Techniques for dealing with complexity

Complex systems poorly understood

Currently the topic of complexity is poorly defined in the context of systems. A useful direction for research in this area will be to increase the overall understanding of complexity specifically in the area of complex systems.

Defining a better understanding

A more complete view of this issue will enable engineers designing systems a means of defining to what degree a system is complex. A reasonable measure of this may enable designers the future option of minimising complexity where appropriate.

Our approach

Our work in this area will use available literature and current views on, for example: chaos theory to develop a standard of complexity that can be used to define how systems can be described as complex.

See also ...

There is more information about understanding complexity and complex systems in the November 2006 research highlight .

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Highlight for April 2008

Integrated Modelling for Strategic Planning

Strategic planning for sustainability requires complex systems to be modelled.

Because of this complexity, it is unrealistic to develop new and comprehensive models for each of the numerous possible situations likely to be encountered. Many models already exist ...

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