Friday, October 10, 2008

SEAri plans fall research summit - SDM Pulse, Fall 2008

The MIT Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri) will hold its annual research summit on October 21, 2008, at the MIT Faculty Club. The summit is designed to showcase the group’s ongoing research into the theories, methods, and effective practice of systems engineering. The event will bring research sponsors and invited experts together with SEAri researchers, students, and affiliated faculty to evaluate the relevance and potential impact of ongoing projects in SEAri’s research portfolio.

The current research portfolio includes projects related to socio-technical decision making, designing for value robustness, systems engineering economics, and systems engineering in the enterprise. SEAri research outcomes are synthesized and formulated to provide strategic guidance in the form of books, process documents, and policy recommendations.

Interim research results were shared at various conferences in 2008. SEAri work received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Systems Conference Best Paper award, both of the best paper awards at the International Council on Systems Engineering’s annual symposium, and the Responsive Space Conference’s Best Student Paper award.

The SEAri research group interacts with its sponsors on a regular basis as research projects progress, but the summit provides added value to all attendees, encouraging a richer dialogue and cross-project insights. Last year’s attendees found the summit to be informative, and also noted the value of having a research-oriented dialogue with peers from other sponsoring organizations. SEAri Director Donna Rhodes remarked that the event is the highlight of the group’s fall semester, “providing us with insight into how we can make adjustments to our research program in order to have real impact in the systems community we serve.”

For more information, visit the SEAri website at or contact the leadership team at

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