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    Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange

    Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE)

    Academic Workshop

    Monday, 4 August

    CASE 2012 and CASE 2013 stated the challenges facing the aerospace industry in complex systems, aerospace legacy issues, communication, decision making, transparency, diversity and risk assessments, data management, and economics quite clearly and openly. At the same time, it was also evident that finding answers to the wide range of questions asked required a research focus and answers to several fundamental research questions that have yet to be formulated. Formulating and addressing these research questions is a precondition for improving management and performance of current and future complex systems. Therefore, the CASE Steering Committee tasked Professors Franz-Josef Kahlen and Shannon Flumerfelt with the creation of an interdisciplinary academic track for CASE 2014. The creation of this academic track has created a clear and present opportunity for the research community to engage industry and government. The aforementioned challenges are by no means unique to the aerospace industry. Decision making, risk assessment, data management, communication, etc., are receiving great attention in a range of engineering and non-engineering disciplines, covering big data, health care, medical practitioners, nuclear, mathematics, automotive, systems engineering, air traffic control, finance, and other disciplines and entities. The CASE Academic Track, therefore, intentionally reaches out to researchers in the above research areas, inviting them to attend CASE and to understand, and learn from, different approaches to complex systems management, analysis, decision-making, and life-cycle concerns; network with colleagues active in these and adjacent research areas; and provide an interdisciplinary platform for jointly developing research proposals. It offers our colleagues in other disciplines a fresh perspective on their own lines of research and presents networking opportunities between all attendees from academia, industry and government.


    0900–1130 hrs                 Acceleration Sessions and Research Brainstorming

    1230–1530 hrs                 Academic Roundtable

    1530–1730 hrs                 Round I Research Foci and Teaming


    Simulation: CASE Practical Application 

    Monday, 4 August

    How do you manage and lead effectively in a complex environment? How can different roles change your behavior when operating in a complex system? We would like to engage you in a collaborative, social learning experience to address these questions with the help of industry complexity experts. We cordially invite you to participate in a stimulating and engaging afternoon of dialogue and simulation designed around operating in a complex environment. We will leverage past CASE findings and feedback in an interactive learning forum to analyze communications, decision making, emergent behavior, and human interactions as they are influenced by complexity. Recognizing and managing complex systems is a core attribute of successful Systems Engineering. Participants will leave with a better understanding of complexity and how to manage and operate within such systems.


    1230–1330 hrs                 Guest Speaker

    1330–1400 hrs                 Introductions and Expectations

    1400–1500 hrs                 Interactive Ice Breaker

    1515–1700 hrs                 Framework and Exercises

    1700–1730 hrs                 Closing


    Over the course of two days, CASE will examine the following topics, organized in two tracks. All SPACE 2014 attendees are welcome to attend.


    CASE 2014 Opening with Simulation Debrief 

    Tuesday, 5 August

    1000–1030 hrs


    Track 1:  Program Integration

    Complex aerospace systems require program organizational strategies and development tools to coordinate the activities of technical teams from multiple organizations that are physically separated but closely networked to work collaboratively and share common databases. Managing the technical and direct support aspects in the development and operation of complex aerospace systems will be the focus of this track. Specific recommendations will be made from each session with a set of unifying themes including the use of existing and evolving information technologies to support complex system development, the integration of multiple generations in the use of these technologies, and the application of evolving development methodologies that make use of these technologies.


    Tuesday, 5 August

    1030–1230 hrs                 Team Building/Organization

    1530–1800 hrs                 Communication/Knowledge Management


    Wednesday, 6 August

    1000–1230 hrs                 Uncertainty/Lack of Information

    1530–1630 hrs                 Track 1 Wrap-up


    Track 2:  Technical Integration

    Technical challenges rarely offer one overwhelmingly obvious and direct path to successful completion. The fact that many are the true definition of multidiscipline (and not just as it pertains to TECHNICAL disciplines) means that convergence on a solution requires multiple and sometimes radical approaches to find the right balance point between all the factors and inputs. When the problem goes beyond the technical arena and includes perspective from other areas, such as policy and public opinion, the ability to find a solution that is acceptable to ALL parties involved becomes even harder. The topic of the integration of UAV/UAS (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Unmanned Aerial Systems) is just such an area that is a unique mix of policy, public opinion, and technical challenges that lends itself extremely well to multidiscipline approaches and different scenarios and approaches.


    Tuesday, 5 August

    1030–1230 hrs                 Design Space Exploration/Identification

    1530–1800 hrs                 Multidiscipline Optimization


    Wednesday, 6 August

    1000-1230 hrs                 Decision Analysis

    1530-1630 hrs                 Track 2 Wrap-up


    CASE 2014 Out-brief and Discussion

    Wednesday, 6 August

    1630–1730 hrs


    CASE Academic Mixer 

    Wednesday, 6 August

    1730–1830 hrs