Network Representations of Complex Engineering Systems

Diagram showing clusters of social connections among researchers.

This network map depicts the research collaboration connections, or "neighborhood," for a contributor to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (Image courtesy of Travis Franck, Robert Nicol, and Jaemin Song. Used with permission.)


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Spring 2010



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This course provides a deep understanding of engineering systems at a level intended for research on complex engineering systems. It provides a review and extension of what is known about system architecture and complexity from a theoretical point of view while examining the origins of and recent developments in the field. The class considers how and where the theory has been applied, and uses key analytical methods proposed. Students examine the level of observational (qualitative and quantitative) understanding necessary for successful use of the theoretical framework for a specific engineering system. Case studies apply the theory and principles to engineering systems.

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Magee, Christopher, Daniel Whitney, and Joel Moses. ESD.342 Network Representations of Complex Engineering Systems, Spring 2010. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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