Meeting Speaker Bill Schindel: What the Systems Community Can Learn from ASME Work in Computational Model V&V Standardization
Abstract: ASME teams are pioneering the generation of guidelines and standards concerning verification and validation of computational models and modeling, helping the related practitioner communities establish a shared view of this important and advancing practice. The INCOSE sister engineering society for general systems illustrates the interest of the systems community in this advance, attracting contributions to the effort, and learning from it. INCOSE has seen explosive growth in generation and use of general system models across many domains, including aerospace, automotive, medical and health care, advanced manufacturing, and infrastructure systems. As these models are consulted for managing risks and opportunities and making decisions that include safety-critical and large financial issues, questions of trust in the models themselves rapidly become critical. In the systems community, those questions are only part of the rapidly evolving context, which also includes the rise of standards-based systems modeling languages, advanced modeling tools, and integrated executable models and simulations as a part of the overall systems model fabric. The ASME efforts in model V&V, although originally targeting a narrower class of models, is surfacing and describing many principles of model V&V that can also be made to apply to more general classes of system models. This talk reflects the perspective of INCOSE Model-Based Systems Engineering community leadership, concerning the need for V&V of systems models in general, and the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the related ASME standards committee efforts.
Bio: William D. (Bill) Schindel chairs the Model-Based Systems Engineering Patterns Working Group of the INCOSE/OMG MBSE Initiative. An ASME member, he is part of the ASME VV50 standards team’s effort to describe the verification and validation of targeted models. Schindel is president of ICTT System Sciences, and has practiced systems engineering for over thirty years, across multiple industry domains. He earned the B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics, and is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional.