Traceability in Systems Engineering: An Avionics Case Study

Nasser Mustafa, Yvan Labiche, Dave Towey

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In Systems Engineering (SE), development of complex systems involves a collaboration of expertise from different domains. Heterogeneous artifacts are generated using different modeling tools. Capturing the traceability information among these artifacts helps serve many purposes, including change impact analysis; validation and verification; and requirements tracking. However, creating trace links among these heterogeneous artifacts is problematic. No precise semantics exist for the trace links that relate them. This paper shows how to capture traceability information in a system with heterogeneous artifacts, illustrated here using an avionics case study that uses a traceability model and a trace links taxonomy that we constructed and published previously.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 IEEE 42nd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018
EditorsChung-Horng Lung, Kamrul Hasan, Sorel Reisman, Hiroki Takakura, Motonori Nakamura, Toyokazu Akiyama, William Claycomb, Ji-Jiang Yang, Ling Liu, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Thomas Conte, Claudio Demartini, Stelvio Cimato, Zhiyong Zhang, Edmundo Tovar
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538626665
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2018
Event42nd IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 23 Jul 201827 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Computer Software and Applications Conference
ISSN (Print)0730-3157


Conference42nd IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018


  • Artifacts
  • Heterogeneous
  • Systems engineering
  • Taxonomy
  • Trace links
  • Traceability model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications


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