Workshop on Research Challenges in Modeling & Simulation for Engineering Complex Systems
A two-day workshop was held on January 13-14, 2016 at the headquarters of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia to work on the development of a common research agenda for the M&S community. The workshop specifically focused on the role of M&S in engineering complex systems. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in addition to NM&SC and its parent organization NTSA, the workshop drew 65 leading researchers from the modeling and simulation community who were selected from over 100 nominations resulting from an open call issued in 2015. The workshop was organized by a steering committee that included Richard Fujimoto (NM&SC and Georgia Tech) who chaired the committee, Steven Cornford (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Christiaan Paredis (National Science Foundation), and Philomena Zimmerman (Office of the Secretary of Defense).
The goal of the workshop was to identify and build consensus around critical research challenges in the modeling and simulation field related to the design of complex engineered systems – challenges whose solution will significantly impact and accelerate the solution of major problems facing society today. The workshop was motivated by the fact that although modeling and simulation has been an active area of study for decades, new developments such as the need to model systems of unprecedented scale and complexity, the well-documented deluge in data, and revolutionary changes in underlying computing platforms are creating major new opportunities and challenges in the M&S field. The workshop focused on four main technical themes: (1) conceptual models, (2) computational issues, (3) uncertainty quantification, and (4) reuse of models and simulations.
The workshop program included application-focused plenary presentations that discussed important areas where technical advances in M&S are critically needed: sustainable urban growth (John Crittenden, Georgia Tech), healthcare (Donald Combs, Eastern Virginia Medical School), manufacturing (Michael Yukish, Penn State University), aerospace (Steven Jenkins, Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and defense (Edward Kraft, U.S. Air Force). Break out groups in each of the four technical areas listed above were charged with discussing and identifying the four or five most important research challenges in that area that, if solved, would have the greatest impact. The findings of these groups has been documented in a workshop report, that is available here: http://trainingsystems.org/publications/index.cfm.
The January workshop is one of a series of events organized by the NM&SC Research and Development committee, aimed at developing and building consensus around a common M&S research agenda. Activities leading up to the workshop included presentations and panel sessions at the Winter Simulation Conference, MODSIM World Conference, Simultech, and the Simulation Interoperability Workshop in addition to the NM&SC National Meeting. Follow up activities organized by NM&SC subsequent to workshop have included presentations and panel discussions at the 2016 M&S Congressional Caucus Leadership Summit, and a panel session at the 2016 ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (SIGSIM-PADS). A 90-minute panel session was held at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) as a Special Event.
- National Science Foundation
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Air Force Office of Scientific Research
- National Modeling & Simulation Coalition / National Training & Simulation Association
- Richard Fujimoto (Georgia Tech)
- Steven Cornford (NASA)
- Chris Paredis (NSF)
- William Vesely (NASA)
- Philomena Zimmerman (OSD)