System of Systems & Complex System Integration

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The Daniel Guggenheim School supports multiple projects and inquiries that employ a multidisciplinary system of systems (SoS) engineering approach. Our work seeks to interface autonomous constituent systems to provide capabilities beyond the reach of singular systems.

  • The components of the SoS are systems in their own right and are developed, managed, and can be operated independently.
  • Additionally, an SoS is always in flux while member systems are retired, modernized, and replaced throughout their life cycles.
  • Therefore, SoS Engineering focuses on managing fuzzy system boundaries with an element autonomy resulting in emergent behaviors.
  • To achieve coherence in heterogeneous systems developed for different stakeholders SoS engineers utilize simulation methods that focus on group composition, system behaviors, information/physical exchanges, and triggered events.
  • SoS Engineering borrows methods from the systems engineering field but focuses on managing the looser coupling and cooperation between the constituent systems.
Meet the faculty who are involved in system-of-systems research.