John R. Clymer


Summary of Qualifications

Systems Engineer - Systems Design, Analysis and Evaluation, Optimization engineer specializing in the "front end" of system/product development that involves the exploration of "problem space" and the analysis and evaluation of alternative solutions. Very adept at determining "what is the real problem" and developing "the best solution," given a customers concerns. Possesses a wide range of knowledge and experience that often results in the recombination of ideas from diverse fields into better problem solutions. Applies powerful tools to design and evaluate systems and software:


·         Discrete event simulation with AI and machine learning in EXTEND (developed a graphical simulation library that works with EXTEND called OpEMCSS for front end work);

·         Continuous system simulation including real time, hardware-in-the-loop and man-in-the-loop in C/C++;

·         Linear and non-linear numerical optimization, mathematical programming, and evolutionary computation;

·         Fuzzy logic control and classical linear and non-linear control; and

·         Artificial Intelligence including neural networks, fuzzy adaptive expert systems, classifier system block (EXTEND), and general problem solvers (LISP).


Professional Experience

1984-present As a systems engineering consultant for FORELL Enterprises (Buena Park), Raytheon Naval and Marine Systems Division (Fullerton, CA), Naval Warfare Analysis Division (Corona, CA), the Naval Warfare Center (Dahlgren, VA), the Rockwell mission analysis unit (Anaheim, CA), and the Rockwell STSD simulation laboratory (Downey, CA) contributed significant technical leadership to these organizations in:


·         Systems design analysis and evaluation,

·         Discrete event and continuous simulation,

·         Optimization and mathematical programming, and

·         Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning.


Proposed to US Air Force to simulate SDI in response to their RFP.  Won Rockwell the contract because the customer liked our user-oriented, simulation-based systems design approach proposed.   Lead the project, and it was completed on time and within budget.


Through innovative graphical simulation with AI, the benefit of automated planning and command and control in highly ambiguous naval warfare environments was demonstrated for the Advanced Self Defense Combat system (ASDCS).


1971-1984. As a systems engineer for the Fleet Analysis Center (FLTAC), identified the "real problem" in Navy surface-to-air missile surveillance testing as the inability to isolate faults adequately using telemetry data alone.  Lead team that developed a closed-loop missile test system.   This was a hardware-in-the-loop simulation in which a surface-to-air missile was tested for stringent intercept geometries and ECM environments to determine the interaction between missile reliability and capability.


1966-1971. As a systems engineer for General Electric, designed computer data communications and mass storage subsystems.  Designed, simulated, built, and tested a new data communications modem that used an innovative reverse channel for control in concert with the usual forward channel for data transfer.

Academic Experience

1982-Present.  Professor of electrical engineering at California State University Fullerton. As an academic and teacher is internationally known in the general area of systems engineering. Published 60 papers and books covering intelligent evolutionary systems, systems design and evaluation methodology, simulation, optimization, fuzzy control, and machine learning.  This international recognition was achieved through extensive participation in the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE); Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Systems, Man, Cybernetics Society (SMC); and the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). 


Graduated with a BSEE and MSEE from Iowa State University in 1964 and 1966; respectively. In 1971, received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. Ph.D. Dissertation developed and applied Context Sensitive Systems (CSS) theory to explicitly represent and assist understanding complex, non-linear distributed-adaptive systems.

Selected Publications

Simulation-Based Engineering of Complex Systems Using EXTEND+MFG+OpEMCSS,” Proceedings of the 2002 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2002, December 8-11 San Diego California.


“Simulation of Air Traffic Control at a VFR airport Using EXTEND+MFG+OpEMCSS5,” with Victor. Harrison, Proceedings of the 21st Digital Avionics Systems Conference, October 27-31, 2002.


“Simulation of a Vehicle Traffic Control Network Using a Fuzzy Classifier System,” Proceedings of the Advanced Simulation Technologies Conference (ASTC), San Diego, CA, April 14-18, 2002.


Simulation-Based Engineering of Complex Systems, Placentia, CA: John R. Clymer and Associates, 2001.


“Simulation-Based Engineering of Complex Adaptive Systems Using a Classifier Block,” with David Cheng, Proceedings of the Advanced Simulation Technologies Conference (ASTC), Seattle, WA, April 22-26, 2001.


Optimizing Production Work Flow using OpEMCSS,” Proceedings of the 2000 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2000, 10-13 December 2000, Orlando, FL,  2000, pages 1305-1314.

"Engineering of Complex Adaptive Systems using OpEMCSS," In Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, Minneapolis, MN, July 16-20, 2000.

 "Optimization of Simulated Systems Effectiveness using Evolutionary Algorithms," IN Simulation, Journal of the Society of Computer Simulation, San Diego, CA, Volume 73, Number 6, December 1999, pages 334-340.


"Simulation-Based Engineering of Complex Adaptive Systems," In Simulation, Journal of the Society of Computer Simulation, San Diego, CA, Volume 72, Number 4, April 1999 issue, pages 250-260.


"Engineering of Intelligent, Complex Adaptive Systems using an Agent-Based Architecture," In Proceedings of the 7th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, Los Angeles, CA, August 3-7, 1997.


"Expansionist System Design and Evaluation Methodology Based on Context Sensitive System Theory," In IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, April 1997 issue, Volume 33, Number 2, pages 686-695.


”Induction of Fuzzy Rules for Air Traffic Control", Proceedings-1995 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 22-25, 1995, pages 1495-1502.


"System Design and Evaluation using Discrete Event Simulation with AI," IN European Journal of Operational Research, 84 (1995), Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science, pages 213-225.


"Induction of Fuzzy Rules for a Distributed Traffic Signal Timing System," with David Wirkkala,  IN Proceedings of 1994 First International Joint Conference of NAFIPS / IFIS / NASA '94,  December 18-21, 1994, San Antonio, TX, invited paper, pages 39-44.


"Role of Reductionism and Expansionism in System Design and Evaluation," Proceedings-Fourth Annual International Symposium, National Council on Systems Engineering, San Jose, CA, August 10-12, 1994, pages 323-332.


"Induction of Classification Rules for a Sonar System", first author with Philip Corey and Hussain Bandukwala, In Simulation, Journal of the Society of Computer Simulation, San Diego, CA, Volume 62, Number 4, April 1994 issue, pages 256-267.


"Applying Modern Approaches to Speeding Up Old FORTRAN Programs:  A Case Study in the Application of Multiple Queues," second author with Philip Corey, In IASTED International Journal of Modeling and Simulation, Volume 13, Number 3, 1993, pages123-133.


"A Data Flow Simulation of Large-Grain Parallel Computations", second author with Camille Price, In International Journal of Computer Simulation, Norwood, NJ: ABLEX Publishing Company, Volume 3, Number 3, 1993, pages 261-280.


"Induction of Decision Making Rules for Context Sensitive Systems", first author with D.J. Cheng and D. Hernandez, Simulation,  Journal of the Society of Computer Simulation, San Diego, CA, Volume 59, Number 3, September 1992 issue, pages 198-207.


"Discrete Event Fuzzy Airport Control", first author with Philip Corey and Judith Garner, In IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Volume 22, Number 2, March-April 1992.


"OpEM Distributed Simulation", first author with D. Hernandez, Simulation, Journal of the Society of Computer Simulation, San Diego, CA, Volume 57, Number 6, December 1991, pages 395-404.


"Discrete Event Simulation of Object Movement and Interactions", second author with P. Corey, Simulation, Journal of the Society of Computer Simulation, San Diego, CA, Volume 56, Number 3, March 1991, pages 167-174.


"Operational Evaluation Modeling", first author with P. Corey, N. Nili, Simulation, Journal of the Society of Computer Simulation, San Diego, CA, Volume 55, Number 6, December 1990, pages 327-336.


"System Design Using OpEM Inductive/Adaptive Expert System Controller", In IASTED International Journal of Modeling and Simulation, Volume 10, Number 4, December 1990, pages 129-136.


System Analysis Using Simulation and Markov Models, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1990.



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