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28th International Forum on COCOMO® and Systems/Software Cost Modeling in conjunction with the  Practical Software and Systems Measurement (PSM) Support Center

Broadening the Use of Cost Models to Understand –ilities, Tradeoffs, and Business and Engineering Decisions

The USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering will hold its 28th annual Forum on COCOMO® and Systems/Software Cost Modeling at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on October 22-24, 2013. In today’s cyber-physical world, we need to model and estimate single system development, existing system and software upgrades, development of new system of systems capabilities while at the same time exploring alternatives in the solution space for affordability and expedited/rapid delivery of solutions.  Often initial system development is not the total cost driver for total ownership costs.  Manufacturing, maintenance, sustainment and retirement/disposal costs can often overshadow development costs and a lack of investment in flexibility and affordability can mean a shorter life for the system and a corresponding reduction in the return on investment for the initial development costs.  This year, we have decided to explore the role of cost modeling and estimation in looking at the “big picture” for systems, products, and systems of systems including total cost of ownership as well as supporting strategic business and engineering decisions. In addition, we plan to host panel discussions and conduct workshops related to on-going cost modeling research work.Topics of interest include:

  • Cost model analysis to evaluate tradeoffs between affordability, quality, security, flexibility, performance and other goals
  • Cost modeling and estimation to support analysis of alternatives
  • Return on investment of early feasibility assessments
  • Integration of cost models with system architecture and design models such as DoDAF, SysML, and UML
  • Cost modeling and analysis for expedited/lean systems engineering and software development
  • Cost modeling, analysis, and estimation for software maintenance/sustainment
  • Cost modeling, estimation, and measurement for systems, system of systems, complex systems, and associated systems engineering
  • Cost modeling and estimation to support product line analysis and development
  • Cost modeling to support hardware development, manufacturing, operations, and/or sustainment estimation
  • Integration of cost models to provide fuller lifecycle coverage
  • More general cost modeling topics:
  • Usage, analysis, and improvement of existing cost models
  • Innovative ways of applying cost models
  • Scaling models up and down
  • Schedule estimation
  • Risk management
  • Value-based approaches
  • Novel cost estimation relationships
  • Analysis of historical cost data
  • Model validation

The COCOMO® Forum is a venue for presenting data from PhD students, faculty, other academic researchers, and industry and government affiliates who describe emerging ideas as well as more mature concepts. We encourage abstract submissions addressing this wide spectrum of interests as well as workshop and tool demonstration proposals that will lead to lively exchanges of ideas.  Abstracts will be evaluated on relevance, originality, grounding in experience, and incorporation of empirical data.

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General Chairs: Barry Boehm (USC) and Jo Ann Lane (USC)
Program Committee: Rick Selby (Northrop Grumman/USC, Chair), Barry Boehm (USC), Winsor Brown (USC), Sunita Chulani (Cisco), Jared Fortune (Aerospace), Anandi Hira (USC), LiGuo Huang (SMU), Cheryl Jones (PSM), Supannika Koolmanojwong (USC), Jo Ann Lane (USC), Qi Li (USC), Dan Ligett (Softstar), Daniel Link (USC), Ray Madachy (NPS), Ali Malik (Univ. of Lahore), Ramin Moazeni (USC), Vu Nguyen (Vietnam Univ. of Science), Mauricio Pena (Boeing), Garry Roedler (LMCO and PSM), Paige Selby (Raytheon), Ricardo Valerdi (Univ. of Arizona), Ye Yang (ISCAS)
Local Arrangements Chair: Julie Sanchez, USC (

Key Dates

Submissions:  2-3 page abstracts due July 31, 2013 to

Notification of acceptance date:  August 12, 2013

Proceedings Materials Due:  October 1, 2013

Forum and Workshops – Planned Schedule of Events:

Oct. 22-24: Presentations and panel discussions (half day)

Oct. 22-23: Workshops (half day)

Oct. 22: Reception and Tools Faire
Oct. 23: Affiliates’ Dinner

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