CSER2020 Postponement

We have been continuously monitoring the situation concerning the coronavirus COVID-19 and have been planning for contingencies. Given the escalation in the number of cases and the travel restrictions from government, industry, and academic institutions, we have had many attendees cancel making postponement the only viable action.

CSER is a vibrant international community of government, industry, and academic researchers and research sponsors, and we treasure the collaboration within this community while being mindful of the health and well-being of all CSER attendees. Rest assured that after CSER2020 is rescheduled, all accepted presenters, tutorials, workshops, and keynotes will be reprogrammed. 

Stay tuned for the announcement of new dates, and many thanks for your commitment to make CSER2020 another great success.

CSER2020 Leadership

CSER 2020 Detailed Schedule

CSER 2020 Detailed Schedule (pdf)


CSER 2020 Detailed Schedule

CSER 2020 Detailed Schedule (pdf)


Day 1

Morning Half Day Tutorial - MBSE Overview

Dr. Michael Sievers, University of Southern California


Although engineering with models has been part of the systems engineering profession for decades, the increasing scale and complexity of modern systems necessitates rethinking SE processes. Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) provides system engineers with the mean for managing complexity and encouraging collaboration among diverse subject matter experts. In this seminar we begin by discussing the MBSE value proposition and then delve into the details of models, MBSE tools and languages, key terminology and concepts, and usage in the systems engineering process. Practical examples will be provided throughout the course that demonstrate the application of concepts discussed. We emphasize that this is not a SysML training course but rather provides a broader look at the theory and practice of MBSE that is more generally useful for systems engineers and systems thinkers.

Morning Half Day Tutorial - Parallel Agile

Mr. Doug Rosenberg, University of Southern California 


From the beginning of software time, people have wondered why it isn’t possible to accelerate software projects by simply adding staff. This is sometimes known as the “nine women can’t make a baby in one month” problem. The most famous treatise declaring this to be impossible is Fred Brooks’ 1975 book The Mythical Man-Month, in which he declares that “adding more programmers to a late software project makes it later,” and indeed this has proven largely true over the decades. 

Aided by a domain-driven code generator that quickly creates database and API code, Parallel Agile achieves significant schedule compression using parallelism: as many developers as necessary can independently and concurrently develop the scenarios from initial prototype through production code. Projects can scale by elastic staffing, rather than by stretching schedules for larger development efforts. Schedule compression with a large team of developers working in parallel is analogous to hardware acceleration of compute problems using parallel CPUs.

Afternoon Half Day Tutorial - Preparing MBSE for Industry 4.0 & IOT

Dr. Dov Dori, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology 

The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 signifies a disruptive departure from traditional systems engineering practices to a collaborative model-based SE environment that enables the concurrent, agile design, modeling, and simulation of systems’ and products’ hardware and software. The tutorial introduces the state-of-the-art in IoT and Industry 4.0. We discuss what the current rapid transition means to systems engineering professionals and how adopting an agile MBSE approach can prepare them for this era. We then introduce principles and basics of Object-Process Methodology - OPM ISO 19450 as a viable infrastructure for Industry 4.0 and IoT through hands-on experience with OPCloud – a Web-based collaborative conceptual modeling environment that facilitates online and off-line collaboration in developing complex systems, utilizing OPM ISO 19450. We will seamlessly model both conceptual qualitative aspects and quantitative aspects of a couple of systems of interest.

Afternoon Half Day Tutorial - Data Analytics

Dr. Courtney Paulsen, Southern Utah University


This data analytics tutorial will take participants through an introduction to the tools and methods available for analyzing big data in a systems context. The course will explore the packages and options available with standard analytics languages such as R and Python, including options such as the Radiant package in R and RStudio Cloud for use of the analytics packages for nontechnical stakeholders. This tutorial will follow through a complete, interactive case study detailing several advanced analytics methods as demonstrated through the tools and options. Though this tutorial focuses on the practical application of analytics methods, resources will also be provided for additional background in methodology and algorithms for participants as well.  No programming experience is necessary for this tutorial, but some basic familiarity with programming concepts and syntax may be helpful in understanding some of the demonstration materials. In addition, participants should have an introductory understanding of statistical concepts such as probability and data measures.

Full Day Tutorial - Enterprise Modeling using UAF

Mr. Barry Papke, Dassault Systemes - NoMagic


This tutorial describes the role of enterprise architecture in the context of the SE lifecycle and provides and introduction of the modeling concepts and view with the Unified Architecture Framework. It will describe the relationship of UAF to previous frameworks and describe the changes from the previous Unified Profile for DODAF and MODAF (UPDM) modeling language. The majority of the course will introduce attendees to the 11 model kinds and 10 domain perspectives of UAF focusing on key model elements and horizontal relationships within each domain as well as vertical traceability relationships between domains. The course will not include hands on modeling with CAMEO Enterprise Architecture (CEA) with UAF but will include instructor led presentation/demonstration of UAF diagrams and model elements in the tool.

Full Day - NSF Workshop - Systems Engineering Challenges & Opportunities

Dr. Richard Malak, Texas A&M University

This is the first in a series of NSF-sponsored workshops intended to identify and articulate key industry needs and opportunities that can be addressed by fundamental research in systems engineering. The spirit of this workshop is that of a “listening tour” during which academic and government researchers seek to understand the challenges and needs of systems engineering practitioners and organizations. Issues of interest include, but are not limited to, trends in SE practice, “pain points” in SE projects, external trends that impact SE practice, evolution of the SE discipline and thoughts about what SE should look like in the future (e.g., 20 years from now). The workshop will feature a series of breakout discussions. Participants will include systems engineering professionals and leaders from industry and government. Workshop organizers will aggregate and synthesize observations from this and other related workshops to produce recommendations for a fundamental research agenda on systems engineering. A final workshop will be held (in late FY20 or early FY21) during which organizers will present and solicit feedback about the research agenda. 

Full Day - Working Group Workshop - Foundation for Systems Engineering

Dr. David Rousseau and Dr. James Martin

In January 2019, INCOSE launched the F4SE project under its “Future of SE” (FuSE) programme initiated in January 2018. This project is a response to the call in INCOSE Vision 2015 to strengthen the theoretical foundations of SE, especially in the aspect of systems science, to provide SE with a consistent vocabulary (ontology) and scientific principles that explain the nature of complex systems. F4SE additionally aims to develop a theoretical foundation for SE that places it academically on a par with the other engineering disciplines which are each grounded in a specific area of science.

This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the current state of the art in systems science, and the need for future SE to accommodate a context-determined shift in emphasis between reductionism and holism. Attendees will help to identify and develop ideas for research projects aimed at strengthening the systems science foundations of SE. This will contribute to an agenda of research projects that F4SE will promote for funding, collaborative research and practical evaluation. F4SE held a summit in October 2019 to discuss these issues, followed by workshops at INCOSE IW2020 and preceding CSER 2020. In this presentation I will review the background of the F4SE project, present results of the summit and workshops to date, and outline the vision and plans for future activities.

Morning - INCOSE Tutorial - ASEP/ CSEP Exam Refresher

Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) certification examination refresher course

The course will be taught by Stepen Guine MBA, MPP, CSEP. Stephen is currently in his 17th year at Northrop Grumman, he has previously held positions at Caltech Center for Technology and Kelcey.

Afternoon - ASEP/ CSEP Certification Exam

 INCOSE Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) Certification Examination, 2 hours

Opening Reception - Systems Engineering

Academic Network (SEANET) Poster Sessions, Hosted hors d'ouvres, Cash bar

CSER 2020 Detailed Schedule

CSER 2020 Detailed Schedule (pdf)


Important Dates


Tutorials and SEANET Graduate Students’ Forum


Tutorials and SEANET Graduate Students’ Forum