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A Systematic Mapping of the Research Literature on System-of-Systems Engineering



Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


10th Annual Systems of Systems Engineering Conference






The research area systems-of-systems engineering has increased rapidly over the last decade and now contains a substantial body of literature. To get an overview of the field, a systematic mapping of the literature has been done, covering over 3000 papers. It revealed a field massively dominated by US researchers, with an emphasis on military and space systems. A large number of people are involved, but few researchers focus on the area, and citations are fairly low compared to other fields. Important research topics include architecture, modeling and simulation, integration and interoperability, communication, sustainability, and safety and security. There are signs of immaturity within the research area, and it is recommended that existing venues are complemented with an international scientific event with very high standards for submissions.


author = {Jakob Axelsson},
title = {A Systematic Mapping of the Research Literature on System-of-Systems Engineering},
pages = {18--23},
month = {May},
year = {2015},
booktitle = {10th Annual Systems of Systems Engineering Conference},
publisher = {IEEE},
url = {}