Thursday, March 5, 2009

SDM offers new class in MBSE - SDM Pulse, Spring 2009

By Lois Slavin, LFM-SDM communications director

Conceptual modeling is an essential element in systems architecting and engineering, providing a rigorous method for addressing the ever-increasing complexity of systems and products throughout the life cycle. This
spring, MIT’s System Design and Management Program is fortunate to have a leading expert in conceptual modeling, Professor Dov Dori, teaching Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).
Professor Dov Dori teaches a new
course at SDM, Model-Based
Systems Engineering.

Dori, who developed and has been fine-tuning Object-Process Methodology (OPM) since 1992, is a visiting professor in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. He also serves on the faculty of Industrial Engineering and
Management, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Dori’s MSBE class is a valuable one for SDM students. The course lays down formal foundations of MBSE with SysML—the new Systems Modeling Language from OMG—the Object Management Group—and OPM. By combining systems theory and practical, tool-supported conceptual modeling, the course integrates intuition and experience with a formal methodology while nurturing holistic systems thinking and developing modeling skills.

Topics include the creation of use cases, modeling structures with blocks, and modeling constraints with parametrics. OPM-specific topics include object-process language and diagrams; systems development and life-cycle support methodology; the generic ontology of objects, processes, and states; complexity management; metamodeling; and model-based simulation.

Required readings include A Practical Guide to SysML: The Systems Modeling Language, by S. Friedenthal, A. Moore, and R. Steiner, and Object-Process Methodology: A Holistic Systems Paradigm, by Dori. Students will also be given an academic version of OPCAT software, which is designed to support OPM.

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