Complexity and the Importance of Structure

The evolution of man, ever since the first hominids appeared, has been driven and characterized by numerous factors of diverse nature, such as geography, climate, ethnicity, superstitions and, with time, religion, art, science and philosophy, just to name a few.  However, the common thread that may be observed throughout history is the formation of structures…

Measuring and Tracking Complexity

Jacek Marczyk Ph.D., Balachandra Deshpande Ph.D. (2007) 1.   Introduction The study of complex systems such as the biosphere, gene expression data or the climate, has led to an increased understanding of their behaviour and characteristics and only now are we appreciating their overwhelming complexity. One common denominator of all these systems is, obviously, complexity. However,…

The Challenge of Managing Design Complexity

The complexity of modern products, as well as the associated manufacturing processes, has increased over the past few decades and there is evidence the trend will continue. Complexity means functionality. Consider how many things can be done with smartphones, in addition to making phone calls. Think of automobiles, which can maintain distance from the car…

QCM Hardware Technology for Edge Computing

For applications requiring ultra-fast on-board monitoring of critical components, systems or infrastructures, Ontonix offers a Complexity And Health Monitoring System (CAHMS) – a device that can be mounted on cars, aircraft, submarines, helicopters or missiles or on any mission-critical equipment and deliver early warning signals of imminent systemic malfunctions. The CAHMS can be interfaced to…

How Complex are Formations of Starlings?

There is a tendency to regard the phrase “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” as a (sort of) definition of “complex systems” by those who claim to “study complexity”. Curiously enough, the said “complexity scientists” engage in an exercise which, inexplicably, does not contemplate a measure of the object of their…