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Designing Influence in Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems: CASoS Engineering: Robert J. Glass

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Published on Mar 29, 2012

Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems, or CASoS, are vastly complex eco-socio-economic-technical systems which we must understand to design a prosperous and secure future for the nation and the world. Perturbations/disruptions in CASoS bring with them the potential for far-reaching effects due to highly-saturated interdependencies and attendant vulnerabilities to cascades in associated systems. For example, the global effects of disruption within CASoS can be seen in the impacts of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami in 2011 on not only the people and industry of Japan, but also on US car manufacturers, on global energy and financial markets, and on the future of nuclear power production around the world. We approach this sort of high-impact problem space as engineers, devising interventions or problem solutions that influence CASoS to achieve specific aspirations, an activity we call CASoS Engineering.

On March 23, 2012, the Vermont Complex Systems Center at the University of Vermont invited Robert J. Glass to discuss this topic as part of the Complex Systems Spire Speaker Series. Glass leads the Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems (CASoS) Engineering Initiative at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Glass has degrees from Haverford College (BS, Ecology) and Cornell University (MS and PhD, Agricultural and Biological Engineering). He is currently at Stanford University where he is the 2011-12 William J. Perry Fellow in the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).

For more information, see: www.uvm.edu/complexsystems

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