The FACE(TM) Standard is an Open Architecture approach to creating reusable, interoperable software for DoD Platforms ( The FACE Consortium was formed in 2010 to define an open avionics environment for all military airborne platform types. Vanderbilt has been an Academia team member supporting the FACE standard development effort since its inception in 2009 assisting in the formative concepts and continues to provide key technical guidance in many areas of the FACE Consortium. Three ISIS members are listed as Principal Authors of the FACE Technical Standard. 

The following are our major thrusts supporting the FACE Community:

Conformance Test Suite (CTS)

The project continues the development and maintenance of the Conformance Test Suite (CTS) tool. The CTS tool is the mandated conformance test and is used to validate all software component deliveries that are required to be conformant to the FACE standard.  CTS has been officially adopted by the FACE Consortium and is publicly and freely available via the Open Group FACE website and  supports FACE Technical Standard Editions 2.x and 3.x (see The Open Groups CTS download page here:

Data Modeling
Providing modeling tool and automation support for data modeling methods (defining software component interfaces) 

  • Provide guidance data modeling methods (defines interface messages) 
  • Develop tools for Data Modeling: modeling helper “plug-ins” (e.g. MagicDraw/Cameo, Enterprise Architect, others…)
  • Developed Transformation utilities for interoperability with commercial tools (e.g. ANSYS SCADE)

The tools we have created for the FACE Community are available here:

Ted Bapty
Jason Scott
NAVAIR PMA-209 (Precise Systems); Army PEO Aviation (Huntington Ingalls Industries)
Lead PI
Ted Bapty