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Dr. Bruce Cameron

Dr. Bruce G. Cameron

Director, System Architecture Group
Lecturer in System Design and Management
Faculty Director, Architecture and Systems Engineering Certificate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
33-413
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
bcameron@mit.edu
(617) 253-8985

B.A.Sc., University of Toronto
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Bruce Cameron is the Director of the System Architecture Group at MIT. His research interests include technology strategy, system architecture, and the management of product platforms. Previously, Dr. Cameron ran the MIT Commonality study, a 30-firm investigation of platforming returns, which concluded that firms face systemic downward pressure on commonality, partially resulting from challenges capturing the costs of variety. Dr. Cameron has supervised over 50 graduate students, and has directed research projects for Amazon, BP, Sikorsky, Nokia, Caterpillar, AMGEN, Verizon, and NASA. Current research efforts include:

  • Platform management in large R&D organizations
  • System architecture of complex systems
  • Strategic management of stakeholder needs in international partnerships
  • Network analysis of customer requirements priority

Dr. Cameron teaches the System Architecture core class for the System Design and Management program, where he has taught over 500 students. Dr. Cameron’s teaching in Sloan Executive Education has been tied for the highest rated Executive Education program at MIT for several years. Additionally, Dr. Cameron is the Faculty Director for MIT’s Architecture and System Engineering online certificate, which has taught over 5300 participants.

Dr. Cameron is a co-founder of Technology Strategy Partners, a consultancy created to help firms to restructure product development organizations, build systems engineering functions, and identify new architectures. Dr. Cameron has led projects in Fortune 500 firms in high tech, medical devices, transportation, and consumer goods.

Previously, Dr. Cameron worked in high tech and banking, where he built advanced analytics for managing complex development programs. Earlier in his career, he was a system engineer at MDA Space Systems, and has built hardware currently in orbit. He is a past board member of the University of Toronto.

Publications

Books and Book Chapters
[2018] Stakeholders, issues, and the shaping of large engineering projects (Wen Feng, Donald R. Lessard, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), Chapter in Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Development (R. E. Levitt, W. R. Scott, M. J. Garvin, eds.), 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] System Architecture: Strategy and Product Development for Complex Systems (Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron, Daniel Selva), Pearson, 2016. [bib]
[2013] Crafting Platform Strategy based on Anticipated Benefits and Costs (Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), Chapter in Advances in Product Family and Product Platform Design - Methods & Applications (Timothy Simpson, Roger Jianxin Jiao, Zahed Siddique, Katja Hölttä-Otto, eds.), Springer, 2013. (pdf) [bib]
Journal Articles
[2020] Static beam placement and frequency plan algorithms for LEO constellations (Nils Pachler, Markus Guerster, Inigo del Portillo, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking (under review), 2020. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Commonality opportunity search in industrial product portfolios (Jakub Kwapisz, Virigina Infante, Bruce G. Cameron), In International Journal of Technology Management, 2019. [bib]
[2019] A technical comparison of three low earth orbit satellite constellation systems to provide global broadband (Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Acta Astronautica, Elsevier, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] Architectural decisions in commercial aircraft from the DC3 to the 787 (Demetrios Kellari, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In Journal of Aircraft (https://doi.org/10.2514/1.C034130), volume 55, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] A model for understanding and managing cost growth on joint programs (Morgan Dwyer, Zoe Szajnfarber, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Acta Astronautica, Elsevier, volume 152, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] Model-Based Systems Engineering Uptake in Engineering Practice (Bruce G. Cameron, Daniel Mark Adsit), In IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] Intellectual Property and Architecture; New Research on How to Avoid Getting Locked In. (Christopher W. Berardi, Bruce G. Cameron), In Defense Acquisition Research Journal, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Influence of Technology Trends on Future Aircraft Architecture (Demetrios Kellari, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In Journal of Aircraft, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, volume 54, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Tradespace exploration of in-space communications network architectures (Peter Davison, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Taylor & Francis, volume 29, 2017. (Under review, pdf) [bib]
[2017] Management Levers for Product Platforms (Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley, Jakub Kwapisz, Alicia McNeill), In Engineering Management Journal, volume 29, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Informing Policy through Quantification of the Intellectual Property Lock-in Associated with DoD Acquisition (Christopher W. Berardi, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Defense Acquisition Research Journal, volume 24, 2017. (pdf) [bib] [doi]
[2016] Patterns in System Architecture Decisions (Daniel Selva, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Systems Engineering, 2016. (pdf) [bib] [pdf] [doi]
[2016] Architecting Information Security Services for Federated Satellite Systems (Marc Sanchez Net, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Approximation Methods for Estimating the Availability of Optical Ground Networks (Marc Sanchez Net, Inigo del Portillo, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Optical Society of America, volume 8, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2015] Integrated tradespace analysis of space network architectures (Marc Sanchez Net, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley, Daniel Selva), In Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, volume 12, 2015. (pdf) [bib]
[2015] A Framework for Studying Cost Growth on Complex Acquisition Programs (Morgan Dwyer, Bruce G. Cameron, Zoe Szajnfarber), In Systems Engineering, Wiley Online Library, volume 18, 2015. (pdf) [bib]
[2015] Communications Satellites: Time Expanded Graph Exploration of a Tradespace of Architectures (Peter Davison, Demetrios Kellari, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In Acta Astronautica, volume 115, 2015. (pdf) [bib]
[2015] Technology Portfolio Planning by Weighted Graph Analysis of System Architectures (Peter Davison, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In System Engineering, volume 18, 2015. (pdf) [bib]
[2014] A Rule-Based Method for Scalable and Traceable Evaluation of System Architectures (Daniel Selva, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Research in Engineering Design, volume 25, 2014. (pdf) [bib]
[2014] Rule-based System Architecting of Earth Observing Systems: The Earth Science Decadal Survey (Daniel Selva, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, volume 51, 2014. (pdf) [bib]
[2014] Technology Decisions Under Architectural Uncertainty: Informing Investment Decisions Through Tradespace Exploration (Jonathan A. Battat, Bruce G. Cameron, Alexander Rudat, Edward F. Crawley), In Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, volume 51, 2014. (pdf) [bib]
[2012] Program Goals for the NASA/NOAA Earth Observation Program Derived from a Stakeholder Value Network Analysis (Timothy A. Sutherland, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Space Policy, volume 28, 2012. (pdf) [bib]
[2012] Divergence and Lifecycle Offsets in Product Families with Commonality (Ryan C. Boas, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Journal of Systems Engineering, volume 15, 2012. (doi: 10.1002/sys.21223, pdf) [bib]
[2011] Strategic Decisions in Complex Stakeholder Environments: A Theory of Generalized Exchange (Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley, Wen Feng, Maukai Lin), In Engineering Management Journal, volume 23, 2011. (pdf) [bib]
[2011] Goals for space exploration based on stakeholder value network considerations (Bruce G. Cameron, Theodore Seher, Edward F. Crawley), In Acta Astronautica, volume 68, 2011. (doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2010.11.003, pdf) [bib]
[2008] Value flow mapping: Using networks to inform stakeholder analysis (Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley, Geilson Loureiro, Eric S. Rebentisch), In Acta Astronautica, volume 62, 2008. (doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2007.10.001, pdf) [bib]
Conference Papers
[2020] Allocating Power and Bandwidth in Multibeam Satellite Systems using Particle Swarm Optimization (Nils Pachler, Juan Jose Garau Luis, Markus Guerster, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2020. (pdf) [bib]
[2020] Revenue Management for Communication Satellite Operators -- Opportunities and Challenges (Markus Guerster, Joel Grotz, Peter Belobaba, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2020. (pdf) [bib]
[2020] Artificial Intelligence Algorithms for Power Allocation in High Throughput Satellites: A Comparison (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Nils Pachler, Markus Guerster, Inigo del Portillo, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2020. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] A Genetic Algorithm for Joint Power and Bandwidth Allocation in Multibeam Satellite Systems (Aleix Paris, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Problem representation of dynamic resource allocation for flexible high throughput satellites (Markus Guerster, Juan Jose Garau Luis, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Deep Reinforcement Learning Architecture for Continuous Power Allocation in High Throughput Satellites (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Markus Guerster, Inigo del Portillo, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In Reinforcement Learning for Real Life Workshop at 2019 International Conference on Machine Learning, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2019] Deep Reinforcement Learning for Continuous Power Allocation in Flexible High Throughput Satellites (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Markus Guerster, Inigo del Portillo, Edward F. Crawley, Bruce G. Cameron), In 2019 IEEE Cognitive Communications for Aerospace Applications Workshop, 2019. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] System Architecture for Tracking Passengers inside an Airport Terminal Using RFID (Juan Jose Garau Luis, Marc Sanchez Net, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] A Technical Comparison of Three Low Earth Orbit Satellite Constellation Systems to Provide Global Broadband (Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2018 International Aeronautical Conference, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2018] Ground segment architectures for large LEO constellations with feeder links in EHF-bands (Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2018. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Performance Characterization of a Multiplexed Space-to-Ground Optical Network (Marc Sanchez Net, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Uncertainty quantification of network availability for networks of optical ground stations (Inigo del Portillo, Marc Sanchez Net, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX, volume 10096, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2017] Optimal Location of Optical Ground Stations to Serve LEO Spacecraft (Inigo del Portillo, Marc Sanchez Net, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2017. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Assessing the Impact of Real-time Communication Services on the Space Network Ground Segment (Marc Sanchez Net, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Architecting the Ground Segment of an Optical Space Communication Network (Inigo del Portillo, Marc Sanchez Net, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley, Daniel Selva), In 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2016] Architecting Out Software Intellectual Property Lock-In: A Method to Advance the Efficacy of BBP (Christopher W. Berardi, Bruce G. Cameron, Daniel Sturtevant, Carliss Baldwin, Edward F. Crawley), In Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, 2016. (pdf) [bib]
[2015] Architecting Space Communication Networks under Mission Demand Uncertainty (Marc Sanchez Net, Inigo del Portillo, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2015. (pdf) [bib]
[2014] Results of the MIT Space Communication and Navigation Architecture Study (Marc Sanchez Net, Daniel Selva, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley, Bernard Seery, Antonios Seas), In 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2014. (pdf) [bib]
[2014] Exploring the Trade-offs of Aggregated versus Disaggregated Architectures for Environmental Monitoring in Low-Earth Orbit (Morgan Dwyer, Daniel Selva, Inigo del Portillo, Marc Sanchez Net, Bruce G. Cameron, Zoe Szajnfarber, Edward F. Crawley), In AIAA Space, 2014. (pdf) [bib]
[2014] The Cost Impacts of Jointness: Insights from the NPOESS Program (Morgan Dwyer, Zoe Szajnfarber, Bruce G. Cameron, Markus Bradford, Edward F. Crawley), In AFCEA Acquisition Research Symposium, 2014. (pdf) [bib]
[2014] In-Space Transportation Infrastructure Architecture Decisions Using a Weighted Graph Approach (Peter Davison, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2014. (pdf) [bib]
[2013] Exploring the Architectural Trade Space of NASAs Space Communication and Navigation Program (Marc Sanchez Net, Daniel Selva, Antonios Seas, Bernard Seery, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2013. (pdf) [bib]
[2013] The Modeling and Evaluation of Interplanetary Manned Missions Using System Architecting Techniques (Alexander Rudat, Jonathan A. Battat, Bruce G. Cameron), In 2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2013. (pdf) [bib]
[2013] The Impact of Technical Complexity on the Decision to Collaborate and Combine (Morgan Dwyer, Daniel Selva, Zoe Szajnfarber, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2013. (pdf) [bib]
[2012] Tradespace Exploration Approach For Architectural Definition Of In-Space Transportation Infrastructure Systems For Future Human Space Exploration (Alexander Rudat, Jonathan A. Battat, Alessandro Aliakbargolkar, Morgan Dwyer, Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In International Astronautical Congress, 2012. (pdf) [bib]
[2012] Understanding the Impacts of Indirect Stakeholder Relationships - Stakeholder Value Network Analysis and Its Application to Large Engineering Projects (Wen Feng, Edward F. Crawley, Olivier L. de Weck, Donald R. Lessard, Bruce G. Cameron), In The Strategic Management Society (SMS) 32nd Annual International Conference, 2012. (pdf) [bib]
[2012] Costing Commonality: Investigating the Impact of Platform Divergence (Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2012 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2012. (pdf) [bib]
[2011] Incentivizing Commonality: An Evaluation of the Benefit and Cost Impact of Platforming Strategies (Bruce G. Cameron, Edward F. Crawley), In 2011 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2011. (pdf) [bib]
[2010] Divergence in platform commonality: examination of potential cost implications (Bruce G. Cameron, Richard A. Rhodes, Ryan C. Boas, Edward F. Crawley), In Design 2010, 2010. (pdf) [bib]
[2006] Value Based Architecture Selection (Bruce G. Cameron, Sandro N. Catanzaro, Edward F. Crawley), In AIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress, 2006. (pdf) [bib]
Theses
[2011] Costing Commonality: Evaluating the Impact of Platform Divergence on Internal Investment Returns (Bruce G. Cameron), PhD thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineering Systems Division, 2011. (pdf) [bib]
[2007] Value Network Modeling: A Quantitative Method for Comparing Benefit Across Exploration Architectures (Bruce G. Cameron), Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Technology Policy Program, 2007. (pdf) [bib]
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