Sunday, October 4, 2009

SEAri summit to highlight latest research - SDM Pulse, Fall 2009

The MIT Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri) will present ongoing research related to the theory, method, and effective practice of systems engineering at its annual research summit on October 20, 2009, at the MIT Faculty Club.

The SEAri summit provides an opportunity to share research outcomes and in-progress efforts, and engages attendees in a dialogue on needs and problems facing the systems community.

“This event provides insight that enhances our research program while expanding our understanding of how research outcomes can be applied in practice,” said SEAri Director Donna Rhodes.

SEAri’s research projects run the gamut from exploring design tradespaces to socio-technical decision making. Topics include methods and practices for evolving systems of systems, leading indicators for predictive program outcomes, economics of human systems integration, and systems engineering practice in the enterprise.

SEAri works across multiple domains, including aerospace and defense, intelligence, transportation, and energy on a multinational basis. “Our research portfolio is designed to blend theory-based and practice-based approaches to result in predictive approaches for implementation by practitioners,” said Adam Ross, SEAri’s lead research scientist.

Several important theses were completed in 2009, and alumni will present these results at the summit. Interim results of the research projects have already been shared at various conferences this year, receiving positive recognition—including the IEEE systems best paper award for student research. SEAri authors also received a best paper award from the International Council on Systems Engineering.

The summit will also feature a student research poster session, a highlight of last year’s event.

For more information or to attend the invitation-only summit, visit the SEAri website at or contact the leadership team at

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