Intelligent Adaptive Needs Characterization for M&S Systems Engineering

Period of Performance: 02/01/2012 - 07/31/2012


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Issac Corp.
6760 Corporate Drive Array
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Principal Investigator


The first, and arguably the most important, step in systems engineering is gathering stakeholder needs. Being able to elicit accurate, actionable needs from a stakeholder is nearly an art and is very difficult to standardize as each set of stakeholders may have drastically different needs. It is the intent of this effort to develop a process and set of algorithms that will provide rigor to and aid the needs elicitation process. The ISSAC Corp Systems Engineering Toolset (SETs ) is a complete Systems Engineering life cycle management integrated process. This nine step process relies heavily on successful completion of the three first steps: use case identification, needs definition, and understanding the Operational Environment. This is critical for any SE program. We will propose a solution to gathering and managing these requirement definitions using a novel approach, using technology and art to identify the needs with the multiple stakeholders and managing this information in a single repository enabling semantics analysis techniques, use of algorithms to manage and associate the data, and help the engineering teams solicit the correct information from the stakeholders.