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Two-semester Agile Systems Engineering Design Course: Investigation and Exploration of “Immersive” Training Technologies

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Research Projects, Course Development, and Industry Issues

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Systems Engineering

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25.1382.1 - 25.1382.8



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Andrew Bodenhamer Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Ivan G. Guardiola Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Steven Michael Corns


Cihan H. Dagli Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Cihan Dagli is a professor of engineering management and systems engineering, and Affiliated Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial engineering from the Middle East Technical University and a Ph.D. in applied operations research in large scale systems design and operation from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, where from 1976 to 1979 he was a British Council Fellow. His research interests are in the areas of systems architecting and engineering, system of systems, smart engineering system design, and computational intelligence: neural networks-fuzzy logic-evolutionary programming. Dagli’s contributions to systems engineering began in 1979 with his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, titled “A Methodology for Solving the Long Term Operational Problems of the Lower Firat Basin in Turkey.” This interdisciplinary topic lead to a mathematical programming model-based approach for the solution of this complex water resources system problem. In the intervening years, he continued work on large scale system based problems. He has expertise in modeling architectures for complex engineering systems such as transportation, infrastructure, water resources, and energy distribution using computational intelligence techniques He is the Founder of the Missouri S&T’s system engineering graduate program. Dagli is the Director of the Smart Engineering Systems Laboratory and a Senior Investigator in the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center-URAC. He is an INCOSE Fellow 2008 and IIE Fellow 2009. He has been the PI, Co-PI, or Director of 46 research projects and grants totaling more than $29 million from federal, state, and industrial funding agencies Dagli is the Area Editor for Intelligent Systems of the International Journal of General Systems, published by Taylor and Francis, and Informa, Inc. He has published more than 350 papers in refereed journals and proceedings, 21 edited books, and has been cited 900 times. He has consulted with various companies and international organizations including the Boeing Company, AT&T, John Deere, Motorola, U.S. Army, UNIDO, and OECD.

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Two Semester Agile Systems Engineering Design Course: Investigation and exploration of “Immersive” training technologies Cihan H Dagli, Steve Corns, Ivan Guardiola  Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department Sriram Chellappan Computer Science Department Maceij Zawodniak Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, Missouri 45409This paper discusses an immersive teaching curriculum developed to respond to a DoD problemarea identified as “Immersive Training Technologies”. It focuses on engineering students at thesenior undergraduate and first-year graduate levels. A set of two capstone courses are updatedand offered consecutively during the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. The courses entitled“Systems Engineering Analysis” and “Physical Artifact Creation and Validation” are taught overthe period of one academic year impacting 30 students directly per semester, including 20 off-campus and 10 on-campus students. Another 10 students from a parallel section of the firstcourse are also impacted indirectly.Systems Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Mechanicaland Aerospace Engineering are the main disciplines required for completion of the courseproject. The project selected culminates in the development of an upgrade of a vest designed inthe previous academic year that is capable of simulating real battlefield scenarios through the useof simulated live fire. The scenarios simulated include getting shot, getting hit, and minorrestriction. In addition, the pose of the student along with spatial location in the trainingenvironment are considered to determine appropriate cultural interaction in the simulation. Thechoice of proper components is determined by a guided trade study. . The students undertook thedevelopment of tracking through radio location, which involves the use of triangulation, anddirect application of mathematical models to determine localization of a user within anenvironment. The radiolocation is comprised of a fixed wireless network. The network activelycollates and collects data from the environment and is summarized and sent to the main controlfor analysis. The goal is to track individual within the environment for the purpose of observingsocial interactions. The tracking supplies training potentials in organization, tactics, socialinteraction, and hazardous situation avoidance. This is one part of two, in which, first tracking isaccomplished through radiolocation. Secondly, the data gathered must be analyzed and patternmatching be employed to detect hazardous situations, as well as train soldiers in the ways ofpreventive actions regarding social interactions and operations near or within civilian groups.The majority of the students’ development is comprised of transmission and reception controlsystems and the interfaces with other systems. The primary objective is to introduce students tothe complexity of modern systems, to the pitfalls of system designs, and to transfer knowledgeon how to deal with the complexity and pitfalls by using systems engineering processes, tools,and concepts. The primary contribution of this paper to systems engineering pedagogy is in theincrease of student knowledge gained regarding the developing of a small-scale system thatcould be realized as a useful, state of the art prototype. Students are attuned to the intricacies thatcomprise systems engineering of a deliverable product, in conjunction with the participation ofindustry mentors from the Boeing Company, the students are fully exposed to all constituents ofmodern engineering. 

Bodenhamer, A., & Guardiola, I. G., & Corns, S. M., & Dagli, C. H. (2012, June), Two-semester Agile Systems Engineering Design Course: Investigation and Exploration of “Immersive” Training Technologies Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22139

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