The MIT Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative
(SEAri) group is engaged in research to develop advanced systems
engineering theories and methods through collaborative projects with
government and industry organizations. SEAri also investigates effective
engineering practices in these areas. Through their work, SEAri
researchers are better able to identify the emerging needs of the
systems community. The group actively shares its research progress by
frequently engaging with sponsors, hosting an annual research summit,
and participating in professional society activities.
Interim and final outcomes of research investigations and studies
are captured in student theses, journal and conference papers, and
general publications for the wider systems engineering community. As a
research group focused on practical impact, SEAri views its website as
an effective way to share knowledge with the professional community. The
website includes access to four types of documents: presentations,
publications, theses, and working papers. Where possible, all documents
are made available for download in the spirit of open information
sharing. Publications reflect the excellent research accomplished by SDM
students working with the SEAri group, as well as work by doctoral,
graduate, and undergraduate students from several departments across
While theses and papers provide deep insights, the group has found
that sharing presentation briefings also benefits interested
practitioners, often providing early access to the evolving research.
Each year, SEAri holds a one-day research summit in conjunction with
SDM's annual Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges.
Since many interested professionals are unable to attend, SEAri posts
summit briefings on its website following the event. According to SEAri
Director Donna Rhodes, "Our annual research summit provides a
theme-based showcase of ongoing research. By making the briefing
materials available, we can give professionals a glimpse of ongoing work
that may be of interest." The 2011 SEAri research summit presentation
briefings will be available in early November.
"Our plan for the near future is to make a number of our methods
tutorials available, as we often receive requests for these," said SEAri
Lead Research Scientist Adam Ross, architect of the website. "Our hope
is that we can accelerate the understanding of our approaches, allowing
the professional community to more effectively benefit from knowledge
generated through years of research."