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Project Partners

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Michael Henshaw
Michael Henshaw is Professor of Systems Engineering and leads the Engineering Systems of Systems (EsoS) Research Group. His research focuses on integration and management of complex socio-technical systems, with a particular emphasis on the challenges of through-life management of systems and capabilities.

The research topics currently being studied include Network Enabled Capability (NEC), management of knowledge for through-life capability management (TLCM), cyber-security, pilot training, C2, and autonomous robotic systems. Within all these areas there is a strong emphasis on the challenges of interoperability between systems and the importance of including humans and organisations as part of the systems.

Professor Henshaw graduated in applied physics, and his early research focused on laser-plasma interactions, using computational fluid dynamics to investigate various phenomena in applications such as X-ray lasers. He joined British Aerospace (later BAE Systems) as an aerodynamicist and worked for seventeen years in aeronautical engineering tackling problems associated with unsteady aerodynamics (computational and experimental) and, later, multi-disciplinary integration. He was appointed to a chair in Systems Engineering at Loughborough in 2006 to direct the large multi-university, multi-disciplinary programme, NECTISE, that ran from Nov 2005 – April 2009. This was a £4M investment by EPSRC and BAE Systems to research NEC. For further information, please view Michael Henshaw's profile.

Mo Jamshidi
Mo Jamshidi is the Lutcher Brown Endowed Chaired Professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, USA. He has served US Government NASA, USAF and USDOE) as an advisor or scientist for 27 years. He has worked for IBM, GM and Siemens for a total of 4 years.

He has over 650 technical publications including 63 books (11 text books), research volumes, and edited volumes. His most recent (2008-2010) 3 edited and text books are on SoSE. He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Systems Journal. He is the founding general chair of IEEE SoSE Conference series since 2006. For further information, please view Mo Jamshidi's profile.

Carys Siemieniuch
Carys Siemieniuch has both UK professional and European CREE registration as an ergonomist, with expertise across the full range of systems-related human factors topics. Her key skills are in knowledge lifecycle management systems, organisational and cultural aspects of enterprise modeling techniques, organisational systems architectures, dynamic allocation of function and the design of complex systems. She is active in both the military and civilian domains.

She has extensive and varied consultancy expertise, turning her applied research into practical advice for a number of organisations including the European Parliament, the Ministry of Defence and a range of engineering organisations in the UK and Europe. She is a member of the Engineering Systems of Systems Research Group in the School.

She is a reviewer for UK EPSRC and DTI funded programmes and a registered 'expert', project reviewer and evaluator for the EU Framework Programmes. In addition she is a reviewer for various academic journals and national and international conferences. She has a particular interest in the promotion of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) and is a Mentor on MentorSET: a national mentoring scheme for Women in SET. For further information, please view Carys Siemieniuch's profile.

Daniel DeLaurentis
Daniel DeLaurentis is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Engineering, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. His appointment at Purdue began in August of 2004. Prior to this appointment, he was Research Engineer and then Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech's School of Aerospace Engineering and a staff member of the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL).

Dr. DeLaurentis' recent research has been in several areas: foundational methods for problems characterized as system-of-systems (especially in transportation), robust design for aerospace systems (including uncertainty modeling/management), and numerical and visual tools for capturing the interaction of system requirements, concepts, and technologies. The context for these activities has been the design of revolutionary air vehicles for which present sizing/synthesis models are incomplete (e.g. uninhabited air vehicles, UAVs). Several recent projects illustrate the extension beyond individual vehicles to the design of systems of vehicles. Applications include the design of an autonomous network of UAVs as an airborne, logistics architecture as well as intermodal transportation systems for enhanced mobility featuring advanced, personal air vehicles (both rotary and fixed wing).

These activities have been conducted under grants from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the NASA Langley Research Center, the NASA Ames Research Center, and the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC). Additionally, at Georgia Tech, he has collaborated with other faculty on two interdisciplinary projects. Research on neural-network-based technology prediction was performed with the School of Electrical Engineering while a project involving the development of a "Design for Affordability" method for next-generation Marine Corp fighting vehicles was conducted in conjunction with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Both projects were funded by ONR.

Dr. DeLaurentis has been active in the publication of research results. He is lead author on a paper concerning derivation of future transportation requirements that appears in the Jan./Feb. 2004 issue of AIAA Journal of Aircraft. He has co-authored two journal articles on the topics of robust design simulation and probabilistic frameworks for aircraft design & technology infusion. He has two additional papers (as primary author) submitted to leading journals. In addition, he has also authored or co-authored over 20 conference/symposia papers ranging from uncertainty modeling for complex systems to transportation system design. In the process of leading research projects and publishing results, he has also served the role of research advisor and mentor for over 15 graduate students. In this role, he recently led a team of students to a 2nd place finish in the nationwide 2002 NASA Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) National Student Competition. Dr. DeLaurentis, a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), was recently selected as the Co-Technical Chair for the 9th AIAA/ISSMO Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization, held in Atlanta, GA in Sept., 2002. The symposium is the primary conference for design methodology and optimization researchers and practitioners within aerospace community (and beyond). For further information, please view Daniel DeLaurentis's profile.

Cornelius Ncube
Cornelius Ncube is a Director for the Software Systems Research Centre, School of Design, Engineering and Computing at Bournemouth University, UK. Cornelius holds a PhD in Computer Science (City University London, UK), an MSc in Software Engineering (City University London, UK) and a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (Brunel University, London, UK).

Cornelius's core research area is in Software Systems Engineering with a particular focus on Requirements Engineering. He has contributed to requirements engineering methods and software systems development processes. More specifically, he is currently research active in the areas of Systems-of-Systems Engineering, Composition-Based Software Systems, Opportunistic-Software Systems Development, COTS-Based Systems Development and Requirements Engineering. For further information, please view Cornelius Ncube's profile.

Vishal Barot
Vishal Barot is a research project associate at the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at Loughborough University since 2011. His main interests and contributions are project management and application of its methodologies, systems engineering industrial research and development, systems architectures and remote data communications. His main expertise is in the areas of project management, systems engineering, systems of systems engineering, and knowledge engineering.

Prior to this, he worked as a research project associate for numerous industrial researches at Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University for 4 years (2007-11). He has also worked extensively in other industrial sectors such as transport and communications, and as a lecturer in an academic environment (De Montfort University and Coventry University).

He has a PhD in the application of computer science to automotive manufacturing systems. He is a PRINCE2 practitioner since 2007,and holds ILM qualifications in management and leadership. Currently he is pursuing PMP status from PMI. He received his MSc degree in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics from De Montfort University in 2006. He received a BSc degree in Computing and Information Systems from London Metropolitan University in 2004. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Database Administrator (MCSE / MCDBA) since 2004, and an active member of professional accredited bodies like PMI, INCOSE and ILM. For further information, please view Vishal Barot's profile.

Sharon Henson
Sharon Henson is a research associate in the Engineering Systems of Systems Research Group, currently part of the T-AREA SoS project (Trans-Atlantic Research and Education Agenda in Systems of Systems), a support action to develop research in SoS between the US and Europe.

She is also the manager of the Systems Engineering Doctorate Centre (SEDC). The SEDC is a consortium with the University of Bath, Queens University Belfast, University of Leicester and the University of Strathclyde and many partners from industry. She oversees all aspects of the SEDC operation. She also provides support to the REPOINT and On-board Detection of Low Adhesion projects with the Control Systems Research Group. For further information, please view Sharon Henson's profile.

Murray Sinclair
Murray is a retired academic who couldn't stay away. He is currently a Visiting Fellow in the School of Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering, attached to the Engineering Systems of Systems Research Group.

His interests have always been in the field of socio-technical systems, at various times in the fields of Fast-moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Automotive, Aerospace, and latterly in Autonomous Systems, and always in partnerships with industrial companies. Latterly, due to the steady infiltration of information technology into society and its pervasiveness in the lives of individuals, his interests now include the assurance of ethical behaviour by autonomous and semi-autonomous systems, such as robots, healthcare systems and the like.

Murray is a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and, before official retirement, he was a registered European Ergonomist with CREE professional registration, and a Member of the IEEE Engineering Management Society. He has also been a member of the UK Nuclear Safety Advisory Council, and of a Royal Society Committee. He has held representative roles on several of the organising committees of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, including its Council. . For further information, please view Murray Sinclair's profile.

Soo LingLim
Soo Ling Lim is a Research Associate at the School of Design, Engineering and Computing at Bournemouth University. Her research interests are in the area of requirements engineering, specifically in the areas of systems of systems engineering, stakeholder analysis, requirements elicitation, and requirements change management.

She holds a PhD from the School of Computer Science and Engineering, the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Before her PhD, she worked as an SAP consultant at the Computer Sciences Corporation and as a software engineer at CIC Secure in Australia. For further information, please view Soo LingLim's profile.