Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE)
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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

1340–1410 hrs
Introductions and Expectations

1420–1520 hrs
Interactive Ice Breaker

1530–1700 hrs
Framework and Exercises

1710–1730 hrs

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 methodologies to coordinate the activities of technical teams from multiple organizations that are physically separated but closely networked to communicate effectively in order to create solutions to complex technical problems.. Managing the technical and direct support aspects in the development and operation of complex aerospace systems will be the focus of this track. Special emphasis on the role of sociological interactions amongst different stakeholders and the need for information flow and translation to be tailored to the stakeholders in order to make effective technical decisions needs will be addressed.

Tuesday, 5 August

1030–1230 hrs
Team Building/Organization

1530–1730 hrs
Communication/Knowledge Management

Wednesday, 6 August

1000–1230 hrs
Interpreting Early Lifecycle Stakeholder Inputs

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 there are many paths is part of the true definition of multi-discipline (and not just as it pertains to TECHNICAL disciplines). In the end, 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 multi-discipline approaches and different scenarios and approaches.

Tuesday, 5 August

1030–1230 hrs
Design Space Exploration/Identification

1530–1730 hrs

Wednesday, 6 August

1000-1200 hrs
Decision Analysis

1200-1230 hrs
Informal Networking

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

The Academic Mixer is a rapid-fire roundtable to connect business/industry and government with CASE Academic Research Teams. Academics will have proposed projects available to briefly discuss. Business/industry and government will provide input and interests for Academic Research Teams, as well as possible research sites and funding.