25–29 June 2018
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange 2017

CASE 2017 Schedule

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

0800-0900 hrs

Opening Plenary

0900-0930 hrs

Coffee Break

0930-1230 hrs

Governor's Square 14, Plaza Bldg, Concourse Level

Model-Based Systems Engineering
Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) has become one of the hottest topics in the engineering of complex aerospace systems. Why? Models have been a staple of engineering for centuries. Now we have wrappers, modelling languages, and block diagrams such as UML, SysML, and Modelica that attempt to pull the models together from diverse disciplines. Opinions vary widely about the current state of MBSE and what the future holds. This session will be an open discussion on these issues informed by a panel of experts from academia, industry, and government.

  • Paul Collopy, Professor/Department Chair, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, University of Alabama in Huntsville (Chair)
  • Dale Thomas, Professor/Eminent Scholar, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Troy Peterson, Vice President, System Strategy. Inc., International Council for Systems Engineering (INCOSE) AD for Transformation to Model Based
  • William Othon, Associate Chief, Aeroscience and Flight Mechanics Division, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Bryan Mesmer, Assistant Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, University of Alabama in Huntsville (Academic Scholar)

1400-1700 hrs

Governor's Square 14, Plaza Bldg, Concourse Level

Incremental/Agile Methods—Fit for Demands of Complex Aerospace Systems?
This CASE session emphasizes exchange, between attendees and panelist/organizers, concerning challenging questions about emerging “incremental and agile” methods for engineering systems. Are the experiences of the agile software community the only guide? Session issues include:
  • Are the methods compatible or incompatible with aerospace?
  • What relation do the methods have to systems complexity?
  • Are the methods needed by aerospace? What problems are we solving? Has something changed?
  • Are the methods already practiced by aerospace? Old hat or new?
  • What is the method? Examples? Successes, Problems?
  • When is the method a good fit? When is it not a good fit?
  • How are these methods different from agile software approaches, if at all?
  • Other related questions that need increased exposure?

Members of the Provocateur’s Panel include thought leaders, practitioners, and researchers in the general agile systems engineering space, both inside and outside the aerospace domain. Attendees are expected to bring their questions, concerns, and observations, and actively participate in this session.  

  • Sophia Bright, IT Director, Strategy Design & Execution, The Boeing Company (Chair)
  • Rick Dove, CEO, Paradigm Shift, International
  • Avinash Pinto, Principal Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation/ FAA Center for Advanced Aviation System Development
  • Jimmie McEver, Senior Scientist, Asymmetric Operations Sector, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Ray Carnes, Chief Architect, The Boeing Company
  • William D. "Bill" Schindel, President, ICTT System Sciences (Academic Scholar)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

0800-0900 hrs



Coffee Break

0930-1230 hrs

Governor's Square 14, Plaza Bldg, Concourse Level

Adaptive Verification and Validation (V&V)
Several technical trends have driven the need to develop new approaches to verification and validation. These include the rapid pace of changing technology, which has made the traditional stage-gated acquisition model untenable; a proliferation of non-traditional procurement methods (capabilities acquired as services, for example) that frustrate traditional developmental and operational test processes; rapidly evolving external threats to the system; and finally, the very nature of dispersed digitally rich systems. These trends all combine to make system requirements change dynamically even after deployment, and require life cycle attention to verification and validation as well as continuous monitoring of system performance throughout the operational life of the system. In this panel session we will hear from practitioners who are engaged in a variety of initiatives intended to address these challenges and develop new approaches to verification and validation over the life cycle. 

  • Laura McGill, Vice President, Engineering, Raytheon Missile Systems (Chair)
  • Villy Angelico, Lead for Cost Effective V&V, The Boeing Company
  • Maj Gen Matthew Malloy, Commander, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center
  • Derrick Hinton, Acting Director, Test Resource Management Center (TRMC), Department of Defense
  • James Eiele, Lead for Verification, Validation & Accreditation, Department of Navy
  • Wilson Felder, Distinguished Service Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology (Academic Scholar)
1400-1700 hrs Governor's Square 14, Plaza Bldg, Concourse Level

Complex Adaptive Systems Approaches to Cybersecurity
Increasingly, transactions and interchanges of all types are conducted in or facilitated by computing and digital networking ecosystems. The ability of malicious actors to corrupt and misuse these environments and exchanges can (and does) cause great harm at the individual/organization level. Further, as digital presences are becoming central to participation in 21st century economic and social enterprises and endeavors, malicious cyber activity has the potential to disrupt processes and economies at the societal level. Current cybersecurity activities, based on closing vulnerabilities and stopping individual attacks, are reactive and appear inherently inadequate to address these challenges. Cybersecurity is not just a technology problem – rather it is a large-scale complex socio-technical challenge in which success depends on understanding and leveraging the interdependencies and multiple levels and domains that problem touches. This panel will explore ways in which cybersecurity is a complex systems problem and will discuss how complex adaptive systems thinking and complexity-aware approaches can help. 

  • Jimmie McEver, Senior Scientist, Asymmetric Operations Sector, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Chair)
  • Tim Evans, Founder, Adlumin
  • Russ Syphert, Chief Information Security Officer/Vice President Technology and Analytics, Cyber Business Analytics
  • Zina Ben Miled, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University (Academic Scholar

Thursday, 8 June 2017

0800-0930 hrs


Coffee Break

0930-1130 hrs

Grand Ballroom I

Forum 360: Internet of Things (IoT) as Applied to Aircraft Systems for Industrial Drones
The Internet of Things has been rapidly changing the way products communicate amongst themselves and the factory in a number of industries. Using two-way autonomous machine data communications, it is now possible to connect aircraft subsystems via digital threads to regularly update digital twin models based on real-world operations both onboard and at the factory. This session will explore how aerospace manufacturers have been addressing the need for real-time data communications with their deployed products in the field as a means to rapidly update designs, AOG (Aircraft on Ground) avoidance, improved product reliability, spare parts forecasting and other MRO-related functions, and how lessons learned can be leveraged in the application of IoT to the emerging unmanned flight industry for commercial industrial and environmental markets.

  • What are the implications of IoT autonomous drones in the markets of environmental monitoring and agricultural, particularly in oil and gas pipelines/facilities and large farming operations?
  • How can lessons learned in commercial commercial aircraft manufacturing be applied to the emerging drone market for industrial monitoring uses?
  • What other complexities or emergent behaviors do we anticipate and what impact will industrial drones have on our society?
  • Panelists:

  • David Loda, Executive Director, NCPS Research LLC (Moderator)
  • Wu Hui, General Manager, (HRG) HIT Special Robot Group Co. Ltd., China
  • Zhennan Cao, President, STARC Solutions Ltd., China
  • Barry Alexander, Captain, Boeing 747-800, Atlas Air Cargo
  • Sam Kogan, Founder/CEO, Gen5 Group, LLC
1230-1400 hrs

Recognition Luncheon

1400-1600 hrs

Grand Ballroom I

Forum 360: Realization of a Digital Twin & Thread
Explore multiple perspectives towards a digital twin of each fielded product. We will explore a growing need for a unifying language enabling the digital capture of complex system behavior, and its interactions with the environment from the physical system that span all phases of its life-cycle and multi-organizational elements.

This is a continuation of the AIAA CASE forum that places greater emphasis on the effective transfer of information through a dynamic exchange of ideas and practical applications through complexity science for complex systems.


  • Melanie Lorang, Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company (co-Moderator)
  • Mat French, Systems Engineer & Architect, Senior Specialist, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc. (co-Moderator)
  • Edward M. Kraft, Associate Executive Director, Research, University of Tennessee Space Institute
  • Dave Kasik, Retired Senior Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company
  • Steve Wellborn, Senior Technical Fellow, Rolls-Royce
  • Don A. Kinard, Senior Fellow (Manufacturing), Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • COL Tim West, Senior Materiel Leader, Test Operations Division, Arnold Engineering Development Complex

  • 1600-1730 hrs

    Governor's Square 14, Plaza Bldg, Concourse Level

    Complexity in Aviation Roundtable
    This fast-paced session is open to all AVIATION/CASE 2017 attendees. The purpose of this facilitated session is to provide a high-level overview in rapid-fire format of what the best minds in system complexity are thinking about and/or working on. The session is a discussion-based roundtable format with 10-minute time slots for CASE Scholars and any others who wish to explain new ideas, philosophies, breakthroughs, studies to an interactive audience on the topic of complexity in aviation. The time slots are assigned just before the Roundtable begins. After a brief overview, the presenter will ask for discussion points or questions from the audience. Once time is called, the next presenter will take the stage, and so on. This is a great capstone activity to CASE Aviation 2017.

    • Javier Calvo-Amodio, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State (Chair)

    1800-1930 hrs

    Tower Court

    CASE Social

    Dates to Remember

    • Open for Abstract: 11 Sep 2017
    • Abstract Deadline: 09 Nov 2017
    • Manuscript Deadline: 16 May 2018
    • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 04 Jun 2018
    • Cancellation Deadline: 11 Jun 2018

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