Visible to the public A Distributed, Semantically-Aware Framework to Support the Needs of the Open Hardware Community

Presented as part of the 2012 HCSS conference.


This talk is intended to give a general overview of GTRI's framework and how it was designed to meet the unique needs of the Open Hardware Design community. Specifically it will start with a summary of the vision and outline several of the key challenges associated with the collaborative design of hardware. From these needs and challenges, the VehicleForge architecture will be summarized with an emphasis on those elements that support the needs of a distributed, multi-domain community. The talk will conclude with an overview of our VehicleForge design process and how we use VehicleForge to design and build VehicleForge.


Dr. Jack Zentner is a Senior Research Engineer at the Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS) in the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). His primary area of research is in the development of probabilistic design methods and design tools for large scale, complex systems. In relation to design tool development, he is the Principal Investigator and Lead Systems Engineer for the DARPA project. Over the past several years, he has also been developing and applying strategic decision making methods for a range of government and industry customers to help them map their high-level goals and objectives to a prioritized set of actionable alternatives. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Zentner is a course developer and lecturer for Georgia Tech's Professional Masters in Applied Systems Engineering, and teaches several professional development courses in systems engineering as part of Georgia Tech's Defense Technology Certificate Program. These courses include, Advanced Problem Solving Methods and The Fundamentals of Modern Systems Engineering. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 1999, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001 and 2006, respectively.

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