Workshop on the

Complexity in Design and Engineering

10-12th March 2005, The Senate Room, University of Glasgow.


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Day 1: Thursday, 10th March 2005
Welcome and Introduction, What are Emergent Properties and How Do They Affect the Engineering of Complex Systems?
Chris Johnson, University of Glasgow.

Paper Session 1: Change, Complexity and Planning
Chair: Peter Johnson, (tbc), Dept of Computing Science, Univ. of Bath, UK.

Abstracting Complexity for Design Planning
David Wynn, Claudia Eckert and P John Clarkson,
Engineering Design Center, University of Cambridge.

Design Change and Complexity
Chris Earl, Claudia Eckert*, John Clarkson*,
Department of Design and Innovation, Open University.
*Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge.

Complexity of Design in Safety Critical Interactive Systems: Gathering, Refining, Formalising Multi-Type and Multi-Source Information while Ensuring Consistency, Reliability, Efficiency and Error-Tolerance
Sandra Basnyat, David Navarre, Philippe Palanque,


Paper Session 2: Creativity, Diversity and Design
Chair: Philippe Palanque, LIIHS-IRIT, France.

Creativity in the Design of Complex Systems
N. Maiden and S. Jones,
Centre for HCI Design, City University, UK.

Diversity as a Determinant of System Complexity
Brian Sherwood-Jones and P. Anderson,
Digital Design Studio, Glasgow School of Art, UK.
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Design of the ICT Infrastructure of an Educational System
Pedro Baquero, Rosa Maria Aguilar, Alejandro Ayala,
Dept of Fundamental and Experimental Physics, Univ. of La Laguna, Spain.


Paper Session 3: The Human Factor in Design Complexity
Chair: Alistair Sutcliffe, School of Informatics, University of Manchester, UK..

Uncovering the Information Needs in Complex Aerospace Systems
Iya Solodilova and Peter Johnson,
Department of Computer Science, University of Bath.

Validating a Process for Understanding Human Error Probabilities in Complex Human Computer Interfaces
Richard Maguire,
SE Validation Ltd, Salisbury, UK.

The Design of Complete Systems: Developing Human Factors Guidance for COTS Acquisition
Anne Bruseberg,
Systems Engineering and Assessment Ltd. Somerset, UK.
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Paper Session 4: Applications in Healthcare
Chair: Nick Chozos, Dept of Computing Science, University of Glasgow.

Sources of Complexity in the Design of Healthcare Systems: Autonomy vs. Governance
Taleb-Bendiab Azzelarabe, David England, Phil Misedine, Karen Murphy, Martin Randles
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University

Automation, Interaction, Complexity and Failure
Robert L. Wears and R.I. Cook*,
Dept of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida, USA.
Clinical Safety Research Group, Imperial College London.
* Cognitive Technologies Lab., University of Chicago, USA.
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What Makes Emergency Ambulance Command and Control Complex?
B.L. William Wong, Jared Hayes*, Tony Moore*,
Dept. of Computing Science, Middlesex University, *Department of Informatics, University of Otage, New Zealand.

Informal Reception

Day 2: Friday, 11th March 2005
Welcome and Coffee ,

Paper Session 5: Emergent Properties?
Chair: Iya Solodilova, Univ. of Bath, UK.

V2: Using Violation and Vulnerability Analysis to Understand the Root Causes of Complex Security Incidents
Chris Johnson,
Glasgow Accident Analysis Group, University of Glasgow, UK.

Complexities of Multi-Organisation Error Management
John Dobson, Simon Lock and David Martin
University of Lancaster.

Capturing Emerging Complex Interactions: Safety Analysis in Air Traffic Managememt
Massimo Felici,
LFCS, University of Edinburgh.


Paper Session 6: Stakeholders, Conflict and Complexity
Chair: Claudia Eckert, (tbc) Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge, UK.

Extending Small Group Theory for Understanding Complexity
Alistair Sutcliffe,
School of Informatics, University of Manchester, UK.
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Systems Failures: Analysing Stakeholder Influence in Complex Case Histories
John Donaldson,
Software Forensic Centre, Middlesex University, UK.

A Systems Approach for Resolving Complex Issues in Design Processes
Emad Marashi and John P. Davis
Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol,


Paper Session 7: Errors and Accidents
Chair: Bob Wears, University of Florida, USA.

A communication Tool Between Designers and Accidentologists for the Development of In-car Safety Systems
Walid Ben Ahmed, Mounib Mekhilef, Michel Bigand*, Yves Page**
Laboratory of Industrial Engineering, Ecole Centrale de Paris,
* Research Group in Industrial Engineering, Ecole Centrale de Lille,
** (PSA-Renault), Laboratory of Accident Research, Biomechanics and Human Behaviour,

A Barriers Approach to Integrating Human Factors Analysis into the Design of Complex Systems
B. Schuup, P. Wright and M. Harrison*
Dept of Computing Science, University of York. University of Newcastle,


Paper Session 8: Complexity, Abstraction and Viewpoints
Chair: Peter Wright, Dept of Computing Science, Univ. of York.

Adapting Interface Representations for Mobile Support in Interactive Safety-Critical Contexts
Fabio Paterno', Carmen Santoro and David Touzet,
ISTI-CNR, Italy.

Viewpoints and Views in Engineering Change Management
R.Keller, C.M. Eckert and P. John Clarkson,
Engineering Design Center, University of Cambridge.

Applying Task Analysis to Facilitate the Design of Context Aware Technologies
Yun-Maw Cheng and Chris Johnson*,
Institute of Information Science, Acedmia Sinica, Taiwan,
* Glasgow Accident Analysis Group, University of Glasgow.

Close and hand-over.

Day 3: Saturday, 12th March 2005

08.00-19.00 (approximate timings)
Trip to Arran,

Further Information:
Registration | Social programme | Visiting the University of Glasgow?

For any further details contact: Prof. Chris Johnson, Department of Computer Science, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QJ, Scotland. email: tel.: +44 141 330 6053 fax.: +44 141 330 4913


We wish to thank the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development, Airforce Office of Scientific Research, United States Air Force Laboratory for their contribution to the success of this conference. We also acknowledge the support of the following organisations:

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