Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2011 Vol.9, No.3

 

 

Title: Taxonomy of increasingly complex systems

 

Authors: W. Clifton Baldwin; Wilson N. Felder; Brian J. Sauser

 

Addresses:
Systems Engineering Support Services, Federal Aviation Administration, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405, USA
Federal Aviation Administration, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405, USA
School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA

 

Abstract: Systems engineers are responsible for systems ranging from the very simple to the extremely complex. The various types of systems create a need for differentiation of properties and identification using some common nomenclature. While other system taxonomies exist, we propose a unique classification mechanism which utilises a finite set of characteristics. Well-defined attributes provide a basis to develop unambiguous mathematical descriptions in future work. Application of the classification scheme will help employ the appropriate systems engineering methodology to systems in development.

 

Keywords: complex systems; system taxonomies; system attributes; autonomy; belonging; connectivity; taxonomy; systems engineers; properties differentiation; properties identification; common nomenclatures; classification mechanisms; finite characteristics; mathematics; unambiguous descriptions; mathematical descriptions; classification schemes; diversity; emergence; self-organisation; adaptive systems; industrial engineering; systems engineering.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2011.043140

 

Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2011 Vol.9, No.3, pp.298 - 316

 

Available online: 17 Oct 2011

 

 

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