plugfest-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Emergency Vehicle Plugfest


The Plugfest will focus on some quantifiable measures of interoperability among mobile command and communciation vehicles, at both the communication layers (radio frequencies, mesh networks…) and the content layer (message protocols and formats, semantic content for identified kinds of data sharing scenarios). This will be based on some work at CMUSV defining an Interoperability Maturity Model (IMM) that we hope will help stakeholders measure where they stand in the spectrum of full interoperability along a number of dimensions, and suggest key areas for improvement. These measures could in turn help users advocate internally for support to improve their capabilities, and it provides valuable data for the CMUSV's DMI research program.


Steven Ray, PhD,  is a Distinguished Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, where he researches information interoperability and standards in application domains including the smart electrical grid, electronic business, supply chains, disaster management, and manufacturing. He has a twenty-seven year track record of initiating and leading technical R&D projects at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For the past decade, he was responsible for the management of a $10-13M division of 60 staff and visiting researchers dedicated to the solution of national problems related to measurements and standards supporting systems interoperation in the manufacturing sector. He led the establishment of a new extramural program (TIMA - Technologies for the Integration of Manufacturing Applications) on assignment to the NIST Advanced Technology Program. He served for one year as Chairman of the IGES/PDES Organization that coordinated the U.S. participation in the creation of the STEP product data standard (STEP - Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data, ISO 10303). Dr. Ray has twice been awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal since joining NIST as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. He is a member of ASME and SME.