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Software System for Adaptive Needs Characterization for M&S Systems Engineering

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
454 Pine Street Suite 1C Williamsport, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Software System for Adaptive Needs Characterization for M&S Systems Engineering
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7080
Award Amount: $100,000.00


This proposal describes a software system to help system engineers understand the true needs of the stakeholder for M & S tools in MDA.. The manual process used today takes valuable time with several iterations and the quality of the output is largely influenced by the experience level of the system engineering team involved. The proposed software system will use the Discovery Machine Modeler tool to model the process of customer requirement elicitation as performed by an expert system engineer. The model will contain expert domain knowledge about how to develop requirements that are concise, unambiguous, testable, consistent and reasonable. This model will be executed with the user in the loop to collect initial stakeholder need statements and progressively refine them by leveraging other data sources such as a domain ontology, existing solution architecture documentation and previous stakeholder needs. The proposed system will leverage aspects of Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) and system design patterns to provide a framework for a new system based on historical examples. This approach can aid with resolving requirement conflicts and especially identifying missing requirements or stakeholder needs.

Principal Investigator:

Dan Allison
Director of Knowledge Engineering
(570) 329-0254

Business Contact:

Anna L. Griffith
(570) 916-6044
Small Business Information at Submission:

Discovery Machine Incorporated
454 Pine Street Suite 1C Williamsport, PA -

EIN/Tax ID: 233023737
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Stevens Institute of Technology
School of Systems and Enterpr
Stevens Institute of Technolog
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5991
Contact: Robert J. Cloutier
Contact Phone: (856) 470-0458