: Research Workshop
May 23 @ 10:00 am - May 24 @ 3:00 pm EDT
Registration is invitation only.
Objective: The objective of this workshop is to first understand the current state of practice and research in the synthesis and application of information models and ontologies in support of Digital Engineering; and second, identify a small number of key research questions that need to be addressed. This is driven by the notion of achieving semantically rich design reasoning across abstraction levels and disciplinary domains. This invitation-only workshop will bring together key stakeholders and experts from government, industry, and academia to drive the discussion, propelled by targeted invited talks focused on promising approaches to design and implement ontologies; and existing bodies of knowledge to support the development of ontologies.
Topics of Interest:
- Capabilities enabled by ontologies in the context of Digital Engineering
- Internal consistency in nomenclature, concepts, and practices across an extended enterprise, and a complex supply chain
- Tension between theoretical correctness and pragmatic implementation of ontologies and information models
- Barriers and enablers to develop and adopt ontologies
- Existing or proposed initial taxonomies in support of Digital Engineering
Notional Organization of the Research Workshop: Four invited talks to set the stage followed by three working groups and a concluding summarizing session at the end of the workshop.
- What Ontologies Can and Cannot Achieve in Digital Engineering – Sample Implementation of an Ontology to Achieve Data Interoperability
Mr. Chris Partridge, Chief Ontologist, BORO Solutions, UK
- Armaments Digital Engineering Strategy – An Ontology Based Approach
Drs. Jason Cook and Eddie Grimes, U.S. Army Futures Command, Armaments Center
- Experiences Using Formal Ontologies in Systems Engineering Practice
Dr. Steve Jenkins, JPL/NASA (Retired)
- A Digital Engineering Methodology for Interoperability Using Ontologies
Drs. Mark Blackburn and Tom Hagedorn, Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)
- Ontology Development: Best practices to develop an ontology: what is needed, what is good enough, what are critical challenges?
- Ontology Sources: What information/knowledge is best when developing ontologies; where can we find this knowledge, what are potential inconsistencies and/or likely conflicts, what are the existing harmonization?
- Piloting Ontologies: What are the potential low impedance pilots to showcase the value of ontologies?
Outcomes: A consolidated report summarizing the results of the three working groups, including relationships between the different elements discussed and a proposed plan of action.
Hosted by the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) in collaboration with the MITRE Corporation
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