Complex Engineered Systems

Science Meets Technology

  • Dan Braha
  • Ali A. Minai
  • Yaneer Bar-Yam

Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Ali A. Mina, Dan Braha, Yaneer Bar-Yam
    Pages 1-21
  3. Dan Braha, Yaneer Bar-Yam
    Pages 40-71
  4. Sergi Valverde, Ricard V. Solé
    Pages 72-100
  5. Jonathan R.A. Maier, Georges M. Fadel
    Pages 122-140
  6. Mark Klein, Hiroki Sayama, Peyman Faratin, Yaneer Bar-Yam
    Pages 158-174
  7. Carliss Y. Baldwin, Kim B. Clark
    Pages 175-205
  8. Douglas O. Norman, Michael L. Kuras
    Pages 206-245
  9. Mark Klein, Peyman Faratin, Hiroki Sayama, Yaneer Bar-Yam
    Pages 246-261
  10. Torbjørn S. Dahl, Maja J MatariĆ, Gaurav S. Sukhatme
    Pages 307-337
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 385-385

About this book


Every time that we take money out of an ATM, surf the internet or simply turn on a light switch, we enjoy the benefits of complex engineered systems. Systems like power grids and global communication networks are so ubiquitous in our daily lives that we usually take them for granted, only noticing them when they break down. But how do such amazing technologies and infrastructures come to be what they are? How are these systems designed? How do distributed networks work? How are they made to respond rapidly in 'real time'? And as the demands that we place on these systems become increasingly complex, are traditional systems-engineering practices still relevant?

This volume examines the difficulties that arise in creating highly complex engineered systems and new approaches that are being adopted. Topics addressed range from the formal representation and classification of distributed networked systems to revolutionary engineering practices inspired by biological evolution. By bringing together the latest research in Complex Engineered Systems, this book sheds light on the current state and future course of this emerging field.


Internet Sensor bridge complex system complex systems complexity game theory information information theory microelectromechanical system (MEMS) nanotechnology online robotics

Editors and affiliations

  • Dan Braha
    • 1
  • Ali A. Minai
    • 2
  • Yaneer Bar-Yam
    • 3
  1. 1.Charlton School of BusinessUniversity of MassachusettsUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer ScienceUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.New England Complex Systems InstituteCambridgeUSA

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