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AAE 560:

System-of-Systems Modeling & Analysis

AAE 590K)


AAE560 is offered in the Spring as an on-campus course and also as a distance learning course via Engineering Professional Education. View course advertisement flyer here.

This is a 3 credit course open to any interested graduate students from any school and major (undergraduate students with senior standing need instructor's permission), offered as part of the Purdue University College of Engineering's System-of-Systems Signature Area. The primary focus of this course is on understanding, modeling, and analyzing an emerging class of problems called systems-of-systems: large-scale, interdisciplinary problems with collections of heterogeneous, independently operating systems. The course presents foundational developments in addressing system-of-systems problems, describes criteria, lexicon, and analysis methodology for their study, and, through team projects, allows students to explore the unknowns that remain in this emerging field.

Learning Objectives for this Course:

  • Understand the structure and behavior of such problems
  • Translate problem to addressable form
  • Formulate tailored analysis methodologies for these problems
  • Emphasis: modern network science and agent-based modeling
  • Synthesize solution candidates by understanding decision criteria
  • Articulate both problem and analysis in written and verbal formats
  • Have fun!

Spring 2010 Projects:

  • Modeling and Simulating an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance operation with a Multi-Agent, System of Systems approach
  • Manned Commercial Space Ventures
  • Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance System for California Wildfire
  • Assessment of Infrastructure Financial Innovation
  • Rapid Global Mobility: Design and Evaluation of Short-Term AMC Networks in Support of Humanitarian Relief Efforts and Other Contingency Operations
  • A System-of-Systems Framework for the Improved Capability of Insurgent Tracking Mission through Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Involving Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Emissions Reductions Through Analysis of Modal Split Between Air and Rail Transportation Emissions
  • System Requirements for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Platform for Defense Applications
  • UAV Capabilities for Disaster Relief: A System of Systems Approach
  • An Effective and Rapid DoD Acquistion Process through the Implementation of SoS Framework and Modeling
  • A System-of-Systems approach to Water Management and Decision-making for the California Water System
  • Commercialized Deep Space Network
  • Retiarius Missile Defense

Spring 2009 Projects:

  • Shelter Provision During Disaster Events
  • A Network-Enables SoS: Land-Based Air and Missile Defense
  • ILBAD Air Defense System
  • Air Mobility Command Cargo Network Analysis
  • A Network Theory and Genetic Algorithm Approach for Abstracting an Ideal On Demand Air Service Network
  • Renewable Energy
  • Commonality in Space Logistics
  • Integrated Land Based Air Defense
  • Sustainable Transportation

Spring 2008 Projects:

  • Resource Allocation for an Air Defense System
  • Evaluating and Modeling Safety and Risk in Jet Propulsion System Testing Using F135 Historical Data
  • Toward Greener Fleets - An Aircraft Selection Model Optimizing Green Fleet Composition and Passenger Demand
  • Reducing Airport Delays: Airport Expansion vs. Airport Construction from the Passengers' Perspective
  • A System of Systems Approach to an ABM Simulation for Battlefield Robots
  • U.S. Military Logistics Network Modeling & Optimization for Disaster Relief in a Large Metropolitan Area
  • Modeling a System of System Acquisition Strategy
  • Air Transportation--Pollution Caps on Airports
  • Alternative Fuel in the Airline Industry
  • A System-of-Systems Approach to Optimal Resource Allocation
  • Global Energy Outlook & World Energy Model

Spring 2007 Projects:

  • Human Mars Exploration Architecture Analysis
  • Intersection Design Optimization
  • System-of-Systems Modeling of Future Combat Systems
  • USCG Deepwater Systems Integration
  • Air Force Mobility
  • Innovation in NASA Ground Operations
  • Complexity in System-of-Systems
  • Energy Independence: A SoS Perspective
  • Health Care Facility Responses to Disaster Events

Spring 2006 Projects:

  • Impact of Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast on Air Transport Network
  • Mars Long-term Human Exploration Architecture with focus on Resource Supply Chain
  • Multi modal Network Design, Modeling and Optimization (for evacuation) involving railway, highway, waterway and aviation
  • Health Informatics
  • Disaster Relief with Regard to Critical Infrastructure
  • Social Network Mapping
  • Solar System Mobility Network
  • Exploration of Optimal Defense Network Topology for Defending a Target
  • USCG Deepwater/SAR related project

Previous Years' Distinguished Guest Lecturers Include:


R.K. 'Cab' Callaway

Vice President of Operations, PhaseOne Communications

Title of Presentation: Why is System-of-Systems Important? (How Did We get here? ... or Why Us Now?)

Short Bio: Mr. Callaway is a former Naval Aviator, NASA Program Manager, and Managing Director of the National Center for Unconventional Thought at Potomac Institute of Policy.

    Dr. Crossley

Dr. William Crossley

Associate Professor, School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Purdue University

Title of Presentation: Allocation of Variable Resources as Part of System of Systems Design (Using an Airline-Based Example)

Short Bio: Dr. Crossley is an Associate Professor in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering in the area of Structures and Materials; Dr. Crossley led the successful proposal to institute System-of-Systems as one the new Signature areas in College of Engineering at Purdue. His research interests include optimization and design methods for aerospace systems, system-of-systems, morphing aircraft and design under uncertainty. Information about his research, publications, education and professional activities can be found on his website.

    Dr. Peeta

Dr. Srinivas Peeta

Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University

Title of Presentation: A Spatial General Equilibrium Approach to Study Infrastructure Interdependencies

Short Bio: Dr. Peeta is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering in the Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (TIS) group at Purdue University. Information about his research, publications, education, awards and professional activities can be found at his website.


Hans W. Polzer

Lockheed Martin Fellow

Title of Presentation: Perspectives on Systems of USCG Deepwater/SAR Systems

Short Bio: Mr. Polzer is currently working for the Net Centric Integration organization within Lockheed Martin's Integrated Systems and Solutions business area and is also the lead Lockheed Martin technical representative to the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), acting as vice-chair for the NCOIC Services and Information Interoperability Working Group. Mr. Polzer previously was manager of the Horizontal Integration Technology Team at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems, director of engineering on the Global Transportation Network (GTN) program, director of the DARPA Software Technology for Adaptable, Reliable Systems (STARS) program. He joined Lockheed Martin in 1985 as Chief Engineer on the Integrated Automated Intelligence Processing System (IAIPS), a large scale operational intelligence system for the US Navy.


Dr. Steven C. Bankes

Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; CTO, Evolving Logic Inc.

Title of Presentation: Shaping the Next One Hundred Years: New Methods for Quantitative, Long-Term Policy Analysis

Short Bio: Dr. Bankes is a senior computer scientist at RAND. His current research interests are in the areas of computer modeling and simulation and the social effects of changing information technology. He is the principal inventor of a novel computational method known as "exploratory modeling," used for reasoning when too little is known to make credible predictions. Dr. Bankes has published in the social and political effects of information technology, computational neurophysiology, artificial societies, and artificial intelligence.


Abigail Friedman, J.D.

Visiting Professor, Department of Organizational Sciences
George Washington University

Topic: System-of-Systems Applications to Diplomacy & Statesmanship

Short Bio: Ms. Friedman began her professional career as an attorney with the U.S. Senate Legal Counsel's office. She continued to work as an attorney in private practice in Washington DC until joining the U.S. State Department. In the course of her State Department career, Ms. Friedman has worked on a wide range of foreign policy issues. She has held postings in Japan, France, Canada, Portugal, and Washington DC.


AAE 251:
Vehicle Design


This course is offered in the Fall and Spring of every academic year.

This is a 3 credit course developed to introduce aerospace engineering undergraduate students to aerospace vehicle design problems along with technical knowledge and methods necessary for solving these problems. This course has two overlapping parts. First, students are exposed to basic technical knowledge about aerospace engineering. Second, this knowledge provides the basis for students to perform a design study of an aerospace system. For students in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AAE 251 serves as a starting point for other, more detailed disciplinary classes that follow in the curriculum. More detailed course description is provided here.

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