SSE Professors Heydari and Nilchiani receive prestigious DARPA award

6/13/2011

Two SSE Assistant Professors, Dr. Babak Heydari and Dr. Roshanak Nilchiani received a prestigious DARPA award as a part of the F6 program, DARPA's Modular Space Initiative.  The award is for the SSE team's proposal on developing frameworks for the design of distributed heterogeneous modular systems and a decision tool based on value measurement of complex fractionated systems. The framework will be based on a Theory of Emergent Modularity (TEM), developed by Dr. Heydari using methodologies from transaction-cost economics and network theory and based on some new developments in evolutionary biology. The value-based design will also be based on modeling Flexibility and Robustness in modular heterogeneous systems and is a continuation of Dr. Nilchiani's work on Flexibility measurement in complex spacecraft systems. The results of the study are expected to be applied to a broad range of complex heterogeneous networked systems where human element is a determining factor. It is also expected to lay a theoretical foundation for distributed evolving complex systems.

More information on the project can be found at DARPA F6 page or by contacting Drs. Heydari and Nilchiani.

For more information, please contact:

Anide Jean
Associate Director, Outreach & Communications
Babbio Center
Room 426
Phone: 201-216-8546
Fax: 201-216-5385
Anide.Jean@stevens.edu

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