ESD.04J / 1.041J / ESD.01J Frameworks and Models in Engineering Systems / Engineering System Design

Spring 2007

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.)

Course Description

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.

Recommended Citation

For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

Joseph Sussman, course materials for ESD.04J / 1.041J / ESD.01J Frameworks and Models in Engineering Systems / Engineering System Design, Spring 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.

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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Joseph Sussman

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Level

Undergraduate