ELab Room 325
Integrative Systems Engineering (ISE) is characterized by integrative complexity, and by the connectivity of social, economic, and political issues arising in the research, creation and deployment of new technologies to solve societal problems. It extends the discipline of Systems Engineering, which itself focuses on the design and management of complex engineering projects. The term Systems Engineering is traced back to the 1940's driven by the advent of more and more large, complex engineered systems. According to the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), "Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem".
In Integrative Systems Engineering the focus is on technical systems that are created to solve societal problem. One example where ISE is applied is the Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) lead by member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. CASA's goal is to create new weather observing systems (specifically dense networks of small radars) with the overarching goal to save lifes and property. Besides the technical challenges the creation of such a system bears there is also a tremendous challenge on the social side. I.e., weather warnings can be perfect but are not achieving their goal if the public does not respond to these warnings or react as expected.
The goal of Integrative Systems Engineering is to include end users (in this case the public and not operators of the system) into the design process. This is significantly different from traditional Systems Engineering where the process of specifying requirements is always performed by subject matter experts (on the producer as well as on the costumer side). ISE looks into approaches that allow the integration of social, economic, and political aspects when it come to requirements specification for the research, creation, and deployment of new technological systems. Another goal of ISE is to define new ways of system evaluation and validation if non-subject matter experts are involved in this process. There are a wide range of socio-technological system to which ISE can be applied.
In this class, students will be assigned projects, which focus on the design of a large complex engineered system. The goal is to develop the appropriate set of system requirements and specify an overall system design that would meet these requirements.
Prerequisites (nice to have but not mandatory):
· ECE 597/697S
· Principles of Systems Engineering (POSE)
With respect to the content of this course, it will not focus on the traditional INCOSE/DoD Systems Engineering standard.
I will look at ways how Systems Engineering can be used for systems like social networks, systems in health care and sensor networks.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Class meeting time: Tue/Thur 02:30PM-03:45PM Elab 325. See schedule for exact dates.
Grade: The final grade for this course will be determined as follows:
|4 Homerworks (5% each)||20%
|Preliminary project report||20%
|Final project report||60%|
late homework submissions:
up to 24 hours late: 10% deduction
up to 48 hours late: 30% deduction
> 48 hours late 100% deduction
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