Systems Design and Evaluation

Gryphon has used the techniques and principles of systems engineering to support numerous government decisions on the design of advanced technologies. We have several peer-reviewed publications on the use of systems engineering and have presented to the National Academies of Science/Medicine and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. In addition to analyzing system requirements, we also develop ConOps (Concept of Operations) for system users to support implementation.



Setting Requirements for a Food Contamination Detection System

Gryphon set the requirements for a system to detect chemical and biological contamination in the food supply. To identify threshold detection levels, we constructed models to predict casualties from more than 100 chemicals and 30 bioagents and food borne pathogens. To understand end-user requirements, we interviewed approximately 200 stakeholders, and convened a stakeholder working group. All of these activities guided the development of recommendations.

Developing Requirements for Plant Pest Detection Technologies

To expedite the inspection of imported agricultural cargo, Gryphon developed requirements for plant pest detection and identification technologies based on user requirements and environmental constraints on use of the technologies. We defined use cases for promising technologies and analyzed import data to gauge the impact on the cost and effectiveness of inspections.

Identifying Requirements for Technologies to Quantify Chemical Exposures

Gryphon is developing the requirements for both environmental sensors and bioassays to quantify chemical exposure to first responders in the initial response phase of a major disaster. We are analyzing methods for measuring 138 chemicals and ranking detection suites based on scientific, ethical, and operational requirements.