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Systems Engineering for Critical Infrastructure: The Role of Dynamics, Control and Embedded Systems

This talk presents a short status of engineering tools and processes that can be used for product development of complex dynamical systems. The context of critical infrastructure — buildings and transportation systems—is used and the talk presents products and development processes in United Technologies Corporation (UTC) which is a large ($48B in 2006 revenues) global company with presence in both building and aerospace sectors. The drivers that are forcing engineering of large complex systems are considered from the perspective of market pressures for cost reduction, environmental pressures from energy conservation and global warming and technology pressures particularly found in engineering safety critical systems. There are significant barriers to effective engineering of products to address these pressures which increasingly are found in blockages of flows of information in systems and particularly along the directions of (a) integration of information, (b) aggregation of information and (c) understanding the context of information. A key technology enabler to overcome engineering development barriers are found in analytical systems engineering. The combination of system level physics based modeling, nonlinear dynamical systems analysis and control system implementation into embedded systems form key thrusts. The talk will review progress that is being made in a project termed Dy- NARUM (Dynamic Network Analysis for Robust Uncertainty Management) that is a joint DARPA funded project between the United Technologies Research Center, the California Institute of Technology, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Stanford University and Yale. The extension of this project to consider platform based design for cyber-physical systems will be discussed.

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IfA Seminar
Clas A. Jacobson, Director
Carrier Program Office, United Technologies Research Center, Mail Stop 129-78, 411 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06108, USA
May 31, 2007   10.15 a.m.

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