Engineered Complexity

author: Seth Bullock, University of Southampton
published: Feb. 25, 2007,   recorded: March 2006,   views: 5054


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Continuing advances in information and communications technology (ICT) are increasing the scale and connectivity of today's engineered systems. Managing the resultant complexity is becoming the central challenge for UK industry and government: from software, to cities and even stock exchanges. Across the UK, a wide range of internationally leading research groups are addressing this challenge. In many cases they draw inspiration from biology, which provides innumerable examples of systems that cope with complexity. From cells to ecosystems, biology achieves scalability, adaptability, self-repair, and robustness, often by exploiting "emergent" system-level behaviours. Achieving equivalent success in engineered systems is the root problem that we face.
In the first of our short courses, we introduce the core concepts of complexity in the context of both natural and engineered systems, and explore the ways in which new computational systems, models, and simulations are taking part in complexity science through a series of lectures and workshop activities.

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Comment1 sfd, May 10, 2007 at 8:24 a.m.:

this talk is mislabeled: it's actually Engineered Complexity

Comment2 davor (staff), May 19, 2007 at 6:13 p.m.:

Thank you for the info, we have changed the title.

Comment3 Azad, June 23, 2010 at 1:17 a.m.:

Some irritations with the two players...Flash player videos do not match the titles! Hence "sfd" is wrong, this talk is about Cybernetics actually - as long as you load it with WMP, which depicts the real lecture order.

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