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Finite State Machine Modelling to Facilitate the Resilience of Infrastructures: Reflections

Engler, Evelin and Sill Torres, Frank and Brusch, Stephan and Baldauf, Michael (2020) Finite State Machine Modelling to Facilitate the Resilience of Infrastructures: Reflections. Infrastructures, 5(3) (25), pp. 25-1. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/infrastructures5030024. ISSN 2412-3811.

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The ability of an infrastructure to be resistant against hazards or to accommodate and recover from hazard-induced destructions and disturbances is characterized as resilience. Usually, infrastructures are engineered socio-technical systems or systems-of-systems. Jackson and Ferris consider the use of finite state machine (FSM) modelling as a suitable means to depict and investigate the resilience of such engineered systems. This paper discusses the capabilities and limitations of the FSM model proposed by Jackson and Ferris and if it should be used for the representation and evaluation of the resilience of an infrastructure. The discussion is conducted on a more general level. However, special attention is paid to monitoring because, on the one hand, monitoring is one of the cornerstones of resilience and, on the other hand, Scott and Ferris define a state that is emphasized by an increased level of situational awareness as a result of happened and perceived events. Consequently, the question has to be answered of how the models are able to reflect the need for routine monitoring of the resilience of infrastructures in order to initiate, if necessary, adjustment procedures as an appropriate response to changes in internal and external conditions. The results of this theoretical study are a fundamental step towards the practical application of the FSM approach for the design of resilient infrastructures.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/134280/
Document Type:Article
Title:Finite State Machine Modelling to Facilitate the Resilience of Infrastructures: Reflections
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Engler, EvelinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0336-9386UNSPECIFIED
Sill Torres, FrankUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4028-455XUNSPECIFIED
Baldauf, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7333-0348UNSPECIFIED
Date:29 February 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Infrastructures
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 25-1
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Series Name:MDPI Infrastructures
Keywords:infrastructures; resilience; finite state machine modelling; design principles; monitoring
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - I4Port (old)
Location: Neustrelitz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Nautical Systems
Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures > Reslience of Maritime Systems
Deposited By: Engler, Dr.-Ing. Evelin
Deposited On:14 Apr 2020 11:41
Last Modified:25 Oct 2023 08:22

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