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Information management for complex dynamic systems
Author(s): Louise K. Comfort
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Paper Abstract

Organizations operating in dynamic environments confront rapid changes in both internal and external conditions that affect their performance. Such changes produce new information that requires attention, comprehension, and integration into existing knowledge to enable individuals and organizations to adapt their performance, and that of the larger system, accordingly. Understanding the dynamics of learning, change, and adaptation to new information under uncertain operating conditions is central to managing the complex, interdependent infrastructure systems characteristic of metropolitan regions. Responsible managers of rail, air, highway, subway and waterway systems seek to reduce the level of uncertainty in interdependent environments by extensive use of information technologies. These technologies, however, produce large amounts of information that may further overwhelm personnel, especially under constraints of limited time and resources. Creating training environments that enable technical personnel to increase their ability to manage large amounts of rapidly changing information is critical to improving organizational performance in dynamic, uncertain conditions. Advanced training environments include techniques for graphic representation of knowledge, information exchange among shared knowledge bases, and intelligent reasoning by the computer. These techniques increase the ability of personnel to absorb, integrate, and act upon increasingly complex information under dynamic conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 August 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4337, Health Monitoring and Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems, (3 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.435583
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Louise K. Comfort, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4337:
Health Monitoring and Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems
Steven B. Chase; A. Emin Aktan, Editor(s)

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