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Systems of Systems & Integration

Annual Plan

Computational Representation and Analysis of Mission and System Requirements

Project Summary

Principal Investigators

  • Rahul Rai (PI), Clemson University
  • Guo Freeman, Margaret Wiecek, Georges Fadel, Gregory Mocko, Cameron Turner (Co‐ PIs), Clemson University


  • Joshua Ortiz, Meredith Sutton, Dane Acena, Chandan Sahu, Vinayak Khade, Darshil Patel, Mohan Elapolu (postdoc), Clemson University


  • Denise Rizzo, James Ealy, U.S. Army GVSC


  • Abhijit Choudhury, Campbell Soup Company

Project begins June 2020, estimated duration 2 years.

GVSC is responsible for establishing mission definitions and associated technical requirements for ground vehicles. As new ground vehicles and fleets are developed there is a need to systematically support approaches for computationally representing and analysis the solution space early in the development and acquisition process and explore the mission space and solution space with advanced simulations, virtual engineering, and gaming environments. Strategies for evaluating the impact of mission requirements on the design of mission‐specific vehicles is needed to enable project managers to assess potential benefits and associated costs of changes in requirements. Top level requirements that cause significant cascaded difficulties on lower‐level requirements should be identified and presented to the decision maker. Further, the ability to represent missions and requirements through a computational representation are essential to leverage computational approaches, network modeling and analysis, and trade space exploration.

The overarching objective of this task is to create formal methods and associated computational tools to aid in the development of mission definition and the associated key performance indicators. When successful, this research area will bridge the gaps between mission planning and analysis and technology and system development. The outcomes from this task will provide a formal and systematic method for requirements decomposition and traceability during the vehicle development process and subsequent validation and verification. Additionally, the successful completion of this sub‐area will complement current efforts at GVSC on gaming environments.