7th annual symposium on frontiers of engineering. Frontiers by National Academy of Engineering

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This assortment comprises summaries of shows given on the NAE Symposium in March 2001. subject matters comprise flight on the innovative, civil platforms, instant communications, and expertise and the human physique

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That is, if F(x) ≥ G(x) ∀x, F stochastically dominates G. Notice that in Figure 1a the probability that any outcome is x or less is greater for F(x) than for G(x). Unfortunately, this is seldom the case. Usually the CDFs cross. If they cross at a level of consequence that is sufficiently rare, we might still be willing to say that F stochastically dominates G or, equivalently, that F partially stochastically dominates G. Consider the example in Figure 1b. Only very rare negative events are slightly more probable under alternative F.

Mini-UAVs will surely evolve into increasingly capable (and almost unnoticeable) surveillance platforms that will be economical to operate and safe to use over populated areas. Teams of mini-UAVs will be able to communicate with each other and organize themselves for optimal data gathering. In the not too distant future, mini-UAVs will become an essential part of information gathering systems that can supply near-real-time data to customers through the Internet. These transportable, inexpensive aircraft will also be used in remote locations that are currently too costly to monitor.

Which measures of performance adequately capture system(s) complexity? • Who are the decision makers and stakeholders, and what are their goals and objectives? • How can risk and uncertainty be incorporated into the design and management of infrastructure systems? , just-in-time manufacturing, e-commerce sales and procurement, and overnight delivery). The vulnerabilities intrinsic to interdependent, slack-free, deteriorating, or externally threatened systems must be understood, predicted, sensed, and engineered to meet multiple performance measures.

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