July 24, 2013 1 Comment
Deadline for full papers: 16 September 2013
Guest Editors: Irem Y. Tumer & Kemper E. Lewis
Design of Complex Engineered Systems is a research area that focuses on systematic and rigorous approaches to designing and analyzing large-scale engineering systems. Complexity comes from the fact that these systems are not only large-scale, but also include multiple disciplines, and are composed of hardware, software, and at times humans, which typically results in unmodelled and poorly understood interactions and behavior at multiple scales. Such behavior often leads to unintended consequences that plague engineering organizations developing such systems, including cost overruns, schedule delays, unplanned maintenance, and ultimately, catastrophic failures during operation. Current systems engineering processes do not guarantee safe, effective, and robust systems that are delivered on-time and within budget. Over the last 5 years, the engineering design research community has recognized this problem and advances have been made in many research groups with real large-scale applications. Furthermore, government organizations including NSF, NASA, and DARPA have created new programs that specifically fund the scientific approaches needed to make a significant impact in the state-of-the-art. As a result, this special issue is very timely in that many of the approaches are ready to be disseminated and shared with our peers. The guest editors intend to showcase the variety of the research in this field.