Research Summit 2011


Date: October 21, 2011

Location: MIT Faculty Club, Cambridge, MA

Given the complexity and lifespan of modern systems and systems-of-systems, along with changing budgets, technologies, and missions, creating the right system capabilities for the right time is essential, not just during the design phase, but throughout full operational life. Three complementary approaches to enable this imperative are ingenuity, innovation, and ilities-based strategies.

This fall's annual summit is an all-day event showcasing the latest MIT SEAri research. Attendees will engage in interactive discussions on key systems challenges that can be improved by collaborative research between MIT and systems leaders from government and industry. The summit includes presentations, discussions, and an interactive poster session with SEAri students and researchers. The theme for this year's summit is Ingenuity, Innovation and the Ilities: Creating Capabilities for the Long Run, with research talks and discussions connecting to this topic.

Invitation Letter, Agenda, Registration Form

MIT SDM Annual Conference to explore systems thinking for contemporary challenges.

MIT's annual systems thinking conference, sponsored by the System Design and Management Program (SDM) showcases the new ways of thinking, working, and leading required to address today's complex challenges. This year's event is themed "Addressing Complexity and Innovation in Healthcare, Education, and Product Development."

Designed to provide practical information on how to integrate technology, management, and social sciences to achieve success, the conference will take place October 24-25, 2011, in the MIT Wong Auditorium.

Details and registration information are available here.


Theme: "Ingenuity, Innovation, and the ilities: Creating Capabilities for the Long Run"

SEAri Acronym List

8:30 Check-in and breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Introductions Dr. Donna Rhodes, SEAri Director
9:30 SEAri Overview and Research Motivations Dr. Donna Rhodes, Research Director
10:00 Research Topic: Using Serious Gaming to Experience Dynamic Uncertainties and ilities Dr. Adam Ross, Lead Research Scientist
10:40 Break
11:00 Research Report from the Field: Managing Innovation in Technology-Intensive Organizations: The need to move beyond stages and gates Professor Zoe Szajnfarber, George Washington University & SEAri Alumnus
11:30 Research Report: Examining Survivability of Systems of Systems Mr. Brian Mekdeci, SEAri Research Assistant
12:00 LUNCH
1:00 Research Topic: Leveraging Ingenuity, Innovation, and ilities in Architecting Socio-Technical Systems Dr. Donna Rhodes, Principal Research Scientist
1:30 Research Report from the Field: MATE Applied in Industry: A Satellite Constellation Trade Study Dr. Andrew Rader, Com Dev & former SEAri Postdoctoral Associate
2:00 Stretch Break
2:10 Research Preview: Overview of Research Topics Dr. Adam Ross, Research Scientist
2:50 Research Poster Session with Refreshments SEAri Graduate Students
4:00 Participant Feedback and Recommendations for Research SEAri Leadership
4:25 Closing Remarks Dr. Donna Rhodes
4:30 Adjourn