Complex Systems and Optimization


Focus Areas

  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
    • A field of engineering that uses optimization methods to solve design problems incorporating a number of disciplines.
  • Control Optimization
    • An extension of the calculus of variations, is a mathematical optimization method for deriving control policies.
  • Complex Systems
    • Any system featuring a large number of interacting components whose aggregate activity is nonlinear and typically exhibits hierarchical self-organization under selective pressures.

Associated Faculty

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Christina Bloebaum
Multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) for complex aerospace systems.
Visual design steering for trade-space exploration.
Incorporation of decision and game theory for complex design
Ran Dai
Guidance, navigation and control
Nonlinear and optimal control
Networked dynamic systems
Unit commitment and load management of energy systems
Leifur Leifsson
Surrogate-based modeling and optimization
Multidisciplinary design optimization
Aerodynamic shape optimization
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Peng Wei
NextGen air transportation systems
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Airline operations
Airport operations

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