The goal of this solicitation is to stimulate research and education projects that build the Science of Design. This solicitation focuses on the scientific study of the design of software-intensive systems that perform computing, communications and information processing. Complex interdependencies strain our ability to create, maintain, comprehend and control these systems. The Science of Design seeks to rectify this situation by building a foundation for the systematic creation of software-intensive systems. This foundation will consist of a body of theoretical and empirical knowledge on design, computational methods and tools for design, and new design curriculum for the next generation of designers. Topics that are relevant to the Science of Design solicitation include: formal theories and computational methods for the representation, synthesis, and evaluation of designs and requirements; design processes supporting compositionality, maintainabilit
y, adaptability and evolution; the role of requirements and specifications in design; computer-aided design for software-intensive systems; studies of designs, designers and design methodologies; development of design education and the integration of knowledge about design methodologies into educational curriculum and training for computer scientists, software engineers and systems engineers.
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
NSF Publication 04-552
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