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Professor Mike Yearworth

Professor Mike Yearworth

Professor Mike Yearworth
BSc(Soton), PhD(Soton.), MBA(Bath), MINCOSE, MBCS, CITP, CEng

Visiting Professor

Area of research

Systemic problem structuring in engineering organisations

Office 1.50
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 5723

Research summary

The wider and more pervasive use of appropriate systems modelling techniques would have a beneficial impact on the way in which engineers deal with messy socio-technical problems. This class of problems is commonly defined by the following characteristics; i) difficulty on agreeing the problem, project objectives, or what constitutes success, ii) situations involving many interested parties with different worldviews, iii) many uncertainties and lack of reliable (or any) data, and iv) working across the boundary between human activity systems and engineered artefacts. All systems models attempt to conceptualise, via appropriate abstraction and specialised semantics, the behaviour of complex systems through ...

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Mike is Visiting Professor of Engineering Systems, focussing on developing problem structuring methods for systems practice in engineering. Previously, he was responsible for developing research strategy as Research Director for the Systems Centre and leader of the Systems Research Group. 

Prior to joining the University Mike was Senior Research Manager at Hewlett-Packard’s European Research Laboratory where he managed a number of projects researching the development and application of system modelling techniques to understanding the performance of very large complex managed services with focus areas in data centre operations, information security and automation. This work included systems based modelling and ...

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