Main research work
The Integrated Modelling Environment
John Dalton is currently working as part of the EDC team in support of the Integrated Modelling Environment (IME), sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS. The basis of this work is to develop tools and methods to aid the design of complex systems.

During this time we have developed a modelling framework methodology using accepted UML and MDA techniques. This has resulted in a working cross-platform software application (written in Java) which has been used to demonstrate case study material.

As part of the IME research program we have developed:
  • Generic traceability methods:
    • These are primarily applied to system properties but can be extended to include other information model formats such as design rationale.

  • A design reuse approach as part of an overall knowledge management capability.

  • Derived a methodology for implementing optimisation within the MFR using accepted Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) techniques.
    This includes:
    • Genetic Algorithms, as well as several
    • Multi-Attribute Decision Making (MADM) methods.