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Mordechai Ben-Menachem
Ben-Gurion University
Beer-Sheva, Israel
 

Mordechai Ben-Menachem is a researcher and adjunct lecturer at Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, and at Sapir College in Sedarot, both in southern Israel. His professional interests are in the areas of systems engineering, software engineering, and project management. He has been active for more than three decades in these areas, as a practitioner, consultant, lecturer, and researcher. He is an autodidact in these, and other, areas.

He has taught about many systems and software engineering subjects at both undergraduate and graduate levels. These have included introductory courses, as well as more advanced courses on testing, software and system processes, software project management, advanced project management for technology-rich projects, analysis and design, software quality engineering, and verification and validation. He has led many projects both in industry and academia, and has acted as a guide, mentor, and faculty advisor for many graduate students. The aspect of his academic career of which he is proudest is the fact that many hundreds of former students remain in contact with him, and consider him to be both a mentor and friend.

He current research interests are centered around the paradigm of change, which is an overall framework for management of systems and software in an organization, whether these are management systems, control systems, or parts of a product. His professional systems experience has included all types of systems—satellites and airborne systems, insurance and banking, telephony, and groundwater seepage—but his favorite projects have always been those involving very complex and large real-time systems.

His extensive writings include about 15 professional books, and several hundred papers. He also has written fictional works, several books of poetry, and about six books of philosophy. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Oxford Club, and is also an ordained clergyman. His hobbies include cooking, reading, eclectic music, and wandering around his favorite cities.


     

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I admit that this book perhaps gives me an inordinate amount of pleasure. I have a completely ridiculous number of books on software and systems testing on my shelves, beginning with Glenford Myers’ brilliant classic from 40 years ago [1] an...

 

Introduction to embedded systems: a cyber-physical systems approach (2nd ed.)
Lee E., Seshia S.,  MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2017.Type: Book (9780262533812)

This book begins with the statement (from page 1), “[A] CPS [cyber-physical system] is about the intersection, not the union, of the physical and the cyber. It is not sufficient to separately understand the physical components and the comput...

 
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