Introduction to the complex systems track

R.J. Thomas
<span title="">2003</span> <i title="IEEE"> 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the </i> &nbsp;
This track on Complex Systems concentrates on systems that exhibit behavior under stress that is difficult to predict. This may be because models are not well understood (i.e. load models in electric power systems, behavioral models in social and economic systems). It may be because the number of variables is so large that it is beyond simulation capabilities of current computers, or because the relation between a large number of variables is so complex that current mathematics or simulation
more &raquo; ... hods are inadequate. The electric power system is a worthy example of such a system and is again one of the systems prominently featured in this year's collection of thirty-one papers in the Track. There are five mini-tracks in this Track. One minitrack consisting of eight papers in two sessions focuses on Robust and Resilient Critical Infrastructure Systems such as transportation systems, communication networks, and electric power grids. These systems contain interactive subsystems of continuous-time dynamics, discrete-time events, continuous-time controllers, and discrete-time event controllers. Such systems are characterized by complex nonlinear behavior, and experience uncertainty both in their internal description and in external disturbances/environments. The design, analysis and survivability of such infrastructures present many analytical and computational challenges.
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