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ODU Researchers to Help Navy With Vexing Problem of Information Exchange

Researchers from Old Dominion University's National Centers for System of Systems Engineering (NCSOSE) have received a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Space and Warfare Command (SPAWAR) to tackle the information exchange issues within a Carrier Strike Group. Information exchange is a vexing problem for the U.S. Navy.

The $250,000 grant will allow a team from the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology to develop and deploy a research-based training model for the application of System of Systems Engineering (SoSE) to Carrier Strike Group information exchange.

The project will be led by principal investigator Dr. Kevin Adams, a principal research scientist at NCSOSE.

"This represents an opportunity to develop and deploy a unique model that integrates research and training, while simultaneously addressing a complex system problem," Adams said.

"We are pleased that SPAWAR has elected to draw on both the training and research capabilities of NCSOSE for this effort."

A total of 17 SPAWAR engineers will participate in the year-long training/research exercise. By the time the project ends in December of this year, all 17 should be certified in SoSE by NCSOSE, and a technical report will be generated, addressing information exchange problems in Carrier Strike Group.

"This will serve as an exciting new model that demonstrates how research can be simultaneously integrated with training to address a real world problem," said NCSOSE director Chuck Keating, a professor in engineering management and systems engineering at ODU.

"SPAWAR is definitely looking to break the traditional barriers between training, research and application."

Launched in 2002, NCSOSE is a national resource for developing and testing theory, methods, and tools to address complex system problems faced by government and industry. It emphasizes a collaborative relationship among university, government, and industrial entities concerned with design, deployment, and transformation of complex systems.

This article was posted on: March 9, 2009

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