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.
Prof Francisco-Mario Hernández-Tejera
Institution: University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Francisco-Mario Hernández-Tejera received a Ms degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD degree in Computer Sciences. He is actually Full Professor in Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligence in the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). He is member of the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Numerical Applications in Engineering Ingeniería (SIANI) of the ULPGC as research fellow. His research interests are Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Also does research in Intelligent Agents, Multiagent Systems and its Application for Modelling and Simulation, in problems related with energy efficiency and sustainable development, in particular with the evolution of the Electrical Grid towards the future Smart Grid. He has coauthored more than 50 research papers and more than 70 presentations in conferences and symposia. He has directed 10 research projects and has been the adviser of 13 PhD Thesis.