Framing the concept of autonomy in system design

T.F. Beernaert, A.E. Bayrak, L.F.P. Etman, P. Y. Papalambros

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Advancements in multiple domains have led to a focus on autonomy in engineered systems. This focus necessitates a clear definition of the term 'autonomy' and its implications for system design. To this end, we present a framework that defines autonomy mathematically as a function of independence and task complexity. A deeper understanding is established by generating design principles that can be used to influence autonomy. We illustrate these concepts on autonomy quantification for a coffee machine and on a qualitative retrospective assessment of the evolution of autonomy for the automobile.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018
EditorsNenad Bojcetic, Mario Storga, Dorian Marjanovic, Stanko Skec, Neven Pavkovic
Place of PublicationZagreb
PublisherFaculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-953-773-859-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 21 May 201824 May 2018


Conference15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018


  • Autonomy
  • Characteristics and properties
  • Complexity
  • Design guidelines
  • Independence


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