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Course “System Design: Structural Approach”

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Mark Sh. Levin

Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Paper No. DETC2006-99547, pp. 475-484; 10 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4a: 18th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4258-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The article addresses a course on system design (structural approach) which involves the following: issues of life cycle engineering; structural models; basic technological problems (structural system modeling, modular design, evaluation/comparison, revelation of bottlenecks, improvement/upgrade, multistage design, modeling of system evolution); solving methods (optimization, combinatorial optimization, multicriteria decision making, etc.); design frameworks; and applications. The course consists of lectures and a set of special laboratory works. During the works, each student develops a set of programs to solve multicriteria problems (ranking/selection, multiple choice problem, clustering, assignment). The programs above are used to solve some standard or unique applied problems (e.g., hierarchical design of a student plan, design of a marketing strategy, modular design of a software package). In addition, each student prepares his/her reports on each part of the work. Mainly, the course is targeted to developing the skills in modular analysis and design of various multidisciplinary composite systems (e.g., software, electronic devices, information, computers, communications organizations). The course is implemented in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University) since September 2004.

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Topics: Design



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