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Orlando Chapter Meeting - Using Complex Systems Principles to Anticipate Change Effects

  • Date:
    Mar 17, 2016 - 05:45 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Address: 3039 Technology Parkway
  • Location: Orlando, FL USA
  • Venue:
    Partnership III, Room 233
Dinner (free) & Networking:  5:45 PM
Chapter Business:  6:15 PM
Presentation:  6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
RSVP: Click to RSVP at by Tuesday, March 15 at 5 pm
Complex systems consist of many moving parts that have the potential to interact with one another and with external forces in unpredictable ways. Consequently, a complex system’s dynamics cannot be fully known and the effects and system disruptions produced by change are difficult to impossible to predict with accuracy. A change to a complex system (for example, to its technology, procedures, information flows, or resources), no matter how small, has the potential to create ripples of disruption throughout the system as well as large effects. No amount of engineering can prevent all the effects or predict exactly what form they will take. Despite the risk, introducing change into complex systems is commonplace in today’s heavily networked, technology-rich, and generally complex world. Examples include introducing remotely piloted aircraft systems into the National Airspace System, introducing new forms of automation into air traffic control, and introducing computer-generated aircraft into live air combat training. This presentation will explore complex systems principles and their potential to minimize the negative effects that change can introduce into an established complex system. Although these principles cannot predict change effects with precision, they could be used to constrain the problem space such that categories of effects can be predicted and possible specific effects can be assessed in terms of their potential to impact system health and resilience.

Dr. Kelly Neville

Dr. Kelly Neville is a Senior Research Psychologist for the Naval Air Warfare Center’s Training Systems Division in Orlando, Florida. She specializes in training design, training needs analysis, human-machine integration, and expertise acquisition in cognitive work domains and complex sociotechnical systems. Dr. Neville began her career as a Research Psychologist with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Sustained Operations Branch at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas. While at AFRL, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Rice University. She subsequently worked as a Research Psychologist and Associate Chief Scientist at CHI Systems, a small business that focused on innovative training, work support design, and artificial intelligence solutions. From 2007 through 2014 she was an Associate Professor of Human Factors and Systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus, where she taught human factors, cognitive psychology, research methods, ergonomics, and systems development courses.

Please RSVP at Click to RSVP at by Tuesday, March 15 at 5 pm to be registered for our monthly meeting. There is no cost to attend and dinner is provided courtesy of INCOSE Orlando chapter with RSVP.

‚Äč Attendance:
The meeting is open to all; you do not need to be an INCOSE member to attend. If you are not a member, we invite you to become a member of the Orlando Chapter of INCOSE at