Sessions Scheduled on Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge Review

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 25 October, 2011 – Three sessions will be held next month on the newly released Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBOK).

The sessions, sponsored by the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Software Engineering (BKCASE), will be held at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, 7 November; 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday, 8 November; and 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, 9 November.

The draft of Version 0.5 of the SEBOK was released in a wiki format last month at www.sebokwiki.org and is currently open to worldwide review.

The open information and review instruction sessions will provide:

  • A brief overview of the SEBoK 0.5 wiki, including basics of navigation;
  • A demonstration of the review functionalities of the wiki; and
  • A time slot for open questions from the participants.

The sessions will be held via WebEx. To register, visit http://www.bkcase.org/nc/news-events/news/news-article/archive/2011/10/article/wiki-overview-review-demos-available-in-november/. A recording of one session will be available on the BKCASE website, www.bkcase.org.

Representing the efforts of more than 60 authors spanning six continents, Version 0.50 is organized into seven parts, 29 knowledge areas, and 115 topics. The new version offers five use cases, seven case studies, and seven vignettes. In addition to 166 primary references, and hundreds of additional references, it includes a glossary of 389 terms. To access the SEBoK wiki and to provide review comments, visit http://www.sebokwiki.org.

IEEE Computer Society representatives on the project are Thomas B. Hilburn, professor emeritus of software engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Dick Fairley, principal associate at Software & Systems Engineering Associates and chair of the IEEE Computer Society Professional Activities Board Software and Systems Engineering Committee. Both hold a Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) certification.

To update the original Version 0.25 of SEBoK, the editors considered more than 3,000 comments from 114 reviewers. Another updated version is scheduled for release in September 2012.

Over the next three months, Version 0.50 editors will solicit feedback from the worldwide systems engineering community. To comment, use the discussion tabs on each article, or the “Note to Reviewers” tab in the left margin of each page, which includes a form for submitting comments. The deadline for comments is 15 December.

The SEBoK update was supported by partner organizations the International Council of Software Engineering (INCOSE), IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Systems Council, Association for Computing Machinery, National Defense Industrial Association, and the Systems Engineering Research Center.

The US Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, through its Systems Engineering Research Center, provided primary funding, with significant contributions in kind coming from the authors’ home organizations.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 38 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities. For more information, go to http://www.computer.org.

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