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CANCELED -- Systems Seminar/Ezra's Round Table: Dan DeLaurentis (Purdue) - From air transportation to space exploration: forging progress in modeling and analytics in a ‘Systems-of-Systems’ world

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12:15pm

Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall, 253

Due to travel issues, today's Ezra's Round Table has been canceled.



The task of engineering design and the larger endeavor of Systems Engineering are challenged by increasingly complex systems interactions and network topology evolution, independence of stakeholders, heterogeneity of participating systems, and all together producing emergent behavior. These are typical features of Systems-of-Systems, and their study requires different approach and methodologies than those established in systems engineering. This talk will highlight interesting points along our group’s journey in this “world” over the last few years.

The first part of this talk will introduce a theoretical framework for System-of-Systems engineering, which includes a three-phase Process Model: the phases of definition, abstraction, and implementation support informed decision making, providing insights into relative structure and performance of various combinations of technical, operational, policy, and economic design decisions. The US National Air Transportation System will be used as an example, with glimpses of other application from the significant variety to which we have been invited (or for which we have pursued!).

The second part of the talk will focus on the System-of-Systems Analytic Work Bench developed in our group. The Analytic Work Bench includes methods and tools for reasoning about System-of-Systems architecture, explicitly addressing the features mentioned above. Two methods for modeling and analysis of operational and developmental dependencies will be described in detail, and space applications will provide exemplary use of the methodologies in the Analytic Work Bench.


Dr. Daniel DeLaurentis is a Professor in Purdue’s School of Aeronautics & Astronautics. Since 2017, Dr. DeLaurentis also serves as the Director of Purdue’s Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation (i-GSDI) in the University’s Discovery Park. Dr. DeLaurentis is co-lead of the Enterprises as Systems and System of Systems Thrust Area and member of the Research Council in the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) UARC, where he leads a project to develop an Analytical Workbench for system of system (SoS) architecture analysis, design and evolution as well as a project on Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA).


His primary research interests are in the areas of problem formulation, modeling and simulation, and robust system design and control methods for aerospace systems and systems-of-systems (SoS). This includes agent-based modeling, network theory, optimization, dependency analysis, and aerospace vehicle modeling. His research is conducted under grants from NASA, FAA, Navy, the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center UARC, the Missile Defense Agency, and various aerospace industry firms.


Research results have been widely disseminated in the technical literature including the Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Research in Engineering Design, Information Fusion, several Transportation Research journals, Engineering Optimization, and in various archival publications of the IEEE.


Dr. DeLaurentis is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and served as Chairman of the AIAA’s Air Transportation Systems (ATS) Technical Committee from 2008-2010. He is also Deputy Director in AIAA’s Aircraft and Atmospheric Systems Group in the Technical Activities Division. Dr. DeLaurentis is also a member of the IEEE and INCOSE and active in “systems circles” of those societies. He was the Co-Chair of the System of Systems Technical Committee in the IEEE System, Man, and Cybernetics Community (2009-2014) and is Associate Editor for the Transactions of the IEEE Systems, Man, & Cybernetics: Systems.


In 2012, Dr. DeLaurentis was awarded his department’s highest research recognition: the CT Sun School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Excellence in Research Award and also was elected Faculty Fellow of CERIAS (Purdue’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security). In 2016, he was selected by AAE graduate students as the Purdue Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Mentor Award.

Event Type



College of Engineering, Systems Engineering, Engineering


engineering, systems engineering, College of Engineering





Daniel DeLaurentis

Speaker Affiliation

School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Purdue University

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