July 12, 2022

Interoperability Evaluation in Systems and System-of-Systems

Wednesday August 17, 2022 5:45 PM PDT to 7:15 PM PDT

(This presentation is open to all, including non-INCOSE members. Photo by ThisisEngineering RAEng on Unsplash)

Interoperability Evaluation in Systems and System-of-Systems


Join us on Wednesday, 17 August 2022, for a VIRTUAL presentation by Mr. Ken Cureton of the University of Southern California (USC) on assessing Interoperability in systems and systems of systems (SoS).

This presentation will discuss how Interoperability is a key factor in resilient systems, cyber security, and modeling, and is dependent on a range of technologies, people, and their processes!


Date: 17 August 2022, 5:45 pm Pacific Time (presentation starts at 6pm)
Location: Online only.
Cost: Free!
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(Photos by Christopher Burns on Unsplash and Luca Onniboni on Unsplash)


What is Interoperability? There are several definitions, including of course INCOSE’s (“Interoperability depends on the compatibility of elements in a large and complex system … to work as a single entity”). Interoperability is a key factor in resilient systems, cyber security, and modeling, and is dependent on a range of technologies, people, and their processes. It is difficult to assess in networked systems for an enterprise, especially for System-of-Systems (SoS). Interoperability is typically constrained by:

  • Cost (networks, hardware, software, service fees)
  • Implementation schedule
  • Performance (especially of older, legacy systems)
  • Policy & Law
  • Personnel (training, experience, acceptance, etc.)

Systems and System-of-Systems may not know or fully understand their interoperability requirements. Interoperability in Systems/SoS may be assessed, and the following are true:

  • It is absolutely critical to obtain stakeholder involvement.
  • Such assessments may for the basis for Interoperability requirements, trades, and models.

PRESENTER: Mr. Ken Cureton, University of Southern California (USC)

Ken Cureton retired from Boeing (Rockwell) after 29 years of experience and accomplished another 16 years of successful technical leadership in commercial and government sectors. His in-depth expertise includes multiple areas such as Enterprise Systems & SoS Architecting, SoS Modeling & Integration, Cloud Computing and Security, Multi-disciplinary IPTs, Avionics R&D, and others.

Mr. Cureton is an instructor for several graduate courses in University of Southern California (USC)’s Systems Architecting and Engineering Program, including Systems Engineering Theory & Practice, Advanced Topics in SE, Engineered Resilient Systems and SoS, Economic Considerations for SE, and others. He has served on a multitude of professional committees, to include the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Boeing, the INCOSE Resilient Systems Working Group (RSWG). He has multiple professional recognitions and certificates, including those from NCOIC, Rockwell, and the California Polytechnic University, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from California State University Los Angeles and a Master of Science in Systems Architecting & Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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