June 29 guest lecture: "openCAESAR: A Next Generation Platform for Systems Engineering"

Simula is please to announce the guest lecture by Maged Elaasar, Senior Computer Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The lecture will take place on June 29, and can be joined remotely.

About the Speaker: Maged Elaasar, PhD

Maged Elaasar is a Senior Computer Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He technically leads a JPL-wide strategic R&D program called Integrated Model Centric Engineering (IMCE). The mission of the program is to transform systems engineering into a rigorous, agile, and data-centric practice, and infuse it in JPL’s robotic space missions. He also leads the openCAESAR project that open sources many of IMCE’s innovations and helps the industry adopt them. Prior to JPL, Maged was a Senior Software Architect at IBM, where he led the R&D of various software and systems modeling tools and technologies for 15 years. He also represents JPL (and previously IBM) at the Object Management Group where he has led several standards (including UML). Maged is also the founder of Modelware Solutions, a consulting firm in model-based engineering (MBE). He is also a part-time teaching faculty at the CS department of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Maged holds a B.Sc. (AUC ’96) and M.Sc. (Carleton ’03) in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. (Carleton ’12) in Computer Systems Engineering.

Abstract: "openCAESAR: A Next Generation Platform for Systems Engineering"

Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) has had slow adoption by the industry at large. The main reason is that the cost of its adoption (complex formalisms, poor siloed tools, and lack of enterprise support) is far more than its derived value. openCAESAR is an open-source project that tries to change this paradigm. It allows defining a custom modeling stack with semantic web ontologies. Using such stack, it streamlines 6 systems engineering functions on models including authoring, federation, configuration, integration, analysis, and reporting using modern technology frameworks and DevOps approaches. In this talk, we will give an overview of openCAESAR, including its Ontological Modeling Language (OML). We will also highlight its supported functions and use cases and demonstrate its current tools. We will also discuss how the technology is being used by the Jet Propulsion Lab to modernize the systems engineering practice of space projects. We conclude by describing both work in progress and future works.

Time and place

  • Time: June 29, 11:00-12:00  
  • Place: HPL Lecture Hall, Simula

For guests:

To join in person or remotely, please contact Shaukat Ali for details and access.

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