Joint INCOSE/IEEE SMCS Webinar on 15 Aug: “Bridging the Gulf of Execution”

UPDATE: A recording of the session is now available here.

Please join us on the next INCOSE/IEEE SMCS Webinar on Wednesday August 15th 2018 from 11am-12pm EDT (3pm – 4pm UTC) on “Bridging the Gulf of Execution”.

Download the webinar flyer (PDF) for full speaker bios and international dial-in numbers.


  • Thomas McDermott, Jr
  • Sunil Bharitkar
  • Christopher Nemeth


Research results routinely fail to survive into the development phase of Research and Development projects. This “gulf of execution” that blocks research findings from being realized in the development phase of many projects continues to bog down R&D practice.

Concurrent engineering was supposed to be a solution, but was it? Open innovation models were designed to bridge the gap, but have they? What is the “gulf,” and how did we get here? It might be a matter of professional focus: Research invests in understanding the problem, and Development invests in producing the solution. Innovation happens when these link up around people in a culture that promotes risk-taking. Or is it communication? Innovation happens when people from different disciplines or roles come together with common understanding. The issue spans multiple sectors. Large industries struggle to build an innovation culture when delivery of existing products and services is at the forefront. Universities have an innovation culture, but industry needs to adopt a systems approach to realize value from that culture. Industry / university partnerships are effective when both parties realize relationships across a broad range of university programs, from students to startups, and learn how to couple the university innovation system to the industry innovation enterprise.

Three examples from INCOSE and IEEE SMCS members will suggest ways to resolve this enduring issue.

Georgia Tech – We view this relationship as a system-of-systems model, where the industry product/service enterprise is coupled to the university innovation enterprise in a larger sociotechnical systems context, and where the relationship promotes all three innovation horizons (sustaining, disruptive, and transformational). Our experience in building such relationships at Georgia Tech indicates both parties can realize success when a range of enablers to industry/university interaction promote a range of innovation opportunities (basic and translational) over a long term partnerships. This systems-of-systems model will be presented as a general context, then generalized examples from Georgia Tech’s industry partnership efforts will be discussed to illustrate the model.

Applied Research Associates – Our team developed a system for DoD over 3 years to support real time decision and communication support among Burn Intensive Care Unit clinicians. This example will describe collaboration among 35 members from military healthcare professionals, to cognitive psychologists and software and machine learning developers.

HP Labs – In the Emerging Computer Lab within HP Labs, among other research areas we are involved in the areas of speech analysis and interpretation, audio signal processing in conjunction with machine learning. In this part of the webinar we will explore one research topic in audio processing that we undertook, after identifying the deficiencies on HP devices, and the challenges encountered during development. We also present examples of the solutions to overcome these challenges which have helped contribute towards a scalable deployment of the technology (based off of this research).

How to Connect

Event address for attendees:
Event number: 592 564 704
Event password: INCOSE115

Primary Access Number:
USA/Canada: 1-719-325-2630 (toll) 1-855-747-8824 (toll free)
Additional Access:
International Toll- and Toll-Free Access Numbers
Guest Pass Code: 434 812 4177

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Missed the webinar?

If you miss the webinar, you will be able to see a recording of it on INCOSE Connect at where you will also be able to view the previous one hundred and fourteen INCOSE webinars.

Please note that you can now receive a PDU in support of certification renewal by attending an INCOSE technical webinar. Here is the link to details about certification renewal, including information on PDUs.


Download the webinar flyer (PDF) for full speaker bios and international dial-in numbers.