Investigating Approaches to Achieve Modularity Benefits in the Acquisition Ecosystem


Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniel A. DeLaurentis, Purdue University (ddelaure@purdue.edu)

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Mitchell Kerman, Stevens Institute of Technology (mitchell.kerman@stevens.edu) (now currently at Idaho National Laboratory)

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Lu Xiao, Stevens Institute of Technology (lu.xiao@stevens.edu)

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Navindran Davendralingam (Research Scientist) (davendra@purdue.edu)

Timeframe:  June 2016 to June 2017

Category: Enterprise and Systems of Systems


Description

 Objective:

The objective of this research was to investigate whether the nature of the particular ecosystem determines (or at least influences) what style and level of modularity should be employed, and which functions naturally lend themselves to modularity. Some additional questions that guided the research include:

  • Ecosystem Concept: Based on a thorough literature review, what might be the “minimum equipment list” the DoD needs in order to support an ecosystem emphasizing modularity?
  • How to articulate the relationship between modularity and openness, and what are some current examples both inside and out of the defense domain?
  • Are there design patterns or characteristics in designs that enable modularity?
  • Are there specific systems architectural decompositions (functional, physical, etc.) that best lend themselves to modularity?
  • What factors enable a robust acquisition ecosystem to evolve over time, enabling the Department to achieve its innovation, competition, cost, technology and interoperability objectives?

Approach:

The research under this project addressed the research need using the multi-pronged knowledge acquisition approach to maximize information gained to address the research objectives of this work

Deliverables

Publications

Publications: None to date

Research Team

Research Team:

  • Dr. Daniel A. DeLaurentis, Purdue University
  • Dr. Mitchell Kerman, Stevens Institute of Technology (now currently at Idaho National Laboratory)
  • Dr. Lu Xiao, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Navindran Davendralingam (Research Scientist)
  • Dr. Cesare Guariniello (Research Associate)

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Project Researchers