Complex System Design


 A system can be defined as a set of interrelated components that act together to perform a function that cannot be achieved by any of the individual parts. Human beings design and operate many of these systems, and often are governed by the systems that nature and humans have created. Many of these systems are highly complex, defying comprehensive understanding and easy manipulation. Systems of our particular interest are, what we call, engineering systems.


 An engineered system is the system whole or part of which is designed, and possibly built and manipulated, by people. The ultimate goal of engineered systems is to successfully deliver desired functions to satisfy human needs. As our modern society presents diverse and larger set of needs to be fulfilled and demands more stringent performance in delivering them, today¡¯s engineered systems are getting more and more complex. Traditional reductionist approach of divide-and-conquer is not effective for designing complex systems, and there is a need to develop a systemic design framework to deal with these systems.


 Our research group is particularly interested in developing fundamental understandings of the origins of complexity of a system where human beings are its central parts. That will lead us to building knowledge on how to best design and manage such systems. Design methodologies and systems engineering along with diverse knowledge in social and management science are the core intellectual foundations to conduct this research. We will continue to develop principles, tools and methodologies to advance the field of complex systems design.