Systems and Software Engineering: Two Sides of the Same Coin

After exploring the growing, fast-changing, and very complex area of embedded systems in last year's Annual Research Review, this year's ARR is returning to the subject matter at the heart of the CSSE: the overlap and interplay of systems and software engineering.  Both our affiliates and we have been involved in a number of efforts in this area in the past year, spanning grid and cloud computing, model-driven systems engineering, service-oriented architecture, system-of-systems testing and evaluation, and so on.

Our collaboration with MIT and UT Arlington on a DoD-funded project, which commenced in the past year, is particularly exciting as it is enlisting the complementary strengths of the three universities in addressing testing and evaluation (T&E) in the domains of autonomous and net-centric systems-of-systems (SoS).  This ARR will include, for the first time, talks by experts in SoS T&E from the U.S. Army and Navy.  The ARR will also include presentations by experts in the currently very "hot" areas of cloud and grid computing as well as service-oriented architecture.  The objective of these talks will be to cut through the hype, properly relate these areas to systems and software engineering, and highlight both the challenges and opportunities these areas present.

In addition to these topics, which will be covered in the ARR Executive Workshop, our graduate students will present the results of their state-of-the-art research, and three focused workshops will be held.  The presentations will also feature three new additions to our CSSE faculty: Prof. Azad Madni, who has succeeded Stan Settles as Director of our Systems Architecting and Engineering Program; Assistant Prof. William (G.J.) Halfond, who brings strengths in program analysis and testing, and recent PhD student and now Research Assistant Prof. JoAnn Lane.  Also, our Director Emeritus, Barry Boehm, who has recently received the prestigious IEEE Simon Ramo Award in Systems Engineering (with a citation highlighting his contributions to integrating systems and software engineering), will discuss opportunities for Affiliates to collaborate with the rapidly growing DoD-Stevens-USC Systems Engineering Research Center, whose first Annual Report is now available.

For additional details, please see the ARR Program.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Sanchez at

I am looking forward to seeing you in Los Angeles in March!

Neno Medvidović
CSSE Director

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