Working with Systems

author: Seth Bullock, University of Southampton
published: Feb. 25, 2007,   recorded: March 2006,   views: 5207


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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 Ali Anani, December 30, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.:

This is a fascinating lecture as it covers complexity from different domains. Their is a bite for every speciality.
I have a question that clouds my mind and I wish you would elaborate on it in a greater detail. How may we understand complexity space when we have so many interacting agents? How do we know that the phase space would cover all posibile states? I understand that simple rules govern these interactions; yet these interactions are ensitive to external factors due to coupling effects.
These lectures are great for all involved in complexity. Thank you for such a clear presentation.

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