Assessment of needs
Evaluation of alternatives
System trade studies
Program assessment and evaluation
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Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) architecture development and application
About Dr. Jacoby
Carol Jacoby has been active in digital technologies since 1973 and ITS since 1992. She and her teams have been contributors to the development of several large information-intensive systems. She has earned the reputation of a great communicator and an expert in architecting and analyzing complex systems.
She teaches ITS Systems Engineering to transportation professionals, and has supported the development of the National Automated Highway System, the Orange County Intelligent Vehicle/Highway System, and the Southern California Priority Corridor. She has earned the reputation of an expert in developing and evaluating complex systems of systems during a career spanning more than 30 years.
Dr. Carol Jacoby teaches Systems Engineering for Intelligent Transportation Systems. She has taught a class offered to transportation professionals throughout the country through the Federal Highway Administration's National Highway Institute and the University of Tennessee. She has also taught Systems Engineering for the University of California, Irvine, Extension and UCLA's Technical Management Program. She co-taught an intensive eight-month Experiential Systems Engineering course at Raytheon.
She coauthored the Systems Engineering Guidebook for Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/cadiv/segb/), which is now being used throughout the country. Her emphasis is on the critical early steps of the process. This guidebook focuses on the application of the systems engineering process to the development of intelligent transportation systems. The audience is state, regional, and local transportation agencies.
She supported gap analysis and concepts of operation. She teamed with TransCore in the Corridor-Wide Advanced Traveler Information System study for the Southern California Priority Corridor. This effort assessed the diverse long-term needs and the existing capabilities throughout the Corridor, then identified and prioritized potential projects to fill the gap, balancing relative difficulty with depth and breadth of the needs. She also supported the specifications and sample agreements.
Dr. Jacoby was a key member of the National Automated Highway System (AHS) Consortium. She led the Concept Down-Select Team to synthesize, evaluate and recommend the most promising system architectures for the future automated highway system. She also led the Mixed Traffic Critical Issues team in defining requirements for fully automated vehicles designed to operate in normal traffic. She has presented papers at all major ITS conferences, led stakeholder discussions of AHS, and supported Demo97 as a mentor.
She served as the Architect and Technical Director for the Hughes Team on the Phase I National Intelligent Transportation System Architecture Program for FHWA. In this role and as the study leader of a prior Hughes-sponsored IVHS Architecture Study, she led a multi-industry team of technical experts and analysts in the top-down development of a nation-wide ITS architecture. She provided the vision, oversight and synthesis for the architecture. She was a spokesperson for the Hughes Team's Architecture to the customer and many diverse stakeholder groups. She oversaw production and delivery of 14 documents that describe this architecture, including detailed physical and logical architecture description.
Dr. Jacoby was the system architect for the Orange County (California) Intelligent Vehicle/Highway System Study. She developed the multi-modal architectural concept to support the diverse needs of the communities, Caltrans, and the traveling public. This was the first study of its kind and it has been a model for subsequent architecture studies.
During more than 30 years as an architecture development and effectiveness analyst, Dr. Jacoby has assessed stakeholder needs and synthesized candidate architectures to meet those needs. She has developed and applied simulations and other techniques for assessing the overall effectiveness of various large systems. As Manager of Mission Analysis, she oversaw all mission analysis activities for Raytheon Electronics Systems within California.
Jacoby Consulting 2001-present
Ph.D. (Mathematics), University of California, Irvine 1980
Hughes/Raytheon Achievement Awards 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 2000
Presentations and Publications:
“Overview of Systems Engineering.” ”Tools for Systems Engineering.” University of Wisconsin (webinar), part of “Engineering and Business Data Communications.” 2008-2010
“Smart Decision Making for Successful Programs.” UCLA Technical Management Program, 2007-2009
“Experiential Systems Engineering.” UCLA Extension for Raytheon (team teaching), 2006-2008
“Essential Systems Engineering.” UCLA Extension and UCLA Technical Management Program (team teaching), 2007Carol Jacoby, Simple Spreadsheets for Hard Decisions, 2008
"Simulation-Based Engineering for Complex Systems." University of California, Irvine, Extension, Engrece X429.2 (team teaching), 2006
Systems Engineering Guidebook for ITS. California Department of Transportation Division of Research and Innovation, prepared by Siemens ITS, ASE Consulting LLC, in association with J and J Project Consultant, Jacoby Consulting, February 14, 2005
"Foundations of the Systems Engineering Process." University of California, Irvine, Extension, Engrece X491.81 (team teaching), various locations and dates, 2003
"Systems Requirement Analysis." University of California, Irvine, Extension, Engrece X491.71 (team teaching), various locations and dates, 2003
"An Overview of Systems Engineering." National Highway Institute course No. 137024 (team teaching), through the University of Tennessee, various locations and dates, 2002