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  • INCOSE-LA Chapter Speaker Meeting

    Tue, Aug 07, 2018 @ 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Scott Jackson, USC Systems Architecting and Engineering Program

    Talk Title: A fresh look at Systems Engineering -“ What is it, how should it work

    Series: INCOSE-LA Speaker Series

    Abstract: Does our historical approach to Systems Engineering fit our 21st century applications? The INCOSE definition of SE was compared to the aspirations set out in SE Vision 2025 for SE as it ought to be to address modern challenges. Doing this led us to three fundamental realizations.
    • Past systems were mostly deterministic, but 21st century systems are on the other hand increasingly non-deterministic, adaptive or evolutionary
    • Past Systems Engineering management was implicitly based on a command and control paradigm, 21st century Systems Engineering must use a more collaborative leadership paradigm
    • Past systems were largely single systems designed to solve specific problems, but 21st century systems are almost invariably networked, and are parts of complex extended enterprises with multiple, often conflicting, stakeholder objectives intimately related to complex societal challenges.

    The presentation will use elements of Soft Systems Methodology to understand the implication and consequences of the paradigm shift implied by these realizations. A revised strawman definition of Systems Engineering is offered for consideration by INCOSE, showing the changes that would be required to take these and related factors into account.

    The introduction to this topic will consider changes in what we mean by system. The System Definition Survey issued to INCOSE Fellows in December 2016 revealed at least five radically distinct worldviews on systems within a relatively small, but moderately representative, part of the INCOSE community. Scott will describe and analyze the survey results, and comment on differences between the responses from the Fellows and the responses to a similar survey issued to the System Science Working Group a month later. All the worldviews identified offer useful perspectives for systems engineering. Systems Engineers need the flexibility to adopt different worldviews for different situations.

    This presentation reflects the work of a team of experienced INCOSE authors: Hillary Sillitto, James Martin, Regina Griego, Dorothy McKinney, Eileen Arnold, Patrick Godfrey, Dov Dori, Daniel Krob and Scott Jackson.

    200 North Aviation Blvd
    Bldg D8, Rm 1010
    El Segundo, CA 90245
    Host: Deborah Cannon
    Phone: 714-477-3755

    Enter at the booth off of Aviation (N of El Segundo Blvd). The guard will direct you to parking at the front of the building. Enter the front door and guard will badge you in (you need to be registered -“ see link above.) When you arrive please wait in The Aerospace Lobby in Building D8 please check in with Security, you will need to present identification and a visitor badge will be issued. An Aerospace Corp employee will then escort you to the Conference room.

    The facility is the third building from the corner of Aviation and El Segundo, just north of the discount bakery outlet. The facility has 4 gates, but only the southern-most gate is open. Identify yourself to the security guard as attending the INCOSE meeting. You can park where Security directs and enter through the lobby at the center of the building where the flag poles are. Knock on the first of the double doors, and someone will open the door for you. The handicap ramp is on the north side and can be reached by driving all the way around the back of the building. Inform the security guard if you plan to use that ramp.

    COST: INCOSE Members: FREE. Non-members: $10 (refreshments provided)

    5:15-5:30 Sign-in/Registration
    5:30-6:00 Networking/Refreshments
    6:10-6:20 Introduction
    6:20-6:30 WG Presentation (TBD)
    6:30-7:30 Guest Speaker Presentation

    Biography: Scott Jackson, PhD is an INCOSE Fellow and an independent consultant and researcher with many years in the Systems Engineering and Aerospace industry, currently working with aircraft manufacturers around the world. He is an author as well. His books include Systems Engineering for Commercial Aircraft, Second Edition 2015, published by Routledge UK in both English and Chinese and Architecting Resilient Systems, published by Wiley US, 2010. He is also a professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

    More Info: RSVP: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efgmjl6w1267f65f&llr=l4ihvgeab

    Location: Aerospace Corporation-El Segundo

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Deborah A Cannon

  • SERC Talks

    Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Barry Boehm, TRW Professor, Director, Center for Systems and Software Engineering, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: How to Query, Qualify and Quantify the Qualities Quagmire

    Series: Successfully Applying Agile Methods for High-Criticality Systems

    Abstract: Systems and software qualities are also known as non-functional requirements. Where functional requirements specify what a system should do, the NFRs specify how well the system should do them. Many of them, such as Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Usability, Affordability, Interoperability, and Adaptability, are often called ilities, but not to the exclusion of other SQs such as Safety, Security, Resilience, Robustness, Accuracy, and Speed.

    In 2012, the US Department of Defense identified seven Critical Technology Areas needing emphasis in its technology investments. One of them was called Engineered Resilient Systems. The SERC sponsor, the DoD Undersecretary for Systems Engineering, and the lead ERS research organization, the Army Engineering Research Center (ERC), held two workshops to explore what research was being addressed, and how the SERC could complement it. It turned out that the existing ERS research underway was primarily directed at field testing, supercomputer modeling, and resilient design of physical systems, and that the SERC could best complement this research by addressing the resilient design of cyber-physical-human systems, Some of the SERC universities were performing such research, such as AFIT, Georgia Tech, MIT, NPS, Penn State, USC, U. Virginia, and Wayne State. These universities have been addressing aspects of this research area as a team since 2013.

    Initially, the team found a veritable quagmire of SQ definitions and relationships. For example, looking up resilience in Wikipedia, the team found over 20 different definitions of resilience, with over 10 different definitions of systems post-resilient state. The leading standard in the area, ISO-IEC 25010, had weak and inconsistent definitions of the qualities. For example, it defined Reliability with respect to the satisfaction of system functional requirements, but not its quality requirements. Some of the SERC universities had developed partial ontologies of the SQs, and exploration of alternative ontology structures identified found one that addressed not only the inter-quality relationships, but also their sources of value variation. The talk will summarize how the ontology can help systems engineers query, qualify, and quantify the relations among the system qualities, and better address key qualities such as Maintainability.

    Biography: Dr. Barry Boehm received his B.A. degree from Harvard in 1957, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA in 1961 and 1964, all in Mathematics. He has also received honorary Sc.D. in Computer Science from the U. of Massachusetts in 2000 and in Software Engineering from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. He is a Fellow of the ACM, AIAA, IEEE, and INCOSE, and a member of the NAE.

    While at USC, he has served as the Principal Investigator on major research contracts and grants from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, DARPA, ONR, AFRL, USAF-ESC, TACOM, NASA, FAA, and NSF. He has received industry research grants from over 25 industrial organizations. His real-client software engineering project course has successfully completed over 200 projects for USC-neighborhood clients and educated over 2000 students in an integrated approach to systems engineering and software engineering. He has published over 500 papers and books, with over 50,000 citations, and a Google Scholar h-index of 81.

    Host: Systems Engineering Research Center

    More Info: https://sercuarc.org/event/serc-talks-how-to-query-qualify-and-quantify-the-qualities-quagmire/
    Webcast: Available via WebEx. Register at the event link.

    Location: available via WebEx

    WebCast Link: Available via WebEx. Register at the event link.

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: James Moore II

  • Electrical Engineering Seminar

    Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 03:03 PM - 04:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Victor O.K. Li, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Talk Title: Bayesian Deep Learning: A Hybrid Approach to Predict Air Pollution

    Abstract: Air pollution has deteriorated rapidly in many metropolitan cities, such as Beijing. Since poor air quality has clear public health impacts, accurately monitoring and predicting the concentration of PM2.5 and other pollutants have become increasingly crucial. This talk presents a hybrid approach where time series decomposition and Bayesian Long Short-Term Memory (BLSTM) are combined as a framework for air pollution forecast, based on historical data of air quality, meteorology and traffic in Beijing. LSTM has been proven to achieve state-of-the-art performance in many time series prediction applications due to its capability of memorizing long term sequential correlations. In addition, the model uncertainty estimates generated by Bayesian methods may reduce overfitting, improving the accuracy of the prediction. In our experiment, deseasonalized features are fed into BLSTM to predict the air pollution in the next 48 hours of each monitoring station in Beijing. Results show that the BLSTM framework outperforms the baseline models including SVR, STL, ARIMA, and traditional LSTM with dropout regularization.

    Biography: Victor O.K. Li received SB, SM, EE and ScD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Prof. Li is Chair of Information Engineering and Cheng Yu-Tung Professor in Sustainable Development at the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) at the University of Hong Kong. He is the Director of the HKU-Cambridge Clean Energy and Environment Research Platform, an interdisciplinary collaboration with Cambridge. He was the Head of EEE, Assoc. Dean (Research) of Engineering and Managing Director of Versitech Ltd. He serves on the board of Sunevision Holdings Ltd., listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and co-founded Fano Labs Ltd., an artificial intelligence (AI) company with his PhD student. Previously, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, USA, and Director of the USC Communication Sciences Institute. His research interests include big data, AI, optimization techniques, and interdisciplinary clean energy and environment studies. In Jan 2018, he was awarded a USD 6.3M RGC Theme-based Research Project to develop deep learning techniques for personalized and smart air pollution monitoring and health management. Sought by government, industry, and academic organizations, he has lectured and consulted extensively internationally. He has received numerous awards, including the PRC Ministry of Education Changjiang Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Visiting Fellowship in Communications, the Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship, and the Order of the Bronze Bauhinia Star, Government of the HKSAR. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, the IEEE, the IAE, and the HKIE. He can be contacted at vli@eee.hku.hk.

    Host: C.-C. Jay Kuo

    More Information: Victor Li Seminar Announcement.pdf

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gloria Halfacre

  • Invited Talk in Honor of Bob Braden: "The Past and Futures of the Internet"

    Fri, Aug 10, 2018 @ 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: David Clark, Sr. Research Scientist , MIT Computer and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

    Talk Title: The Past and Futures of the Internet

    Abstract: The Internet has been such a success that for many who do not know its roots, its current form seems almost a given. It is worth looking back to the early days when Bob Braden was part of the small team of researchers who started out on this quest, and remembering how much had to be learned, and the decisions that might have been made differently. Understanding that there were defining forks in the road in the past is important as we contemplate some very important forks in the road that lie in the not too distant future. The future of the Internet is no more pre-ordained than its present form.

    Biography: David Clark is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is technical director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative. Since the mid-70s, David has been leading the development of the Internet; from 1981-1989 he acted as Chief Protocol Architect in this development, and chaired the Internet Activities Board. His current research looks at re-definition of the architectural underpinnings of the Internet, and the relation of technology and architecture to economic, societal and policy considerations.

    Host: ISI

    More Info: https://www.isi.edu/events/calendar/12253
    Webcast: https://bluejeans.com/82429124

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - Conference Room 1014

    WebCast Link: https://bluejeans.com/824291241

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

  • NL Seminar-Reasoning about objects, their components, and their descriptors

    Fri, Aug 10, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: James Mullenbach , USC/ISI

    Talk Title: Reasoning about objects, their components, and their descriptors

    Series: Natural Language Seminar

    Abstract: How do adjectives project from a noun to its parts and other aspects? If a motorcycle is red, are its wheels red? Is a sharp knifes handle sharp? Questions like this are common sense for humans, using our understanding of the world, but difficult for computers. I will describe our process for curating and annotating a large dataset consisting of related object pairs and adjectives, and a set of experiments that aim to discover the extent to which modern approaches can learn these relationships from purely textual sources.

    Biography: James is a Masters Student in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he works on machine learning for healthcare using written electronic health record notes. At ISI, he is working with Jonathan May and Nanyun Peng on building a dataset and models for textual commonsense reasoning. He aims to work on NLP and ML in industry for a year or so before applying for PhD programs.

    Host: Nanyun Peng

    More Info: http://nlg.isi.edu/nl-seminar/

    Location: Information Science Institute (ISI) - 6th Floor Conf Rm-CR# 689

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Peter Zamar

  • Joint INCOSE/IEEE SMCS Webinar

    Wed, Aug 15, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 12:01 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Thomas McDermott, Jr., Sunil Bharitkar, and Chistopher Nemeth, Stevens Institute of Technology, HP Labs, and Applied Research Associates

    Talk Title: Bridging the Gulf of Execution

    Series: INCOSE Speaker Series

    Abstract: Research results routinely fail to survive into the development phase of Research and Development projects. This gulf of execution that blocks research findings from being realized in the development phase of many projects continues to bog down R and D practice.

    Concurrent engineering was supposed to be a solution, but was it? Open innovation models were designed to bridge the gap, but have they? What is the gulf, and how did we get here? It might be a matter of professional focus. Research invests in understanding the problem, and Development invests in producing the solution. Innovation happens when these link up around people in a culture that promotes risk-taking. Or is it communication? Innovation happens when people from different disciplines or roles come together with common understanding. The issue spans multiple sectors. Large industries struggle to build an innovation culture when delivery of existing products and services is at the forefront. Universities have an innovation culture, but industry needs to adopt a systems approach to realize value from that culture. Industry-university partnerships are effective when both parties realize relationships across a broad range of university programs, from students to startups, and learn how to couple the university innovation system to the industry innovation enterprise.

    Three examples from INCOSE and IEEE SMCS members will suggest ways to resolve this enduring issue.

    Georgia Tech--We view this relationship as a system-of-systems model, where the industry product/service enterprise is coupled to the university innovation enterprise in a larger sociotechnical systems context, and where the relationship promotes all three innovation horizons--sustaining, disruptive, and transformational. Our experience in building such relationships at Georgia Tech indicates both parties can realize success when a range of enablers to industry-university interaction promote a range of innovation opportunities--basic and translational--over a long term partnerships. This systems-of-systems model will be presented as a general context, then generalized examples from Georgia Tech industry partnership efforts will be discussed to illustrate the model.

    Applied Research Associates--Our team developed a system for DoD over 3 years to support real time decision and communication support among Burn Intensive Care Unit clinicians. This example will describe collaboration among 35 members from military healthcare professionals, to cognitive psychologists and software and machine learning developers.

    HP Labs--In the Emerging Computer Lab within HP Labs, among other research areas we are involved in the areas of speech analysis and interpretation, audio signal processing in conjunction with machine learning. In this part of the webinar we will explore one research topic in audio processing that we undertook, after identifying the deficiencies on HP devices, and the challenges encountered during development. We also present examples of the solutions to overcome these challenges which have helped contribute towards a scalable deployment of the technology based off of this research.

    Biography: Thomas A. (Tom) McDermott, Jr is a leader, educator, and innovator in multiple technology fields. He currently serves as Deputy Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, as well as a consultant specializing in strategic planning for uncertain environments. He studies systems engineering, systems thinking, organizational dynamics, and the nature of complex human socio-technical systems. He teaches system architecture concepts, systems thinking and decision making, and the composite skills required at the intersection of leadership and engineering.

    Tom has over 30 years of background and experience in technical and management disciplines, including over 15 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology and 18 years with Lockheed Martin. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering. With Lockheed Martin he served as Chief Engineer and Program Manager for the F-22 Raptor Avionics Team, leading the program to avionics first flight. Tom was GTRI Director of Research and interim Director from 2007-2013. During his tenure the impact of GTRI significantly expanded, research awards doubled to over 300M dollars, faculty research positions increased by 60 percent, and the organization was recognized as one of Atlanta's best places to work. He also has a visiting appointment in the Georgia Tech Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. Tom is one of the creators of Georgia Tech's Professional Masters degree in Applied Systems Engineering and lead instructor of the Leading Systems Engineering Teams course.

    Sunil Bharitkar received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, minor in Mathematics from the University of Southern California in 2004 and is presently the speech-audio research Distinguished Technologist at HP Labs. He is involved in research in array signal processing, speech/audio analysis and processing, biomedical signal processing, and machine learning. From 2011-2016 he was the Director of Audio Technology at Dolby leading-guiding research in audio, signal processing, haptics, machine learning, hearing augmentation, &standardization activities at ITU, SMPTE, AES. He co-founded the company Audyssey Labs in 2002 where he was VP Research responsible for inventing new technologies which were licensed to companies including IMAX, Denon, Audi, Sharp, etc. He also taught in the Department of Electrical Engineering at USC. Sunil has published over 50 technical papers and has over 20 patents in the area of signal processing applied to acoustics, neural networks and pattern recognition, and a textbook, Immersive Audio Signal Processing, from Springer-Verlag.

    Chris Nemeth is a Principal Scientist with Applied Research Associates, a 1200 member national science and engineering consulting firm. His recent research interests include technical work in complex high stakes settings, research methods
    in individual and distributed cognition, and understanding how information technology erodes or enhances system resilience. He has served as a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences, is widely published in technical journals. Dr. Nemeth earned his PhD in human factors and ergonomics from the Union Institute and University in 2003, and an MS in product design from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in 1984.

    His design and human factors consulting practice and his corporate career have encompassed a variety of application areas, including health care, transportation and manufacturing. As a consultant, he has performed human factors analysis and product development, and served as an expert witness in litigation related to human performance. His 26-year academic career has included seven years in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and adjunct positions with the Northwestern University McCormick College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Design Research Society, a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and has served 8 years on the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society Board of Governors. He retired from the Navy in 2001 at the rank of Captain after a 30-year active duty and reserve career.

    More Info: Event number: 592 564 704, Event password: INCOSE115

    Webcast: https://incoseevents.webex.com/incoseevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed47a65b08dbf33c5afed11b8656b48a

    Location: https://incoseevents.webex.com/incoseevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed47a65b08dbf33c5afed11b8656b48aa

    WebCast Link: https://incoseevents.webex.com/incoseevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed47a65b08dbf33c5afed11b8656b48aa

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: James Moore II

  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Fri, Aug 24, 2018 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Ying Li, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut

    Talk Title: Understanding Nano Environmental Health and Safety through Multiscale Modeling

    Abstract: See Attached Abstract

    Host: Dr. Qiming Wang

    More Information: USC Seminar Ying Li.pdf

    Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) - 209

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes