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729A71 Behaviour in Complex Systems



In this course you will conduct a project work in small groups (3-4 students per group).

The specific project format is somewhat flexible and can be adapted to specific ideas and directions from the students. A basic, suggested format is as follows.

The group will pose and answer a research question (or hypothesis) relevant to the course (i.e., behavior in, or of, complex systems), anchored in a relevant theory and suitable method. The theoretical and methodological seminar topics are excellent starting points to find a suitable question, theory, and method.

The project must be empirical (i.e., no literature studies), but can be done either as a field study ("in the wild") or as a simulator study. The purpose can be either to further a theory or be more oriented towards application. An example of the first kind (furthering a theory) would be a project that investigates if a system operator's mood influences their willingness to activate an automated feature in a complex control system. An example of the latter kind (application) could be to explore if the routines at the local hospital emergency ward have resilient features or are at risk for system failure. The first example could be explored both as a field study by identifying an existing system where there are automated features and observing the operator's moods and automation usage, or as a controlled simulator study (e.g., by manipulating mood using the International Affective Picture System, IAPS, and letting the participants perform in a simulated microworld such as MATB-II). The latter example is best pursued as a field study.


For more information on the specific requirements and grading criteria for the project, see Examination.

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