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On the Concepts of Capability and Constituent System Independence in Systems-of-Systems

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Authors:

Jakob Axelsson, Pontus Svenson

Note:

A recording of the conference presentation is available at https://play.mdh.se/media/t/0_jrvvkw5j.

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper

Venue:

17th IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering

DOI:

10.1109/SOSE55472.2022.9812682


Abstract

Systems-of-systems are designed to provide a capability that their constituent systems cannot achieve individually. A key property is that the constituent systems have some degree of operational and managerial independence. The concepts of capability and independence are thus central to the field of systems-of-systems. Yet the contemporary literature and standards only give vague definitions of these terms. This vagueness is a barrier to progress in the field, and this paper aims at contributing with a more detailed conceptualization. It describes a system capability as a state-transforming process that uses certain resources. Independence means that the system has a choice about when and how its capabilities should be activated. This requires that the system is an intelligent agent with a notion of utility, a perception of the world around it, and a decision-making capability. When given a mission, the system can complete that mission by activating appropriate combinations of capabilities. A system-of-systems can decompose its mission into parts that correspond to the capabilities of various constituent systems.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{Axelsson6511,
author = {Jakob Axelsson and Pontus Svenson},
title = {On the Concepts of Capability and Constituent System Independence in Systems-of-Systems},
note = {A recording of the conference presentation is available at https://play.mdh.se/media/t/0{\_}jrvvkw5j.},
month = {August},
year = {2022},
booktitle = {17th IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering},
url = {http://www.es.mdh.se/publications/6511-}
}