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System of Systems Engineering (SoSE)



Lead Personnel: Jo Ann Lane, Research Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department


Objectives: Understand and evolve methods, processes, and tools to enhance SoSE


Description:

System of systems (SoS) is a term often used to describe a set of related net-centric, software-intensive systems that are used to provide capabilities that cannot be accomplished by any single system in the set. Each system that is part of an SoS is often referred to as a constituent system. In recent times, SoSs have become more complex and difficult to manage, due in part to the fact that SoS capabilities can conflict with single system requirements and plans and, for systems that belong to more than one SoS, conflicts between the various SoSs’ changes for a given constituent system. To better guide SoS evolution and performance enhancement, many organizations have established a system of systems engineering (SoSE) team.

Recent Department of Defense research has identified how engineering teams have adapted traditional engineering activities to better manage and evolve SoSs.   USC CSSE and SERC research to date has focused on:

Research continues in each of the above areas.  In particular, we are seeking industry partners to further refine and evolve the SoSE cost model.  In addition, more recent DoD-lead research is analyzing SoSE artifacts developed and evolved during the various SoS engineering activities.

For more information or to participate in SoSE cost model local calibration research, contact Jo Ann Lane (jolane@usc.edu).