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Foundations for Model-Based Engineering of Systems of Systems

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Fitzgerald, Dr Peter Larsen


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The engineering of Systems of Systems presents daunting challenges. In this paper it is argued that rigorous semantic foundations for model-based techniques are potentially beneficial in addressing these. Three priorities for current research are identified: contractual interface definition, the verification of emergent behaviour, and the need to deal with semantic heterogeneity of constituent systems and their models. We describe the foundations of an approach in which architectural models in SysML may be analysed in a formal modelling language that has an extensible semantics given using the Unifying Theories of Programming (UTP).

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Author(s): Fitzgerald J, Larsen PG, Woodcock J

Editor(s): Aiguierm, M; Boulanger, F; Krob, D; Marchal, C

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Fourth International Conference on Complex Systems Design & Management (CSD&M) 2013

Year of Conference: 2014

Number of Volumes: 1

Pages: 1-19

Date deposited: 12/12/2013

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-02812-5_1

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Series Title: Complex Systems Design & Management

ISBN: 9783319028118