The aim of research for this theme is to develop the advanced design and analysis capabilities for a high interaction vehicle as a complex system that will enable integration of digital features and digitally enabled functionality of the system with the multiple disciplines ofthe vehicle. This type of complexity demands new levels of Systems Engineering.

The core of this research theme is a rigorous and innovative approach to model-driven and virtual integration, design and analysis of a complex system. The model-driven part of the approach will use formal, relational frameworks to achieve the rigour of system development and to control the complexity of Systems of Systems (SoS) architecting and engineering. The virtual integrated design part will enable interactions between multi-disciplinary elements of the vehicle SoS design. This will elevate critical Systems Engineering activities from single discipline systems towards SoS that possess multidisciplinary complexity.