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Análise do surgimento de polos de ocupação urbana à ótica de Sistemas Complexos; Analysis of the emergence of urban occupation centers by Complex Systems Approach

Duran Junior, Laerte Jose
Fonte: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP Publicador: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP
Tipo: Dissertação de Mestrado Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 05/10/2012 Português
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Desde os primeiros anos do século XXI mais da metade da população mundial passou a habitar em regiões urbanas. Este processo de urbanização, acelerado a partir da revolução industrial, trouxe consigo benefícios inegáveis à humanidade, mas também possui externalidades evidentes como o congestionamento, a violência e a segregação. Preocupada com estes problemas, surge a ciência do planejamento urbano, ora atuando na antecipação dos fatos, ora remediando os problemas existentes, utilizando as mais variadas propostas que partem de correntes de pensamento compostas por estudiosos das cidades que, nesta difícil tarefa, procuram embasamento em experiências anteriores ou em estudos que invariavelmente envolvem outras áreas de conhecimento, como sociologia, economia e engenharia. Paralelamente a estes esforços, surge nos últimos 40 anos, outra área de conhecimento, denominada Sistemas Complexos, para estudar fenômenos físicos, biológicos, econômicos e sociais, entre outros, utilizando as técnicas provenientes da dinâmica não linear, da física estatística e da computação baseada em agentes, e que vem sendo progressivamente aplicada ao estudo das cidades. Neste trabalho é realizada uma breve revisão da história do surgimento e da evolução das cidades...

Aplicação da abordagem sistêmica para análise da efetividade da Avaliação de Impacto Ambiental no Brasil: um estudo para os Estados de São Paulo e sul de Minas Gerais; Application of the systems approach to analyze the effectiveness of Environmental Impact Assessment in Brazil: a study in the states of São Paulo and South of Minas Gerais

Almeida, Maria Rita Raimundo e
Fonte: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP Publicador: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 17/12/2013 Português
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A Avaliação de Impacto Ambiental (AIA), uma ferramenta internacionalmente difundida e estabelecida, apresenta limitações em relação à influência que exerce sobre as decisões tomadas, que sugerem um baixo grau de efetividade para o instrumento. Nesse contexto, a análise de sua efetividade tem sido realizada a partir de diferentes abordagens, com prevalência de estudos focados em procedimentos específicos e/ou partes do processo de AIA, ou, ainda, orientados para a verificação do cumprimento de critérios ou diretrizes para sua aplicação. Diante de sua complexidade, sugere-se, então, que tanto a AIA quanto os fatores intervenientes em sua efetividade sejam compreendidos a partir de um enfoque mais amplo, que considere as relações existentes entre as etapas do processo, seus componentes e atores envolvidos. O desenho da pesquisa realizada se orienta por elementos desenvolvidos no campo da Teoria Geral dos Sistemas e, como tal, assume que as diferentes relações entre os componentes de sistemas complexos fazem emergir propriedades que condicionam o seu próprio funcionamento. Adotando-se como objeto de estudo os sistemas de AIA e licenciamento ambiental implementados nos estados de São Paulo e Minas Gerais (Sul de Minas)...

Generating timed trajectories for an autonomous vehicle: a non-linear dynamical systems approach

Santos, Cristina
Fonte: IEEE Publicador: IEEE
Tipo: Conferência ou Objeto de Conferência
Publicado em 26/04/2004 Português
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The timing of movements and of action sequences is important when particular events must be achieved in timevarying environments, avoiding moving obstacles or coordinating multiple robots. However, timing is dificult when it must be compatible with continuous on-line coupling to lowlevel and often noisy sensory information which is used to initiate and steer action. We extended the Dynamic Approach to Behavior Generation to account for timing constraints. We proposed a solution that uses a dynamical system architecture to autonomously generate timed trajectories and sequences of movements as attractor solutions of dynamic systems. The model consists on a two layer architecture, in which a competitive "neural" dynamics layer controls the qualitative dynamics of a second, "timing" layer. The second layer generates both stable oscillations and stationary states, such that periodic attractors generate timed movement. The frst layer controls the switching between the limit cycle and the fxed points, allowing for discrete movements and movement sequences. This model was integrated with another dynamical system without timing constraints. The complete dynamical architecture was demonstrated on a visionguided mobile robot in real time...

A novel engineering systems approach for bioengineering education : the MIT-Portugal collaboration

Tan, Junjay; Newman, Dava J.; Cabral, J. M. S.; Mota, M.; Ponte, Manuel Nunes da
Fonte: Universidade de Coimbra Publicador: Universidade de Coimbra
Tipo: Conferência ou Objeto de Conferência
Publicado em //2007 Português
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This paper discusses the importance of an engineering systems approach to international bioengineering education and how a new educationalresearch program, the MIT-Portugal Program Bioengineering Systems focus area, aims to develop future global bioengineering leaders. The program, comprising both post-graduate advanced studies and doctoral programs, commences in September 2007. Several other international-collaborative educational and research programs—such as the Cambridge-MIT Institute, the Singapore MIT Alliance, and the Socrates/Erasmus “Erasmus Programme”—offer lessons learned in international collaboration. The MPP Bioengineering Systems program differs from these programs in several respects. The unique collaboration in MPP offers an engineering systems approach, a joint degree offered by three Portuguese universities, and collaborative teaching and research efforts between MIT and Portuguese faculty and students.

Development of a Systems Approach to Assess Organisational Adequateness

Manjate, J.; Silva, J.
Fonte: Greek Statistical Association Publicador: Greek Statistical Association
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2011 Português
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This paper proposed a systems view to address a research design aiming at discussing the adequateness of the organisational structure of a firm along time. The approach was closely related to the complex nature of the situation and it would focus on the contribution of the design parameter IS/IT to the formalisation of the firm structure. Actually, Enterprise Systems might provide a significant impact in decision making, either by contributing to enhance control, or to information transparency, because structure effectiveness depends on the internal coherence between the design parameters and the contingency factors. So, relevant information systems should contribute to the alignment and coordination of organisational activities, to the creation of relationships among businesses, to the systematic search of business opportunities. This proposal set a few research questions, about the definition of an adequate conceptual model to discuss the problem-situation, about the role of information systems within the structure, about the usefulness of enterprise systems best practice and, about its acceptance by the public limited companies of Mozambique. In fact, the practical grounds for the exercise concerned the path pursued by a State-Owned Enterprise from Mozambique since the independence of the country in 1975 by checking which structure changes have occurred with PETROMOC. The conceptual model would...

The systems approach in developmental psychology: fundamental concepts and principles

Tinajero,Carolina; Páramo,M. Fernanda
Fonte: Instituto de Psicologia, Universidade de Brasília Publicador: Instituto de Psicologia, Universidade de Brasília
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/12/2012 Português
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Developmental Psychology seems to have come to an unifying theoretical framework which may make feasible to overcome the fragmentation so frequently referred to within the discipline. This is indicated by the widespread support being given to the systems approach, enriched by dialectic and contextual postulates. In this article, we briefly review the antecedents of this approach and explore its core concepts, indicating their roots and the precise way in which they are applied to developmental analyses today. We also examine the implications of the systems approach for developmental investigation, and its challenges.

Systems approach to the study of brain damage in the very preterm newborn

Leviton, Alan; Gressens, Pierre; Wolkenhauer, Olaf; Dammann, Olaf
Fonte: Frontiers Media S.A. Publicador: Frontiers Media S.A.
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
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Background:: A systems approach to the study of brain damage in very preterm newborns has been lacking. Methods:: In this perspective piece, we offer encephalopathy of prematurity as an example of the complexity and interrelatedness of brain-damaging molecular processes that can be initiated inflammatory phenomena. Results:: Using three transcription factors, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), Notch-1, and nuclear factor erythroid 2 related factor 2 (NRF2), we show the inter-connectedness of signaling pathways activated by some antecedents of encephalopathy of prematurity. Conclusions:: We hope that as biomarkers of exposures and processes leading to brain damage in the most immature newborns become more readily available, those who apply a systems approach to the study of neuroscience can be persuaded to study the pathogenesis of brain disorders in the very preterm newborn.

MANAGING GROUP DYNAMICS WITH THE VIABLE SYSTEMS APPROACH (VSA): A STUDY ON CONSONANCE, GROUP COHESIVENESS, AND POSITIVE CONFORMITY

HYSA, XHIMI
Fonte: La Sapienza Universidade de Roma Publicador: La Sapienza Universidade de Roma
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
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This dissertation makes an inquiry to the group phenomena from the perspective of the Viable Systems Approach (Golinelli, 2000a, 2000b, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011; Barile, 2000, 2006, 2008a, 2009, 2011; Barile et al., 2011). It is specifically focused in concepts like consonance (De Falco and Gatti, 2012), group cohesiveness (Festinger et al., 1950; Forsyth, 2010), conformity (Asch, 1955) and positive conformity, interpersonal attraction (Lott and Lott, 1965), and optimism (Scheier et al., 1994; Seligman, 2006). The empirical research was entirely conducted at the University of Tirana with the students of Organizational Behavior course. The study/experiment has shown that it was possible (.66) to achieve what the author of this thesis calls positive conformity. Also, the study verified that consonance, as one of the most discussed and researched VSA’s concepts, can be used as a valid indicator of group cohesiveness. Another innovative aspect of this dissertation was a new way of measuring consonance, weaving the apperception test with the value test which confirmed to be very effective.

A complex systems approach to important biological problems.

Berryman, Matthew John
Fonte: Universidade de Adelaide Publicador: Universidade de Adelaide
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado Formato: 319443 bytes; 2941665 bytes; 344632 bytes; application/pdf; application/pdf; application/pdf
Publicado em //2007 Português
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Complex systems are those which exhibit one or more of the following inter-related behaviours: 1. Nonlinear behaviour: the component parts do not act in linear ways, that is the superposition of the actions of the parts is not the output of the system. 2. Emergent behaviour: the output of the system may be inexpressible in terms of the rules or equations of the component parts. 3. Self-organisation: order appears from the chaotic interactions of individuals and the rules they obey. 4. Layers of description: in which a rule may apply at some higher levels of description but not at lower layers. 5. Adaptation: in which the environment becomes encoded in the rules governing the structure and/or behaviour of the parts (in this case strictly agents) that undergo selection in which those that are by some measure better become more numerous than those that are not as “fit”. A single cell is a complex system: we cannot explain all of its behaviour as simply the sum of its parts. Similarly, DNA structures, social networks, cancers, the brain, and living beings are intricate complex systems. This thesis tackles all of these topics from a complex systems approach. I have skirted some of the philosophical issues of complex systems and mainly focussed on appropriate tools to analyse these systems...

Principles of a systems approach to agriculture: some definitions and concepts

Tow, P.; Cooper, I.; Partridge, I.; Birch, C.; Harrington, L.
Fonte: Springer; United Kingdom Publicador: Springer; United Kingdom
Tipo: Parte de Livro
Publicado em //2011 Português
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A systems approach is needed to understand and manage a ‘farm’. This chapter examines the definition and concepts of farm systems, their structure, operation and management, the relationships among internal and external factors, response to changing circumstances, and modifications to deal with change. Study of a system requires definition of goals and objectives, boundaries and the structure and function of its components. Feedback mechanisms and interactions are important features of farm system structure and operation. Farm systems can often be better understood through analysis and the study of their sub-systems; and circle or problem-cause diagrams can assist this. Farmers design their systems to make best use of the prevailing climate and soil but a wide range of technological, commercial, social, political and personal factors determine farmers’ goals and management. Important characteristics of systems include: productivity, profitability, efficiency, stability, sustainability, equity, flexibility, adaptability and resilience. Efficiency of resource use should be optimised, bearing in mind Liebscher’s Law of the Optimum. Efficient use of energy and water are necessary for profitable production.; Philip Tow, Ian Cooper...

A Systems Approach to Identify Indicators for Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Sanò, Marcello
Fonte: Universidad de Cantabria Publicador: Universidad de Cantabria
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
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RESUMEN:El objetivo de la tesis es establecer un marco metodológico para la identificación de indicadores GIZC orientados a problemas y temas de interés, para contextos geográficos específicos. La tesis parte de la idea de que los sistemas de indicadores, utilizados para medir el estado de la costa y la implementación de proyectos de Gestión Integrada de las Zonas Costeras (GIZC), deben orientarse a problemas concretos de la zona de estudio y que su validez debe ser comprobada no sólo por la opinión de los expertos, sino también por la percepción de los usuarios y por el análisis estadístico cuantitativo; ABSTRACT:The problem addressed by this thesis is the identification of site-specific and problem-oriented sets of indicators, to be used to determine baseline conditions and to monitor the effect of ICZM initiatives. The approach followed integrates contributions from coastal experts and stakeholders, systems theory, and the use of multivariate analysis techniques in order to provide a cost-effective set of indicators, oriented to site-specific problems, with a broad system perspective. A systems approach, based on systems thinking theory and practice, is developed and tested in this thesis to design models of coastal systems...

Leading airmen: a systems approach to squadron leadership

Sanchez, Orlando
Fonte: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School Publicador: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Formato: xiv, 67 p. : ill. (some col.); 28 cm.
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MBA Professional Report; The purpose of this MBA Project was to investigate systems thinking and apply these principles to Air Force leadership. The paper offers squadron commanders, in particular, a primer in systems thinking that will enable them to approach unit leadership challenges from a systems perspective. The first two chapters examine the origins of systems thinking and present a holistic organizational model as the basis for problem analysis. Chapter II illustrates the importance of correctly interpreting the external environment and dealing with external influencers. Chapter III applies these concepts and introduces a systems approach to financial leadership. Finally, Chapter IV examines the roots of continuous process improvement and offers suggestions for commander implementation of Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century. This project is written directly to Air Force squadron commanders. It is the author's hope these topics will help spur commanders around the Air Force to challenge their mental frameworks towards developing and better enabling Airmen leadership to face the challenges of the twenty first century.; US Air Force (USAF) author.

A systems approach to modeling drivers of conflict and convergence in the Asia-Pacific region in the next 5-25 years

Whitcomb, Clifford A.; Abdel-Hamid, Tarek; Porter, Wayne; Beery, Paul T.; Wolfgeher, Christopher; Parker, Gary W.; Szczerbinski, Michael
Fonte: Escola de Pós-Graduação Naval Publicador: Escola de Pós-Graduação Naval
Tipo: Relatório
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This project is part of a Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment (SMA) for the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). This SMA provides planning support for complex operational imperatives requiring multi-agency, multi-disciplinary solutions that are not currently within core PACOM competencies. The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) contribution overcomes the current conceptualization limitations by using a Systems Dynamics (SD) viewpoint to examine U.S.–China relations. This approach employs systems thinking and systems dynamics methodologies to analyze the policy structures of major issues of concern common to U.S. and China which result in non-linear and dynamic behavior over time. The SD model developed is composed of four sectors of common concern: energy demand and resources, demographics and stability, economics, and military actions. These sector models are used to model tension between the U.S. and China over the next 25 years. Tension was chosen as an underlying surrogate to overall U.S.–China relations. A simulation tool was developed assist policy makers in better understanding how the system's variables are related, how they influence one another, and how they are influenced by the system's external environment. The simulation tool also supports decision / policy making by allowing analysts to explore the effects of these variables on potential futures.; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering/Rapid Fielding Directorate/Rapid Reaction Technology Office; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering/Rapid Fielding Directorate/Rapid Reaction Technology Office (ASD R&E/RFD/RRTO).

Analysis of Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) implementation in Navy Acquisition Programs / by Rene G. Rendon.

Rendon, Rene G.
Fonte: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School Publicador: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Tipo: Relatório Formato: x, 27 p.: ill.;28 cm.
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This research attempts to use the Navy Enterprise Open Architecture Assessment Tool (OAAT) findings as a method for analyzing the US Navy's implementation of a Modular Systems Approach (MOSA) in its weapon systems acquisition programs. The purpose of this research paper to provide a preliminary analysis of assessments conducted on Navy weapon system acquisition programs using the Navy Enterprise Open Architecture Assessment Tool (OAAT). The OAAT is used to assess a weapon system's degree of openness in terms of the open architecture maturity of that specific weapon system program and its systems. Openness refers to both business and technical characteristics of weapon systems that support modular design, interoperability, and commercial standards. A higher degree of openness both supports weapon system programs in terms of competition for development and support, as well as facilitates rapid technology insertion. Although the number of weapon system programs and system assessments analyzed in this research are minimal, this paper does provide some preliminary conclusions on the Navy's implementation of a Modular Systems Approach (MOSA) in its weapon systems acquisition programs.

School Autonomy and Accountability in Thailand : A Systems Approach for Assessing Policy Intent and Implementation

Arcia, Gustavo; MacDonald, Kevin; Patrinos, Harry Anthony
Fonte: World Bank Group, Washington, DC Publicador: World Bank Group, Washington, DC
Tipo: Publications & Research :: Policy Research Working Paper; Publications & Research
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There is a consensus on the need for Thailand to reform its education system to be able to compete with other high performing countries in the region. In terms of learning outcomes, the most recent evidence from the Programme for International Student Assessment shows little improvement over time. This paper uses the World Bank's Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) approach in Thailand to contrast policy intent and policy implementation in school autonomy and accountability. The policy implementation data were obtained from a survey of school principals of the schools that participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment and merged the data sets. First, the study analyzes the gap between policy intent and policy implementation. Then it examines the effect of the gaps on various schooling outcomes while controlling for covariates. The analysis finds significant differences between the Systems Approach for Better Education Results indicators of policy intent and policy implementation in all areas assessed by the indicators. Schools in Thailand exercise more flexibility in their personnel management in practice than what is intended by policy; student assessments need to address issues of content...

On models and standards of processes in SE, SwE and IT&S disciplines:toward a comparative framework using the systems approach

Mora, Manuel; Gelman, Ovsei; O'Connor, Rory V.; Jorge Macias, Francisco Alvarez
Fonte: University of Limerick Publicador: University of Limerick
Tipo: Conference item; all_ul_research; ul_published_reviewed; none
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non-peer-reviewed; The general aim of Systems Engineering (SE) and Software Engineering (SwE) is the definition, development and deployment of large-scale cost-effective and trustworthy integrated systems and software-intensive systems respectively. In pursuit of this aim, both disciplines have generated models and standards of processes to guide and control the engineering and managerial activities involved in the creation of such systems. Furthermore, the increasing complexity of software-intensive systems has fostered the interdisciplinary research between SwE and SE disciplines toward a joint Systems Software Engineering (SSwE). In turn, the Information Technology and Systems (IT&S) field, focused mainly in the management and evaluation of IT-intensive systems, is highly dependent on the engineering activities conducted in SwE and SE fields. Despite this linkage, IT&S has generated its own set of models and standards of processes and not explored the conceptual relationship with the SwE and SE models and standards. This paper is concerned with the integration of SE and SwE to cope with complex softwareintensive systems and explores the premise of that the incorporation of a SE-based philosophy and principles in the engineering and management of large-scale and complex IT-systems can enhance these processes. This paper first establishes the relationship between the concepts of process...

What is a Systems Approach?

Ryan, Alex J.
Fonte: Universidade Cornell Publicador: Universidade Cornell
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em 09/09/2008 Português
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What is a systems approach? The first step towards answering this question is an understanding of the history of the systems movement, which includes a survey of contemporary systems discourse. In particular, I examine how systems researchers differentiated their contribution from mechanistic science - but also from holistic doctrines; and identify the similarities and sharpest differences between complex systems and other systems approaches. Having set the scene, the second step involves developing a definition of 'system' consistent with the spirit of the systems approach.; Comment: 39 pages

A systems approach to improving patient safety through medical device purchasing

Hinrichs, Saba
Fonte: University of Cambridge; Department of Engineering; St John's College Publicador: University of Cambridge; Department of Engineering; St John's College
Tipo: Thesis; doctoral; PhD
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The purchase of medical devices involves engaging various stakeholders as well as balancing clinical, technical and financial requirements. Failure to consider these requirements can lead to wider consequences in the delivery of care. This study first builds a general knowledge base of current purchasing practice in a sample of NHS Trusts, which confirms the direction and guidance given by policy documents and literature as to the extent of the challenges faced by purchasing stakeholders. This then leads to an analysis to identify inefficiencies in the purchasing process, and how such practice can lead to risks in the delivery of care. These risks range from injury to individuals, impacts to the healthcare delivery service, and financial and litigation risks. Finally, a framework that highlights these potential risks in the life-cycle of medical devices in hospitals is presented. Key policy guidance has encouraged both researchers and implementers of healthcare services to approach patient safety from a systems perspective, acknowledging that medical device errors are not only directly related to device design, but to the design of the healthcare delivery service system in which the device operates. Little evidence exists of successfully applying systems approaches specifically to medical device purchasing practice. Medical device purchasing...

Decarbonising the English residential sector: modelling policies, technologies and behaviour within a heterogeneous building stock; Modelling policies, technologies and human behaviour within a heterogeneous building stock; A new building stock model for the english residential sector; A systems approach to modelling energy and emissions from the residential sector

Kelly, Scott
Fonte: University of Cambridge; Department of Land Economy; Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research; Selwyn College Publicador: University of Cambridge; Department of Land Economy; Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research; Selwyn College
Tipo: Thesis; doctoral; PhD
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It is now widely accepted that the residential sector offers significant potential for carbon mitigation. This is true for both the overall magnitude of emissions reductions and the cost per tonne of CO2(eq) mitigated. However, both the scope and scale of potential carbon mitigation pathways remain controversial. The pace of decarbonisation is also openly debated. Examples of some of these contentions include: centralised versus decentralised energy supply; energy efficiency versus low carbon generation; demolition versus renovation of the existing building stock and behaviour change versus technological solutions. Incontrovertibly, any one of these seemingly apparent tensions is not mutually exclusive, and the ultimate decarbonisation pathway will likely consist of most if not all of these proposed solutions being implemented to some varying degree. Despite the significant potential for carbon mitigation in the built environment, deep cuts have not yet materialised. It is argued that this lack of progress stems from a poor understanding of the highly complex socio-economic, socio-dynamic and technical physical systems that underpin energy use in dwellings.Modelling this requires requires novel methods capable of capturing the complexities that arise from government policies...

Market-Focused And Open-Systems Approach To Earthquake Loss-Reduction: Contextualizing The Role Of Engineering Research

Bruneau, Michel; Tierney, Kathleen J.
Fonte: Disaster Research Center Publicador: Disaster Research Center
Tipo: Outros Formato: 1213523 bytes; application/pdf
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To achieve loss-reduction objectives and to enhance community and societal resilience in the event of earthquakes and other disasters, researchers and practitioners must take into account the broader societal environment in which loss-reduction solutions are applied. For that purpose, researchers at the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) have developed two conceptual frameworks that clarify the linkages that need to be made between earthquake research and the application of loss-reduction solutions: an open-systems approach as a strategy for organizing a large scale coordinated research agenda applied to a significant public problem, and market-based metaphors to introduce a new way of conceptualizing the loss-reduction process. This paper presents these proposed conceptual frameworks, which have been used by MCEER to formulate its research agenda, for consideration as potentially helpful tools for researchers and for the management of large multidisciplinary research endeavors in earthquake engineering, as well as for discussion and possible enhancements by others within the research community.