Towards Analytical Techniques for Systems Engineering Applications

Griselda Valdepeñas Acosta, University of Texas at El Paso


One of the main objectives of systems engineering is to design, maintain, and analyze systems that help the users. To design an appropriate system for an application domain, we need to know: what are the users' desires and preferences (so that we know in what direction we should aim to change this domain), what is the current state and what is the dynamics of this application domain, and how to use all this information to select the best alternatives for the system design and maintenance. Designing a system includes selecting numerical values for many of the parameters describing the corresponding system and its subsystems. At present, in many cases, this selection is made by consulting experts and/or by following semi-heuristic recommendations (recommendations based partly on the past experience of system design and monitoring). Experience shows that such heuristic imprecise recommendations often lead to less-than perfect results. It is therefore desirable to come up with analytical techniques for system design, techniques that would be based on valid numerical analysis and on the solution of the corresponding optimization problems. System engineering is a very broad discipline, with many different application domains. Each domain has its own specifics and requires its own analysis and, probably, it own analytical techniques. In this dissertation, we formulate and analyze general problems corresponding to different stages of system design, implementation, testing, and monitoring, and show, on appropriate examples, how the corresponding analytical techniques can be applied to different application domains. Examples of our applications range from biological and biomedical systems (ranging from cows to humans) to social-related systems (such as recommender systems) to physical systems (for which we provide a new system-based explanation for the minimum entropy principle) to engineering systems (for which we describe how to and the optimal proportion of testing on different levels of system design).

Subject Area

Systems science|Engineering|Mathematics

Recommended Citation

Acosta, Griselda Valdepeñas, "Towards Analytical Techniques for Systems Engineering Applications" (2019). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI27830066.