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On the Concepts of Capability and Constituent System Independence in Systems-of-Systems
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Digital Systems, Mobility and Systems. Mälardalen University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3986-1196
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Digital Systems, Mobility and Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0406-5229
2022 (English)In: 2022 17th Annual System of Systems Engineering Conference, SOSE 2022, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2022, p. 247-252Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Systems-of-systems are designed to provide a capability that their constituent systems cannot achieve individually. A key property is that the constituent systems have some degree of operational and managerial independence. The concepts of capability and independence are thus central to the field of systems-of-systems. Yet the contemporary literature and standards only give vague definitions of these terms. This vagueness is a barrier to progress in the field, and this paper aims at contributing with a more detailed conceptualization. It describes a system capability as a state-transforming process that uses certain resources. Independence means that the system has a choice about when and how its capabilities should be activated. This requires that the system is an intelligent agent with a notion of utility, a perception of the world around it, and a decision-making capability. When given a mission, the system can complete that mission by activating appropriate combinations of capabilities. A system-of-systems can decompose its mission into parts that correspond to the capabilities of various constituent systems.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2022. p. 247-252
Keywords [en]
capability, constellation, independence, mission, system-of-systems, Decision making, Intelligent agents, Decisions makings, Property, System capabilities, System of systems
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-60075DOI: 10.1109/SOSE55472.2022.9812682Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85135118603ISBN: 9781665496230 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-60075DiVA, id: diva2:1692872
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17th Annual System of Systems Engineering Conference, SOSE 2022, 7 June 2022 through 11 June 2022
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 Funding details: VINNOVA; Funding details: Stiftelsen för Kunskaps- och Kompetensutveckling, KKS, 20200230; Funding text 1: grant no. 2019-05100 and the Knowledge Foundation, grant no. 20200230.; Funding text 2: This research was funded by Vinnova (Sweden’s innovation agency),

Available from: 2022-09-05 Created: 2022-09-05 Last updated: 2023-05-22Bibliographically approved

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