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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7080
Agency Tracking Number: B11B-003-0009
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA11-T003
Solicitation Number: 2011.B
Small Business Information
454 Pine Street, Suite 1C, Williamsport, PA, -
DUNS: 128516114
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Allison
 Director of Knowledge Engineering
 (570) 329-0254
 dallison@discoverymachine.com
Business Contact
 Anna Griffith
Title: CEO
Phone: (570) 916-6044
Email: agriffith@discoverymachine.com
Research Institution
 Stevens Institute of Technology
 Robert J Cloutier
 School of Systems and Enterpr
Stevens Institute of Technolog
Hoboken, NJ, 07030-5991
 (856) 470-0458
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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.

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