29th International Forum on COCOMO and Systems/Software Cost Modeling

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29th International Forum on COCOMO® and Systems/Software Cost Modeling

October 21-23, 2014
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Next Generation Systems and Software Cost Models


Forum Attendees will get a free copy of the ICSM book

The USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering will hold its 29th annual Forum on COCOMO® and Systems/Software Cost Modeling at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on October 21-23, 2014. In today’s cyber-physical world, time to market or delivery is key and as a result methods and techniques for developing today’s systems have evolved to quickly provide solutions to users. As a result, many programs often use an incremental process that allows investments in new development to evolve over time to meet changing needs and use agile development techniques to the extent possible to quickly respond to these changing needs.  Tools to automate engineering activities, 3-D printers to develop quick prototypes, and approaches to ensure that tomorrow’s systems operate effectively in the “internet of things” (or systems of systems) are common drivers for the design and development of next generation systems and software.  In addition, costs vs. capability performance trades are important in an era of shrinking budgets.  This year, we have decided to explore how cost modeling and estimation should evolve to better support these approaches.  In addition, we plan to provide a tutorial on our new book The Incremental Commitment Spiral Model:  Principles and Practices for Successful Systems and Software, host panel discussions, and conduct workshops related to our ongoing COCOMO III and COSYSMO 3.0 model upgrade initiatives.

Topics of interest include:

  • Incremental cost modeling and estimation (systems engineering and software development) for complex systems, system of systems, and brownfield/legacy system modernization
  • Cost modeling and analysis for expedited/lean systems engineering and software development
  • Integration of cost models with system architecture and design models such as DoDAF, SysML, and UML
  • Cost modeling and estimation to support product line analysis and development
  • Cost modeling and estimation to support analysis of alternatives
  • Return on investment of early feasibility assessments
  • More general cost modeling topics:

o  Usage, analysis, and improvement of existing cost models

o  Integration of cost models to provide fuller lifecycle coverage

o  Innovative ways of applying cost models

o  Scaling models up and down

o  Schedule estimation

o  Risk management

o  Value-based approaches

o  Novel cost estimation relationships

o  Analysis of historical cost data

o  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 model/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.


General Chairs: Barry Boehm (USC) and Jo Ann Lane (USC)
Program Committee: Rick Selby (Northrop Grumman/USC, Chair), Jim Alstad (USC), Barry Boehm (USC), Winsor Brown (USC), Sunita Chulani (Cisco), Jared Fortune (Aerospace), Anandi Hira (USC), LiGuo Huang (SMU), Jo Ann Lane (USC), Qi Li (YP.com), Dan Ligett (Softstar), Ray Madachy (NPS), Ali Malik (Univ. of Lahore),Ramin Moazeni (Oracle), Supannika K. Mobasser (Aerospace), Vu Nguyen (Vietnam Univ. of Science), Mauricio Pena (Boeing), Paige Selby (Brown University and Raytheon), Ricardo Valerdi (Univ. of Arizona), Ye Yang (Stevens Institute of Technology)
Local Arrangements Chair: Julie Sanchez, USC (jasanche@usc.edu)

Key Dates

Submissions:  2-3 page abstracts due August 22, 2014 to rick.selby@ngc.com

Notification of acceptance date:  September 5, 2014

Proceedings Materials Due:  October 13, 2014

Forum and Workshops – Planned Schedule of Events:

  Morning Afternoon Evening
October 21 ICSM Tutorial Contributed presentations Reception and Tools Faire
October 22 Workshop Contributed presentations Affiliates’ Dinner
October 23 Workshop Contributed presentations


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