Universal Systems Language (USL) and its Automation, the 001 Tool Suite, for Designing and Building Systems and Software: - Margaret Hamilton

A Webinar Designed for Systems and Software Engineers and Architects

Inordinate sums of money are spent on system design and software development projects, huge portions of it wasted; critical systems run the risk of failure, sometimes leading to catastrophe. The premise made here is that this is in large part because of the paradigm on which the languages used to define systems are based; and that the well known problems associated with doing business as usual can be significantly reduced by using a language based on a radically different paradigm, one that is preventive instead of curative. The Universal Systems Language is such a language. Based on systems theory—to a great extent derived from our study of the Apollo onboard flight software effort—according to users, USL eliminates any preconceived notions because it is a world unto itself; a completely new way to think about systems. Much of what seems counter intuitive with traditional approaches, which tend to be software-centric, becomes intuitive with this systems-centric approach. Together with its associated 001 Tool Suite, USL has evolved over decades and taken on multiple dimensions. It was created to offer a means to solve problems previously considered next to impossible to solve with traditional approaches. With its preventive philosophy of inherently not allowing errors in the first place, software becomes more reliable; yet, with higher productivity in its development.


XYZ.jpg Margaret Hamilton
Margaret H. Hamilton is the founder and CEO of Hamilton Technologies, Inc. She is responsible for the development and evolution of the Universal Systems Language (USL) and its integrated systems-to-software life cycle automation, the 001 Tool Suite; both of which are based on her mathematically based systems paradigm, Development Before the Fact (DBTF). Her research interests include systems theory; and formal languages, methods, and tools for designing and developing preventive systems and software. Margaret was in charge of the Apollo (and Skylab) onboard flight software effort for the Lunar Module (LM) and the Command Module (CM) while Director of the Software Engineering Division at MIT's Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (CSDL). She culminated this effort by leading her team in a study to determine lessons learned from the Apollo flight software and its development. USL/001 together with DBTF had as its origin this study of the Apollo software.


XYZ.jpg Bob Epps

Bob is currently working in Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering, supporting System Architecture, Systems Engineering and Strategic External Outreach activities. During his 16 year tenure at Lockheed Martin, Bob has served as a senior manager and a technical leader within the Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Architecture organizations. This includes serving as the Senior Manager of the Architecture Integration Technology Center and Senior Manager Computer Architecture Engineering.

Prior to coming to Lockheed Martin, Bob was employed at Link Flight Simulation, in Binghamton, NY. Bob’s career at Link spanned 25 years. He held Senior Engineering and Management positions in the field of complex real-time system development, which included Systems Engineering, System Architecture, Software Engineering, System Integration and Independent Research & Development. During his tenure at Link, he also led a National Security Industrial Association (NSIA) Industry working group and technical track leader in I/ITSEC conferences.

Bob has a BS in Physics from Drexel University and MS in Applied Mathematics from the State University of New York. Bob is currently a member of IEEE, ACM, NDIA and INCOSE.