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Towards Formalizing a Systems of Systems Core Ontology for Capability Configuration, a SysML Approach

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Conference/Workshop Paper


Conference on Systems Engineering Research 2024


In many sciences it is important to define and formulate a core set of principles and ideas, and in technical fields this can often be through shared ontologies. However, ontologies are often impractical to utilize directly due to the abstract and agnostic definition of concepts and terms. In this paper we present a first step to formalize a previously defined core ontology for Systems of Systems (SoS) through extensions and synthesis of mission and capability views. By employing the four pillars of the SysML language practitioners can apply the ontology more readily, while keeping the definition free from specific processes or methods. The representation of the core ontology in SysML further paves the way for applying more advanced analytical means to improve decision-making. We demonstrate how commonly used concepts in SysML map to the ontology through a set of example views.


author = {Joyce Martin and Johan Cederbladh},
title = {Towards Formalizing a Systems of Systems Core Ontology for Capability Configuration, a SysML Approach},
month = {March},
year = {2024},
booktitle = {Conference on Systems Engineering Research 2024},
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