Engineering today's highly complex real-time systems in uncertain environments requires new approaches. 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.

 

From Engineering to Evolution

NECSI has demonstrated the breakdown of conventional top-down engineering and that reliable complex systems can only be made by evolutionary dynamics and distributed collaborative design.

Dan Braha, Ali Minai, and Yaneer Bar-Yam, Eds., Complex Engineered Systems (Springer, 2006).

Yaneer Bar-Yam, Engineering complex systems: Multiscale analysis and evolutionary engineering, in Complex Engineered Systems: Where Science Meets Technology, Dan Braha, Ali Minai, Yaneer Bar-Yam, Eds. (Springer, 2006).

D. Braha and Y. Bar-Yam, The structure and dynamics of complex product design, in Complex Engineered Systems: Where Science Meets Technology, Dan Braha, Ali Minai, Yaneer Bar-Yam, Eds. (Springer, 2006).

Mark Klein, Hiroki Sayama, Peyman Faratin, and Yaneer Bar-Yam, The dynamics of collaborative design: Insights from complex systems and negotiation research, in Complex Engineered Systems: Where Science Meets Technology, Dan Braha, Ali Minai, Yaneer Bar-Yam, Eds. (Springer, 2006).

Yaneer 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, 2005).

Mark Klein, Hiroki Sayama, Peyman Faratin, and Yaneer Bar-Yam, The dynamics of collaborative design: Insights from complex systems and negotiation research, Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications (CERA Journal) 11(3): 201-209 (September 2003).

Mark Klein, Hiroki Sayama, Peyman Faratin, and Yaneer Bar-Yam, A complex systems perspective on how agents can support collaborative design, in Agent Supported Cooperative Work, Yiming Ye and Elizabeth F. Churchill, Eds. (Springer, 2003), pp. 255-271.

Yaneer 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.

Mark Klein, Hiroki Sayama, Peyman Faratin, and Yaneer Bar-Yam, A complex systems perspective on computer-supported collaborative design technology, Communications of the ACM 45(11): 27-31 (2002).

Mark Klein, Hiroki Sayama, Peyman Faratin, and Yaneer 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) (IEEE Press, 2001), pp. 5-12.

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Government Engineering

NECSI has advised governmental bodies including the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Yaneer Bar-Yam and Paul 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).

Yaneer Bar-Yam, Making Things Work: Solving Complex Problems in a Complex World, See Chapter 15 (Knowledge Press, 2005).

Michael L. Kuras and Yaneer Bar-Yam, Complex systems and evolutionary engineering, AOC WS LSI Concept Paper (September 2003).

Yaneer Bar-Yam, Large scale engineering and evolutionary change: Useful concepts for implementation of FORCEnet, Report to Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (2002).


Network Dynamics

The dynamics of problem-solving and product development networks have been modeled by NECSI.

Ali Minai, Dan Braha, and Yaneer Bar-Yam, Complex engineered systems: A new paradigm, in Complex Engineered Systems: Where Science Meets Technology, Dan Braha, Ali Minai, Yaneer Bar-Yam, Eds. (Springer, 2006).

Dan Braha and Yaneer Bar-Yam, Topology of large-scale engineering problem-solving networks, Physical Review E 69: 016113-1-7 (2004).

Dan Braha and Yaneer Bar-Yam, Information flow structure in large-scale product development organizational network, in Smart Business Networks, Peter Vervest, et al., Eds., Chapter 8 (Springer Verlag, 2004).

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Swarming Robots

NECSI research analyzes the ability of robot swarms to autonomously assemble structures.

Justin Werfel, Yaneer Bar-Yam, Daniela Rus, and Radhika 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).

Justin Werfel, Yaneer Bar-Yam, and Radhika Nagpal, Building patterned structures with robot swarms, in Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2005), Scotland, UK, 1495Ð1502 (2005).

Justin Werfel, Yaneer Bar-Yam, and Radhika Nagpal, Construction by robot swarms using extended stigmergy, AI Memo AIM-2005-011 (MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, 2005).


Cyber Technology

Researchers at NECSI also apply the principles of evolutionary engineering to cyber security and distributed computing.

Blake Stacey and Yaneer Bar-Yam, Principles of Security: human, cyber and biological, Report to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, arXiv:1303.2682 (June 1, 2008, public February 28, 2013).

Vedant Misra, Dion Harmon, and Yaneer Bar-Yam, Vulnerability analysis of high dimensional complex systems, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6366: 560-572 (Springer, Heidelberg, 2010).

Justin Werfel, Yaneer Bar-Yam, Donald 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).

Mark Klein, Richard Metzler, Yaneer Bar-Yam, Handling emergent resource use oscillations, IEEE Transcations on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans 35(3): 327-336 (2005).

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