Web Portals Workshop
Web Portals for Collaborative Cyber-Physical Systems
Hosted by CPS Week 2011
When/Where: This half-day tutorial will be held on the afternoon of Monday, April 11. The complete schedule can be found here.
Consider a researcher or graduate student interested in building new technologies and tools to improve software and systems engineering. While the researchers strive to understand and incorporate deep, specific knowledge about a problem domain, they typically have little to no contact with engineers working real, large software systems programs, making it hard for them to get the information they need. To showcase their research results, researchers thus have little choice but to make up data artifacts using their imagination, and design and conduct experiments that are abstract and typically small-scale representations of the challenges faced by real programs.
Now imagine an online portal dedicated to providing researchers with freely available, realistic, at-scale data artifacts, along with experimentation facilities that allow engineers to use the artifacts to reproduce challenges faced by real programs. Imagine also the researchers using the same data artifacts to demonstrate how their specific technology solves a piece of the challenge. Collaboration facilities that allow program engineers and researchers to discuss and refine assumptions, document experimental results for other future researchers, are all free and openly available to all researchers. The vision of such a portal is shared by diverse organizations such as OSD and AFRL, sponsors of the SPRUCE project, and NSF, supporting the CPS-Virtual Organization project (CPS-VO). Both groups are now closely collaborating.
The purpose of this tutorial is to educate the research community about these portals, and demonstrate how they can use the challenge problems, data artifacts and experimentation facilities to support their specific research needs. Presenters for this event will be drawn from the execution teams of the DoD SPRUCE and the NSF CPS-VO programs.
SPRUCE Overview: SPRUCE team will provide an overview of the portal – including its goals, currently available challenge problems and data artifacts, and an example collaborative solution that then led to funded technology demonstration.
SPRUCE Demo: We will provide an interactive walk through of SPRUCE portal, illustrating the process of creating a challenge problem, collaborating and developing joint solutions.
CPS-VO Overview and Demo: CPS-VO team will provide an overview of the portal – including its goals, currently available facilities, groups and illustrate the portal usage through an interactive demonstration.
Intended Audience: This tutorial is intended for all researchers and practitioners of cyber-physical systems that are engaged in software and/or systems integration aspects of those systems. This presentation will introduce all the relevant background material, give an overview of the resources that researchers and practitioners can use to find each other; specify and collaborate around challenge problems; attach and refine data artifacts to fully specify challenges; and, conduct experiments in the attached on-demand experimentation facility to reliably reproduce challenges or demonstrate solutions.
The material discussed in this tutorial is highly relevant to system designers and software developers interested in the future of cyber-physical systems.
Dr. Richard Buskens is a Manager of Advanced Software Technology Research at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL). Dr. Buskens is the lead technical program manager of Lockheed Martin’s Software Technology Initiative, which aims to demonstrate innovative technologies that can lead to software development that is five times faster and one-fifth the cost of current software development methods. Dr.Buskens is also the lead program manager for the ATL team’s participation in AFRL’s Systems and Software Test Track Phase I, and the SPRUCE programs. Prior to LM ATL, Dr. Buskens worked at Bell Laboratories in a variety of capacities including leading a 30-person team focused on software engineering technology research. Several of the technologies developed were transitioned into/adopted by Lucent Technologies product units.
Mr. Srini Srinivasan is a Technology Consultant at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, where he plays a key contributor role in the execution of the SPRUCE program. He was previously the Principal Investigator for Effective Automation Systems, Inc.’s nVision toolset SBIR Phase 2 project to analyze key real-time performance metrics of the C2I subsystem of the NAVY DDG-1000 platform. Previously, he was a co-founder and CEO of TimeSys Corporation.
Mr. Chris vanBuskirk, a Research Scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems (http://www.isis.vanderbilt.edu), serves as the Principal Investigator for the CPS-VO project, which actively supports the formation of new multidisciplinary communities required by the demanding challenges of the cyber-physical systems domain. Mr. vanBuskirk also currently serves as the Project Manager on two Vanderbilt University research programs awarded under the DARPA META-II program that are concerned with the development of novel, model-based design methods for cyber-physical systems.