Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California, United States
26 - 30 April 2020
Conference SI218
Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2020
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Abstract Due:
16 October 2019

Author Notification:
20 December 2019

Manuscript Due Date:
1 April 2020

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Conference Chair
  • Raja Suresh, General Dynamics Mission Systems (United States)

Program Committee
  • Joseph Borden, Teledyne Benthos (United States)
  • Vasu D. Chakravarthy, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
  • Darlene Hart, General Dynamics Mission Systems (United States)
  • Patrick Jungwirth, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (United States)

Program Committee continued...
  • Wilmuth Muller, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
  • Jonathan D. Shaver, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
  • Russell Shirey, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
  • Jason R. Stack, Office of Naval Research (United States)

Call for
An open architecture (OA) is defined as a reference architecture that adopts open standards supporting a modular, loosely coupled and highly cohesive systems structure that includes publishing key interfaces within the systems. The key enabler for open architecture is the adoption of an open business model (OBM) which requires doing business in a transparent way that leverages the collaborative innovation of numerous participants across the enterprise permitting shared risk, maximized asset reuse and reduced total ownership costs. The combination of open architecture and an open business model permits the acquisition of Open Systems Architectures (OSA) that yield modular, interoperable systems allowing components to be added, modified, replaced, removed and/or supported by different vendors throughout the life cycle in order to drive opportunities for enhanced competition and innovation.

Military systems are also undergoing a radical transformation away from singular, exotic platforms to disaggregated Systems of Systems (SoS) with low cost platforms networked with secure, resilient communications. When paired with OA/OBM, such SoS can be reconfigured at mission timelines with “Mosaics” of platforms, communications and C2. Such SoS lead to lower cost instantiations, while imposing an inordinate cost on adversaries to counter them. SoS will also increasingly rely on unmanned systems enabled by AI and Machine Learning technologies. The overall outcome will be the emergence of highly survivable, rapidly deployable forces.

Papers are solicited in all areas of OA/OBM Systems and SoS, including, but not limited to the following topics.
  • national strategies and acquisition plans for defense transformation and OA/OBM philosophies, concepts, and enabling technologies
  • metrics and methodologies for measuring openness, quantifying the return on investment for undertaking OA, and estimating the appropriate amount of and approach to OA for new programs
  • allied interoperability, consolidation and reconciliation of standards
  • best practices and approaches for designing and/or managing reference architectures, procurement approaches, intellectual property/data rights, and interoperability and standardization (e.g., across technologies, across allied nations, etc.)
  • strategies and approaches to incentivize the appropriate use of OA in government and industry
  • modeling and simulation techniques for development and validation of OA net-centric systems, as well as for planning, training, and mission rehearsal
  • affordability considerations in military systems enabled by OA.
  • SoS architectures and rapid SoS composition technologies for mosaic warfare
  • autonomy technologies for unmanned systems and swarming technologies
  • SoS enabling technologies to include AI, machine learning, neural networks, cloud computing and block chain technologies
  • Manned/unmanned teaming, visualization technologies, display systems, and the human dimension of C2
  • communications and networking, with special emphasis on ad hoc wireless mobile networks, cross-layer techniques, network aware applications, spectrum management, cognitive sensor systems
  • information assurance and security enabled digital policy management and policy-based routing in net-centric systems
  • SoS instantiations and case studies—ISR systems, kill webs, gray zone operations, and hybrid warfare
  • SoS operational test, evaluation, experimentation, and lessons learned.
Special Session on Self-Organizing, Collaborative Unmanned ISR Robotic Teams A special session on Self-Organizing, Collaborative ISR Teams is jointly planned with the Unmanned Vehicles Systems Technology conference. Net-centric systems are spawning a revolutionary transformation in multi-vehicle collaboration for autonomous teams of UVs with ISR missions. Human/robot partnerships can provide RSTA-on-demand and area effects operations. Special emphasis will be given to RSTA systems.

Special Session on Completely Open Systems This session will focus on open architectures created using all open components (open microprocessor, open operating system, and open software applications). This special session is interested in papers covering recent research, to practical results for fully open systems.

Special Session on Autonomy Autonomy of unmanned systems is viewed as a major force multiplier in the Pentagon’s Third Offset strategy. Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Neural Networks will be key enablers for autonomous behavior of unmanned systems. We invite papers in all areas of Autonomy, including for single unmanned platforms, teams of unmanned platforms and swarming.

Special Session on Underwater Acoustic Communications (ACOMMS) Underwater Acoustic Communications is an enabling technology for SoS in the underwater space. Papers are solicited in current state of the art of underwater acoustic communications, subsea acoustic networking, technical limitations of through the water acoustic communications, broadband acoustic data telemetry and modulation techniques for underwater acoustic data telemetry.
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