System Evaluation and Description Using Abstract Relation Types (ART)

Presented at IEEE Systems 2007

Joseph J. Simpson, Dr. Cihan Dagli, and Dr. Ann Miller



Two abstract relation types (ART) are developed to represent, describe and establish a computational framework for a system. An abstract relation type is closely related to and builds upon two fundamental ideas. The firat idea is the binary relation and structural modeling techniques developed by John N. Warfield. The second idea is the concept of abstract data types. These two ideas are combined to create an abstract relation type that provides a structured representation and computational method for systems and system components. The complete system discription appraoch is based on six abstract relation types: context, concept, functions, requirements, architecture, and test (CCFRAT). When combined with diagraphs and other graphical representations of the matrix form, ART provides a powerful tool for the communication of complex system interactions to largesystem design teams.

A link to the PDF paper:IEEE07-ART