Keynote Address #3

Model-Based Specification and Simulation-Based Design and Procurement

part of the Summer Simulation Multiconference 2006 (SummerSim'06)

Sponsored by:
The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS)

Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 8:30am

The Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Center
Calgary, Canada

presented by

Mr. Terry Ericsen
Program Officer for Electrical Science and Technology 
Office of Naval Research, USA


Documents are no longer sufficient for design, development, and procurement. The complexity and detail of highly integrated systems are beyond the precision and accuracy of common language. Non-linear and discontinuous processes require models (mathematics) to convey meaning and simulation to enable understanding. Furthermore, the complexity of today's systems is even beyond existing modeling and simulation tools.

System detail is also beyond existing tools. Today, modeling and simulation tools are analysis tools - not designed for synthesis. The synthesis dilemma is that the application requirement is not complete until the components and materials are selected; and the selection of the components and materials cannot be completed until the application requirement is complete. Today's tools assume there is only one designer, when there are many designers. Shortages of engineers and designers make these problems worse. Tomorrow's electronically reconfigurable systems will need a new set of tools for design, control, operation, and procurement. The future is model-based specification and simulation-based design and procurement. 

Bio. of Mr. Ericsen

Mr. Terry Ericsen has been with the U.S. Navy in several engineering research positions - from Cooperative Engineering Student to Program Officer - from 1970 to present. He was a Principle Investigator on several research projects to develop advanced power devices, circuits, equipment, and systems and the Project Manager on ONR's Power Electronic Building Block program. Currently, Mr. Ericsen is a Program Officer for Electrical Science and Technology with the Office of Naval Research. He has authored numerous papers. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University in 1973. He can be contacted at

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