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Our center was founded in 1995 to explore the complex industrial systems and supporting software that keep society moving. Through research involving modeling, optimization, scheduling, process planning, reliability, human factors, data mining and transportation logistics, we can help make design, manufacturing processes, and transportation systems better, faster, and safer.


The Center for Advanced Software Integration is dedicated to solving fundamental problems and disseminate the results of research concerning

  • the estimation of costs
  • transportation logistics
  • and systems engineering


Our center was originally named the Center for Advanced Software Systems Integration (CASSI) at its founding in 1995 to reflect our research focus on integrating multiple software systems to work together supporting the work of manufacturing and government partners. Since our founding, we have been awarded more than $9.8M in contracts.

Shortly after its inception, the center won two significant contract awards. The first, from the National Science Foundation, examined integration issues among three popular software tools: Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Process Planning (CAPP) and Material Requirements Planning (MRP). The second contract was with Ohio Aerospace Institute and involved integration of CAD systems, manufacturing simulation systems, and cost estimation systems. It also became a member of the Apparel Research Network (ARN) for the Defense Logistics Agency. It this capacity it advised the members of the ARN on software integration issues.

Another significant project called the Federated Intelligent Product Environment (FIPER) was a $22M Advance Technology Program grant funded by the National Institute of Science and Technology. FIPER was a collaborative project whose partners included General Electric, Goodrich, Parker Hannifin, Engineous Software Incorporated, Ohio University, Stanford University, and the Ohio Aerospace Institute. The FIPER project researched the construction of a software infrastructure for integration of engineering design tools in a business-to-business environment.

Over the past 10 years, our center has also worked extensively with General Electric Aviation to enhance their ability to estimate the cost of manufacturing of jet engines, as well as gas, steam and wind turbines. The new methodology now covers most of the part families in these products, significantly improving the accuracy of the estimates.

In 2012, due to a shift in focus toward systems and transportation research, we renamed our interdisciplinary research group the Center for Advanced Systems and Transportation Logistics Engineering to reflect our current research interests.