Systems: Theory and Practice

  • Rudolf Albrecht

Part of the Advances in Computing Science book series (ACS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Charles Rattray
    Pages 1-12
  3. Gillian Hill
    Pages 13-32
  4. Rudolf F. Albrecht
    Pages 33-86
  5. Fernando J. Barros, Bernard P. Zeigler
    Pages 87-105
  6. Yasuhiko Takahara, Xiaohong Chen
    Pages 117-134
  7. Horst D. Wettstein
    Pages 135-168
  8. Mario Dal Cin
    Pages 213-234
  9. David William Pearson, Gérard Dray
    Pages 235-251
  10. Krzysztof Tchoń
    Pages 253-268
  11. Enrico Canuto, Francesco Donati, Maurizio Vallauri
    Pages 269-312
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 313-319

About this book


There is hardly a science that is without the notion of "system". We have systems in mathematics, formal systems in logic, systems in physics, electrical and mechanical engineering, architectural-, operating-, infonnation-, programming systems in computer science, management-and PJoduction systems in industrial applications, economical-, ecological-, biological systems, and many more. In many of these disciplines formal tools for system specification, construction, verification, have been developed as well as mathematical concepts for system modeling and system simulation. Thus it is quite natural to expect that systems theory as an interdisciplinary and well established science offering general concepts and methods for a wide variety of applications is a subject in its own right in academic education. However, as can be seen from the literature and from the curricula of university studies -at least in Central Europe-, it is subordinated and either seen as part of mathematics with the risk that mathematicians, who may not be familiar with applications, define it in their own way, or it is treated separately within each application field focusing on only those aspects which are thought to be needed in the particular application. This often results in uneconomical re-inventing and re-naming of concepts and methods within one field, while the same concepts and methods are already well introduced and practiced in other fields. The fundamentals on general systems theory were developed several decades ago. We note the pioneering work of M. A. Arbib, R. E. Kalman, G. 1. Klir, M. D.


Konzepte Methoden Systemtheorie complex system complex systems concepts methods modeling networks neural networks operating system software engineering system systems theory

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  • Rudolf Albrecht
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  1. 1.InformatikUniversität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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