Abstract: We have entered an era of great system complexity, rapid technological change, growing resource stress, and evolving societal systems that are both enabled and impacted by advancing engineered systems. Artificial intelligence is now at a tipping point where the technical capabilities it enables are outstripping the ability of systems engineers to employ it in viable systems. Consideration for the system as an evolving enterprise must be a core part of systems engineering. There is an increasing call from all systems stakeholders for foundational tools that reflect the human, organizational, and societal aspects of engineered systems. In particular, the growing complexity of systems and their evolving, emerging behaviors require that systems engineers often need to take the role of systems scientists as well as engineers to ensure that both the system they are creating and the systems that are responsible for their creation are interconnected and aligned. This talk will present a model to address evolving, AI-Intensive systems of the future, and the challenges and future directions for Systems Engineering that will be necessary to conceive, design and support them
Bio: Jon Wade, Ph.D., is a professor of practice at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California at San Diego where he is currently designing transdisciplinary education and research programs oriented around the fundamental principles of contemporary closed-loop systems engineering design. Previously, Dr. Wade was a research professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at the Stevens Institute of Technology where he also served as the chief technology officer of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) UARC. His industrial experience includes serving as executive vice president of Engineering at International Game Technology (IGT), senior director of Enterprise Server Development at Sun Microsystems and director of Advanced System Development at Thinking Machines Corporation. His research interests include complex systems, future directions in systems engineering research and the use of technology in systems engineering and STEM education. Dr. Wade received his S.B., S.M., E.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.