SERC Doctoral Students Forum 2016

4th Annual SERC Doctoral Students Forum

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
12:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Hosted by: 20 F Street NW Conference Center
20 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Started in 2012, the SERC Doctoral Students Forum (previously called the SERC Doctoral Fellows Program Forum) provides a unique venue for doctoral students to present their research in an open assembly of leading systems thinkers from government, industry, and academia. Doctoral students from SERC collaborating universities are invited and encouraged to present their work even if the research was not funded through a SERC research task.
For more information on the SERC Doctoral Fellows Program, please contact Ms. Megan Clifford at For more information on this event, please contact Mimi Marcus at

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Opening Remarks
12:15p–12:50p Registration, Check-in, and Networking Time
12:50p–12:55p Welcome and Introductions by the SERC Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Jon Wade, Chief Technology Officer and Research Council Member, SERC
12:55p–1:00p Opening Remarks from the SERC Executive Sponsor
Mr. Scott Lucero, SERC Program Manager, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering
SERC Doctoral Fellow Presentation
1:00p-1:20p Pattern Recognition Inference Engine for Improvised Explosive Devices Detection
Mr. Jorge Buenfil, ARDEC-Picatinny Arsenal SERC Doctoral Fellow
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Presentations by selected Doctoral Students
1:20p–1:40p On System Dynamics Modeling of Human-Intensive Workflow Improvement – Case Study in Cybersecurity Adaptive Knowledge Encoding
Mr. Keith Willett, Stevens Institute of Technology
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1:40p–2:00p Software Reliability Modeling
Ms. Vidhyashree Nagaraju, University of Massachusetts
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2:00p–2:20p Predicting the Level of Technical Debt at Early Lifecycle of Software System Development
Mr. Qiao Zhang, Southern Methodist University
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2:20p–2:40p Self-Organizing Cooperative Dynamics in Government Extended Enterprises
Mr. Lawrence John, Stevens Institute of Technology
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2:40p–3:20p Break 
3:20p–3:40p Identifying the Requirements and Design Variables for New Aircraft Considering Fleet-Level Objectives Under Uncertainties
Mr. Satadru Roy, Purdue University
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3:40p–4:00p Manufacturing Cost Prediction in the Presence of Categorical and Numeric Design Attributes
Mr. Eren Sakinc, Auburn University
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4:00p–4:20p Computational Intelligence Approaches to System of Systems Architecting
Mr. David M. Curry, Missouri University of Science and Technology
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4:20p–4:40p Resilience Analytics with Application to Power Grip of a Developing Region
Mr. Heimir Thorisson, University of Virginia
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4:40p–5:00p Executable Behavior Modeling of System- and Software-Architecture Specifications to Inform Resourcing Decisions
Ms. Monica Farah-Stapleton, Naval Postgraduate School
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5:00p–5:15p Discussion and Wrap-up
SERC Collaborator Networking Reception (Rooftop Terrace)
5:15p–7:00p SERC Collaborator Reception for all attendees