2017 Workshop Summary

The Workshop is an outgrowth of collaboration between NASA and the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) designed to strengthen the community around statistical approaches to test, evaluation, and modeling and simulation in defense and aerospace. The workshop will bring together practitioners, analysts, organizational leaders, and statistical experts for a three-day knowledge exchange with opportunities to attend world renowned short courses, share common challenges, and learn new skill sets from a variety of tutorials.The first day of the workshop is dedicated to short courses. Participants can select one of five short courses. Each course is a full day so unfortunately participants cannot register for multiple short courses. The second and third day of the workshop will include a mix of leadership perspective, 1.5 hour mini-tutorials, and breakout sessions.

The registration fee cover all aspects of the workshop including the opportunity to attend a full day short course on Monday, April 3. Registration is limited for the short courses so please select a first and second choice. Priority will be assigned in the order that registrations are received.

Workshop Themes

This year the breakout sessions and mini-tutorials will be grouped throughout the workshop by conceptual themes. The breakout sessions are intended to promote discussion and knowledge sharing, while the mini-tutorials advance the education and refine analytical tools relevant to the track theme. The breakout sessions and mini-tutorials planned for Tuesday and Wednesday (April 4th and 5th) will focus on the following 6 themes:


Workshop Themes
Theme 1: Improving Computational Modeling: CFD Vision 2030
This session will focus on the statistics in improving existing and developing new computational modeling capabilities.
Theme 2: Experimental Design Methods for System Design and Characterization
This session will focus on the value of a structured experimental design process in both the design and evaluation of systems.
Theme 3: Statistical Engineering for Defense and Aerospace
This session will include cases studies that illustrate how straightforward statistical approaches linked together in the right way and targeted towards answering the right question can be useful in addressing the complex data and design challenges in defense and aerospace.
Theme 4: Rigorous Use of Modeling and Simulation
This session will focus on the use of physics and computational based modeling and simulation to benefit system evaluation and group/flight/live testing.
Theme 5: Improving System Reliability and Reliability Test Planning
This session will focus on advanced techniques in testing long term system reliability.
Theme 6: Humans are Part of the System: Implications for test planning and analysis.
This session will focus on the design and test methods for assessing the coupled interaction of the human and the system.