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ESD.342 Advanced System Architecture, Spring 2006

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). See the the student case study "Team Structure in Climate Change Research" in the projects page. (Image courtesy of Travis Franck, Robert Nicol, and Jaemin Song. Used with permission.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features complete lecture notes and student work on assignments and projects.

Course Description

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.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m, .mat, .wk1, and .zip.



Prof. Christopher Magee
Prof. Joel Moses
Prof. Daniel Whitney

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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