On the Origin of Evolvable Systems; Evolvability or Extinction

P.D. Borches Juzgado, Gerrit Maarten Bonnema

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System evolvability is vital for the industry for the survival of complex systems. It is however difficult to achieve as this property is not well understood. Therefore there are no formal means of how to Design for Evolvability (DfE). Also there are no applicable ways of assessing evolvability, so it can not be proven whether a system or system design is more evolvable than another. This paper reviews previous research done concerning system evolvability, marking the field of our future research by proposing a reviewed definition of system evolvability and adding new concepts such as the key drivers of system evolvability. The objective is to find a means to steer the design process in a direction so that evolvability is designed into the system. System evolvability of complex systems is studied by using the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner developed by Philips Medical Systems as a study case.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings TMCE 2008
EditorsI Horvath, Z. Rusak
Place of PublicationDelft, the Netherlands
PublisherDelft University of Technology
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2008
Event7th International Symposium on Tools and Methods for Concurrent Engineering, TMCE 2008 - Crown Plaza Hotel, Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 21 Apr 200825 Apr 2008
Conference number: 7


Conference7th International Symposium on Tools and Methods for Concurrent Engineering, TMCE 2008
Abbreviated titleTMCE
Other21-25 April 2008


  • METIS-255298
  • IR-77047

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