Practical Design Space Exploration for Synthesis of Heterogeneous System-of-Systems 2018-01-1964
Continued advances in both sensory and unmanned technology, combined with the ever-increasing utilization of autonomous platforms, has created a need for practical design space exploration tools to aid in the synthesis of effective System-of-Systems (SoS) for use within complex, advanced teaming scenarios. This work describes a modular, flexible, and extensible framework, referred to as the Technology and Teaming Evaluation (TATE) framework, for straightforward identification of high-quality SoS, which may include manned and unmanned systems with varying degrees of autonomy, through quantitative evaluation of system-level and SoS-level attributes against a set of user-defined reference tasks. More specifically, TATE combines a top-down (goal-driven) approach, which systematically decomposes mission-level goals into a set of relevant technology and teaming options, with a bottom-up (technology-driven) approach that compares and selects effective components and configurations for individual systems, as well as the overall teaming configuration. This approach serves as an extension to existing, similar design space exploration tools that typically only focus on individual systems and do not readily scale to SoS. A detailed example is provided that illustrates the use of the TATE framework for synthesis of an Unmanned Aerial System team for use within a realistic manned-unmanned teaming mission.
Jeffrey R. Peters, Ebad Jahangir, Amit Surana, Zohaib Mian
United Technologies Research Center
Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference