Development, Affordability and Qualification of Complex Systems

Development, Affordability and Qualification of Complex Systems
Specialists’ Meeting
Huntsville, Alabama
February 9-10, 2016

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SB1 - Complex Systems MeetingThe Redstone Chapter of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International is sponsoring a Technical Specialists' Meeting on the Development, Affordability and Qualification of Complex Systems. This event will be held at The University of Alabama in Huntsville on February 9-10, 2016. The Specialists’ Meeting will investigate new standards, processes, methods and tools relevant to the qualification and fielding of complex systems applicable to future vertical lift. Leading experts from the government, academia, and industry will discuss the challenges of developing and qualifying affordable and safe complex systems.

The program consists of three sessions, each consisting of a keynote, presentations and roundtable discussions to broaden community knowledge.  

  • Safety and Certification: Keynoted by Mr. Al Garrison, US Army Aviation Engineering Directorate (AED)

  • Model Based Design: Keynoted by Mr. Marcus Wilkerson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Applications of Modeling and Simulation: Keynoted by Dr. John Thomas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Opening Keynote Speaker: Mr. James B. Lackey, SES, Director, US Army Aviation & Missile Research Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC)

This Technical Specialists' Meeting offers an opportunity to present and participate in interactive discussions with the audience on advances in every area of vertical flight technology, with a focus on affordably and safely developing highly integrated subsystems into a highly reconfigurable piloted, optionally piloted or unmanned vertical lift platform.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Multi-core or advanced processor airworthiness standards and tools for evaluating these systems
  • Standards for structural integrity specifications including qualification standards and tools for adaptive or health monitoring systems
  • Proposed methods for addressing the identification and elimination of safety/human factors issues early in design
  • Advances in the maturity of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) tools for use throughout the life-cycle including methods of validating MBSE models and tools for airworthiness qualification
  • New and innovative tools to synergize airworthiness/acquisition processes to reduce the likelihood and significance of cost overruns in future major development programs

Final 2016 Agenda

  Tuesday, 9 February 2016
1000-1300 Attendee Registration
1000-1300 Presentation Material drop-off for Authors
1300-1305 Welcome by Chapter President - Mr. Ed Martin
1305-1310 Meeting Objectives by General Chair - Mr. Ed Martin
1310-1330 Opening Keynote - Mr. James Lackey, SES, US Army AMRDEC
  Session I - Safety and Certification
  Session Chair - Tom DuBois
1330-1340 Safety and Certification Initial Brief
1340-1405 Session Keynote - Certification Considerations of Multi-Core Processors, Al Garrison
1405-1430 A New Approach to Hazard Analysis for Rotorcraft, Arterburn et al
1430-1455 Use of a Reusable Verification Component to Ensure Compatibility of Portable Avionics Software for Multiple Operating Environments, Carter et al
1455-1520 Overview of AMRDEC Cybersecurity Activities - Lovejoy
1520-1545 Break
1545-1715 Questions and Roundtable Discussion
1715-1900 Social
  Wednesday, 10 February 2016
0700-1200 Attendee Registration
0700-1200 Presentation Material drop-off for Authors
0800-0805 Welcome by General Chair - Mr. Ed Martin
  Session II - Model Based Design
  Session Chair - Glenn Carter
0805-0815 Model-based Design Initial Brief
0815-0840 Session Keynote - Design and Development of a System Using MBSE, Marcus Wilkerson
0840-0905 Implementing Model-based Design for Flight Critical Applications, Ryan and Miskell
0905-0930 A Model-based System of Systems Engineering Distributed Package Delivery Discrete Event Simulation for Optimization of Small UAVs, England et al
0930-0955 Multi-Organization Multi-Phase Multi-Disciplinary Model-Based System Engineering - Vestal
0955-1015 Break
1015-1145 Questions and Roundtable Discussion
1145-1300 Lunch
  Session III - Modeling and Simulation
  Session Chair - Josh McNeil
1300-1310 Modeling and Simulation Initial Brief
1310-1335 Session Keynote - A New Systems Approach to Safety and Security, John Thomas
1335-1400 ADS-89-SP – A Standard Practice for U.S. Army Rotorcraft Structural Integrity Programs, Kiser et al
1400-1425 Load Monitoring and Estimation Technology: A Key Enabler to Ensuring Rotorcraft Structural Integrity for Complex Systems, Ewing et al
1425-1450 Towards Certification of Complex System Modeling: Slung Loads Qualification, Lorieau et al
1450-1515 Break
1515-1645 Questions and Roundtable Discussion
1645-1700 Closing Remarks by Chapter President - Mr. Ed Martin

The final schedule is available for download as a PDF.


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Full registration fee includes Proceedings CD-ROM, break refreshments, and lunch on Feb. 10.


Registration Level


Full Registrant: General Attendee  (AHS Member including Industry/Academia, Speaker & Retired) $180 USD
Full Registrant: General Attendee  (Non-AHS Member, includes 1 year free AHS membership) $260 USD
Full Registrant: Student Attendee  (AHS Student Member, must be a full-time student) $25 USD
Full Registrant: Student Attendee  (Non-AHS Member, includes 1 year free AHS membership)  $50 USD

Government Registrant:  Government Employee Attendee (AHS Member, attendance only*)
*Does not include proceedings.  Lunch may be purchased at the door for $10.  “Pay as you Go” for breaks.



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Hotel Information:

There are many hotels near UAH. Check your favorite travel guide. Follow this link to the closest hotel, the Bevill Center. You will need to provide your own transportation from your hotel to the UAH campus. A parking pass will be provided.


For the Authors:

V-280 - Complex Systems MeetingSubmittal of an abstract is interpreted as a professional commitment to prepare a final paper, attend the Specialists’ Meeting and make a presentation based on that final paper. If an author finds that he or she will be unable to make the presentation, then it is incumbent upon him or her to find a substitute presenter. Abstract acceptance will be based, in part, on the submitter's previous history in following through with their previous commitments. One author may present no more than two papers. Questions? Email or call Ed Martin, 256-975-0250.

Directions on the submittal of final versions of all papers will be emailed to selected authors. Papers must be submitted in electronic format. Allowable file formats are those which are compatible with Microsoft Word ("DOC" or “DOCX” files) or Adobe Acrobat ("PDF" files). Please follow the Forum 71 Author Guide for the final paper and presentation format. Please use the Forum 71 Final Paper Template (.doc) for your paper. Final papers should be submitted to

The Specialists’ Meeting is open to an international audience. As such, it is the policy of the AHS that all papers submitted for inclusion in the Proceedings and all presentations made at the Workshop will be completely unrestricted. That is, they are not allowed to contain any proprietary, sensitive, classified, or otherwise-controlled information. Authors should make note of this policy when submitting abstracts. It is the author's responsibility to obtain appropriate clearance of his/her abstract, paper, and presentation in time to meet all deadlines.  

Updated November 5, 2015