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Sat, Jul 17


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Come join us by WebEx for our General Membership Meeting. Shamsnaz Virani Bhada, Assistant Professor in the Systems Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will present "A Model Centric Framework and Approach for Complex Systems Policy".

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Jul 17, 2021, 9:00 PM EDT – Jul 18, 2021, 1:00 AM EDT

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6:00-6:45 PM: Introductions of Attendees and Chapter Business

6:45-7:30 PM: Invited Speaker

7:30-7:45 PM: Q&A and Open Discussion


A Model Centric Framework and Approach for Complex Systems Policy


Twenty-first-century systems engineering is no longer document-centric; instead, it is model-centric. Model centric systems engineering helps reduce ambiguity, increase clarity, and increase the analytics of the resulting complex systems. However, complex systems are governed by organizational policies that are still document-centric. Such policies are difficult to analyze, and gaps in policy can lead to major deficiencies in the resulting complex systems. This presentation introduces a framework for policy content modeling (PCM) and analysis. The framework represents the conceptual view and is supported by a step-by-step approach to achieve complete policy modeling and analysis.

This approach was used with the intention of identifying and analyzing gaps in policy content and calculating policy toxicity, which negatively affects the resulting system. This framework and approach was also applied to Veterans Affairs (VA) and university policies. The VA PCM is conducted to discover toxicity in the policies and University policies modeling is done to graphically represent an undocumented policy and toxicity in the policy implementation.


Shamsnaz Virani Bhada received a PhD degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama, Huntsville in 2008. She is an Assistant Professor in the Systems Engineering Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Her research interests include applying Model Based Engineering philosophy to safety analysis as well as policy modeling and digitization.

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