Special Session: Theoretical Foundations of System Engineering (THEFOSE) and System Optimization
System engineering has experienced multiple successes over the years in various industrial projects with a strong emphasis in defense and aerospace. Recently, system engineering have gained several contributions from theory however the field still lacks a strong theoretical foundation. This request for more theoretical foundations come from both academia and industry in order to make the best of system engineering practices and experience in increasingly multidisciplinary projects. Several research topics need to be addressed such as formal definitions of system engineering terms and concepts, systems semantics, complexity theory of multidisciplinary systems , formal analysis of system engineering processes and standards but also all theoretical computer science impacts on languages (e.g. SysML) and tools used by system engineers. This session contributors will also provide papers discussing the integration of quantitative methods into MBSE methods and processes. Examples of quantitative methods include formal methods, value driven design, petri-nets, design space optimization, etc. This session will also accept papers on the integration of the quantitative methods into SysML and its variants. Of interest, , Optimization-Driven Design, Robust Design & Reliability, Engineering Data Intelligence, , Simulation Data Management, Distributed Execution, Integration and Automation.Finally, the session will also call for papers proposing new research directions and tutorial papers in the theoretical foundations of system engineering.