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CEDISC – Tenix Aerospace and Defence research collaboration in evolving safety-critical avionic systems software

South Australia's Centre of Excellence in Defence & Industry Systems Capability (CEDISC) and Tenix Aerospace and Defence have teamed up to research the evolution of safety-critical systems and software for a major airborne Defence project.

Evolving Safety Critical Software Systems has been identified by Defence as a core technology underpinning Australian Defence and self-reliance.  

Current systems and software engineering methods, however, are targeted for new developments, and are not ideally suited to continuous evolution of existing military systems, a key activity in the Australian defence environment.  

This research program will build on global best practice by developing new techniques, based on mathematical modelling, and associated processes and tools that can tackle this important software topic cost-effectively, while improving systems safety, reliability, and usability.

The contract, valued at $1 million, is jointly funded by CEDISC and Tenix Aerospace and Defence and supported by the Air Operations Division of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).

It will involve three senior systems engineering researchers from the Defence and Systems Institute of the University of South Australia and an equal number of senior Tenix Aerospace and Defence staff.  

It will be led by Professor Stephen Cook, the Institute Director, who has a substantial background in defence systems engineering with more than 25 years in defence industry, DSTO, and academia.

Professor Cook said the project represented the perfect opportunity for engagement between South Australia's growing defence industry sector and the growing defence research capability at the University of South Australia.

"The project promises to make a real difference to the capability of defence industry while training three research students who can disseminate their knowledge throughout Tenix Aerospace and Defence," Prof Cook said.

Mr Mal Tutty, AP-3C Chief Engineer at Tenix Aerospace and Defence, the lead researcher from the company, said this project was strongly aligned with Tenix's strategic R&D thrust for avionic mission systems that can support future defence needs for network-enabled capability.

CEDISC is a collaborative initiative between the Government of South Australia, DSTO and the University of South Australia, created to foster Australian defence and industry capability in software and systems engineering, systems integration, process improvement and capability maturity.

Press release issued by Tenix Pty Ltd on July 31, 2007


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