Resilience analysis method and tool for Humanitas systems

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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Grant type: Engage Grants Program
  • Year: 2018/19
  • Total Funding: $25,000
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Project Summary

Humanitas provides technological solutions to achieve connectivity, security and productivity in emergencies.*To achieve this connectivity they use different methods, including setting up communication networks using*drones and they are interested in investigating how to improve resiliency in those systems. This project will*research a mechanism to analyze the resilience of the systems they deploy. We will present a case study*focusing on the communication between the systems, including end users, and a prototype to analyze the*resilience of their systems and the infrastructure they deploy to achieve connectivity. We will work with*Humanitas to obtain information of real-world scenarios, and will apply a modeling and simulation method we*invented at Carleton, which combines Network Theory, Agent Based Modeling (ABM) and the Discrete Event*System Specification (DEVS) formalism.*The methodology provides a unique and innovative combination of techniques that allows us to integrate the*different aspects of the problem using the right tools for each of them in a modular fashion, improving*verification and validation. Model reuse is also improved, as using independent methods and models allows*one to redefine parts of it (i.e., their connections of the systems) while keeping the rest unchanged (i.e., their*behavior). The formal definition of this architecture takes it a step further allowing the components to be*updated easily, improving testing and reuse.*At the end of the project, a prototype to study the resilience of the systems in Humanitas (following a case*study provided by the company), and a report of the prototype simulations explaining the main conclusion will*be delivered to the company. The company will be able to incorporate an advanced version of the prototype in*the company's operations to test the resilience of the solutions they provide to their clients before*implementation. Testing their systems architecture using this approximation will allow Humanitas to provide*more resilient solutions to their clients, benefiting both the company and Canada.