Research Programs and Projects

The four research areas are further divided into eleven research programs.  These programs have the potential to make a transformative impact on Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. The SERC Research Council, which includes some of the most capable researchers in the field, continues to help shape this portfolio. Current and recently completed project descriptions can be accessed through the hyperlinks below:

 

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Enterprise Systems and System of Systems


Investigating Approaches to Achieve Modularity Benefits in the Acquisition Workforce (MOSA)

Enterprise Modeling:

Create, validate, and transition methods, processes and tools (MPTs) to model the socio-technical aspects of complex systems of system and enterprise systems, including developing and populating a framework to integrate models created using diverse methods and tools

System of Systems Modeling and Analysis:

Create, validate, and transition methods, processes, and tools (MPTs) for analyzing and evolving systems of systems and provide support for their technical assessment, including through a “workbench” of analytic tools

 

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Trusted Systems


Systemic Security:

Create, validate, and transition methods, processes, and tools to ensure systemic security using knowledge of system objectives and operation

Systemic Assurance:

Create, validate, and transition methods, processes, and tools to ensure systemic assurance of safety, reliability, availability, maintainability, evolvability, and adaptability

 

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Systems Engineering and Systems Management Transformation


Affordability and Value in Systems:  

Create, validate, and transition methods, processes, and tools to make better decisions on affordability and value in systems

Quantitative Risk:

Create, validate, and transition methods, processes, and tools to improve risk identification, analysis tracking and management in acquisition and sustainment programs

Interactive Model-Centric Systems Engineering (IMCSE):

Create, validate, and transition methods, processes, and tools to rapidly model the critical aspects of systems, especially those that facilitate collaborative system development

Agile Systems Engineering:

Create, validate, and transition methods, processes, and tools that enable rapid and flexible System Engineering that can be applied for many kinds of systems in many types of development contexts

Future of Systems Engineering:

Investigate current tracks of systems research and applied method, processes, and tools and forecast primary trends to inform Systems Engineering transformation and impact.

Systems Engineering M&S Integration Framework in Digital Thread:

 

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Human Capital Development


Evolving Body of Knowledge:

Establish active communities and mechanisms that create and support living bodies of System Engineering knowledge

Experience Acceleration:

Develop an open source community that creates, validates, and transitions technology and content for the use of experiential technology to educate systems engineers and technical leaders

SE and Technical Leadership Education:  

Create, validate, and transition curricula and practices to support the instruction and learning of systems and technical leadership for inexperienced students in college and experienced professionals