Pacifico Yokohama
Yokohama, Japan
14 - 19 June 2020
Conference AS108
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy IX
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Abstract Due:
13 November 2019

Author Notification:
24 February 2020

Manuscript Due Date:
15 May 2020

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Call for
The objective of the conference is to provide a forum for the highly interconnected fields of project management, systems engineering, and system modeling. We call for papers on programmatic and technical management techniques and tools, as well as on results and achievements from the applications of these tools in real life projects and challenges.

Managing science projects - like the development and construction of astronomical telescopes and instrumentation - is particularly challenging, as it requires delicate balancing of efficient project management, and proper interpretation of and response to science priorities. The deployed management framework and techniques may depend on the size of the project, but the underlying target remains the same: within budget, the timely delivery of a product that meets the expectations of the international user community.

Throughout this distributed process, systems engineering maintains tools – models – that enable it to focus on the behavior and performance of the entire system as it unfolds through the integration of its parts. Models are essential to validate performance allocations and propagate use cases through complex designs, either at the subsystem or the complete system level. System modeling is also vital for predicting and verifying the performance of the design being developed, and increasingly as an essential means – in fact the only practical means in some cases – of propagating low-level non-conformances and of verifying the performance of the as-built system. Simulation results are critical to developing system integration and test plans, as well as in understanding unexpected behavior during implementation, assembly/integration, and commissioning.

Papers are invited covering any aspect of these fields relevant to astronomical technology projects ranging from small to large, collaborative or international endeavors, operating in the optical, IR, and radio frequency bands. Contributions are welcome from ground- and space-based astronomy facilities, instrumentation, interferometry, and adaptive optics projects.

The topics covered may include (but not be limited to) the following areas:

Project Management
  • Status updates on management aspects of projects
  • Financial models, cost estimation, contingency management
  • Scheduling, critical path management
  • Scientific oversight
  • Operations design
  • Product Data and Lifecycle Management (PDLM)
  • Project risk management
  • System integration (AIT, I&T, AIV)
  • Commissioning and system validation.
  • Quality management
  • Safety.
Systems Engineering
  • Status updates on systems engineering aspects of projects
  • Concepts of Operation and Operations Concepts (ConOps and OpsCon)
  • Architectures, system trade-offs, physical, functional, and behavioral decompositions
  • Model-based System Engineering (MBSE)
  • Performance management, engineering (performance and resource) budgets
  • Configuration and change management
  • Requirements engineering and verification
  • Interface management
  • Technical risk management
  • Reliability, availability, and maintainability.
System Modeling and Simulations
  • End-to-end simulations: performance and/or behavioral
  • Integrated simulations: structural-optical-control, structural-thermal-optical, and/or aero-thermal (fluid-dynamics)-optical
  • Optical performance estimates, active and adaptive optics models
  • SysML based modeling
  • Engineering Data Exchange and Propagation between different tools and models
  • Model reduction, verification, and validation
  • Modeling standards, patterns, frameworks, and best practices
  • Trade space exploration
  • MBSE environments and software infrastructures.
JOINT SESSION AS103/AS108: As in Austin, TX, at the last SPIE Astro conference, we again look forward to an integrated session on modeling as a driver of observatory design with the Ground Based and Airborne Telescopes Conference on mutually interesting and relevant topics, such as:
  • Telescope and subsystem performance modeling and measurement, including vibration
  • Wavefront control, segmented mirror alignment, and phasing systems
  • Characterization and control of the local thermal environment, seeing, wind buffeting
  • Design and analysis of observatory structures for extreme survival, including seismic events
  • Trade studies for extremely large telescopes (e.g. coolant selection, alignment approach, supporting cryogenic instrumentation).
To indicate your interest in participating in this joint session, please select 'Modeling as a Driver of Observatory Design (Joint session with AS103/AS108) from the list of topics during your submission
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