Critical regimes are present in all socio-technical systems. Usually, man-made systems are designed to avoid these regimes completely, and stay in a stable steady state to avoid uncertainty. However, complexity theory postulates that the edge of chaos, between order and disorder, provides highly interesting phenomena, such as emergence, which are important for the evolution of the system. In this paper we explore the edge of chaos through a concrete example in electrical energy systems. The exploration is done through simulation, which provides a valuable mean to perform massive experiments on large scale systems. The complexity residing at the edge is discussed, and external, system relevant and internal factors which are likely to shift this edge or drive the systems trajectory towards or away from it are introduced.
Dr Jose Juan Hernandez
Institution: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
City: Las Palmas
State: Gran Canaria
Jose Juan Hernandez was born in Spain in 1968. He received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees from Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. Currently, he is professor in the faculty of Informatics at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Dr. Hernandez is a full-member of the Institute SIANI that belongs to the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. His main areas of research interest are software engineering, modelling languages, model driven engineering, simulation and artificial intelligence.