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The designation System of Systems (SoS) applies to many types of system structures. We consider a collaborative SoS, which forms through the apparent voluntary decisions of its component systems. However, many collaborative SoS do not possess the intellectual capacity to make human-like decisions. To understand the formation of SoS better, properties are modeled mathematically. An agent-based model (ABM) simulation validates the model via a mock chemical reaction of atoms forming molecules. In the engineering and management of these systems, this information allows better decisions that support or deny SoS formation.
Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:42 , Issue: 4 )
Date of Publication: July 2012