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CASoS Engineering
Casos Engineering Lead:
Theresa J. Brown

Recent Events

Engineering Infrastructure for Resilience and Growth, presented by Theresa J. Brown at the International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure, Sydney and Wollongong Australia, September-October 2013

Complex Adaptive Systems Engineering and Risk Reduction,
TJ Brown, SHConrad, WE Beyeler and RJ Glass in Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Engineering Sustainability
Vol. 166 October 2013 Issue ES5, Pages 293–300

Complexity described by the branching of a tree

Complex Adaptive Systems Engineering: Modeling to Inform Policy Decisions, Keynote presentation by Theresa J. Brown at the UK ITRC Infrastructure Strategy Workshop, London, November 2012


Diagram of petroleum fuels networks and service areas

Networked Systems Simulating the U.S. Transportation Fuels Network: From Oil Fields to Consumers presented by Thomas F. Corbet at the 2012 Symposium on Emerging Topics in Control and Modeling: Networked Systems

Diagram of food supply chain topology

September 27, 2012 Phys/Org Probability maps help sniff out food contamination review of our article
The Value of Using Stochastic Mapping of Food Distribution Networks for Understanding Risks and Tracing Contaminant Pathways International Journal of Critical Infrastructures article by Stephen H. Conrad, Walter E. Beyeler and Theresa J. Brown


Bob Glass speaking at Vermont Complex Systems Center, March 2012

Video: Designing Influence in Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems: CASoS Engineering, Robert J. Glass, Vermont Complex Systems Center, University of Vermont, March 2012, presentation


Capt. Wayne Porter speaking at the Camden Conference on US in 21st Century, February 2012

Video: A National Strategic Narrative, Capt. Wayne Porter (USN) and Col. Mark Mykleby (USMC-Ret.), Camden Conference on US in 21st Century, February 2012. See also our Trans-Spectrum Global Prosperity application

Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems Engineering

Our goal is to engineer solutions to problems within the vastly complex and critically important eco-socio-economic-technical systems that are all fundamentally Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems (CASoS) with influence spanning local to regional to national to global scales. We deliver multi-faceted strategic design for risk mitigation that is robust to uncertainty.

We must understand CASoS to design a secure future for the nation and the world. Perturbations/disruptions in CASoS bring with them the potential for far-reaching effects due to highly-saturated interdependencies and attendant vulnerabilities to cascades in associated systems.

For example, the global effects of disruption within CASoS can be seen in the impacts of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami on not only the people and industry of Japan, but also on US car manufacturers, on global energy and financial markets, and on the future of nuclear power production around the world. We approach this sort of high-impact problem space as engineers, devising interventions or problem solutions that influence CASoS to achieve specific aspirations, an activity we call CASoS Engineering.


CASoS infrastructure aplications CASoS population health applications CASoS economies applications CASoS enterprise security applications CASoS related studies Link to CASoS Application Space diagram Link to CASoS design process definition CASoS global security applications

Through application to real-world problems...

Call to arms, join the evolutionthe CASoS Engineering Initiative at Sandia National Laboratories is evolving CASoS Engineering principles while growing a community of practice and the CASoS engineers to populate it. The Initiative is both grounded in reality and works to extend our understanding and control of that reality; it is both a solution within a CASoS and a CASoS itself. A summary of our approach is presented in Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems (CASoS) Engineering: Mapping Aspirations to Problem Solutions, given at the 8th International Conference on Complex Systems, June 2011, Quincy, MA.

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High-level CASoS Engineering presentations

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CASoS Definitions

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Programmatic Publications

A Roadmap for the Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems (CASoS) Engineering Initiative (report)

Engineering Solutions in an Interdependent World: The CASoS Roadmap (presentation)

Phoenix: Complex Adaptive System of Systems (CASoS) Engineering Version 1.0

Complex Adaptive System of Systems (CASoS) Engineering Applications Version 1.0

Complex Adaptive System of Systems (CASoS) Engineering Framework Version 1.0

Complex Adaptive System of Systems (CASoS) Engineering Environment Version 1.0