Objectives of this Presentation Provide background context & research for SE? Raise awareness of models in SE practice. SE Conops are models. SE Requirements are models. SE Validation and Verification are models. All SE Documents map to models. Show Concepts are the foundation of models. Are Systems Models? No, but you can model systems. Have some fun …
Background Scientists [and engineers] come to their particular problem with an accepted body of knowledge behind them, and on which they expect to draw, without questioning the validity of each and every method, assumption, or set of facts that they use. If we all tried to work everything out from first principles, or even insisted on understanding every piece of the puzzle in equal detail, none of use would ever get anywhere. So to some degree we have to accept that whatever has been acknowledged by the relevant community has been done carefully and correctly, and can be relied on … But the process is far from perfect, and once in a while we are surprised to discover that a piece of knowledge we had long taken for granted is questionable or even wrong. -Duncan J. Watts, from Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age [p. 132]
Background Experts notice features and meaningful patterns of information that are not noticed by novices. Experts have acquired a great deal of content knowledge that is organized in ways that reflect a deep understanding of their subject matter. Experts knowledge cannot be reduced to sets of isolated facts or propositions but, instead, reflects contexts of applicability: that is, the knowledge is conditionalized on a set of circumstances. Experts are able to flexibly retrieve important aspects of their knowledge with little attentional effort. Though experts know their disciplines thoroughly, this does not guarantee that they are able to teach others. Experts have varying levels of flexibility in their approach to new situations. John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking (eds.), How Experts Differ from Novices
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Overview Overview (excerpt) Effective management and stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile into the future requires the ability to accurately assess the behavior of the weapons in order to ensure robust and reliable performance while maintaining the testing moratorium. These accurate assessments drive the requirements for predictive capability in weapons science, including a fine-scale numerical resolution and advanced models for physics and material behavior. – pg. 5 Model? Models? ?
Models – Steve Lehar Redux Phenomenon as Measureable, Meaningful Data: Requirements Model Courtesy: Steve Lehar, PhD – Cognitive Science, Boston University Concept Requirements do not need, nor do they have the same topology as reality. They have maps to models. What does this requirement mean?