Plenary Presentation at 2013 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting

Presentation on V&V of Complex Adaptive Systems

Dr. Werner J.A. Dahm, Director of ASU’s “Security & Defense Systems Initiative” (SDSI), gave a plenary presentation at the AIAA’s 2013 Aerospace Sciences Meeting held in the Dallas/Fort Worth region during 7-10 January 2013.  His presentation, titled “Establishing Trust in Autonomous Aerosystems:  V&V of Complex Adaptive Cyber-Physical Systems“, discussed how complex adaptive system software is essential for enabling the next generation of autonomous systems, and how such software can be architected to enable improved verification and validation (V&V), even for self-learning adaptive autonomous systems that lead to non-deterministic behavior.

This topic is especially timely in view of the recent Department of Defense Directive 3000.09, specifying V&V requirements for all new DoD autonomous systems.  ASU’s Security & Defense Systems Initiative focuses on seven research thrust areas, one of which is in “Autonomous Systems and Processes”, where ASU has distinctive capabilities that make it a performer-of-choice at the national level.

The Aerospace Sciences Meeting draws over 2400 participants each year and is the largest single meeting held by the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA).  It brings together participants from industry, government, and academia to address key research, development, test and evaluation issues facing the broad aerospace engineering community.