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Verification, Validation, and Testing of Engineered Systems by Avner Engel

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A.1 ABOUT SYSTEST

Those who are not engineers are often oblivious to the dramas occurring during the birth of each engineered system. All systems, as well as end products, carry with them engineers jockeying for position and seeking honor and appreciation by peers and managers. But the beauty of engineering stems from a group search for a single solution to a fuzzily specified problem, a desire for a predicted and encapsulated result through the application of a top-down problem-solving approach82. In short, engineering is a human endeavor.

Projects funded by the European Commission (EC) bring many engineers and managers from different nationalities, cultures, languages and industries to solve problems within a prespecified length of time and budget. Successful EC projects provide an environment for cross-cultural understandings, way beyond engineering, building shared dreams and lasting comradeships. SysTest (Full title: Developing Methodology for Advanced Systems Testing) was such a project. The SysTest team generated 20 formal deliverables and disseminated 24 presentations in 13 conferences plus 5 publications in refereed trade journals. Five SysTest team members obtained their Ph.D. in direct or indirect connection with this project. This appendix, however, deals with the technical aspects of SysTest. Readers interested in the engineering and political drama of engineered systems can find several books in this genre (see, e.g., Chaisson, 1998; Carroll, 1994). SysTest83 was ...

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