The practical reasoning of complex engineering systems design

 

The practical reasoning of complex engineering systems design

Li Xiubo

Abstract:

Complex engineering systems (CESs) (such as Power Grid, Transportation networks, Communication System and Rail System) are integrated with thousands of products, electronic components and parts. These systems evolve dynamically in uncertain technological, social, political and economic environments. Compared to simple technical artifacts (products), the paradigm of CESs design has fundamentally transformed.  As a consequence of this transformation CESs does not primarily seek to produce predictable, stable behavior within carefully constrained situations, but rather to obtain systems capable of adaptation, change and novelty—even surprise.  From this effort special methods and ad hoc approaches have developed beyond empirical understanding and reflection to deal with uncertainty, emergence and complexity in engineering practice.  Thus, this talk will focus on the emerging philosophy of engineering studies for complex adaptive systems design with the specific focus of attempting to elucidate new forms of practical reasoning.