Combating the Challenges of Complexity in Aerospace and Defence

14 June 2017

No.4 Hamilton Place, London

18:30 - 20:00 

The burgeoning complexity and inter-dependency within and between systems is one of the greatest challenges facing the A&D sector. Driven by the persistent Internet of Things, increasing specialisation, and the vast volumes of accruing data; complex networks of inter-dependency are continually evolving between all aspects of organisations, products, systems, data-silos, disciplines, and operations.

This fundamental inter-connectedness means that it is no longer advisable, nor plausible to view anything in isolation. Failing to effectively manage complexity is resulting in A&D organisations and Defence Forces becoming increasingly susceptible to hidden and compounding risks; which can have significant, if not critical, impacts upon their operational performance, budgets, and safety.

A&D programmes are immensely complex. Aircraft projects for example can take over a decade from inception to successful first flight. Systems engineering, design and integration processes are increasingly demanding, with typically 250K+ critical load cases requiring analysis for civil aircraft certification. In turn, the vast inter-dependencies between operations, production, sustainment, cyber-security, and fiscal management all require the collaboration of multiple stakeholders, partners and allies. An effective methodology to successfully manage and deliver such complex, time/budget/safety-critical programmes is long overdue.

This seminar will consider these issues, and how UK software company BOXARR is empowering organisations to manage such challenges, at ‘real-world’ massive-scale. BOXARR stitches together human expertise with data mapped from sources across the enterprise to form dynamic digital knowledgebases. These “DigitalTapestries” incorporate powerful tools for collaboratively modelling, visualising, processing, simulating, analysing the multi-contextual inter-dependencies across programmes - e.g. strategy, budget, planning, people, product, engineering, process, production, supply-chain, sustainment & lifecycle - mitigating risk, and optimising performance.

The seminar will include a demonstration of BOXARR’s innovative solution to collaborative complex systems management, as well as case studies of applications and success stories across the A&D sectors; within both industry and Defence Forces.

The seminar will be followed by a Q&A session, and a drinks reception sponsored by:

Speaker Details

Dr Rob Smith, Chief Technology Officer, BOXARR

Rob has PhD in Engineering Science and Mechanics, and became a tenured Aerospace Engineering professor at the University of Alabama.

Rob was Director of the Intelligent Computing Systems Centre at The University of the West of England from 1997 until 2005 and remains a Senior Research Fellow in Computer Science at University College London.

Rob has conducted research projects for the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, NASA, Boeing, NSF, EPSRC, The European Union, DERA, British Aerospace, Airbus, British Telecom, The Bank of England, and The UK Competitive Market Authority. 

He is a former Associate Editor of The IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, a current Associate Editor of the journal Evolutionary Computation, and he serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. 

Rob is a Co-Founder of BOXARR.

Location Details

No.4 Hamilton Place, London

Royal Aeronautical Society HQ

No.4 Hamilton Place