Ezra's Round Table / Systems Seminar: Dr. Johannes Norheim (University of Strathclyde)



Upson Hall 202


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Digital Continuity beyond MBSE

As engineered systems become more complex, so does the number of associated digital artifacts. These digital artifacts span the full product development process and exhibit high levels of heterogeneity. Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) has become an enabler for digital continuity: managing dependencies and workflows of information that ensure consistency across such artifacts. Nevertheless, MBSE is restricted to SE artifacts such as requirements and functional, logical, and physical architectures. In this talk, we look at digital continuity for artifacts outside MBSE: design documents, geometry data, and simulation and optimization artifacts. Specifically, this talk presents results from two projects in this domain: 1) identifying dependencies and SE elements in large requirement documents and 2) automatic generation of computational workflows for integrating highly coupled models for simulation and optimization. The talk concludes with a discussion on the enabling role of generative AI, including multimodal and unimodal large language models (LLMs).

Dr. Johannes Norheim (he/him) is an incoming assistant professor at the University of Strathclyde in the Department of Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from MIT in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he is currently a postdoctoral associate. His research focuses on accelerating systems development by enabling digital continuity across the full systems engineering lifecycle. Key to his research is the integration of MBSE, simulations, optimization, and AI. Previous experiences include working for a design data startup, designing advanced concepts at Airbus, and developing CubeSat architectures at Thales Alenia Space.