October 1, 2011
The MIT Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri) group is engaged in research to develop advanced systems engineering theories and methods through collaborative projects with government and industry organizations. SEAri also investigates effective engineering practices in these areas. Through their work, SEAri researchers are better able to identify the emerging needs of the systems community. The group actively shares its research progress by frequently engaging with sponsors, hosting an annual research summit, and participating in professional society activities.
Interim and final outcomes of research investigations and studies are captured in student theses, journal and conference papers, and general publications for the wider systems engineering community. As a research group focused on practical impact, SEAri views its website as an effective way to share knowledge with the professional community. The website includes access to four types of documents: presentations, publications, theses, and working papers. Where possible, all documents are made available for download in the spirit of open information sharing. Publications reflect the excellent research accomplished by SDM students working with the SEAri group, as well as work by doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students from several departments across MIT.
While theses and papers provide deep insights, the group has found that sharing presentation briefings also benefits interested practitioners, often providing early access to the evolving research. Each year, SEAri holds a one-day research summit in conjunction with SDM’s annual Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges. Since many interested professionals are unable to attend, SEAri posts summit briefings on its website following the event. According to SEAri Director Donna Rhodes, "Our annual research summit provides a theme-based showcase of ongoing research. By making the briefing materials available, we can give professionals a glimpse of ongoing work that may be of interest." The 2011 SEAri research summit presentation briefings will be available in early November.
"Our plan for the near future is to make a number of our methods tutorials available, as we often receive requests for these," said SEAri Lead Research Scientist Adam Ross, architect of the website. "Our hope is that we can accelerate the understanding of our approaches, allowing the professional community to more effectively benefit from knowledge generated through years of research."