The DYMASOS work plan has been designed to tackle the management and control of large physically coupled systems of systems in a systematic fashion but with a clear orientation towards obtaining useful results for the case studies and to prepare engineering tools that enable their deployment in the medium-time future.
The work plan is structured into work packages (WP), each being divided into tasks. It contains 5 technical WPs:
- WP1: Population dynamics based approaches to the management of systems of systems
- WP2: Economics-driven coordination and market-based management of systems of systems
- WP3: Coalitional games in systems of systems
- WP4: Engineering tools for SoS management
- WP5: Industry-driven case studies of real applications and synthesis
These work packages are supported by the transversal work packages WP6 and WP7, one focused on management, quality and impacts monitoring (WP7) and the other focused on generalization of the results and exploitation through connection to other projects, standardization, and dissemination (WP6).
The interdependencies between the tasks are schematically indicated in the Figure below.
In the first year of the project, the case studies were defined in detail in cooperation with the industrial partners resp. the supporting company INEOS, and simulation models were developed. In parallel, the different management strategies were investigated, starting with fundamental theoretical work.
After the first year, partial models of the case studies were available, enabling the application of the theoretical concepts to the examples and triggering the focusing of the methodological work to the needs of the industrial applications.
During the first two years, the simulation environment for distributed management of systems of systems with complex dynamics has been developed.
In the third year, the focus of the project is on the implementation, testing and validation of the approaches for the case studies, and additional theoretical work is performed based on the experience gained. Prototypical engineering tools for the development, implementation and maintenance of advanced management functions are developed and, in parallel, are tested for at least one case study. The industrial partner Honeywell and the two SMEs involved investigate the exploitation of the project results continuously, in particular in the third year.