This research aims to investigate and develop an Ontology driven Requirements Engineering Methodology (OntoREM) that addresses the needs of complex, trans-national and multidisciplinary fields with particular reference but not limited to the aerospace industry.

Although the proposed ontology driven methodology constitutes the main novel outcome in this research, other key anticipated novel contributions are expected to emerge from the emphasis on the inclusion of Non-Functional Requirements (NFR) and the high degree of comprehensiveness in covering people, deployment, support and service quality issues.

This will entail surveying existing requirements engineering processes; both generic and special purpose ones. In order to accomplish the above, the elicitation and impact of non-functional (quality) requirements such as performance, cost, and particularly 'emotional' requirements will be investigated to develop the new methodology.

The use of soft systems process modelling will also be explored. Some of the context specific key issues that need to be considered include modern manufacturing methods, shorter times to market, integrated supply chain characteristics, new and cutting-edge technologies, partly very long lead times for some new materials, increasing customer expectations, and other new aspects over the whole lifecycle of the system to be developed.

Furthermore, interfaces with all relevant disciplines such as marketing, sales, engineering, manufacturing, customer services, finance, legal affairs, and human resources management will also need to be investigated and considered when developing the above proposed new methodology.

OntoREM is funded by Airbus as part of the research undertaken by Mario Kossman in his Ph.D. research with Dr. Odeh as the UWE Principal Investigator. 

A small number of 3-4 very focused case studies will be conducted within Airbus in order to evaluate and improve the new methodology, followed by a larger case study within the Integrated Wing Aerospace Technology Validation Programme (IWATVP), which will serve to validate the proposed methodology. However, the methodology will have to be sufficiently generic to be applied in any similar context outside Airbus or even the aerospace industry.

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