Special Issue "Engineering Socio-Technical Systems"

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A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thomas V. Huynh

National University of Singapore, Blk E1, #05-05, 1 Engineering Drive 2, Singapore 117576, Singapore
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Interests: systems engineering and architecting methodology; complex systems and complexity theory; systems modeling and simulation; mathematical methods in systems engineering and architecting; project management; system-of-systems acquisition; enterprise transformation

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Dr. Thomas V. Huynh
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • socio-technical systems
  • technological systems
  • social systems
  • management systems
  • complex systems
  • sensor networks
  • systems engineering
  • systems architecting
  • systems engineering management
  • complexity
  • network theory
  • decision theory
  • operations research

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Research

Open AccessArticle Engineering Hybrid Learning Communities: The Case of a Regional Parent Community
Systems 2014, 2(4), 393-424; doi:10.3390/systems2040393
Received: 30 June 2014 / Revised: 5 September 2014 / Accepted: 15 September 2014 / Published: 26 September 2014
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We present an approach (and a corresponding system design) for supporting regionally bound hybrid learning communities (i.e., communities which combine traditional face-to-face elements with web based media such as online community platforms, e-mail and SMS newsletters). The goal of the example
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We present an approach (and a corresponding system design) for supporting regionally bound hybrid learning communities (i.e., communities which combine traditional face-to-face elements with web based media such as online community platforms, e-mail and SMS newsletters). The goal of the example community used to illustrate the approach was to support and motivate (especially hard-to-reach underprivileged) parents in the education of their young children. The article describes the design process used and the challenges faced during the socio-technical system design. An analysis of the community over more than one year indicates that the hybrid approach works better than the two separated “traditional” approaches separately. Synergy effects like advertising effects from the offline trainings for the online platform and vice versa occurred and regular newsletters turned out to have a noticeable effect on the community. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Towards a Metamodel to Support the Joint Optimization of Socio Technical Systems
Systems 2014, 2(3), 273-296; doi:10.3390/systems2030273
Received: 30 January 2014 / Revised: 22 May 2014 / Accepted: 6 June 2014 / Published: 25 June 2014
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Designing and implementing functional Socio Technical Systems (STS) is becoming increasingly important, as technologies become more pervasive and critical to everyday life. Socio technical systems are said to be efficient and useful when they are “jointly optimized” yet few system designers understand what
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Designing and implementing functional Socio Technical Systems (STS) is becoming increasingly important, as technologies become more pervasive and critical to everyday life. Socio technical systems are said to be efficient and useful when they are “jointly optimized” yet few system designers understand what joint optimization is, and how to achieve it. The paper explains the core tenets of Joint Optimization and identifies the need for artifacts to support the built in design of joint optimization in socio technical systems from the early stages of development. JOM (Joint Optimization Metamodel) is proposed, as a cognitive artifact to help conceptualize and model joint optimization, and five types of JO are identified resulting from conceptual evaluation of the metamodel. Full article
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