Frameworks and Models in Engineering Systems / Engineering System Design

Diagram of the CLIOS system world view.

This class includes a design project based on a CLIOS (complex, large-scale, interconnected, open, and sociotechnical) system. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare, adapted from Prof. Joseph Sussman.)


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ESD.04J / 1.041J / ESD.01J

As Taught In

Spring 2007



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This class provides an introduction to quantitative models and qualitative frameworks for studying complex engineering systems. Also taught is the art of abstracting a complex system into a model for purposes of analysis and design while dealing with complexity, emergent behavior, stochasticity, non-linearities and the requirements of many stakeholders with divergent objectives. The successful completion of the class requires a semester-long class project that deals with critical contemporary issues which require an integrative, interdisciplinary approach using the above models and frameworks.

Sussman, Joseph. ESD.04J Frameworks and Models in Engineering Systems / Engineering System Design, Spring 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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