Formal mechanisms for identifying property emergence

Identifying emergent properties

High level emergent properties are commonly referred to as "ilities". By investigating this aspect of Integrated Modelling Environments (IME) there is scope for increasing the capabilities of designers in this area.

Using traceability

Traceability techniques can be used to track emerging properties as well as being used to perform validation of data. Development of techniques for the inclusion of design rationale and design reuse can also be included within this. This can also be linked with established MCDM techniques to allow high level optimisation of systems and system of systems.

Our approach

A suitable framework (such as the type developed within the EDC) can be used for the capture and study of emergent properties. This can also be used to investigate the potential for attributing metrics to ill-defined emergent properties, as well as the determination of unanticipated emerging properties (such as behaviour under fault circumstances) and the associated risks.

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