New Project Incubator 2019-2020
Thomas McDermott Jr.
Dr. Dinesh Verma
Dr. Mark Austin
Dr. Paul Collopy
Dr. Richard Malak
Dr. Michael Pennock
Dr. Daniel Selva
Dr. Valerie Sitterle
Dr. Ye Yang
The need for new project incubation is an integral part of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) 2019-2023 technical plan as there continues to be a significant need to identify and cultivate new ideas that may become critical research programs that address emerging challenges. This incubation capability will be supported by a biennial open call to the SERC research collaborating universities to propose early stage research that can be nurtured through relatively small levels of seed funding. This work will consist of the solicitation, review and identification of a number of selected research topics. These topics will then be developed into study reports and white papers for extended research. This year the SERC intends to fund eight such awards. Each research team will produce a final technical report and white paper that will be incorporated into a single final project document. Each researching team will also present their results to the sponsor and other potentially interested parties. Based on these final results, appropriate funding decisions will be made with respect to continuing the described research.
The SERC performs research on 18-20 active tasks on well-defined topics that are aligned with the SERC’s research strategy. While this research has great potential to have a transformative impact on systems engineering in both DoD and the intelligence community, it is also important to identify and nurture new ideas that may become the critical research programs for emerging challenges.
The SERC shall develop eight short white papers outlining research programs with a significant potential to improve the practice of engineering systems. The SERC shall bundle these white papers into a technical report to be delivered at the end of the task. These white papers should allow the DoD to explore a diversity of innovative research ideas at a minimal cost.
The overall value of the white papers will be judged on several criteria: intellectual merit, clarity of the vision, past performance of the investigators, and the strategic impact on the SERC and DoD, to include taking full advantage of the SERC’s multi-disciplinary research capabilities. Of particular interest to the DoD is research focused on:
- Velocity – Developing and sustaining capabilities that integrate evolving technologies and address emergent requirements and evolving mission objectives
- Security – Designing and sustaining ability to safeguard critical technologies and mission capabilities in the face of dynamic cyber adversaries
- Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Autonomy - Developing and supporting systems engineering methods, processes and tools to understand, exploit and accelerate the use of AI and autonomy in critical capabilities
The white papers should describe the long-term goals of the research program and the approach to achieving these goals. The white papers should provide a rough estimate of the resources necessary to execute the program. Development of the whitepapers will not require purchase of equipment, nor any journal, book or membership expenses.
- Poster - RT 180: The Feasibility of Enhancing the Security of Complex Systems Through Disaggregation of Security Components To Asymmetric Multi-Processors
- Poster - RT 180: Identifying and Measuring Modularity Violations in Hybrid Cyber-Physical Systems
- Poster - RT 180: Extending Flexible Contracts for Mission Assurance and Reliability Assessment
- Other - Model Based System Assurance: Enabled By Digital Engineering
- Other - Model Based System Assurance: Enabled by Digital Engineering
- Other - A Bootcamp – Introduction to Ontology for Systems Engineers