SOCIO-TECHNICAL COMPLEX SYSTEMS (STCS) Scottish Socio-technical Systems Network, Launch Event 14th December  Informatics F...
MY BACKGROUND <ul><li>Early career and ‘academic’ background  in Information Management, Languages, Economics, Business (s...
COMPLEX SYSTEMS SCIENCE TODAY <ul><li>Cannot give a SOTA but can assert that still relatively a new thing in western think...
TODAY: EVERYTHING IS A COMPLEX SYSTEM  (OR: IS HUMANITY EVOLVING?) <ul><li>System sciences are becoming ‘popular’ but syst...
<ul><li>NEW APPROACHES/TECHNIQUES/ARTEFACTS NECESSARY TO EMBRACE SYSTEMS SCIENCE, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHAT PROBLEM WE TACKLE <...
[email_address] Paola.dimaio@strath.ac.uk  VERY TIMELY INITIATIVE, THANKS! International Society for the Systems Sciences ...
PAOLA DI MAIO - SysEng, BA, MSc (PhD) DMEM, University of Strathclyde,  Room 106 75 Montrose Street Glasgow G1 1XJ Desk: 0...
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  1. 1. SOCIO-TECHNICAL COMPLEX SYSTEMS (STCS) Scottish Socio-technical Systems Network, Launch Event 14th December Informatics Forum Paola Di Maio DMEM University of Strathclyde Environment Incose People Processes Technology
  2. 2. MY BACKGROUND <ul><li>Early career and ‘academic’ background in Information Management, Languages, Economics, Business (socio-technical systems) (BAHons, MSc) </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Thinking (everything is a system) for me has always been a personal inclination to think 'out of the box‘ and consider systemic aspects of everything (i.e. root cause analysis technique, which is as simple as children asking WHY) – (a behavioral disorder ?) </li></ul><ul><li>Attended my first lecture on General Systems Theory, 1993 at UNAM Mexico (International Relations) 1932-68 General System theory: Foundations, Development, Applications, Ludwig von Bertalanffy (sandwich year) </li></ul><ul><li>Since then, legitimately developed systemic approaches to every problem </li></ul><ul><li>Worked in publishing, education, research, IT , engineering, management </li></ul><ul><li>Now Everything is a  system (when I worked in process design, everything was a process) </li></ul>
  3. 3. COMPLEX SYSTEMS SCIENCE TODAY <ul><li>Cannot give a SOTA but can assert that still relatively a new thing in western thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Largely the approach to complex systems research is based on mathematics and computing models (stochastic, quantum etc). </li></ul><ul><li>Large scale symulations, number crunching, clever algorithms, powerful algebras, (to a hammer everything is a nail). Mathematical modelling/representation may not always be the best approach to describe/understand/study/represent socio technical problems </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Recently attended a series of workshop on the theme 'complex systems' and the talks were all about computational and mathematical models, One particular researcher was disappointed that he could not find any similarity between the algorithms simulating the propagation of nodes in plants, and the growth of cities. ??? When asked if the simulation took into account social factors such as employment, food supply, cultural issues, etc, the researcher appeared surprised of the question </li></ul><ul><li>NEED TO BRING INTO THE COMPLEX SYSTEMS PICTURE: </li></ul><ul><li>HUMAN FACTORS </li></ul><ul><li>SOCIAL BEHAVIOURS </li></ul>
  4. 4. TODAY: EVERYTHING IS A COMPLEX SYSTEM (OR: IS HUMANITY EVOLVING?) <ul><li>System sciences are becoming ‘popular’ but systems thinking is not easily ‘understood’ and only cursorily ‘applied’ by traditional science/research </li></ul><ul><li>Many ‘traditional’ approaches to enquiry actually contrast </li></ul><ul><li>(read: avoid) system thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Complex systems science holds the key to advance human knowledge, but we need to accept that the boundaries of complex systems science can only be open, suggesting we may have to accept partiality and non completeness of our ‘science’ (read: knowledge) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>NEW APPROACHES/TECHNIQUES/ARTEFACTS NECESSARY TO EMBRACE SYSTEMS SCIENCE, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHAT PROBLEM WE TACKLE </li></ul><ul><li>ORGANISATIONAL (PROCESSES, STRUCTURES) </li></ul><ul><li>COGNITIVE (MENTAL MODELS) TECHNOLOGY </li></ul><ul><li>- UNIFIED FRAMEWORK </li></ul><ul><li>- COGNITIVE SYNTHESIS (BEN GOERZEL) </li></ul><ul><li>- INTERDISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE MODELLING </li></ul>  MY RESEARCH (PhD)
  6. 6. [email_address] Paola.dimaio@strath.ac.uk VERY TIMELY INITIATIVE, THANKS! International Society for the Systems Sciences http://personal.strath.ac.uk/paola.dimaio/
  7. 7. PAOLA DI MAIO - SysEng, BA, MSc (PhD) DMEM, University of Strathclyde, Room 106 75 Montrose Street Glasgow G1 1XJ Desk: 0044 141 5494308 paola.dimaio AT gmail, OR paola.dimaio at strath.ac.uk

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