The 2005 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems
(CTS 2005)

May 15-20, 2005
Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

In technical cooperation with the IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, and IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society

Demo I: Composing Executable Architectures from Legacy Simulations  New Window

Demo II: Pegasus Gateway: Cyberspace Collaboration   New Window

Demo III: Human Collaboration Tools for Net-Centric Operations  New Window





Composing Executable Architectures from Legacy Simulations



John Woodring

Expand, Inc.






Visual Simulation Objects (VSO) is a collaborative architecture specification, design and execution toolkit that assists analysts in rapidly prototyping system designs and evaluating their dynamic performance.  VSO uses a graphical simulation language to describe objects and their interactions.  It can be used both for individual applications and in a collaborative development environment.  VSO can translate architectures developed in a variety of languages, such as System Architect, to VSOs format and execute them in a distributed environment using a built-in HLA interface. 


We will demonstrate how two teams, initially working independently, can collaborate to build and execute a complex architecture and extract performance information from it.  The first team translates an Air Operations Center (AOC) model developed in System Architect to VSOs format and executes it to determine its dynamic properties.  The second team develops an executable architecture of Time Critical Targeting (TCT), a U.S. Air Force war fighting function, in VSO.  Working collaboratively, the two teams integrate their architectures in VSO via an HLA/RTI.  The integrated architecture describes multiple simultaneously-executing target acquisitions, each of which sends a detection message to the AOC, and can be used to examine how AOC resources can be allocated to meet the targeting requests. 




Dr. John Woodring, Chief Scientist, Expand, Inc., USA




Dr. Woodring is the Chief Scientist for Expand, Inc. and responsible for the technical oversight of all its commercial and government contracts.  He has 25 years experience in modeling and simulation and over 75 classified publications in military tactics analysis and evaluation.  He is currently the Principal Investigator for Air Force R&D projects related to the development of model architecture tools that can be used to evaluate warfighting alternatives. 



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Pegasus Gateway:  Cyberspace Collaboration



Kyoung-Yun Kim, Yan Wang, Bart O. Nnaji, and David Manley

US NSF I/UCRC for e-Design
University of Pittsburgh





The National Science Foundation (NSF) established an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for e-Design at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Central Florida.  The Center serves as a national center of excellence in information technology (IT)-enabled design and realization of discrete manufactured products.  It is currently supported by a growing number of US industry partners and US government agencies including GEAE, Ford Motor Co., Alcoa, Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin, PTC, ANSYS, Raytheon, Respironics, BAE Systems, IBM, Engineous Software, VirtualE3D, and the federal agencies, including DoD, NIST, and NASA.  Two additional universities, Carnegie Mellon University and Virginia Tech, will join the Center.  Through four research thrusts, (1) Enabling Information Infrastructure, (2) Life-cycle, Collaborative, and Multidisciplinary Design, (3) Conceptual Design Tools and Design Process Models, and (4) Virtual Prototyping and Simulation, more than 30 faculty members along with their graduate students are conducting research activities to realize the innovative e-design paradigm. 


This demonstration presents the Pegasus gateway that enables a collaborative service-oriented design paradigm with capability for interoperability, trust-support infrastructure, systems engineering approach to design, integrated product realization through optimization, transparency, conflict resolution & negotiation, pro-activeness of analysis, virtual simulation & prototyping, lean product data management, multidisciplinary constraints & preferences capturing, and instant distributed access & visualization.  As a case scenario, this demonstration shows how the Pegasus gateway can be efficiently employed in collaboration for assembly design.  The Pegasus Gateway and service-oriented collaboration architecture realizes an environment in which joining knowledge is captured early in the assembly design process and is propagated seamlessly and transparently to downstream activities including virtual assembly analysis and assembly design decision-making. 





Dr. Kyoung-Yun Kim, US NSF I/UCRC for e-Design, University of Pittsburgh, USA. 




Dr. Kyoung-Yun Kim is currently a Research Assistant Professor of the Department of Industrial Engineering and a Research Specialist at the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for e-Design, University of Pittsburgh. He is leading the Virtual Prototyping and Simulation research group and is a member of IIE, ASME, SME, and AWS. He has published technical articles in leading academic journals including CAD, International Journal of Production Research, and IIE Transactions. Dr. Kim has worked on research projects on virtual prototyping and simulation, distributed information systems, and telerehabilitation funded by NIDRR of the Department of Education and Alcoa. His education degrees include a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Chonbuk National University, South Korea; and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University of Pittsburgh, USA. His research interests include design and manufacturing engineering, Internet-based collaborative design, virtual prototyping and simulation, and assembly modeling.



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Human Collaboration Tools for Net-Centric Operations



Ty W. Hayden

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

2875 Presidential Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45324


Chris Ward

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

2875 Presidential Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45324


Ball is developing a new desktop collaboration tool called Net-Centric Operations (NetOps). NetOps is a cross-platform, companion-tool to KnowledgeKinetics, which fills a void found in most current COTS collaboration tools. NetOps is a desktop-based (thick client) presence and instant messenger application that includes an extendable set of tools and capabilities, which promote large-scale team collaboration and coordination. NetOps supports the Jabber XML-based XMPP standard, while Web-Services handle tool or organizational information to eliminate firewall issues. In addition, NetOps provides the capability of domain specific inter/intra crew tasking, communications, alerting, and presence management in a 24/7 operating environment. Also integrated into NetOps is Balls integrated Virtual Meeting Application (VMA) tool that allows users to schedule virtual meetings, conduct video teleconferences, and instant meetings. Both NetOps and VMA provide open Plug-in architectures and programming interfaces that other developers can use to extend the core services or add domain specific tools.

At CTS 2005, we will provide an interactive demonstration of the NetOps tools. Demonstration attendees can connect to a NetOps server wirelessly and/or via Ethernet, download the NetOps client, and participate in the demonstration. An interactive demonstration of VMA, including video teleconferencing using wavelet compression over HTTP/S, will be shown. We also will demonstrate a domain-specific version of the NetOps technology called the Network Centric Tools for Distributed Mission Operations (NetDMO). NetDMO includes domain specific plug-ins to support collaborative tasks like High Level Architecture (HLA) federation management, network monitoring, and trouble ticket/help desk management. NetDMO is being developed for the Air Force Research Laboratory under the technical sponsorship of Dr. Barbara Sorenson, AFRL/HEA, Warfighter Training Division.


Mr. Ty Hayden, R&D Sr. Software Developer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Ohio, USA.

Mr. Chris Ward, R&D Software Developer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Ohio, USA.


Human Collaboration, Jabber, Instant Messaging, Presence Awareness, Web-Services, Virtual Meetings (VMA), Video-Teleconferencing, Domain Tasking, KnowledgeKinetics, Plug-in Architectures, and Java.


TY HAYDEN is the lead software engineer for distributed component-based collaborative and knowledge management tools at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. in Dayton, Ohio. He is the original software architect of Balls KnowledgeKinetics ( collaborative knowledge management tool suite. In addition, Mr. Hayden has been a primary developer of the Collaborative Enterprise Environment (CEE) project at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University.

CHRIS WARD is a Software Engineer in the Collaborative Technologies Research and Development Group at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. in Dayton, Ohio. He has worked on several R&D programs with the Air Force that deal with the application of Balls K2 product. Mr. Ward received his B.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University.

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