Systems Science

Projects

  • Global participation in space activity is growing as satellite technology matures and spreads through technology transfer. Countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America are creating or reinvigorating national satellite programs. These countries are building local capability in space through technological learning. This project analyzes implementation approaches in small satellite programs within developing countries. The study addresses diverse examples of approaches used to master, adapt, diffuse and apply satellite technology in emerging countries. An original framework examines implementation approaches and contextual factors using the concept of Systems Architecture. Further analysis examines the progress in capability building via technology transfer. In order to master the knowledge base underlying satellite engineering, both individuals and organizations must capture a broad knowledge base which includes both tacit and explicit knowledge about technical and managerial topics. The framework also defines capability building as a process. This capability building framework is applied to in-depth analysis of four countries in Africa and Asia. A key question to consider is how countries adapt, master and diffuse technology over the long term. Several countries stand out for their effort in this area, but this is a long term challenge.

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  • The Johns Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center is an example of the integration of research, education, and practice that the Systems Institute supports. The SI is leading the Education and Training Core of the Center, which will train cross-disciplinary research students in complex modeling of public health issues.

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  • Using techniques grounded in data mining and machine learning, we are developing frameworks for predicting the onset of chronic disorders using data from clinical and bimolecular screening tests.  Although applied here to autoimmune disorders, the approach is readily extendable to the predictive screening of other types of disorders. 

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  • The goal of this project is to create realistic disaster scenarios in a virtual city that can be used to…

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