Darius Silingas - Model Based Systems Engineering: State of the Practice

Darius SilingasUnified Modeling Language (UML) and Model Driven Architecture (MDA) approach were widely adopted in software engineering industry. This inspired systems engineering industry to come up with Systems Modeling Language (SysML) and Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) that are being actively adopted in various organizations building complex cyber-physical systems such as space missions, missiles, medical devices, autonomous vehicles. While SysML and MBSE are conceptually very similar to UML and MDA, there are substantial differences when adopting them in practice. In systems engineering, software is only one of the engineering disciplines and it has to integrate with electrical and mechanical engineering and implement the functions expected by system users and other stakeholders. Complex cyber-physical systems require careful safety analysis and designing manufacturing, deployment, and maintenance.

No Magic is a vendor of MagicDraw®, the second oldest UML modeling platform and one of the first and most popular SysML modeling platforms, and a trusted provider of consulting services on adopting MDA/MBSE approaches in organizations. We will share our understanding about MBSE adoption, its state of the practice, and its similarities and differences to MDA.

About Darius Silingas

Darius Silingas is Chief Solutions Architect at No Magic, Inc. He has been working at No Magic since 1998. Darius has been involved as software developer, system analyst, technical lead, and consultant in multiple large-scale international engineering projects. Since 2004, Darius has been leading Solutions Department, which is responsible for helping No Magic customers to establish effective modeling solutions based on their engineering process and tools, model-based systems engineering best practices and modeling software offered by No Magic. Darius has delivered training and consulting sessions in over 100 companies from 22 countries. His clients include companies like Abbott, Ford, SAAB, Siemens, Nokia, Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace, GE Transportation, eBay, Hospira, MITRE, DISA, etc. Darius is OMG Certified Systems Modeling Professional and he holds Ph.D. in Computer Science from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.


Robert Baillargeon - Advancing Adoption in Industry

Modeling is an foundational engineering technique that has been widely valued and adopted across all disciplines.  For example, Mechanical disciplines have used models and analysis as an norm of practice for many decades in Automotive.  In other disciplines, such as systems and software, adoption has grown but it has yet been universal.  With each success, the unique motivations of modeling for systems and software create clarity.  This experience has identified key facets that increase modeling value and increase adoption within the communities we engage.  Advancing adoption depends on both the skills in practice as well as the readiness in organizations to transform their business.  Our objective is to leverage motivation to change the pace of practice.

Sodius is a vendor of MDWorkbench and MDAccess which are leading solutions for integration of Systems and Software Engineering tools.  They operate as an OEM provider of integrations as well as collaborators with large engineering organizations integration and automation needs.

About Robert Baillargeon

Robert Baillargeon has spent the last two decades in the development of complex systems. Primarily focused in Automotive, he has worked at both OEM and Tier 1 Suppliers where he has led process, methods, and tooling organizations. His focus to improve organizational capabilities has delivered model driven engineering solutions, code generators from models for the deeply embedded, and application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions to industry. He is Vice President of Solutions at Sodius where he delivers tooling solutions for Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Requirements Management, Model Driven Engineering, and Interoperability.  Robert has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.