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New England Complex Systems Institute
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Engineering highly complex real-time systems in uncertain environments requires a different approach than the engineering of systems with well-defined inputs and outputs. In recent decades scores of very expensive and complex engineering projects have been abandoned due to the failure of planning and testing. Complex projects cannot be broken into discrete tasks. NECSI complex systems engineering research differs from traditional systems engineering by focusing on the roles of interdependence and evolution to create a process whereby local actions can build on each other to create a functioning system.

Publications, Books & Edited Volumes

Blake Stacey and Yaneer Bar-Yam, Principles of Security: Human, Cyber and Biological Report to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, arXiv in press, (June 1, 2008 / public February 28, 2013).

V. Misra, D. Harmon, and Y. Bar-Yam, Vulnerability Analysis of High Dimensional Complex Systems, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6366, 560-572 (Springer, Heidelberg, 2010).

Y. Bar-Yam, P. Seguin, Complex systems engineering principles — active response and soft failure: A visit to the US Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans, NECSI Report 2010-09-01 (2010).

Yavni Bar-Yam, The future of New Orleans (NECSI, 2010).

Y. Bar-Yam. Making Things Work: Solving Complex Problems in a Complex World (Knowledge Press, Cambridge, MA) See Chapter 15.

D. Braha, A. Minai, Y. Bar-Yam (Eds.) Complex Engineered Systems (Springer, Berlin, 2006).

A. Minai, D. Braha, Y. Bar-Yam, Complex Engineered Systems: A New Paradigm, in Complex Engineered Systems, D. Braha, A. Minai, Y. Bar-Yam (Eds.) (Springer, Berlin, 2006).

Y. Bar-Yam, Engineering Complex Systems: Multiscale Analysis and Evolutionary Engineering, in Complex Engineered Systems, D. Braha, A. Minai, Y. Bar-Yam (Eds.) (Springer, Berlin, 2006).

D. Braha and Y. Bar-Yam, The Structure and Dynamics of Complex Product Design, in Complex Engineered Systems, D. Braha, A. Minai, Y. Bar-Yam (Eds.) (Springer, Berlin, 2006).

J. Werfel, Y. Bar-Yam, D. Ingber. Bioinspired environmental coordination in spatial computing systems. Workshop on Spatial Computing, at Second IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO 2008), Venice, Italy (2008). PDF File

J. Werfel, Y. Bar-Yam, D. Rus, R. Nagpal. Distributed construction by mobile robots with enhanced building blocks. In Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2006), Orlando, Florida (2006). PDF File

J. Werfel, Y. Bar-Yam, R. Nagpal. Building patterned structures with robot swarms. In Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2005), Scotland, UK, 1495Ð1502 (2005). PDF File

J. Werfel, Y. Bar-Yam, R. Nagpal. Construction by robot swarms using extended stigmergy. AI Memo AIM-2005-011, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (2005). PDF File

M. Klein, H. Sayama, P. Faratin, Y. Bar-Yam, The Dynamics of Collaborative Design: Insights from Complex Systems and Negotiation Research, in Complex Engineered Systems, D. Braha, A. Minai, Y. Bar-Yam (Eds.) (Springer, Berlin, 2006).

M. Klein, H. Sayama, P. Faratin, Y. Bar-Yam, Negotiation Algorithms for Collaborative Design Settings, in Complex Engineered Systems, D. Braha, A. Minai, Y. Bar-Yam (Eds.) (Springer, Berlin, 2006).

Y. Bar-Yam, About Engineering Complex Systems: Multiscale Analysis and Evolutionary Engineering in Engineering Self Organising Systems: Methodologies and Applications, S. Brueckner, G. Di Marzo Serugendo, A. Karageorgos, R. Nagpal Eds. (Springer-Verlag Berlin, 2005), pp.16-31. PDF file

M. Klein, R. Metzler, Y. Bar-Yam, Handling emergent resource use oscillations, IEEE Transcations on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans, 35, pp. 327-336 (2005). PDF File

D. Braha, Y. Bar-Yam, Topology of large-scale engineering problem-solving networks, Phys. Rev. E 69, 016113-1-7 (2004). PDF file

D. Braha, Y. Bar-Yam, Information Flow Structure in Large-Scale Product Development Organizational Networks, Smart Business Networks, Peter Vervest et al Ed. (Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2004) Chap. 8. PDF file

M. Klein, H. Sayama, P. Faratin, Y. Bar-Yam, The dynamics of collaborative design: Insights from complex systems and negotiation research, Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications (CERA Journal) 2003. PDF File

M. L. Kuras, Y. Bar-Yam, Complex Systems and Evolutionary Engineering, an AOC WS LSI Concept Paper, September 2003. PDF File

M. Klein, H. Sayama, P. Faratin, Y. Bar-Yam, A complex systems perspective on how agents can support collaborative design in Agent Supported Cooperative Work, Y. Ye and E.F. Churchill, Eds. (Springer, Berlin, 2003).

Y. Bar-Yam, When Systems Engineering Fails --- Toward Complex Systems Engineering in International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics 2003 Vol. 2 (IEEE Press, Piscataway, NJ, 2003), pp. 2021- 2028. PDF file

Y. Bar-Yam, Large Scale Engineering and Evolutionary Change: Useful Concepts for Implementation of FORCEnet, Report to Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, 2002. PDF file

M. Klein, H. Sayama, P. Faratin, Y. Bar-Yam, A complex systems perspective on computer-supported collaborative design technology, Communications of the ACM 45 27-31 (2002). PDF file

M. Klein, H. Sayama, P. Faratin, Y. Bar-Yam, What complex systems research can teach us about collaborative design in Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design (CSCWD-2001) 5-12 (IEEE Press 2001). PDF file

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