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Some of the projects successfully completed in the past at the SoSL are listed below. Publications stemming from research in these projects can be found in the Publications section.


Assessing the Impact of Development Disruptions & Dependencies in Analysis of Alternatives of System-of-Systems

Co-investigator: Dr. Karen Marais (AAE)
Sponsor:System Engineering Research Center (SERC), DoD UARC

Synopsis: The objective is to develop and test methods that quantify the impact of system interdependencies and other architecture features in the context of SoS capability development. A variety of methods are investigated towards the goal of navigating the decision space that simultaneously considers the potential positive impacts of interdependencies (e.g., SoS capability) and negative impacts (e.g. risk-likelihood and consequences of disruption). The tools are constructed within an analytic workbench framework that would support tradeoff analysis on cost, performance and resilience, among other metrics, while considering the effect of interdependencies.




Developing an Air Connectivity Index for the United States
Sponsor: Federal Aviation Administration

Synopsis: The Air Connectivity Index (ACI) is a measure of network connectivity developed by researchers at The World Bank to determine the importance of a node within the worldwide air transport system. The ACI may be used to measure the importance of air transportation in the overall global economy. The purpose of this project is to develop an ACI for the United States network and determine if air transportation infrastructure encourages economic growth and development.




Modeling and Simulation for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System
Co-investigators: Dr. Crossley (AAE), Dr. Hwang (AAE) & Dr. Wieland (Intelligent Automation Inc.)
Sponsor: NASA Langley Research Center

Synopsis: The objective of the project is to analyze twelve UAS vehicles to create Base of Aircraft Data (BADA) formatted aerodynamic data for each one, useful in simulation tools such as Airspace Concept Evaluation System (ACES) and Multi Aircraft Control System (MACS). Through industry partners and contacts with UAS manufacturers the team will identify potential operational limitations, communication, navigation and surveillance capabilities of the 12 vehicles that includes fixed wing UAVs, rotorcraft and hybrids. BADA files for these vehicles are developed with the help of NASA's Flight Optimization System (FLOPS) and other in-house, integrated aircraft sizing tools.


Sufficient Statistics for System of Systems Control (S4C)
Sponsor: Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

Synopsis: The objective of this project is to build SoS so that it is "correct by design." In this project, we model the control system for missile guidance using DAF, and then conduct the verification and validation using Gaussian processes. Particularly, we model the communication latency between interceptors as well as asymmetry of communication. Outputs of this project include development and implementation of sufficient statistics and associated controllers / estimators for linear systems. In addition, we will create DAF model of cooperative guidance of two missile systems.


System-of-Systems Approach for Assessing New Technologies in the Next Generation Air Transportation System
Co-investigator with Dr. William Crossley, AAE
Sponsor: NASA Fundamental Aeronautics Program

Synopsis: The objective is to develop methods and tools that enable the exploration of potential long-range, fleet wide benefits from advanced technologies/vehicles in a variety of future scenarios. This project combines aircraft design, variable resource allocation, and network evolution research to project fleet benefits and emissions.




Research on Defense Acquisition Management for System-of-Systems
Sponsor: Naval Postgraduate School

Synopsis: The objective is to establish an understanding and classification of underlying complexities in the acquisition of system-of-systems. This includes establishing a computer model (exploratory ABM) that exposes the dimensions of connectivity between systems and the impact of system heterogeneity and externalities across the acquisition life-cycle.


Architecture Analysis for NASA's Constellation Program Lunar C3I Concepts
Co-Investigator: Prof. Barrett Caldwell, IE/AAE
Sponsor: NASA's Constellation Program Systems Engineering and Integration Office

Synopsis: The purpose of this project is to abstract and construct an architectural analysis model of the NASA's Constellation Program Lunar Command, Control, Communication and Information (C3I) architecture trade space investigation, and then to employ this model to demonstrate sensitivity analysis and trade space exploration across multiple metrics. The objective of this study is to demonstrate the ability to improve informed decision support in architecting of the Lunar C3I architecture and other space exploration related architectures via the application of the our three-phase Process Model for System-of-Systems Engineering.


Lunar C3I


Network Restructuring Scenarios for ATO Forecasts
Sponsor: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Synopsis: Through topological analysis of service networks and new algorithms for forecasting network dynamics, the objective is to identify the likelihood of new city pairs - new links - in the future air transportation system as well as the potential for new airline hubs to arise or old hubs to be eliminated.




SoS Analysis of Metroplex Dependencies: Relationship between Policy, Economics, & Technology
Study Lead: George Mason University
Sponsor: NASA Airspace Systems Program

Synopsis: The objective is to develop and exercise a comprehensive framework for characterizing SoS dependencies in a Mertroplex and develop methods to account for complexity in modeling and simulation and network effects on Metroplex development.




A Concept for Flexible Operations and Optimized Traffic into Metroplex Regions
Co-investigators: Dr. Landry (IE), Dr. Sun (AAE), and Dr. Wieland (Intelligent Automation Inc.)
Sponsor: NASA Langley Research Center

Synopsis: The objective is to determine whether this new concept of flight plan (Flexible operations and optimized traffic into Metroplex regions) has operational value in the future. This project combines FFS (Flexible Flight Selection Model), LTV (Linear Time Varying Optimization Model), McTMA (Multi-center Traffic Management Advisor Model), and ACES (Airspace Concepts Evaluation System). This concept should allow the NAS to maximize Metroplex airport throughput, increase its resiliency to disruptions, allow maximum flexibility for users, and degrade gracefully under adverse conditions.




Epidemiological Studies Employing Network Theory & SoS Framework
Co-investigators: Prof. Larry Glickman & Prof. George Moore, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Synopsis: The recent occurrence of bird-flu has caused enough agitation and concern among all the nations and has spurred massive research into not only developing vaccines and medications but also epidemic and pandemic rescue operations. The development of successful counter measures not only needs installation of massive infrastructure and management of the logistics therein but also novel approaches based on sophisticated theories concerning both the spread of a potential epidemic and the associated socio-political and socio-economic implications. With rapid globalization underway, the control of epidemics can be classified into an SoS problem. A pilot study has been initiated in collaboration with the department of Veterinary Pathobiology to map the spread of bird-flu using the theories of social-network analysis to examine a hypothetical scenario of the incidence of bird-flu in the Marion County of Indiana. The results from this pilot study are then sought to form important input to the bigger issue of developing an action plan.


Shared-Autonomy in Automotive Swarm
Sponsor: Honda

Synopsis: The objective is to develop optimal architectures for shared-autonomy control for swarm of vehicles operating at high speeds in close proximity. The approach combines fuzzy-logic based control with Genetic Algorithm search techniques in a MATLAB derived simulation environment.


Honda Project


Serious Games
Co-Investigators: Prof. Sean Brophy, ENE & Prof. David Ebert, ECE
Sponsor: Purdue Discovery Learning Center

Synopsis: The objective is to transform AAE Introduction to Aerospace Design, our sophomore design course, into a semester-long, team-based, multi-player online Serious Game. The game centers on a "Corporate Simulation" theme, in which learners must pursue quests to obtain knowledge in the midst of competition and collaboration with others. The research emphasis of the project is on engineering education, how students learn to design collaboratively and in distributed settings. The long-term goal is for the Game to be extensible and scalable: to educational levels (K-12 through senior UG) and domain applications (other engineering design courses, and corporate training).


Games To Teach


Design Tools for Virtual Worlds
Primary PI: Dr. Sean Brophy, ENE
Contributors: Dr. Masa Okutsu (AAE) and Dr. Mourad Ouzzani (CS)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Synopsis: This research is oriented toward exploring technological development of interactive models and simulations that enhance learning in a virtual world (VW) for engineering conceptual design couched in a gaming metaphor. The objective of this research is uncover how recent advances in 3-D VW environments and virtual organizations based on "hub" technologies enable college students' self-regulated, but expert guided, exploration of conceptual design spaces and development of engineering literacy skills.


Design Tools for Virtual Worlds


Air Force Supply Network and Analysis and Optimization

Synopsis: The Center for Security Policy review of the MCS states that "if the armed forces are to remain capable of successfully performing the multitude of missions levied upon them by our leaders they must have 'among other things'-a dependable and sufficient airlift capacity." However, the current USAF mobility network is unable keep this capability in light of the increasing airlift demands placed upon it for troop transport. Thus, the objective of this research is to model and simulate a supply chain network that is robust and flexible; with both the resources (aircraft, base locations, infrastructure layouts) and the network in which it will operate must be designed and optimized simultaneously.

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