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Applying Model-based SE Techniques for Dependable Land Systems

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Richard Payne, Professor John Fitzgerald, Dr Jeremy Bryans



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A System of Systems (SoS) is a group of independent constituent systems that by their interactions together deliver an emerging capability on which reliance is placed. In the UK Ministry of Defence Land domain, the appetite for uncertainty caused by SoS dependencies is particularly low. Dependability and assurance are therefore vital, both in the integration and interoperability of individual constituent systems, and at the level of the SoS as a whole. This paper presents the findings from a study, asking whether model-based engineering technologies could potentially deliver a pragmatic method for Land Open Systems Architecture (LOSA) SoS verification and assurance. We conclude that existing model-based SoS and Cyber-Physical Systems engineering techniques could potentially deliver a basis for LOSA SoS requirement engineering, design, verification and assurance. However, the techniques studied are at varying levels of maturity and therefore we identify areas of future work that could inform the ongoing research and experimentation programmes for LOSA and others across defence.

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Author(s): Payne R, Fitzgerald J, Bryans J, Winthorpe E

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: INCOSE International Symposium

Year of Conference: 2016

Pages: 1783–1798

Online publication date: 13/09/2016

Acceptance date: 15/02/2016

Date deposited: 26/09/2016

ISSN: 2334-5837

Publisher: Wiley Online Library


DOI: 10.1002/j.2334-5837.2016.00261.x