Transition research into acquisition and interoperability for large, complex, software-intensive systems of systems (SoSs) to a wide variety of DoD, Civil, and Intelligence Community acquisition programs. Current research interests include the use of modeling and simulation for SoS acquisition, and innovative approaches to reasoning about interoperabiolity in SoSs.
Jim Smith is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute. For the past several years, Jim was a member of the Research, Technology, and Systems Solutions Program, where he conducted research into system of systems interoperability and governance. Now, as part of the Acquisition Support Program, Jim works with different acquisition program offices to help transition SEI research into practice.
Prior to joining the SEI in 1999, Jim spent over 15 years in a variety of Joint and Navy engineering and management assignments covering the entire spectrum of systems of systems acquisition, including research, system development, testing, operations, and field activity and program office management. At the SEI, Jim has been an active contributor to the emerging systems of systems body of knowledge. He has authored numerous papers, reports, tutorials/workshops, and presentations, and was a co-developer of the SEI SoS Navigator process, the Influence Mapping Analysis method, and the Interoperable Acquisition course.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kansas University, Jim has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, and was a member of the Acquisition Professional community, with DAWIA Level-III certification in both the Program Management and Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering career fields. Jim is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Publications (recent or significant)
- Smith, J; Place, P; Novakouski, M; & Carney, D. Examining the Role of Context in Data Interoperability. Proceedings of the 14th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference. San Diego, CA 24-27 October 2011.
- Smith, J.; Place, P.; Novakouski, M.; & Boxer, P. A Compliance Case for Interoperability in Systems of Systems. Proceedings of the 13th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference. San Diego, CA, 25-28 October 2010.
- Smith, J.; Place, P.; Novakouski, M.; & Boxer, P. Data Interoperability for Systems of Systems: An Integrated Software Engineering Perspective. Proceedings of the 13th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference. San Diego, CA, 25-28 October 2010.
- Smith, J. An Introduction to Influence Maps: Foundations, Construction, and Use. Proceedings of the 12th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference. San Diego, CA, 26-29 October 2009.
- Smith, J. Systems of Systems and Software Radios: Impacts on Acquisition. Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Software Radio Conference (ISR 2009). London, UK, 8-9 June 2009.
- Smith, J. The Use of Influence Maps to Understand System-of-Systems Programmatics. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Systems & Software Technology Conference (SSTC 2009). Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 20-23 April 2009.
- Smith, D.; & Smith, J. Ten Changes to Acquisition and Engineering Practice Required to Successfully Acquire Systems of Systems. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Systems & Software Technology Conference (SSTC 2009). Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 20-23 April 2009.
- Smith, J. Towards a Reasoning Framework for System-of-Systems Programmatics. 21st Annual SEPG North America (SEPG 2009). San Jose, CA, 23-26 March 2009.
- Smith, J. Keynote Address: Network-Centric Acquisition for SDRs. 7th Annual Software Radio Summit, Vienna, VA, 23-26 February, 2009.
- Alberts, C.; Smith, J.; & Woody, C. Multi-View Decision Making (MVDM) Workshop (CMU/SEI-2008-SR-035). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, February, 2009.
- Smith, J. Tutorial: Acquisition for Network Centric Operations. Network Centric Warfare 2009. Washington, DC, 27-30 January, 2009.
- Meyers, C.; Fowler, S.; & Smith, J. Model-Based Diagnostic Approach to Acquisition in a System-of-Systems Context, AIAA-2009-1008. Proceedings of the 47th Annual AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL, 5-8 January, 2009. AIAA, 2009.
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(1) Intelligence Community Programs (2) Systems At Scale (SAS), (3) Past Chairman, AIAA Network Centric Operations Program Committee, (4) Technical Program Co-Chair, AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2010, (5 )AIAA Systems Engineering Technical Committee, (6) AIAA Software Systems Technical Committee, (7) "Towards Interoperable Acquisition" IR&D, (8) Integration of Software-Intensive Systems (ISIS), (9) COTS-Based Systems (CBS).
- Certificate, DoD Acquisition Program Management, Defense Acquisition University/Defense Systems Management College
- MS, Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School
- BS, Electrical Engineering, Kansas University
- DAWIA Level-III Program Management (PM), Department of Defense
- DAWIA Level-III Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering (SPRDE), Department of Defense
- Associate Fellow AIAA
- Senior Member ACM
- Senior Member IEEE
Courses I Teach
- Introduction to Interoperable Acquisition for Systems of Systems
- Commercial Off-the-shelf (COTS)-Based Systems for Program managers