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Tradeoff Decisions in System Design

Authors: Bahill, Terry A., Madni, Azad M.

  • ·Facilitates student understanding of decisions under uncertainty, a methodology common to a variety of courses including Systems Engineering, Operational Management, Decision Science, and Risk Analysis
  • ·Covers in a single volume three distinct but related areas in engineering decision making, namely requirements discovery, tradeoff studies and risk analysis. These areas share common mathematical underpinnings; this insight allows readers to develop a sound understanding of techniques and their interpretation in each area
  • ·Employs a visually orientated approach that requires only a modest background in probability and statistics
  • ·Illuminates and summarizes key concepts with dozens of slides for each chapter, supplemented with 400 detailed figures and tables
  • ·Reinforces understanding with specific homework examples
  • ·Employs UML and SysML graphical modeling languages
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About this Textbook

This textbook is about three key aspects of system design: decision making under uncertainty, trade-off studies and formal risk analyses. Recognizing that the mathematical treatment of these topics is similar, the authors generalize existing mathematical techniques to cover all three areas. Common to these topics are importance weights, combining functions, scoring functions, quantitative metrics, prioritization and sensitivity analyses. Furthermore, human decision-making activities and problems use these same tools. Therefore, these problems are also treated uniformly and modeled using prospect theory. Aimed at both engineering and business practitioners and students interested in systems engineering, risk analysis, operational management, and business process modeling, Tradeoff Decisions in System Design explains how humans can overcome cognitive biases and avoid mental errors when conducting trade-off studies and risk analyses in a wide range of domains. With generous use of examples as a common thread across chapters this book.
This book provides an excellent road map for designing and producing competitive products.

About the authors

Dr. Terry Bahill is Professor Emeritus of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona, Tucson and the author of six engineering books and 250 papers. Dr. Bahill has worked with dozens of technical companies presenting seminars on systems engineering and advising system development teams on description of their systems engineering processes. An elected Fellow of the IEEE, the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)and of the AAAS, his research interests are in the fields of system design, modeling physiological systems, eye-hand-head coordination, human decision making, and systems engineering application and theory.

Dr. Azad M. Madni is a Professor of Astronautical Engineering and the Technical Director of Systems Architecting and Engineering at University of Southern California. He is the founder and Chairman of Intelligent Systems Technology, Inc., a company specializing in game-based educational simulations, methods, processes, and tools for complex systems engineering. An elected Fellow of the AAAS, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, the IEEE, and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), his recent awards include the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from INCOSE-LA and the 2013 Innovation in Curriculum Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. His research interests include formal and probabilistic methods in systems engineering, model-based architecting and engineering, engineered resilient systems, and exploiting disciplinary and technology convergence to enhance systems engineering.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • System Design and the Design Process

    Bahill, A. Terry (et al.)

    Pages 1-157

  • Decisions and Mistakes

    Bahill, A. Terry (et al.)

    Pages 159-228

  • Common Methods and Processes

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    Pages 229-371

  • Discovering System Requirements

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    Pages 373-457

  • Trade-off Studies

    Bahill, A. Terry (et al.)

    Pages 459-596

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-43712-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-43710-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tradeoff Decisions in System Design
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-43712-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-43712-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-43710-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 698
Number of Illustrations and Tables
86 b/w illustrations, 103 illustrations in colour
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