Dr. Christiaan Paredis gives USC talk

Thank you so much to Dr. Christiaan Paredis for his time and giving a great talk to our faculty and students! The talk slides are linked below, as well as, the program briefing for ESD and SYS (with an accompanying video on slide 2).

A Theoretical Framework for Systems Engineering and Design Asking “Why?” rather than just “How?”

NSF Program Briefing for ESD and SYS


An important component of the Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) and Systems Science (SYS) programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is the development of a theoretical foundation for systems engineering and design. In this presentation, I will motivate the need for a theoretical framework and explain what it is.  As an example, a model for systems engineering and design will be introduced in which the artifact development process is modeled as a search process.  Unlike many models in the literature, this model provides an explanation for (rather than just a description of) current practices.  Related to the need for a theoretical framework is the need for rigorous research methodology.  I will therefore present some thoughts on the desired characteristics of a rigorous research methodology for systems engineering and design.  The presentation will end with some logistical details about the NSF programs and an opportunity for Q&A. The overall goal is to increase the success of principal investigators when submitting proposals to the ESD or SYS programs.


Dr. Chris Paredis is Program Director for the Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) and Systems Science (SYS) programs at the National Science Foundation.  He is also Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, and in the H.M. Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA.  He is a Woodruff Faculty Fellow and Director of the Model-Based System Engineering Center. He holds graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Dr. Paredis’ research focuses on Model-Based Systems Engineering, combining aspects of decision theory, information technology, simulation, and systems theory to support the design of complex mechatronic systems. In these areas, he has published more than 140 refereed book chapters, journal articles and conference papers.  He has made significant contributions to the development of the theory, methods and tools for decision making in design and systems engineering, and has developed several decision support tools using the SysML and Modelica languages.  As Director of the Model-Based Systems Engineering Center, he leads a group of 11 faculty members towards the development of a next generation of systems engineering methods that are value-driven, model-based and human-centered.

Within the Object Management Group (OMG), he served on the SysML Revision Task Force and has led the development of the SysML-Modelica Transformation Specification. He was a founding board member of the North America Modelica Users’ Group, and served on the working group responsible for the INCOSE “Systems Engineering Vision 2025.”  He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Integrated Model-Centric Engineering Program at NASA/JPL, is past Chair of the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering division, and has served as Conference Chair for the 2013 Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER’13) and the 2007 Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE’07).

Dr. Paredis has served as Associate Editor for the SAE Journal of Commercial Vehicles and the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design.  He currently serves as co-Editor of the ASME book series, “Advances in Computers and Information in Engineering Research.”  He received the 2007 CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, the 2007 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, and the 2011 ASME CIE Excellence in Research Award.

The Incremental Commitment Spiral Model: Principles and Practices for Successful Systems and Software


ICSM book

We want to congratulate Dr. Barry W. Boehm, Dr. Jo Ann Lane, Dr. Supannika Koolmanojwong and Dr. Richard Turner in their new publication.

€œThe title makes a huge promise: a way to divide commitment into increments that are both meetable (good news for developers) and meaningful (good news for managers and stakeholders). And the book makes good on that promise.€ – Tom DeMarco, Principal, The Atlantic Systems Guild, author of Peopleware, Deadline and Slack.

“I am seriously impressed with this ICSM book. Besides being conceptually sound, I was amazed by the sheer number of clear and concise characterizations of issues, relationships, and solutions. I wanted to take a yellow highlighter to it until I realized I’d be highlighting most of the book.€ – Curt Hibbs, Chief Agile Evangelist, Boeing

You can get your pre-order from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Incremental-Commitment-Spiral-Model/dp/0321808223


Dr. Barry W. Boehm named USC Distinguished Professor

On January 13, 2014, President C. L. Max Nikias announced his appointment for Dr. Barry Boehm as Distinguished Professor along with Dr. Jonathan Samet and Dr. Eileen Crimmins as University Professor.  Their outstanding accomplishments do honor to the University.  For a complete list of USC Distinguished Professors, please refer to http://about.usc.edu/faculty/distinguished-professors/

Barry W Boehm

Barry Boehm is the TRW Distinguished Professor in Software Engineering, Professor of Computer Science and Industrial and Systems Engineering, and founding director of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He has honorary degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Chinese Academy of Sciences and has received the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal in recognition of his innovative solutions to the integration of systems engineering and software engineering. A pioneer in the field of software engineering, Professor Boehm’s research codified principles surrounding software development. The models he developed have revolutionized and laid the foundation for the development and production of increasingly complex software systems that are used regularly in all major social institutions, including transportation, education, banking, and defense.

Dr. Rachchabhorn Wongsaroj, Bank of Thailand


January 2014 marks the end of Dr. Rachchabhorn “Place” Wongsaroj’s visiting research with the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering.  During Place’s visit to USC CSSE in January 2013, she developed an electronic process guide for Bank of Thailand’s internal data management system using IBM Rational Method Composer, studied the system capability affordability tradespace, balancing expedited systems engineering to reduce schedule and cost, encourage flexibility in architecture decisions to support future evolution of the system and minimize technical debt that either results in later rework or adversely impacts future options, analyzed top enablers and inhibitors of Expedited Systems Engineering, Flexible Systems and Technical Debt, and the relationship between these enablers and inhibitors and an initial analysis of the appropriateness of the COCOMO II cost drivers and scale divers for the case of Big Data project cost estimation.  This research and collaboration is a welcome exchange of data and knowledge between USC CSSE and the Bank of Thailand as well further study of software development method concepts, techniques, processes, frameworks, methodologies, criteria of selections that are appropriate for application in organizational projects.  We send a warm debt of gratitude to Dr. Wongsaroj as she returns to the Statistics and Information Systems Department at the Bank of Thailand.

Dr. Rachchabhorn WongsarojDr. Rachchabhorn Wongsaroj is a senior business analyst in the data management department with the Bank of Thailand.  She graduated with a PhD in Management Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology.  Her research interests are big data as well as data quality management.  Dr. Wongsaroj may be contacted at: rachchaw@bot.or.th