Azad M. Madni

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Special Issue on Resilience Engineering Abstract—As systems continue to grow in size and complexity, they pose increasingly greater safety and risk management challenges. Today when complex systems fail and mishaps occur, there is an initial tendency to attribute the failure to human error. Yet research has repeatedly shown that more often than not it is(More)
Resilience means different things in different disciplines. From a systems engineering perspective, we define resilience as the ability of a system to adapt affordably and perform effectively across a wide range of operational contexts, where context is defined by mission, environment, threat, and force disposition. A key issue in engineering resilient(More)
This paper, documents the activity of a workshop on defining a research agenda for Systems of Systems SoS; Architecting, which was held at USC in October 2006. After two days of invited talks on critical success factors for SoS engineering, the authors of this paper convened for one day to brainstorm topics for the purpose of shaping the near-term research(More)
The infusion of cognitive engineering (CogE) methods and tools into traditional systems engineering processes and practices is becoming an important priority as the systems engineering community begins to tackle system of systems (SoS) problems. As one illustration, the military is interested in creating cognitively-inspired systems (as small as a PDA and(More)
Elegance is a term frequently associated with aesthetics in design. It typically connotes simplicity, beauty, and grace. When it comes to complex systems, it also connotes predictable behavior, power, and creative functionality. Elegance is what separates the merely functional from the engaging. An elegant design usually has a thematic vision that drives(More)
Many of today’s problems are in search of new, innovative solutions. However, the development of new and innovative solutions has been elusive to many, resulting in considerable effort and dollars and no solution or a mediocre solution late to the marketplace or customer. This paper describes the results of research conducted to identify the critical(More)
In a network of low-powered wireless sensors, it is essential to capture as many environmental events as possible while still preserving the battery life of the sensor node. This paper focuses on a real-time learning algorithm to extend the lifetime of a sensor node to sense and transmit environmental events. A common method that is generally adopted in(More)